Heritage Auction Galleries, the Dallas-based auction house that’s been largely recognized for offering quality autographs and memorabilia for four years, is starting to beef up its card lots in recent sales, and according to Heritage’s Sports Division auction director, Chris Ivy, its upcoming May Signature sale will host the largest card selection yet – with help from a T206 Honus Wagner and an impressive find of Mint 1915 PM1 pins.
Unless you’re a collector who’s been out of the country recently or hiding in a box for the past month, you’re probably quite aware of Professional Sports Authenticator’s (PSA) recent announcement to add half grades to the company’s card-grading criteria.
As long as I can remember during my experiences collecting football memorabilia, specifically Super Bowl pieces, people have always told me that the toughest publication commemorating the big game was the Super Bowl V program.
The stories have varied anywhere from the rational to the unimaginable. Lately, during my pursuits on eBay and scouring the great number of major sports memorabilia auctions, I’ve started to notice that Super Bowl V programs might not be as hard to come by as some of the other early “single digit” Super Bowl publications, particularly programs from Super Bowls I, II and III.
Super collector Barry Halper helped make it famous, professional baseball players still consider it the most elite offensive fraternity in the game and now, ticket collectors are going gaga over baseball’s most prestigious milestone group – the 500 Home Run Club.
Whether it’s the most recent ticket from the elite group, which is Jim Thome’s 500th round-tripper hit in Sept. 2007, or an example from the first 500th home run hit by none other than Babe Ruth, demand for these vouchers have hit an all-time high. According to Chris Corso, the bearer of the highest PSA-graded 500 Home Run Club collection, the excitement for tickets from this group is reaching nearly as much hype as the home runs themselves.
Imagine opening Sports Collectors Digest and seeing an ad for the National Convention or SportsFest promoting Michael Jordan as being one of the show’s autograph guests. As cool as that would be, it probably isn’t ever going to happen.
Very few celebrities carry the same persona as Jordan, and throughout the years sports fanatics have supported this fact.
Heck, I’m not even a Jordan fan and I have still purchased his Nike Air Jordan sneakers, bought all his highlight video tapes and even purchased a signed Upper Deck Authenticated Jordan jersey.