From T.S. O’Connell’s Infield Dirt Blog:
Halper Bashers Have Their Own Agenda …
I saw on a thread on one of the collecting forums where somebody alluded to Barry Halper and offered a view that the famed collector’s credibility had taken a hit in recent months with all of the online meanderings about the provenance of some of the items in the 1999 auction.
Gone now all of five years, it’s more than a little annoying to see one of the genuine hobby icons getting pummeled in online forums in a situation where he can’t defend himself. Such is our system that the dead wind up being largely defenseless and without much recourse even when a lifetime’s work – or hobby – comes under attack.
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In this week’s SCD: Dale Murphy is on the cover and in the spotlight in a Hobby Royalty feature that ponders the Hall of Fame chances for a player who was widely regarded as the best player in the National League in the 1980s, plus there’s news of Bill Mastro’s famed collection coming to auction, Blackhawks fans find new ways to keep the celebration going and Steiner and Legacy roll out their own auction treats.
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Mastro To Auction Off His Collection
Long-time hobby figure Bill Mastro, the former head of Mastro Auctions, will sell his sports memorabilia collection later this year.
Legendary Auctions, which is run by some of Mastro’s former colleagues, announced Sept. 8 that it would put the collection up for auction in December. No mention was made of why Mastro has decided to liquidate.
The collection includes numerous one-of-a-kind and rare pieces.
A few of the noteworthy items being sold from the collection
• A 1927 Babe Ruth Yankees payroll check – cashed the day Ruth
hit his 60th Home Run;
• A signed handprint of Babe Ruth;
• A 1917-1921 Babe Ruth H&B game used bat;
• A 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Barnstorming advertising poster;
• A 1915 Champion Boston Red Sox panoramic team photo featuring Babe
• A 1910s “Turkish Trophies” display (in original frame)
with Ty Cobb L-1 Leather
Legendary Artist Perez Releases New Book Of His Work
Many card collectors became familiar with Dick Perez when his artwork became the basis for the long-running Donruss Diamond Kings series in 1982.
Along the way, he’s gained legions of fans for his images of players from the 19th century to the present and became official artist of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dick Perez: The Immortals. This summer, he self-published a huge book that features over 1,400 works including his renderings of all 292 members of the Hall.
The 10-pound book sells for around $200 and:
* Contains all of the original art from the Hall of Fame Art Post Cards as well as members that were inducted after 2001 up to 2010, painted in the same style and manner as the original collection.
* Hall of Fame artworks that Perez has created throughout his career, including Great Moments, Celebration and Masterworks.
Few Hours Left In Collect.com Auctions Internet Sale
Collect.com Auctions’ Internet Auction No. 3 will end tonight at 9 p.m. CST. If you would like to bid, please do so before 9 p.m. CST to be eligible for the extended bidding period. To register to bid, visit www.collect.com/auctions or call 888-463-3063.
There are some great deals to be had in this auction, as many of the minimum bids are at $50 or less. Some of the highlights include:
- Roberto Clemente signed 1962 Post Cereal card
- 1988 Pacific Legends near-complete signed set
- 1933 Goudey Gabby Hartnett No. 202 PSA 5
- 1959 Fleer Ted Williams PSA-graded lot of 26 with 14 PSA 6s
- 1982-84 Topps vending boxes
- 1968 Topps Joe Namath No. 65 PSA 6
- 1981 Topps Joe Montana RC No. 216 PSA 8
Tons of other great pieces for all the major sports, plus entertainment, music and political signed items. Visit www.collect.com/auctions to learn more.
Preorders Available For SCD’s Ultimate Price Guide
For sports card collectors, this is the most wonderful time of the year – the new edition of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards is here! And if you preorder now, you will save 34% off the cover price – now that’s a deal!
Since values in the card collector market are ever changing, it is important for you to stay up to date. In 2011 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, you will find accurate pricing for over 1 million cards based on the most recent auction results. Get updated pricing for rookies and prospects such as Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Jason Heyward, Ubaldo Jimenez, Buster Posey, Mike Stanton, Austin Jackson, Starlin Castro, David Freese, Ike Davis and more!
In this NEW edition you will receive:
• Pricing on baseball cards issued between 1863 and early 2010—including 2010 Topps Series 1 & 2
• Over 10,000 photos to be able to easily identify cards
• Thousands of price updates in vintage and modern cards
• An easy to use grading scale so you will know the exact value of all your cards
All of this can be yours for under $30. Includes all of the updates on vintage sets, along with the latest pricing on 2010 cards through June. Plus, this edition marks the return of Bob Lemke as the editor. Enjoy!
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Sneak Peek Of 2010 Donruss Hockey
You wanted to see it and we delivered. Here’s a special sneak peek at the 2010 Donruss Hockey set courtesy of our friends at Panini. Look for a box break video to get even more in touch with this product coming soon to www.tuffstuff.com on our popular “Bustin Wax” page.
Find out more about 2010 Donruss Hockey along with many other of today’s hottest card products from Panini, Topps, Upper Deck and Press Pass. Senior Price Guide Analyst Joe Clemens and Editor Tom Bartsch break down their findings and let you know which products provide the biggest bang for your buck.
- 2 Memorabilia or Autograph cards
- 1 Press Proof parallel
- 6 Rated Rookies
- 3 Boys of Winter
- 2 Ultimate Draft
- 1 Les Gardiens
- 1 Tough Times
- 1 Fans of the Game
Other features: 50 Rated Rookies: Including the top players to make their NHL debuts in 2010-11 — Look for Nazem Kadri, P.K. Subban, Zach Hamill and many more
Featured Autographs include: Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Miller, Joe Thornton, Marian Gaborik, Henrik Sedin and Drew Doughty
Tough Times inserts recall the most fearsome enforcers of the 1980s. Look for the parallels featuring on-card autographs with average of one per case
Look for a Die-Cut Gems parallel (#’d to 25 )
Anticipate 2 per case on average!
Also find a Die-Cut Gems autograph
(#’d to 10) with average of 1 per case
One of the most popular inserts of the 90s, Les Gardiens, returns with an exciting new twist. Look for one per box on average
Scheduled to ship Nov. 17
Georgia WR Green Suspended For Selling Jersey
Georgia star receiver A.J. Green was suspended by the NCAA for four games on Wednesday for selling a bowl jersey for $1,000 to someone who qualifies as an agent.
Green sold his jersey from last season’s Independence Bowl. The junior, who sat out the season-opening 55-7 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, must miss three more games before regaining his eligibility, according to the ruling from the NCAA.
Low: Tough Blow for Bulldogs
Low Without A.J. Green, Georgia lacks a go-to receiver in a tough stretch of SEC games, Chris Low writes. Blog
No. 22 Georgia (1-0) is heading into a key Southeastern Conference game against No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday without Green, who’s also banished from SEC games against No. 14 Arkansas (Sept. 18) and Mississippi State (Sept. 25). He will be eligible to return for an Oct. 2 contest at Colorado.