Playing Monday morning quarterback with a 15-year-old list of the 20th century’s most collectible athletes. Is it right this time? A 21st century edition of the most sought-after athletes in the memorabilia market. Ruth tops the list, of course.
The gimmick to add new attractions and buyers to the standard pack of cards has, years later, taken on a collecting life of its own. Inserts from the 1960s and ’70s are gaining steam in the collector’s market.
Baseball fans, collectors and everyone else who met Ernie Banks were left smiling and laughing, just the way he intended. Here are some memories from those around the hobby.
The Baseball Hall of Fame has yet to enshrine former infielder and manager Bill Dahlen; however, collectors still seek his cards. The following is a card history of “Bad Bill” and the scarcity of each.
Len Brown’s first big job at Topps involved the 1960 Topps Baseball issue; Brown details his involvement here, from writing the backs, to dealing with trades to the gray vs/ white colors.
Collecting on the Big Island: Hawaii doesn’t sound like a collector’s paradise, but big-time athletes come to compete, and collecting is alive and well.
Third-party grading has grown by leaps and bounds in the card hobby, and prices has skyrocketed as a result for those in high grades. PSA and SGC are the heavyweights in third-party card grading; Orlando and Hileman share details on how the process has changed.
Three shop owners explain how the move online has benefited their businesses. For some, nearly all of their business is online, while others use the medium to tout new products and upcoming promotions.
High-grade cards, vintage sets and sought-after tickets ruled the bidding during Memory Lane’s winter auction, which totaled $1.5 million. A 1933 DeLong Gum Lou Gehrig, graded PSA 8, sold for a record-setting $45,410.
The upcoming Goldin Auctions sale will feature a newly discovered 1942 Joe DiMaggio Yankees jersey and personal items from Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez and Jose Altuve, including awards.