Jon Matlack can still recount parts of his career as if they happened yesterday. In an exclusive interview with SCD, Matlack recalls the 1973 World Series, playing with Willie Mays and an incredible few days in a hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive.
The Chicago Sun-Times Show lacked its star attraction, but an otherwise strong lineup of signers and collectibles drew attention. Meet a few of the dealers at the show and what items were on the show floor.
The calendar hasn’t turned to 2014 yet, but there is an event already to mark on the schedule for next year. Goldin Auctions is conducting the Babe Ruth Centennial Auction in July, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ruth’s MLB debut with high-end pieces like a rookie-era game-used bat and a 1914 Baltimore News rookie card.
The story is well known – Babe Ruth befriends a severely ill child named Johnny Sylvester and promises to knock a homer for him in the 1926 World Series. The signed ball from Ruth has been on display in museums and the story has been retold in film and in books. That famous signed ball, and other Sylvester artifacts, are now coming to auction.
For many the T206 set is the ultimate tobacco card set. But it’s very hard to get anywhere near completion and at a very high cost to boot. Welcome to the T218s – an affordable tobacco set with plenty of stars, attractive art and their own quirks.
With renditions of Thurman Munson and Derk Jeter available, collectors can see where artist Mike Kupka’s loyalties lie. But the sports artist is more than Yankees, as his work with Disney and Lucas Films showcase. Meet the artist and see some of this work, including an interesting take on MLB logos.
Cards of Minnesota Twins’ top prospect Byron Buxton in high demand nationwide as collectors seek gold. Here are some dealer comments on Buxton and his cards.
SCP Auctions’ latest sale featured a record price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia, as Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic gold medal tops $1.4 million. It was just one of the high-priced treasures in the sale.
Mile High is wrapping up 2013 in style. With a stunning 1954 Topps complete set, Gem Mint Havlicek rookie, 1952 Mantle, some Bobby Orr cardboard beauties and tons of other high-grade sets and singles, what better gifts to ring in the New Year with?
Two-sport pro Clarence ‘Ace’ Parker, one of the oldest former players in baseball and football, lived a life most of us could only dream about. From high school through Duke and the pros, he turned heads everywhere he went.