For years big retail catalogs played a large role in the holiday gift arena, and sports items had a solid spot in the lineup. Player-endorsed products remain highly collectible today.
Mickey Mantle cards from the 1950s and other high-grade vintage material climbed to new heights as Memory Lane closed out its latest catalog auction with more than $2.1 million in sales.
SCP Auctions will showcase items for its august auction during the National Sports Collectors Convention, including jerseys from Ted Williams and Ernie Banks and Olympic and championship relics.
National Convention boasts largest signing group to date, with Jim Kelly, Bobby Knight, Al Kaline and Joe Torre among those delighting the crowds.
A T206 Walter Johnson (Portrait), graded PSA 9 netted $77,625 to lead the finest I Own It Now sale conducted by Memory Lane to date. Other highlights included a A206 Ty Cobb ($20,700) and 1954 Topps Al Kaline rookie ($15,812).
Topps Baseball Series 2 is releasing this week, and Topps has announced a pair of programs within the set that will make collectors happy: Exclusive signed cards and a wrapper redemption program for hobby and retail packs.