Classic autobiography of the unique manager Casey Stengel shows the joy and pain ghostwriter Harry T. Paxton experienced in writing the project.
In 1955, Bowman introduced a quirky baseball set that couldn’t match Topps’ allure, yet collectors are still seeking its rewards. Today, the TV set design and brown borders drive collectors crazy.
From Mark Fidrych to Willie Stargell, 2013′s baseball books cover nearly every topic imaginable – and they are all fun to read! Here’s the conclusion to SCD’s annual Best of the Year list.
Among the best baseball books published this year were two on Ted Williams and one each on Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg and the DiMaggios – superstars long before the advent of World War II. Check these out and two dozen more in this review.
A lifelong Mantle fan is offering his entire collection through Mears Auctions, which includes Mantle contracts, awards and even a custom motorcycle. Two more auctions will take place later in January and into February.
A PSA 8 Babe Ruth signed ball led the recent Memory Lane lineup at $60,617, but 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil Derek Jeter rookie card graded PSA 10 turned heads at $33,842.
Puig joins Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and other sports stars whose names have appeared over the years on PSA/DNA’s “Most Dangerous Autographs” list. PSA said it oversaw more than 400,000 autograph submissions in 2013.
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).
The sale features sports cards and memorabilia from the late 19th Century to the present, highlighted by a rare and valuable T206 Sherry “Magie” error card; a beautiful 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card; a complete, autographed 1955 Bowman Football set, and the hobby’s highest-grade 1929 Kashin Publications complete set.
You might not have heard of the CASEY Awards, but trust me when I say you should read the finalists that are nominated for the award.