The Miracle on Ice Collection isn’t the only headliners in the Heritage Platinum action closing Feb. 23. The auction includes many high-end signed items, like Mickey Mantle’s bonus check as a 17-year-old, Gretzky’s rookie contract and a series of checks involving the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees from the Red Sox.
Upper Deck’s Richard McWilliam passed away in January, leaving behind many innovations in the sportscard industry and a legacy of hard-nosed business practices.
Those who collect items fora niche collection are always looking for new material, and that could spell good news for dealers and auction houses looking for additional revenue.
Heritage Auctions released its annual sales totals, which reached $20 million in sports and $860 million in sales company-wide across all of its divisions. In sports, the lead story was the Black Swap Find that general national media attention for its back story and the cards themselves.
Collecting pioneer Frank Keetz has explored the spectrum of baseball card collecting, publishing five books along the way in his specialty. See what he has worked on and how you may have been impacted by his work without even knowing it.
Clean Sweep is offering one of its finest lineups to date, as the company celebrates its 200th auction. Among the offerings are the rare 1894 Mayo “Anonymous” John Dunlop card, stacks of T206 selections and plenty of signed artifacts.
Upper Deck has announced the passing of its founder and CEO, Richard McWilliam. McWilliam started the company in 1989 and is credited with many of the innovations now taken for granted in the sportscard industry.
Mile High’s January auction will include a Babe Ruth and Al Capone signed baseball that also involves Herb Pennock and Eddie Collins in one of the more unique pieces of autographed memorabilia to hit the market recently.
From the Black Swamp Find to a $4 million Babe Ruth jersey, sales for sports memorabilia never reached higher figures nor had as much mainstream media attention. Can the momentum last into 2013? There are some early indicators it most certainly can.
A few SCD readers have been doing some stadia collecting of their own, from League Park seats to the big clock that stood at K.C. Municipal. Plus, the author offers one way to grab stadia collectibles from Fenway Park.