When authentication expert Steve Taft spotted a pile of counterfeit cards on eBay about a year ago, he quickly brought his concerns to SCD Editorial Director Rocky Landsverk. In a five-page special section, here’s the story behind it all and a full-color look at telltale markers to watch for.
Padell, one of the most prolific collectors on the East Coast, is known as the “financial adviser to the stars,” and he will be parting with a portion of his acclaimed collection in the October Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show Auction in what is expected to be one of the largest and most significant offerings since, well, Halper.
Alan Rosen was in suburban Detroit July 14, on a buying trip in association with the show in Gibraltar, but things didn’t start too well. Rosen first was offered a set of signed Perez-Steele Hall of Fame plaques; no deal was made. The second item offered also turned into a no-sale when the collector rejected Rosen’s offer. Finally, Rosen was presented a complete set of 1964 Topps giant cards in “fabulous condition,” Rosen noted. He offered $3,750 and the seller agreed.
Then came the gold-mine of baseball memorabilia. The collector told Rosen to follow him into the basement, and what Rosen saw literally left him speechless. “It was some of the coolest stuff I’ve ever seen,” Rosen said.
I really have to guard against sounding like an old fogey when I write about the hobby in general and the game of baseball in particular, which, when you think about it, is probably a pretty tough assignment for a guy working in the nostalgia field.
What got me to thinking about this stuff was the broadcast of the HBO film “Mantle,” which is being aired this summer as part of the observance of the 10th anniversary of Mickey Mantle’s death on Aug. 13, 1995. The hobby has changed a whole bunch since that day, but Mantle’s lofty perch as perhaps the most beloved sports figure of postwar America hasn’t budged a bit.
DALLAS, TEXAS: Heritage Sports Collectibles (HSC) will offer a thrilling assortment of pieces from one of the nation's finest early twentieth century Philadelphia Athletics collections in their upcoming October 29, 2005 Signature Auction.
Now that we are a little more than half way through the 2005 baseball season, it is time for me to go out on a limb, and make some bold baseball predictions. I will also take a look at some of the top teams in each league and examine their hobby superstars or lack thereof.
Chicago, IL) - One of the world's most valuable and famous sports items, the renowned 1909-era Honus Wagner baseball card, will be part of an $8 million exhibit of famous collectibles at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, July 27 - 31, 2005.