Fans attending the August 8 groundbreaking of USA Baseball’s $10.8 million national trading center in Cary, N.C., were given something more than just witnessing the first digs: attendees also received exclusive autographed USA Baseball cards signed by one of 14 different USA Baseball Alumni.
Memory Lane Inc.’s Card and Ball Auction, Thursday, August 11th created over $930,000 in value on just 288 Lots, as Memory Lane auctions continue to climb in popularity with collectors. Among the highlights are a strikingly colorful, very impressive, high quality 1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio (#71) card in a PSA 9 MINT, which sold for $96,074 -- a very robust 60% above book. Another stunning card in excellent condition, a PSA MINT 9 1911 Christy Mathewson M116 Sporting Life (Pastel Background) card, also did extremely well, selling for $18,726 -- a strong 150% above book!
The redemption card for a one-of-a-kind framed piece containing nine cut autographs of deceased Hall of Famers including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig, was put up for sale, but the item was pulled even as bidding had reached $37,000.
Even in retirement, Wayne Gretzky continues to rewrite the record book. The Great One, who recently made headlines when he accepted the head coaching position in Phoenix, smashed another mark with the auction of an exceptional copy of his 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card.
First, the American sports network ESPN dropped hockey. Now comes word that hockey has dumped ESPN...at least in the hockey card field. Just last week, Upper Deck officials confirmed to Beckett Hockey their complete plans for 2005-06 ESPN Hockey, a retail market-oriented product highlighted by a 90-card base set and more than 60 autographs. But word leaked out late-Tuesday evening that the brand had been cancelled.
One of the industry’s most anticipated releases every year also happens to be one of the easiest for collectors to understand - First Year Players have a blue border design, prospects (who have already appeared on the card) are green and veterans are red.
Negro league baseball collectors will be delighted to know that the Negro League Legends Hall of Fame will donate collectibles to the V.I.P. Welcome Reception and Silent Auction held September 15, 1005 at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL. The event kickoffs the Black Press All Star Awards and Onsite Media Clinic on September 16-17, 2005.
To Brandon Steiner, building a valuable portfolio in sports memorabilia means following your heart. "The key to collecting is to get what you love, then expand from there," said Steiner, who in 1987 turned his personal passion for autographs, photos and game-used equipment into Steiner Sports. It is a leading dealer in the area that has a multi-year partnership to market Yankee memorabilia.
Need a Mantle card? Unitas? Thief's loss can be your gain. When Fort Bend County holds its annual auction today, a few out-of-the-ordinary items will be mixed in with the usual worn-out chairs, battered file cabinets and obsolete typewriters. The county will also be selling a collection of sports memorabilia including autographed photos of Nolan Ryan, Mickey Mantle and Johnny Unitas along with thousands of vintage trading cards and other items.
When Flyers collector Jeff Thoresson spent more than $300 to acquire four cards from the 2003-04 BAP Memorabilia Draft Redemptions series, he did so with high expectations of the potential of Philly prospects Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. He hoped that the duo would debut this season with the Flyers and he’d be able to exchange the redemptions for limited edition cards of the 2003 first rounders.
Richards and Carter look ready to make good on their end of the bargain. Unfortunately, collectors like Thoresson are living with the worry that In The Game may not be in a position to live up to theirs. The company currently is without a license from the NHL or the NHL Players’ Association. It would need both in place to honor the redemptions and manufacture the exchange cards.
At age 6, Houstonian Jeffrey Rosenberg began collecting autographs of his favorite pro athletes. He kept at it, to put it mildly. His sports memorabilia company is a multimillion-dollar operation. Rosenberg, 40, is president and chief executive of Houston-based Tristar Productions, one of the nation's largest producers of sports collectible shows. Tristar, which produces shows throughout the U.S., also makes and distributes memorabilia.
The Topps NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Autograph Cards have become some of the most collectible basketball cards in the hobby and this year Topps takes the program to an all-new level. The popular set now features DUAL and TRIPLE autographed cards!