Around the Hobby: Cracker Jack Jackson Brings $101,000, Free NSCC Signers, Goodbye eGraphs, Upper Deck Settles with NFLPA Over Rookie Sigs

A 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson card graded mint was the top seller during the first session of Heritage Auctions’ May catalog event Thursday night, with a winning bid of $85,000.  With the company buyer’s premium, the SGC 96 card realized $101,575.  The card is one of two graded at that level, with none higher.  Bidders were willing to pay for the extra grade.  An SGC 92 sold in October of last year for just under one-third of that:  $38,263.

Joe Jackson 1915 Cracker Jack SGC 96Other sales of high grade vintage cards in the opening night of the three-day event included a 1916 M101-5 Blank Back Babe Ruth Rookie #151 SGC 70, which sold for $83,640 and a 1910 E98 Honus Wagner graded PSA 9 that originated in the famous ‘Black Swamp Find’ which brought $47,800.


Dwight Gooden will be among the free autograph guests at the annual VIP reception at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.  The former Yankee and Met Doc Goodenpitcher who tossed a no-hitter and won a couple of World Series rings during his career, will appear along with former Chicago Bear Neal Anderson, a four-time Pro Bowler who trails only Walter Payton on the team’s all-time rushing list.  Former Olympic Gold Medalists Bob Beamon and Dick Fosbury will return to the show for a second time.

The VIP reception kicks off the show, which takes place at the Stephens Convention Center in Chicago.  It’s scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.

VIP ticket packages, which include numerous other perks including some freebies at the door, start at $129 via



eGraphs didn’t quite make it to its second birthday.  The company that signed up dozens of current and former pro athletes to sign digital autographs with inscriptions and even a short voice message, announced on Twitter and on its website Thursday that it would be shutting down:

The concept was interesting, even though it didn’t necessarily fit the mold of a traditional sports collectible you could store in a box or hang on a wall.

According to, money was the issue.
NFLPAvsUDLast March, we told you about a breach of contract lawsuit filed by the NFL Players Association against Upper Deck over unpaid bills. The suit alleged that the trading card maker owed 229 players a total of $1.25 million for failure to pay royalties.

Amounts owed ranged from several hundred dollars to as much as $180,00. Eli and Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Rob Gronkowski, Tony Romo, Sam Bradford and others were named in the court filing as having not been paid what they were owed when Upper Deck had its NFL license.

According to attorney Paul Lesko, however, that case has quietly come to an end and we’re not likely to know exactly how it was settled.