Rediscovering the Hobby

1986  Donruss Canseco

Writer Grant Bisbee’s story about coming back to his childhood hobby is one of the best things you’ll read this year, especially if you grew up with Beckett.

Helmar Card of the Week: Benny Kauff, 1915 Brooklyn Tip-Tops

Benny Kauff Helmar Brewing T206

Benny Kauff’s life is begging to be made into a movie. Helmar has created a T206 ‘card that never was’ for one of the game’s most interesting characters.

Uncut 1968 Topps 3-D Sheet, Holsum Ruth at Auction

Topps 1968 3-D uncut proof sheet

Featuring two cards that were never issued with the very limited test set, a 1968 Topps 3-D sheet is on the block along with a 1/1 1921 Holsum Babe Ruth.

2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers Set Returns to Packs

Max Scherzer 2015 Topps Heritage High

The 2015 Topps Heritage High Number series will be released in hobby box form with 24 packs and one autograph.

Card Shop Manager Winds Up on Kris Bryant’s Rookie

Kris Bryant 2015 Topps Update base rookie card

An Indiana man was in the right place at the right time and appears in preview images of the 2015 Topps Update Kris Bryant rookie card.

2015 NFL Rookie Premiere Means Autographs, Photos

NFL Rookie Premiere Logo

At least 40 NFL newbies will sign trading cards and stickers and pose for rookie cards as part of this week’s 2015 NFL Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles.

2015 Topps Mini Chrome Football Preview

Peyton Manning 2015 Topps Mini Chrome autograph 1984 design

Look for an homage to more past designs when 2015 Topps Mini Chrome Football arrives late this year.

Cards in the Wall: New Jersey Man’s Lost Phone Leads to Big Find

Babe Ruth 1920 strip card

Dropping his cell phone behind a wall turned out to be a good move for a New Jersey man who got it back and found a long hidden stash of old baseball cards.

Vintage Football Break of the Month: 1958 Topps

Topps Football 1958

The set that dates to the NFL’s breakthrough year and includes one of collecting’s top rookie cards, is the subject of the May Vintage Football break.

Notes: Sports Detectives, Baseball Artist, Crazy Collection, LAPD Sets

Kirk Gibson 1988 World Series jersey

A new TV series hunts sports artifacts, artist Graig Kreindler makes national news, an Indy man’s huge collection, Conlon for the Hall… and police sets are back in LA.

2015 Topps Update Bulks Up

Kris Bryant 2015 Topps Update base rookie card

They’ve increased the size of the base set for 2015 Topps Update Baseball, due out during the post-season.

Weil Baking Ruth Among Big Sales at $8.3 Million Heritage Auction

1916-Weil-Babe-Ruth

Several new records were set in Heritage Auctions’ latest catalog sale, held over three days.

Topps Tier One Arrives

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2015 Topps Tier One Baseball offers nothing but autographs and relic cards in each pack. We’ve got the info, a full checklist and the ‘most watched’ on eBay.

Roger Bannister’s Historic Shoes Coming to Auction

Sports Illustrated Roger Bannister January 1955

Roger Bannister’s last link to his sub-four-minute mile in 1954, the running spikes he wore that day at Oxford, are to be sold at Christie’s later this year.

10 Great Sandy Koufax Cards

Sandy Koufax 1957 Topps

Our list of the best Sandy Koufax baseball cards to own includes cards packed with gum, potato chips and meat–and one issued in South America.

Helmar Card of the Week: Jimmy Slagle of the…Bob-O-Links?

Jimmy Slagle-Helmar-T206

Jimmy Slagle went from Omaha to Grand Rapids to the big leagues, rubbing shoulders with some famous teammates. He missed the original T206 but Helmar has him.

US Distributor, Case Breakers Look to Asia for Business

Japan case breaking

Wholesaler GTS Distribution and a crew of case breakers are in Taiwan and Japan right now, hoping to expand the concept and show off Topps’ Asia exclusives.

Cincy Fest Show Planned for July

Northern Kentucky Convention Center

A Cincinnati area promoter has plans to bring more than 30 former players to sign autographs at an event leading up to the All-Star Game.

Behave, Bambino: Ruth’s 1922 Contract at Auction

1922 Babe Ruth Yankees contract

Babe Ruth’s first Yankees contract, dual signed and including language aimed at curtailing his carousing, is back on the auction block.

Editor’s Blog Notes: PSA 10 Rookies at Auction

Walter Payton rookie PSA 10

A new crop of PSA 10 football cards, a Phillies fan outmuscles an older lady for a ball, players talk autographs, Floridians recall The Babe…and more.