Blog: Conlon Photos Online, Mantle Memorabilia, Hot Cards

After two years, the Rogers Photo Archive has all 8400 images from the camera of Charles M. Conlon on one website.  The company has been digitizing and identifying the massive stash of negatives provided by the man who virtually invented baseball photography.  Various types of prints are available, but it’s worth a visit just to see some of those decades-old photos.  The quality of the photograph from such a long-ago era is striking, as we’ve seen in the two books that have been created out of those photos.  They’re well worth the investment too.

Here’s a link to the website.


Boxing shoes Ali signedA pair of autographed, used Muhammad Ali Everlast boxing trunks and autographed lace-up boxing shoes are among the highlights in an upcoming auction by Morphy’s. They were worn by the legendary Ali and donated to a public auction 30+ years ago. The shoes are inscribed in blue pen: “From Muhammad Ali June 5-80 The Greatest Boxer of All Times.”

The company is also selling one of only two known examples of a 1928 Harrington’s Ice Cream Earl Smith and an unusual grouping of approximately 50 Mickey Mantle autographed items, some limited edition and most originating from Mickey Mantle’s girlfriend Greer Johnson, and Mantle’s personal attorney. The autographed Mantle items include framed prints, gloves, bats, balls and his personal golf jacket.


Speaking of rare cards, Memory Lane’s PSA 5 T206 Eddie Plank card has been bid up to $65,000, with a little over a week left in the auction.


Baseball may dominate the free agent headlines these days, but the three hottest cards on eBay right now include two current football cards and a slightly old school signed basketball relic card.  That may say something about the mindset of today’s 20 and 30-something collectors.

A 2004-05 Upper Deck Exquisite Limited Logos Michael Jordan signed patch card, numbered 26/50, carries a current high bid of $3999.95.  This on the heels of an early rare Jordan insert selling for more than $30,000 late last month.

Rich Klein reviewed 2011 Topps Triple Threads football earlier this week and its definitely a hot product on the auction leader’s website.

A  2011 Topps Triple Threads Cam Newton 1/1 autographed card sits at $800 after drawing 28 bids.  Two days remained in the auction as of early Friday and bidding is expected to go much higher.

Another Triple Threads Newton isn’t far behind.  A 1-1 auto triple patch rookie letter is at $792.