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Case Breakers and the Value Cycle

Prime box break

Case breaker forces and Topps’ policy of “printing to order” are creating a double whammy in the marketplace.

Modern Cards Turned Golden Through Grading

Garvey PSA 10

PSA is showcasing a list of sports cards that exploded in price after being deemed ’10 worthy’.

The Upside of the Modern Baseball Card

PSA 10 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle

The leverage in the price of scarce, high-grade, limited print key cards of star players means that the market for the modern baseball card could change quickly.

1948 Leaf Football Set Sells for $176,299

1948 Leaf Football set

The auction also saw the sale of a first day cover featuring members of the first Hall of Fame induction class and a 1986-87 Fleer wax box.

Ramblings: Card Shop Owner Opts for Old vs. New

Vintage Baseball Cards

Rich Klein with some thoughts on a shop owner’s decision to stick to vintage.

Topps Museum Ruth Auto Pulled, Set for Auction

2014 Topps Museum Cut Signature Babe Ruth

A Pennsylvania collector’s decision to open a pack of 2014 Topps Museum should pay off when his 1/1 Babe Ruth cut autograph hits the auction finish line.

Brewers Authentics Proves Dirty Can Be Delightful

Game used Jonathan Lucroy game worn jersey

Big league teams are expanding their sales of game-used and game-worn gear and like the team on the field, Brewers Authentics is enjoying a banner year.

What’s Ahead for Topps’ Ownership?

Topps Company logo

Those who might have an interest in the Topps Company will be closely examining a very new part of the business before deciding to make an offer according to one report.

Vintage Buy of the Week: The National Yields Sets, Mantle, More

IX Center 2014 sports card show

While they set up to sell cards at the National Convention, it’s really a buying trip for Just Collect. Our Vintage Buy of the Week goes to Cleveland.

Green Jacket Auctions Signs Reality TV Deal

DIRECTV Golf Treasures

A newly-launched golf network on DIRECTV will feature a 30-minute reality series called Golf Treasures.

Performance in The Pit: Trading Sports Cards Like Stocks

Jordan rookie The Pit

ThePit.com caters to collectors and investors who want to trade past and present rookie cards just like the companies in a stock portfolio.

Goldin to Hold Live Auction at 2015 National

NSCC logo

This year’s show is still going on but Goldin Auctions has announced plans to hold a live event at the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention.

NSCC: Vintage Pack Market Strong

1970s baseball card unopened boxes

New buyers entering the market are helping fuel the rush to vintage unopened sports card packs and boxes. A chat with BBCE’s Reed Kasaoka.

Panini Strikes Exclusive Deal with NFL Players Beginning in 2016

NFL Players Panini

It appears Topps will no longer have an NFL trading card deal after 2015 following the announcement Thursday that puts the NFLPA in Panini’s pocket.

Excerpt: The Card Removal Effect

2013 Topps Finest BGS 9.5 Bryce Harper

In the third of three excerpts from his book The Modern Baseball Card Investor, Jeff Hwang uses poker analogies to analyze the impact of grading on cards with limited production.

1970s Unopened Cases, Boxes Headliners at Collect Auctions

Topps 1976 baseball vending case

Another group of still unopened 1970s cases and boxes are up for grabs at Collect Auctions.

Book Excerpt: Grade Scarcity and Box Value

Modern Baseball Card Investor

Selling prices of some ultra high grade rookie cards can make even some common unopened 1980′s baseball boxes appealing but beware the quality issue.

Ruth Centennial Auction Generated $5.3 Million

Babe Ruth Promissory Note

Collectors purchase 1,300+ lots including more than 200 Babe Ruth items in the two-part event.

The Four Basic Types of Ungraded Strategies

Modern Baseball Card Investor

The first of three excerpts from the new book ‘The Modern Baseball Card Investor’ by Jeff Hwang discusses the pros and cons of dealing in ungraded cards.

Babe Ruth’s Red Sox Contract Brings $1.02 Million

Ruth ontract

Babe Ruth’s own 1918 Red Sox player contract, which paid him $5,000 for the season, sold in a special Ruth-centric auction Saturday for $1.02 million.