Editor’s Blog


A blog written by Rich Mueller, editor of Sports Collectors Daily. A supplement to the regular sports collecting news stories that appear inside the website.

Notes: Wagner, Mantles Closing at Auction; Topps NOW Talk; Don West

Some big ticket cards head for the auction finish line; some tips on buying in a hot market; a chat with Topps about NOW cards and more.

Notes: Kobe Still Miffed; Harper’s 100th; Interlake Jordan

Kobe Bryant’s strained relationship with his parents is over a 2013 auction. Some Idahoans caught Harper’s 100th homer… and a big price on the “other” MJ rookie.

Notes: Media Flocks to Laws of Baseball; ’52 Mantle Auction, More

The Hall of Fame chimes in on the auction for the 1857 baseball documents; a huge price for a Koufax rookie…and more in the Notebook.

Weekend Notes: Record for Williams; MLBPA Report; Piazza Update

Big bucks flying for vintage icons, national attention on the Piazza jersey, the MLBPA reports on licensing fees and Adam Wainwright’s auction for Flint.

Opening Day Record-Setters and Their Rookie Cards

A fun look at some remarkable Opening Day career records and the rookie cards of the players who accomplished those feats.

Notes: 1880s Cabinet Card Discovered; Big $ for Trout; Spring Training ‘Graphs

A Michigan woman discovers a rare card featuring her great-great grandfather, a modern card bidding frenzy and a couple of stories on collectors and autographs.

Editor’s Blog: Garagiola an Unmistakable Presence in the Hobby

Joe Garagiola was no stranger to the hobby–whether appearing on cards, doing national TV segments on collecting, or locating former players in need.

Berger-Bell Meeting Launched Topps Football Cards

Sixty years ago, two men running upstart sports businesses got together and created what would become the first Topps pro football card set.

Card Show Trip Led to Piazza Meeting Ted Williams

A paid autograph session at a Pennsylvania card show led Ted Williams to the home of a future 62nd round pick who also became a Hall of Famer.

Editor’s Blog: Time to Cut the Auto-Relic Cord?

With crummy autographs in pricey products, it might be time for sports card makers to break the cycle and focus on more lower cost, less hit-oriented sets.

Notes: Fleer’s Sign Still There; Twins’ Curator; Nashville Show

A look back at the rise and fall of the Fleer Corporation’s trading cards, info on a growing Nashville show, meet an MLB curator… and Steiner is slabbing.

Notes: Beltran, Longoria Visit Topps; DePace Museum on TV

A couple of big leaguers drop by Topps to talk collecting, Philly TV checks out the DePace collection and a Red Sox fan talks about collecting Ted Williams.

Notes: Big Vintage Prices, Broncos Super Fan, Exclusive Helmet

A few news and notes from around the hobby.

Super Bowl Collecting Has Room for All

Fifty years worth of Super Bowl collectibles. A look at the memorabilia you can collect and a current list of which items are bringing the most bids on eBay.

Notes: Progress Shuts Oklahoma Shop

After 26 years, a Tulsa area shop is going out of business, PSA/DNA holds an event at the home of Pawn Stars…and Keith Olbermann’s contribution to the 1981 Donruss set.

Weekend Notes: Red Sox Fan Can’t Stomach Valuable Yankee Ball

The humorous travels of a valuable signed baseball–and a wedding ring; an update on a case filed against Eli Manning and the Giants… and Ernie Banks memorabilia on display.

Editor’s Blog: Focus on Griffey Jr a Huge Opportunity for Hobby

Ken Griffey Junior’s Hall of Fame election put card collecting back in the spotlight, offering a major opportunity for dealers and others to grow their business.

News and Notes: Parting with the Past

A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and other gems are part of Just Collect’s big Canadian buy; a Seattle dealer says Griffey changed his life’s course…and more.

Editor’s Blog: Looking Back; Looking Ahead

From licensing changes to great finds and skyrocketing prices for cardboard icons, 2015 offered plenty to talk about–and some questions that carry over into the new year.

Notes: Star-Trib on Berkus; Mantle Musings; Love to UD; Awful Autograph Story

His hometown paper writes about Mike Berkus; insight on the soaring 1952 Topps Mantle; Upper Deck signs an autograph deal with Kevin Love while Canada talks crummy autos.