Around the Hobby

Various news stories from the sports card and sports memorabilia hobby to include a wide variety of subjects including dealer and collector profiles, notes about current topics and more.

GTS Distribution Buys Global Enterprises

The long-time east coast distributor is turning its operation over to GTS but employees will be staying on board.

Notes: Sentencing Delay; Roadshow Gold; Steiner Giving Mother’s Day Gifts

A new sentencing date for a former Mastro rep; two valuable jerseys on Roadshow and Steiner handles Mother’s Day for you while announcing the “Perfect Show”.

Notes: New Negro Southern League Museum Opens

A huge new museum with some Negro League artifacts opens in Alabama; big bucks for Gretzky; Topps still hiring in Florida and Oscar Gamble’s Afro.

Kidney Issues Don’t Keep This Hobbyist Down

Dealing with years of kidney dialysis has made for some challenges but Frank Mogier still enjoys promoting shows and collecting.

Notes: Namath RC Record; Elite Cards Update; Dave Bing’s Stuff; Koufax Signs

A huge price for a high-end Joe Namath rookie card; an online price guide has some news; Dave Bing’s kids sell his stuff and Sandy Koufax signs for Fanatics.

Vintage Set Break of the Week: 1968 Topps

Packing a boatload of Hall of Famers, Burl’s offers slots in a newly-launched 1968 Topps set break.

Topps’ Double-Zero Cards Of The 1960s Had Some Big Names

You (almost) always knew a player was a big deal when his Topps card number ended in double zero.

Keith Olbermann’s ESPN2 Jackets to Help Homeless Pets

Keith Olbermann has consigned the infamous leather jacket he wore on air the night ESPN2 made its debut 23 years ago.

Update: Police Help California Dealer Reclaim Stolen Items

Police have recovered part of the treasure trove of sports cards and memorabilia stolen from a southern California collector/dealer back in January.

Let it Go, Mets: Piazza Disappointed Team Sold Post-9/11 Jersey

Mike Piazza’s jersey from the night he lifted New York’s spirits after 9/11 is up for grabs and the new Hall of Famer can’t believe the Mets let it go.

Edinson Volquez “Error Cap” Winds Up in Good Hands

A Royals fan and collector snared the cap Edinson Volquez wore by mistake on the night the Royals raised their championship banner.

Correa, Topps Partner in ‘Restless for a Cause’ Program

Young Astros’ star Carlos Correa came from humble beginnings. Now, he’s hoping fans will join him in providing beds for kids who don’t have one.

Notes: Jordan Rookie Hits $25K; Mays Rookie Soaring; Wrong Backs

More big prices for iconic cards–and some newly discovered vintage wrong backs.

Vintage Set Break of the Week: 1940 Play Ball

The weekend kicks off with Burl’s Break of the Week–a 1940 Play Ball set that features Ted, Joe, Jimmie, Hank, Shoeless, Honus and more.

No Arms; No Problem: Amazing Matt Stutzman Signs for Topps

Autographs from “The Armless Archer” will make you wonder why that star rookie can’t at least form a couple of letters.

Notebook: Kobe’s Last All-Star Jersey Nets $100,040

An All-Star jersey worn by Kobe Bryant sets a record–and so does a Joe Namath rookie card… while Jim Palmer calls in Hall of Fame autograph help.

Notes: Leaf Paige Listed; Chicago Show Update, Rogers Foreclosures, New Shop

A rare Leaf Satchel Paige eBay sighting; cancelled autograph signings, a bank forecloses on two John Rogers properties and a new shop in Minnesota.

A Fixture Since ’80, Ephrata Lions Club Show Returns

One of the hobby’s longest running shows also includes an auction and Hall of Fame autograph guest.

Brady Bunch Had Nothing on Joss Family

Don Joss of DJ’s Sports Cards is a busy guy, caring for the shop he’s owned since 1988–and for his large and special family at home.

Vintage Set Break of the Week: 1970 Topps Baseball

The breakup of a big collection of vintage sets continues as Burl’s offers slots in a mid-range 1970 Topps collection.