Remember that near set of 1915 Cracker Jack cards that we wrote about last month? Found in a Kansas farm auction in 1979, the cards stayed with the couple who uncovered them inside an old board game until just a few weeks ago. Now living in the state of Washington, they consigned them to a local auction house. Word got out and Tuesday night, the collection of primarily low to mid-grade CJ’s sold for $46,000 including a 15% buyer’s premium.
Only a few of the cards were professionally graded by Beckett with the Joe Jackson rating a ’2′.
According to local reports, most of the action happened during the live bidding and the collection was sold to a buyer in the room.
A new sports card and memorabilia shop has just opened in Lancaster, PA. Long-time collector Chuck Whisman owns it and will have four employees including store manager Bill Fuhrman. They’ll have a little of everything, from autographed items (and in-store signings) to vintage baseball cards. Read about it and see the video via this story in their local paper.
Former Upper Deck Public Relations Director Terry Melia has joined Leaf Trading Cards as PR, Marketing and Social Media Manager.
“I could not be more excited to add Terry Melia to the Leaf team,” said Brian Gray, President of Leaf Trading Cards. “With a renewed focus on communication with our customers, consumers and the media at large, this addition is clearly a huge win for Leaf and its dealers.”
Melia, an avid autograph collector, possesses more than 23 years of experience in the trading card and memorabilia industry. Prior to landing at Upper Deck in 1998, he helped launch Beverly Hills-based Trading Cards Magazine in 1991 and served as its editor for five years. He also kicked off a sister publication entitled The Encyclopedia of Sports Memorabilia and Price Guide.
Melia’s nearly 14-year tenure at Upper Deck started in the Public Relations department as the company’s Hobby Media Manager and came full circle when he was named PR Manager in late 2007. In between, he served vital roles in content acquisitions, e-commerce, and web content management.
“I’m extremely excited to be back in the industry and working for Brian Gray and Leaf Trading Cards,” said Melia. “By combining Brian’s creative innovations with my media pitching prowess, I’m confident Leaf will be making a bigger impact on the hobby as well as mainstream America in short order.”
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