Editor’s Blog: BBCE Promo, Stanley Cup Practice Jersey Bargains, Harwell Collection

Baseball Card Exchange and PSA have teamed up for a special promotion during this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.  Collectors who love to rip vintage wax packs may really get into this one.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Purchase any unopened material from Baseball Card Exchange and open it at the BBCE booth.
  2. Decide which cards you would like graded on-site with PSA. BBCE will place your cards in semi-rigids and submit them to PSA on your behalf. For this exclusive National promotion, the discounted grading fee is only $15/card; minimum five cards. (Regular price for PSA on-site grading at a show is $35).
  3. BBCE will take “before” and “after” pictures of your cards for its own promotional use.
  4. You will be notified when your cards have been encapsulated and are ready to be picked up at the BBCE booth. You must show proper ID to receive your cards. If you should leave the show before your cards are encapsulated, BBCE will ship your cards at their expense during the week following the National.

Only cards that have been pulled from unopened material purchased from BBCE at the show and opened at their booth are eligible for the promotion.


Game Six practice jersey Tim ThomasBuying a  “practice worn” jersey isn’t normally the type of thing we’d encourage, but what if that jersey was worn in a team’s most important practice of the season–one that may have propelled them to a Stanley Cup?  Kind of a neat little piece of history.  Last night, MeiGray auctioned several Boston Bruins jerseys won in the team’s last full workout on June 12.

Down 3-2 in the series, the Bruins won game six the next day and then flew to Vancouver and beat the Canucks 4-0 to win the Cup.  The jersey worn by goalie Tim Thomas during that practice, sold for only $470.   The jersey worn by Mark Rechhi, who  retired after the series, brought $500.  Most others sold for between $250 and $400.  Tricked out authentic replica jerseys can cost almost as much.  If I’m a hockey collector who scored one of those, I’m feeling really good today.


Four weeks after media reports in Detroit indicated Ernie Harwell’s large collection of baseball memorabilia, books and papers wasn’t being properly cared for or showcased, a publication called Library Journal, is coming to the defense of the public system charged with maintaining it.