Editor’s Blog: Bogus Venezuelan Cards, Card Shop Profile

1972 Venezuelan Stamps have been a popular, but elusive set for collectors of vintage material.  They go for good money at auction, but now they’re also the latest target for counterfeiters.  Here’s an interesting message board thread about what some collectors say are the differences between the real deal and the fakes.


Sports collectors stores love the holidays.  It’s usually a time when moms and dads come in looking for something to put under the tree for junior.  It’s the rest of the year that’s a challenge, but some in our business have been able to do it for a long time, even changing locations now and then.

Here’s a look at long-time Columbus, Ohio area dealer Mark Northcutt’s new shop.


I received an email from Bill Harp, who says he’s looking for cards and memorabilia of George Owen III and/or any leads on Minor League Globe Printing Cards from the 1950s.

“The reason being, George had his 86th B-day last month and he has been a great friend of the family since 1966,” says Bill.  “I would like to provide him and his family (yes, and myself) with this gift.”
Harp says Owen played in the minors from 1950-1953.

He’s wondering if there might be some cards or memorabilia out there from Owen’s career which included:

*1950 & 52 California State League (Ventura Braves) -1952 team set (Card #8)
*1951 Quebec (Montreal, Canada)
*1953 Gulf Coast League playing for Laredo, then Brownsville ; Big State League (time/year unknown)
*Appalachian League (time/year unknown)
He’s also looking for a team photo or news clippings from any of those teams/clubs during that time period.
If you can help, drop him a note at [email protected]

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