You can add Jerry Lucas to the list of former players who have decided to liquidate their collection. The former Ohio State and NBA star was at the National Sports Collectors Convention earlier this month, talking about the items Grey Flannel Auctions will offer next month, including his 1960 Olympic Gold Medal.
A lot of you read our extensive story and Q&A with the guru of 1961-63 Post Cereal baseball cards. Dan Mabey’s quartet of guides is simply the stuff of quiet hobby legend. From interviews with the cereal company executives who were there at the time to never before seen images and in depth analysis of exactly how, when and where the cards were distributed on those boxes, the work is remarkable. Each has hundreds of pages and dozens of images.
The guides are self-published and had a very small print run when they were originally issued several years ago. They aren’t cheap but Dan has decided to offer Sports Collectors Daily some special discounted rates on all four, each covering one of the four sets issued during the time frame (1961, 1962 and 1963 as well as the Post Canadian issue).
I can tell you that if you collect Post Cereal cards or deal in them, you will be overwhelmed with their detail. Prices range from $40-120 each and discounts will be given for two or more books. You can contact Dan Mabey via this email: [email protected]
Tales of those who collected cards in the late 1980's and early 1990's and dug them out recently are everywhere online. They think they must be worth more now than they were then--or at least the same. After a couple of phone calls, they realize that isn't the case. Some of the stories are more well-written and angst-filled than others.
With that in mind, we stumbled upon a newly published tale from one of those youngsters who is now in his 30s and was hoping to cash in. This guy spent every extra cent he had back then buying cards to build what he thought was one whale of a collection. Then he tried to sell them at a larger local show and found out they were just...heavy. Check out his story here.