Editor’s Blog: Turkey Red a Sellout, Gypsy Queen Out, MLB Shop Discount, IRS Selling Seized Stuff

Topps released its 2012 Turkey Red Football set for orders through its online store on Wednesday morning and apparently, it was a hit.  So many collectors logged on to the Turkey Red Topps Football box 2012site, it actually crashed.  The product sold out quickly.

Turkey Red Baseball sold out, too, but not quite as fast.  The exceptional rookie class from last season is still a big sales driver for all 2012 football products.

Dealers were already selling Turkey Red sets for a sizable profit.

We expect to have a box to review soon.


Topps also released its Gypsy Queen brand (officially, anyway) through hobby shops on Wednesday.  The product has been available at Target and Walmart for several days.

Already, nearly 6,000 listings on eBay have popped up for the product that was a smash hit in 2011 but didn’t fare quite as well last year.  General reaction seems positive.


Possible deal alert:  Take 20% off one item at Shop.MLB.com.  It ends today and they do carry boxes of cards, autographs and even some game-used material.


Ted Williams 1959 Fleer PSA 10
All 1,000+ auctions end this Sunday 4/7/13. 1952 Bowman MantleeBay’s largest seller of vintage cards, Just Collect, has launched over 1,000 items on eBay including a 1959 Fleer Ted Williams #17 PSA 10.  Lots started at 99 cents–even for some vintage Mantles and popular commons like those from the ’53 Bowman set.  They have over 1,000 PSA graded cards including T206s with rare backs and for modern era collectors,  one of the most popular baseball cards from the 1990s–a 1991 Topps Desert Shield #333 Chipper Jones Rookie PSA 7.5.

All lots end this Sunday, April 7.

You can check out their listings here.


vintage sports photographsWith the tax deadline approaching, it’s a good idea to…well…actually pay your taxes.  The IRS recently seized a big collection of sports memorabilia in North Dakota and will put it all up for auction later this month.

There doesn’t appear to be anything spectacular and we can’t vouch for the autographs but there are over 300 lots including autographed baseballs, footballs, basketballs, tennis balls. Super Bowl Programs & Sports Illustrated magazines; signed and unsigned sports photos; autographed football & baseball helmets; autographed boxing gloves, equipment & photos; Signed and unsigned baseball bats; signed and unsigned baseball cards; vintage baseball & football gear; some  NASCAR photos and autographed movie and TV cast photos.

The IRS says most signed items do have a COA of some sort and a PSA/DNA letter is visible in one of the lots.  You can check out the unfortunate soul’s soon to be sold collection here.