News and Notes: The Price of Packs, Puig’s Deal, Yankees Memorabilia, Topps Vault

You may have seen our video with Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange talking about the unopened market.  He specifically mentioned the 1986-87 Fleer Fleer 1986-87 Basketball boxbasketball box as one that was in constant demand, due of course, to the Michael Jordan rookie cards inside.  Collation was generally very good and collectors can usually expect three Jordan cards to emerge from a box.  BBCE sold two of the boxes for $29,500 each during the National.

Members of the PSA message board forum combined resources to purchase a 192-count case of 1979 Topps Baseball 3-pack trays in the days leading up to the show.  The cost?  A cool $30,000, which worked out to about $156 per tray or $52 per pack.


Yasiel Puig has signed an exclusive deal with Fanatics Authentic and will be among the autograph guests at the company’s Sports Spectacular show at the Stephens Convention Center in Chicago November 21-23.  Game-used memorabilia will be part of the deal according to a company rep.

The company already has a group of signed Puig items on its website.

Fanatics has exclusive deals with several athletes including David Ortiz, Colin Kaepernick, Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Prince Fielder, and Tony Parker.


I haven’t read Brandon Steiner’s book yet, but earlier this week, I saw an eye-popping reference to a story in the book about a Pro Football Hall of Famer’s autograph that I hadn’t heard before.

During the time he was attempting to get his collectibles business off the ground, Steiner had a business relationship with Walter Payton.   Eventually that led to Steiner Sports’ first big autograph contract with a big name athlete as the terminally ill Payton agreed to sign 20,000 autographs for the company, all to be distributed after his death.  Payton died in 1999.

Yankees lockerroom name plate Derek JeterSpeaking of Steiner, the company has just added game-used Yankees memorabilia to its website including a Masahiro Tanaka game-worn jersey that will set you back over $15,000.

The name plate from above Derek Jeter’s locker from a June 30 game is $1,510.  If a clubhouse chair is more in line with your budget, you can get one used by Tanaka for $760 or Carlos Beltran for $510.

No word yet on exactly what items from Jeter’s final days with the Yankees that Steiner will get.  The company is the exclusive seller of Yankees jerseys and game-used memorabilia.


Thurman Munson photo 1971 ToppsSome interesting stuff coming out of the Topps’ Vault auctions recently including several ‘match print’ photos and negatives used in producing the company’s cards from years ago.  The action photo used to make Thurman Munson’s 1971 Topps card is a beauty.  It sold for $1,825 earlier this week.

A gorgeous photo from Carl Furillo’s 1958 card, taken at Ebbets Field, brought $224.

1963 Topps file copy card sheetThey’ve also got some others online now including some color negatives of guys like Roger Maris, Johnny Bench and Carl Yastremski along with the original Topps file copy sheets from 1963.

Those sheets contain six cards, one face up and one face down. The cards are pasted to the sheets, but it’s an interesting part of hobby history.  Many were sold at a special Topps Vault auction years ago.

The sheet with Roberto Clemente’s card is up for bid now.  You can see the Topps Vault listings here.


I read a nice little column by Kenneth Byrnes, a former employee at the Topps plant in Duryea, PA back in the 1970s.

He recalls a visit from Willie Mays, not long after Mays had retired from baseball.  It caused quite a stir, and contrary to the reports of those who stood in line for his autograph at card shows in later years, Byrnes’ interaction with the Say Hey Kid was a good one.

Read his recollection here.

———–David Price_Topps BUNT_2014

Topps released the first baseball ‘card’ of David Price in a Tigers uniform on Tuesday evening but it’s not one you hold in your hand.  The card appears in Topps BUNT, the digital trading card app.

The card features action photography from Price’s first start with the Tigers on Tuesday evening.


If you need display cases for autographed memorabilia, one of the larger distributors in the hobby is offering special pricing on them through Sunday, August 10.   Click here to see what they are offering.


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