Notebook: ’75 Cello Case; Collector, Dealer Profiles; Tommy John’s Autographed MRI

That unopened case of 1975 Topps Baseball cello boxes that was sold by Collect Auctions late last year was listed on eBay last week.

Topps 1975 Baseball Cello CasePurchased for over $66,000 and originating from the legendary stash of Larry Fritsch Cards, the case was listed for sale at $83,500 on eBay.  The listing ended but no word on whether it actually sold. Considering how hot vintage unopened material has been, the price may not have been all that outlandish.

It works out to about $5,566 per box; a lot of money for cards that may be imperfect, but it’s also possible some low population grading candidates are resting inside along with a few packs with stars on top, which always carry a premium.  However, the real value is in the mystery of what really is in there and the scarcity of the case.  How many others have you seen this week?

We’ll leave it to you to decide whether it’s cool or crazy but it sure is fun to look at and wonder.


One popular way to collect is picking a theme and collecting cards, autographs or other items of players associated with it.  Hall of Famers, MVPs, Rookies of the Year, etc.

Pennsylvania collector Chuck Bruce is one of those guys who focused on one of those themes and didn’t let up.  While he collects a lot of different things, he’s been chasing autographs from members of the 3,000 hit club for several years and as the York Daily Record reports in this story, he recently finished the task with the addition of a Hall of Famer from long ago.


Jeffrey Weisenberg, owner of Massachusetts-based National Card Investors, was the subject of the Worcester Telegram’s Sunday newspaper interview.

For 16 years, he was a big part of Rotman Plastic Sheets/Rotman Collectibles, then ventured out on his own.


Tommy_John_2008_bronxIf you are an autograph collector, here’s something completely different.  Retired big league pitcher Tommy John is selling a collage of four MRI’s of his elbow.

Say what?

It’s all for a couple of good causes.  The collage is signed by John and the late Dr. Frank Jobe who performed the now famous surgery on John and saved his career back in 1974.

The print is limited to 99 and costs $1,295.

The images were taken in 2012 when John went to Indianapolis to have his shoulder checked out.  The elbow work Jobe had done was holding up nicely.

Money raised will go to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Federation for Suicide Prevention.

Jobe, who was the first to successfully perform the procedure now called simply ‘Tommy John Surgery’, died in March.

You can read more about the story here.


Monday night marked the 34th anniversary of Pete Rose’ 3,000th hit.  Of course, he was nowhere near finished getting them.

If you wanted a Rose card that year, they were not hard to find.  He was one of the double prints in the Topps set and even a graded mint one like this is less than $25.