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Notebook: Wagner, Ruth Card Bidding, Elway Baseball Card, Kobe Bryant Auction

Bidding on the T206 Honus Wagner (PSA 1) being offered by Robert Edward Auctions is climbing.  Top bid as of late Wednesday night was $330,000.  With the company’s Honus Wagner T206 PSA 118.5% buyer’s premium factored in, the current bid equals $391,050.  In 2009, REA sold the same card for $399,000 so with a few weeks still remaining in the auction, it’s a cinch this one will blast into new territory.  Once owned by Charlie Sheen, it was stolen from a display inside New York’s All-Star Cafe many years ago and then went into private collections.

The 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth card (lot #1 in the auction) is at $319,950 including the BP.   Just two months after buying it from the auction house in a private transaction last year, the owner lost his home to Hurricane Sandy and received a cash advance from REA before putting it back on the market through the auction.   Even one more bid will mean he’ll still make a profit on his $325,000 investment.

———1982 John Elway baseball card

ESPN’s special on the 1983 NFL Draft has gotten a lot of attention this week.  Much of the show deals with John Elway’s unpopular decision to spurn the Baltimore Colts and force a trade.  Of course, the rest is history but what many of us have forgotten is how good he was at baseball.

Many feel he could have been a major star and in fact, Elway led the Yankees’ rookie league team in Oneonta, NY in just about every offensive category during his brief stint in the summer of 1982.  His baseball rookie card made by TCMA isn’t really all that expensive.  A few others were made in later years.  You can see them here.

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Is Kobe Bryant selling a bunch of his career memorabilia?  Sure looks like it.  Mum’s the word at Goldin Auctions, but they sent out an email this week showing off some jerseys, rings and other items which would appear to be part of a large collection of items that will go up for bid this summer.  More details will come Monday, we are told.

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We do know Bret Saberhagen is selling off his stuff.  The auction is already underway and the Kansas City Star went to see him to find out why he’s letting go.

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Topps Vice-President Mark Sapir announced via Twitter Wednesday night that he would be leaving the company for a job outside the industry.  Sapir has handled the company’s rapidly expanding social media efforts, among other duties.  In February, Topps CEO Ryan O’Hara also stepped aside.

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About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].