Notes: 2013 Bowman Error, Auction Update, 1966 Philadelphia Football Pack Rip, Curtis Martin Signing

Sharp-eyed collectors have discovered an error on the back of Hyun-Jin Ryu’s card.  The title of the statistical box at the bottom of the card shows “Japanese League Pitching Record”.  Only one thing wrong there:  Ryu never pitched in Japan.

He’s from South Korea and played in that country’s major league.



Thanks to Dan at MyKBO on Twitter, by way of Dodgers Blue Heaven for the picture and the tip.


The Babe Ruth 1914 Baltimore News card being offered by Robert Edward Auctions has now been bid up to $280,000.  With the buyer’s premium factored in, it’s now over $330,000.  The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8 has climbed to $170,000—over $200,000 with the juice.

If we’d only known when you could buy a really, really nice one for $10,000 what we know now…


Collectors can go back in time, though, if they’re willing to pay the price.  Often times, what’s inside the pack doesn’t match the investment  but it’s no different than any other form of gambling in that regard—and a lot more fun to those of us in the hobby.

Sometimes, though, the pack gives up a secret it’s been hiding for a long time.

Check out the 1966 Philadelphia Football cello pack bust from the crew at Just Collect.

Most would have been thrilled just to pull one of those cards.

No ’66s, but there are currently a few Philadelphia football packs on eBay.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin will sign autographs at Bellmore JFK High School in Bellmore, NY on Monday, May 20.  He’s coming to help raise money for the school’s hurricane relief fund, which was set up in November to benefit families of the Bellmore-Merrick community affected by Hurricane Sandy.

If you’re in the area, Martin will appear from 7pm-8:30pm with doors opening at 6:15.  If not, the school is accepting mail order.  Prices range from $30-40, not bad for a Hall of Famer and the cause is certainly worthy.  You can send the items to the attention of Brad Seidman at 3000 Bellmore, JFK High School, Bellmore, NY 11710.  The mailing should include a bank check for the proper amount made payable to JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL.  Also, proper return packaging should be included.