Notes: Vander Meer No-Hit Balls Consigned, Fake Holder, Cards2Kids, Rookie Card Guide

Heritage Auctions will offer the two final out baseballs from each of Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hit games at an auction this coming February.

Vander Meer no-hitter baseballsVander Meer is the only man ever to throw back-to-back no-hitters in baseball history.  According to Heritage, the baseballs were in the family for decades but will now be up for grabs.

Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions talked about the consignment during this segment shot by ESPN at the recent National Sports Collectors Convention.


JeterSPIt was the most watched baseball card on eBay for several days, but a supposed Gem Mint 10 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter card was pulled on Wednesday after it was revealed the label on the holder was a fake.

After PSA members questioned the quality of the card inside the holder, PSA asked to see it and after dealer Rick Probstein shipped it to the grading company overnight, PSA verified that the label or ‘flip’ was not created by them.  Probstein then ended the listing through eBay and  indicated on the PSA message board that the grading company was discussing the incident with the consignor of the card, who at this point, is not known.

Bidding had reached $25,000 before the card was pulled from auction.


Cards2Kids, the charity organization founded by a Chicago area high school student a few years ago, is no longer accepting donations.   Apparently, the young men running the group are having a hard time finding youth organizations, children’s hospitals and other groups who will accept the donations.

Now that John Mackowiec is heading for college at Duke University, the group has appointed his East Coast Ambassador, Ben Schrager, as the new man in charge.  Schrager says the group still needs volunteers to help the cause.

Rookie Card Encyclopedia BeckettAn aspiring sidearmer with Division I talent, Schrager talked with the Hopewell Valley News for this story.

Beckett Media has released the second edition of its Rookie Card Encyclopedia, a 386-page book chronicling every significant rookie card known.  The massive paperback also contains some short feature stories and other information.

It’s available through