Sports Collecting Notes

News & notes from around the industry. Also called "I’m too tired to write a real blog post right now."

SCP Auctions will offer items obtained by long time veteran collector Dr. James Rice in the company’s January 28, 2009 Internet Auction. Dr. Rice’s passion was the collecting and building of complete sets, covering virtually all the major issues from the early tobacco sets up thru the 1970’s. These sets, along with many other quality items, will be featured.

Mastro Auctions’ Classic Collector sale closes tonight with Part II. Heavy hitters in part one were:

  • 1916-1922 Nap Lajoie professional model bat $9200
  • Babe Ruth / Lou Gehrig signed baseball $7800
  • 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 3 $7800
  • 1954 Red Heart Dog Food Set (high grade) $7200

Long-time autograph dealer Kevin Keating has joined PSA/DNA as a baseball autograph consultant according to Keating has run Quality Autographs since 1992.

The Mets’ Shea Stadium memorabilia leftovers auction is wrapping up Friday.

The highest-priced item, currently going for the opening price of $2,500, is the letter “S” from the word “Stadium” in the sign located near the roof on the outside of the field.

An outfield wall panel featuring the AIG logo from the Mets’ final season at Shea Stadium had a bid of over $1400.

A photo of Casey Stengel, showing him discussing matters with an umpire, had 45 bids as of late Thursday and sat at $2,000 after opening at $375.

Two plain blue outfield wall panels similar to the one adorned with the AIG logo, and a mounted photo of Jerry Koosman jumping into the arms of Jerry Grote from the 1969 World Series, were both at $1,750.