Steven Plotnick’s incredible collecton of graded cards ranges from Abe Attell to Max Zaslofsky.
The quest never ends for Steven Plotnick.
The tax lawyer and New York Mets’ season ticket holder from Fair Lawn, New Jersey continues to build one of the best graded collections of its kind in the world. His focus is finding quality cards of athletes who share his Jewish faith.
Scouring publications and the recently-issued Jewish Major Leaguers card sets, he’s aware of the cards which have been issued over the years and seeks them out, primarily via eBay but also through auction houses and dealers who know where his interest lies. Of the hundreds of cards in his collection, many are finest known examples in existence.
He has registered 22 sets via the PSA Set Registry, collecting and upgrading cards of Jewish athletes in virtually every set and every sport. He has the #1 All Time Finest sets for Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, Al Rosen and Moe Berg from baseball and Sid Luckman and Ron MIx from football, among others. His Rosen set includes 32 cards, while the Greenberg currently has 27 cards including several pre-War PSA 8 examples.
Jewish men have appeared in sports-related card sets dating back to the 1800s. "The oldest trading card featuring a Jewish athlete is of Lon (L.E.) Myers, namely his 1887 W.S. Kimball (N184) "Champion Runners of the World" card, so I like that one," he told Sports Collectors Daily. Two chess players and a runner were featured in the 19th century Goodwin Champions set while the original Allen & Ginter set includes another of Myers’ cards.
Plotnick is also a big fan of early 20th century ballplayer Barney Pelty. Plotnick’s Pelty PSA collection consists of 12 cards including several T206 variations, a 1909 Ramly and a 1912 Hassan Triple Folders PSA 8 on which Pelty appears.
"Right now I am focusing on collecting pre-World War II cards," he explained. "I want all of my cards professionally graded so I know the quality and condition is good."
He owns several high grade cards in the 1948 Bowman basketball set which has a strong Jewish representation including Red Holzman and Max Zaslofsky. His collection may be primarily vintage, but he also chases cards of modern Jewish players like Shawn Green and Kevin Youkilis.
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