It’ll be a trip these guys won’t soon forget. An Ohio family was on their way to the Cincinnati Reds game last Friday, packing along some boxes of cards as they often do on trips. This time, it was 2023 Bowman Baseball for the crew that owns Best of Ohio Sports Cards in Troy, OH near Dayton.
The three generations in the vehicle watched as the senior member of the trio pulled the 1/1 Druw Jones SuperFractor Autograph.
We pulled the SUPER! Druw Jones Superfractor! pic.twitter.com/hM4qLHbhkz
— Best of Ohio Sports Cards (@bestofohiocards) May 23, 2023
Dave & Adam’s Card World had offered a $250,000 bounty on the card–or $1 million if the owner wanted to wait about 25 years in hopes that Jones would one day be elected to the Hall of Fame. The 19-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks prospect has only 40 at-bats under his belt so far in 2023.
Best of Ohio, which opened last year, will decide what to do with the card in the coming days.
Meanwhile, another 1/1 SuperFractor that had been sitting in a box for seven years was pulled on Wednesday–also by someone in a vehicle.
A collector from the Las Vegas area bought some 2016 Bowman Chrome and landed the Bo Bichette (non-autographed version).
— Andy (@cardsbyandy) May 24, 2023
A deep playoff run is pushing Nikola Jokic game-worn material to new heights.
NBA Auctions is offering a Joker-worn jersey from Game 1 of the Denver Nuggets’ opening round series and bidding has already passed the $52,000 mark which would already make it his most expensive game-used item so far.
Jokic also wore the jersey during three regular season games this year.
A jersey worn by playoff star Jamal Murray is also bringing some strong bids ahead of Thursday night’s close.
Other playoff jerseys on the block at NBA Auctions include those from LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler and Devin Booker.
The Midwest Monster is ready to attack once again.
Launched last year, the Indianapolis area show is set for Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 at Best Choice Fieldhouse.
Promoter Jeff Meyrose expects 375 dealer tables set up on the floor of the basketball arena. As of now, there is still some booth space available.
Show hours are noon to 8:30 Friday and 10-6 on Saturday. Admission is $10 with a two-day VIP ticket that offers early admission available for $25.
Full details are available at J&J All-Star Sports.
Tom and Ellen Zappala’s latest book for sports memorabilia collectors, The Diamondbacks Collection: 50 of the Greatest Cards in Sports Collecting History, was recently recognized nationally for its value to collectors and excellence in publishing.
A collaborative effort by the Zappalas, hobby expert, Joe Orlando, and contributor John Molori, the book earned a silver medal in the sports category at the 35th Annual Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony in San Diego, CA. The book was also honored with a bronze medal in the 27th Annual “IPPY” Independent Publisher Book Awards contest. Both the Ben Franklin Awards and the IPPY Awards recognize excellence in book editorial content and design and are regarded as the highest national honors for independent publishers.
The Diamondbacks Collection was released nationally by Peter E. Randall Publisher. The book details the story behind 50 of the hobby’s best cards currently residing in the private collection of Ken Kendrick, managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In addition, Orlando discusses the nuances and intricacies of every card in the collection and the set to which it belongs. He also takes a look at how the sports card collecting hobby has evolved over the years.
The book (available here via Amazon) is the seventh volume in the series of award-winning baseball collectibles books authored by the Zappalas and Orlando including, The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History, An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories, and Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection.