It doesn’t happen as much as it once did, but occasionally some remarkable items no one knew about will be brought to a card show. A few months ago it was a rare 19th century Four Base Hits tobacco card of John Clarkson that was found in an old Bible, graded and then sold recently through Huggins and Scott. The thrift store buy went for $95,600.
Over the weekend, another 19th century find walked into a show in Ohio. A promotional poster for Just So Tobacco from 1893 is not only an amazing find despite the very brittle condition, it solidified the checklist of cards from what is an exceptionally rare set.
The poster was on display at Legendary Auctions’ booth in Strongsville. No word yet on whether it will visit a paper conservator (but that’s a good bet) or when it might be coming to auction.
More photos of the poster and discussion are here.
NBA greats Scottie Pippen and Nate Archibald, Baseball Hall of Famers Joe Torre and Barry Larkin, former Chicago Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher, ex-Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, Pro Football Hall of Famers Paul Hornung and Dan Dierdorf and former tennis champion Jimmy Connors are among those who have been added to the autograph lineup at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
TriStar Productions will again handle the autograph pavilion at the NSCC. They held a show in San Francisco over the weekend with a few dozen signers including several Hall of Famers in various sports.
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A pair of autographed, game-worn Nike Air Jordan shoes from MJ’s final NBA season are on eBay. The design isn’t common and neither is the price.
If you collect autographs, you probably know about Scott Smith, the “SI King”, who has made it one of his life’s missions to track down Sports Illustrated cover subjects and have them sign. He’s got most every issue that’s possible to have autographs (and thousands of duplicates).
He and his collection were the subject of a MadeMan.com article this month.
They’re renovating Wrigley Field but the irony of the sign on top of what’s really an autograph barrier is too rich for words. The Cubs are apparently trying to eliminate any possibility of fans interacting with players—or begging for autographs—as players walk from the ballpark to their cars.