Yogi Berra turns 90 Tuesday and while stories from his life and times abound, some are still turning up. Like the one about a teenage card show promoter who convinced Yogi to be an autograph guest and later got something from the Hall of Fame catcher that was even more valuable.
The New York Times story is worth a read anytime but especially today.
A Massachusetts high school student has been honored for his essay on the Goudey Gum Company. Matt Tormey took second prize in the Pioneer Institute contest, picking up a check for $2,000 that will come in handy for college.
Matt is a collector who wanted to learn more about Goudey’s heyday in Boston and he dug deep into the company’s history for his report: Boston’s Goudey Gum Company and the Silver Age of Baseball Cards.
A fan wound up with #660 and is probably going to sell it but the home run that pushed Alex Rodriguez past Willie Mays on the all-time list last week landed in a spot where that wouldn’t happen. MLB.com reports A-Rod gave the security guard who collected #661 a gift, though.
One of four PSA 10 1969 Topps Johnny Bench cards has hit the auction block. It’s Bench’s first solo card after his ’68 rookie debut with Ron Tompkins. Track the bidding here.