One of a few surviving images of Carl Horner’s early 20th century photo you see on the world’s most recognizable trading card sold for $38,789 early Sunday.
RMY Auctions offered the 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ photo in its July auction. Carrying a 1912 file stamp date on the back but produced a few years earlier, it is considered the second finest example of its kind. The photo was used to create Wagner’s T206 tobacco card, which was pulled from production after the American Tobacco Company couldn’t get Wagner’s approval to use his photo.
The listing drew 74 bids.
A unique 1927 photo of Lou Gehrig playing baseball with some youngsters while on his 1927 barnstorming trip with Babe Ruth netted $7,675 in the same auction. Complete results can be found here.
The company recently conducted a signing session with Brady, who autographed cards for the 2018 season and finally fulfilled autographs that were redemptions in some of those older products. He also signed cards that were supposed to have his autograph but wound up being pulled from production. That means singles from products like Flawless Football, National Treasures Football, Immaculate Collegiate Football and more — will be inserted into future editions of those products.
The first 2018 Brady autographs will appear in Certified NFL, due out on July 25.
Impressed by the locals’ interest in sports, Chicago native Thom Martineck moved to the small city of Yankton, South Dakota to open a sports card shop last winter. Badlands Sports Cards got off to a good start but the shop also appeals to those who just want to come in to play a board game and socialize. Young people and families are part of his clientele. There’s no cost and no reservation required to play some of the games that are on hand.
So far the shop has done well.
“It goes to show that the kids are interested in something other than, ‘Hey, I’m going to go home and play my Xbox or my PS4 or my PC, and just zone out with headphones on and not do anything.’ I like that.”
You can read more about his shop here.