For serious–and I mean serious vintage card collectors, scarcity trumps all. T206s are terrific. Goudeys are great. But it’s the super scarce cards of some of the game’s unheralded greats that often bring prices that are just as impressive.
A 1910 Punch Cigarros Cuban baseball card of John Henry Lloyd, in rough shape, from the famous Richard Merkin Collection, sold for a record price of $94,875 at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles on March 20. The Punch Cigars series is hugely popular with collectors of vintage Cuban baseball cards because of age, scarcity and the players who are pictured.
Merkin’s rare foreign baseball cards have brought big money over the last year. A rare Pete Hill card from the same set sold in the company’s last auction for $64,936.
Here are the top five sellers:
- Kobe Bryant $17,797
- LeBron James $15,254
- Dwyane Wade $10,580
- Dwight Howard $9,930
- Kevin Durant $9,908
A jersey worn on opening night by Kyrie Irving brought $12,542 earlier this month.
The card redeemable for week # 8 in the 2012 Topps Home Run Legends program is Frank Robinson (Redemption card #8 ).
Eight of the nine cards have been revealed. The checklist so far:
Week 1 Willie Mays
Week 2 Babe Ruth
Week 3 Hank Aaron
Week 4 Reggie Jackson
Week 5 Mickey Mantle
Week 6 Alex Rodriguez
Week 7 Ernie Banks
Week 8 Frank Robinson
Benjamin Hoffman of the New York Times is a bit of a collector. One of his favorite things to do is browse through MLB Auctions to see what gems he can drum up.
Autographed baseballs are his thing, but he’s not always after the big names. Sometimes he’s just after…well…the big. Check out his latest Baseball Blog post in the online edition of the Times.