Charlie Sheen was a guest on Colin Cowherd’s ESPN radio show Monday, talking about his new series, Anger Management, and a little about the hobby. Sheen, who once held a huge collection of rare and valuable memorabilia but sold off a good chunk of it, says he kept two items: A 1927 World Series ring presented to Babe Ruth and one of the two copies of the contract that completed the Bambino’s sale to the New York Yankees (we’re laying odds he’s actually got more stuff lying around the house).
Sheen told Cowherd that there were a couple of things he wishes he’d kept. One was a commemorative watch given to Jackie Robinson. The other was a Ty Cobb glove.
“It was the only one in the hobby,” Sheen said. “I was kind of broke at the time.”
If you have smaller hands, you will likely be delighted by this news. Topps is apparently going to reproduce every card from this year’s base set in mini form, package it with swatches and autographs and sell it as a company exclusive–available only through their own website.
The company is sort of obsessed with miniature cards. They did a similar thing in 1975, of course, with the packs available only in certain markets as a ‘test’. They also did a mini leaders set in the latter half of the 80s and have produced mini cards in the Allen & Ginter and Archives products in recent years.
Drafts are always guessing games. We think Ryan Leaf and Robert Griffin III will be successes in the NFL, but we really don’t have a clue. The last quarterback taken in the draft may turn out to be the best of all.
The NHL conducted its 2012 draft last week and that inspired Vintage Hockey Card Report to offer an interesting look back at the top draft picks of the 70s and what became of their careers–and their rookie cards.
I’m not sure if there are more women collecting cards today than there were 10 or 20 years ago, but my guess would be yes. It stands to reason that the more girls who grow up playing and watching sports look for a tangible outlet when they get older, that more will become collectors. Some may have been collectors as kids. There are women who are dealers. Many women work in the industry.
Still, they’re apparently made to feel uncomfortable at times but guys at shows or online.
Ashley Reyes is one of those collectors and she offered some observations on her experiences in this blog post.