Someone ate a lot of candy a long time ago…or was really devoted to finding people who did.
Gary Leavitt of Baseball Card Roadshows recently acquired this massive find of Zeenuts cards.
Zeenuts cards were produced annually for 28 years starting in 1911 and featured players from Pacific Coast League teams. They were produced by the Collins-McCarthy Candy Company of San Francisco and inserted into boxes of the company’s products. The coupons could be removed and sent in for various prizes so most of the cards are found without them.
There were about 1,100 cards in the collection. Leavitt says 25 still had the coupons attached.
The group is fresh to the hobby, having been purchased in Fresno, CA.
Bidding on the PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle jumped to nearly $800,000 within the first few hours at Heritage Auctions.
You don’t often see packs of 1969-70 Topps Basketball being opened, but it happened late last week. Topps’ first basketball issue in 12 years offered 10 cards for 10 cents. Topps had raised the price of its packs earlier that year.
JRI Cards offered five spots in the break at $5,000 each, which got you two cards in the ’69-70 break, two cards in a 1972-73 basketball break and your own personal pack of 1976-77 basketball.
The hope, of course, was that an Alcindor/Abdul-Jabbar rookie card might be hiding inside and with only 99 cards in the set, there was at least a respectable chance, but this pack didn’t have one. There was a Wilt Chamberlain showing through the wrapper, which like the rest of the cards in the graded pack, was minty but a bit off center.
In addition to the #1 Chamberlain card, four other Hall of Famers were inside including Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes.
Born out of an online business started in owner Matt Mcguckin’s bedroom in 2020, Dappz Sports has opened a brick-and-mortar store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
Mcguckin says they recorded over $5 million in sales last year.
The NBA on TNT recently aired a segment on former Laker Slava Medvedenko, a native of Ukraine, who sold his two championship rings to help kids in his country who are dealing with fallout from the war with Russia.
Medvedenko was a power forward for the Lakers during the Kobe Bryant-Shaquille O’Neal era.
As the video shows, the rings were sold through SCP Auctions for a total of over $250,000 with proceeds, including the auction house fees, donated to Medvedenko’s charity.