On Sunday night, Collectable offered a very small ownership stake in one of the hobby’s holy grail cards, a 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth, valued at just over $6 million. Only $66,000 of that was offered publicly, with the rest controlled by the person who bought the card earlier this year. It had been on display for many years at the Babe Ruth Museum and still resides there.
Shares were priced at $3 each (Ruth wore number 3, get it?) with 22,000 shares available.
They didn’t last long. 570 investors gobbled them up in about 18 minutes.
The card is one of around ten known copies of what was essentially a schedule for the Baltimore minor league squad where Ruth’s career began. He’s one of several different players who adorned the front and as such, the hobby has long treated the set as a baseball card issue and Ruth’s “pre-rookie” card.
The SGC 3 example has quite a story to tell.
The Long Beach Expo is finally back on the schedule after nearly 18 months of cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The comeback of the popular southern California show has long been anticipated, particularly as the event was last held in February 2020, just weeks before the pandemic began sweeping through the United States.
The show at the Long Beach Convention Center includes sports cards and memorabilia, stamps, coins and other collectibles.
Ordinarily held three times a year, the next Expo is scheduled to take place September 30 through October 2.
Some coverage of this past weekend’s show in Kansas City courtesy of the local NBC affiliate, the highlight of which was former Royals standout Amos Otis telling the story of a memorabilia collector who wasn’t shy about asking for stuff many years ago.
A jersey worn by Giannis Antetokounmpo when the Milwaukee Bucks started their Finals comeback with a Game 3 win over Phoenix last month sold for $110,300 late last week via NBA Auctions.
Game 3 jerseys from Devin Booker ($30,050), Chris Paul ($26,350) and Khris Middleton ($9,637) also sold.
Former college football coach Steve Spurrier has opened a restaurant in Gainesville, FL and it’s jam-packed with memorabilia.
The Associated Press offers a story and photo gallery of some of the items that are on display from throughout his long history as a college player and coach and his time in the NFL in the 1970s.