Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk turned 72 on Thursday. That was his uniform number with the Chicago White Sox in the 1980s, who eventually retired it. Interestingly, his rookie card is in the ’72 Topps set…and he hit 72 homers after turning 40 according to historian Christopher Kamka.
It was while wearing that number with the Sox that Fisk was featured on a 1982 Topps In Action card that was considered at the time to be of the best photos ever to appear on cardboard.
In fact, it was the Baseball Hobby News “Card of the Year,” and that was actually kind of a big deal at the time. There was competition from Fleer and Donruss and so Topps’ Sy Berger was pretty excited for the publicity. He helped arrange a photo shoot at Yankee Stadium, with Fisk accepting.
It’s a great old story that BHN publisher Frank Barning told in his blog several years ago.
Cleats worn by Tom Brady and other stars in support of their favorite causes are generating some strong bids at NFL Auctions.
Brady’s shoes from the game against Kansas City earlier this month, were designed by Under Armour. They’re on the block through January 7. The current high bid was over $20,000 as of mid-week with proceeds benefitting a variety of charities.
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My cleats, my causes! I’m always particular about my gameday cleats but this weeks are especially meaningful. @underarmour helped me with this custom pair featuring some of my favorite charities and foundations. Follow the link in my bio to place a bid on them, and PLEASE check out each cause individually below. These groups all support people and places that have touched my life in a variety of ways, and it’s important to me to return the favor in any way I can. @tb12foundation @bestbuddies @navysealfoundation @pattillmanfnd @elliefund @thejimmyfund The Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation The Tom Martinez Goal Line Fund
Brady’s coach, Bill Belichick, wore a custom pair of shoes during the game and those are up for auction as well.
Cleats worn by Aaron Rodgers to support communities affected by wildfires in his native area of Northern California are also being sold along with those by Christian McCaffrey, other NFL players and league and network TV personalities. Bidding for Rodgers’ cleats will also likely top the five figure mark when bidding ends next month.
Jerseys worn by the Boston Bruins in last month’s Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Toronto are on the auction block.
MeiGray Auctions is offering 21 different jerseys in an auction that runs through January 8.
The Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, in the November 15 contest at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto with the jerseys being worn throughout the evening. Those donned by Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Charlie McAvoy and Zdeno Chara are among those being offered.
The Hockey Hall of Fame Game patch affixed to the right breast of each jersey and all have been tagged and registered into the Bruins-MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program.
Bidding for each jersey started at $200.
The second Ja Morant game-worn jersey from his rookie season is on the auction block. This one will warm the hearts of those who remember the 90s.
The “Classic Edition” Memphis Grizzlies jersey conjures up memories of the franchise’s beginnings in Vancouver. Memphis debuted them in a game against the Lakers on November 23 when Morant scored 26 points with 6 assists, 3 rebounds and a game-high 5 steals.
Bidding has already surpassed $10,000 with two weeks left in the auction.
Earlier this month, a jersey worn by the number 2 overall pick during his regular season NBA debut sold for $12,520.