One of the big hits from Topps’ latest super high end product has been pulled. A collector at Talkin’ Baseball in Danville, CA landed the fold out “Hit Kings” book card last week and has put it on eBay with a big price tag.
The piece has 40 sticker autographs from past and present stars and Hall of Famers.
There’s another big fish still in the pond–a book card that carries 50 signatures.
It was a matchup of future Hall of Famers in 1987 when Troy Aikman and UCLA met Emmitt Smith and Florida in the Aloha Bowl. Over the weekend, Heritage Auctions sold a jersey listed as the one Aikman wore in that game. The jersey had been authenticated by MEARS, which gave it an A10 grade.
The final price was $7,800.
On Sunday, Aikman sent a tweet disputing the claim that the jersey was his original gamer.
Unless I’m the one selling it, none of my memorabilia being auctioned is authentic. End of story. https://t.co/JhPV0lYG3L
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) November 18, 2017
So far, Aikman hasn’t provided any other details or proof that the jersey was in his possession. Heritage answered via Twitter a couple of hours later.
Heritage Sports stands behind every item that we sell. This jersey has been authenticated by the most trusted third party authentication service, MEARS, as well as our internal experts. We are looking into Troy’s claim, however we believe the jersey to be 100% authentic.
— Heritage Sports (@Heritage_Sport) November 19, 2017
Chris Ivy, Sports Auction Director for Heritage, says they plan to reach out to Aikman to discuss the matter.
It’s the second time in less than two months that Aikman has publicly denounced the sale of a jersey attributed to his use. Last month, Grey Flannel Auctions offered what it listed as Aikman’s Super Bowl XXVII shirt, something that caught the eye of a Dallas radio host. That got Aikman’s attention and he re-tweeted the auction stating, “If only it were authentic.” Again, he didn’t indicate whether he’d kept the jersey or knew where it was.
Grey Flannel produced a study of the jersey, including images of grass stains, tears, mesh patterns and marks that did appear to match photos from the game in which Aikman tossed four touchdown passes in a win over the Buffalo Bills in January 1993.
He’s a big star, but apparently not too big to sign autographs at the local grocery store.
The line was ridiculously long for Giannis Antetokounmpo at the Pic ‘N Save in the Milwaukee suburb of Hales Corners last week.
He signed all kinds of things–including a frying pan right in front of the frozen foods section.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) November 17, 2017