A collector in Oregon just wanted some card storage supplies. He wound up with something a lot better.
A couple of months ago, Wendell Williams walked into Hoody’s in Beaverton, OR with his two-year-old son in tow. He picked up the hard cases and sleeves he was after but then spotted six boxes of 2016-17 Gold Standard basketball on the shelf. They’d sat there, unsold, for months. He’d been watching YouTube videos and keeping his eyes open online and knew he’d never seen the top card in the product, the ‘Solid Gold’ Ben Simmons rookie.
He plunked down $150 for the pack of seven cards—and one of them turned out to be the Simmons redemption card. Now that winter has turned to spring, he’s got the card –and has it listed on eBay through Hoody’s.
With the Sixers’ star having a wildly successful first season, he’s had some offers close to six figures, but he’s yet to pull the trigger on a deal.
He told his story—and talked about the decision to sell—or hold—in this story on BleacherReport.com.
The company originally stated it would pay $60,000 for the card if it were pulled and graded 9.5. Now, owner Tom Fish says he’s willing to pay $75,000.
Other low serial numbered Ohtani autographs from the popular release, are seeing big money bids this 1/5 Red Refractor auto which was set to close late Thursday night.
The National has announced the free autograph signers at the annual VIP party for this year’s show in Cleveland.
Tribe favorites Luis Tiant and Mike Hargrove and Basketball Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy will sign on Wednesday, August 1 for those who buy VIP passes to the show, which is being held at the I-X Center in Cleveland.
The VIP party, which includes food and drink, runs from 2:30-4 PM in the ballroom of the convention center.
Topps has now produced 21 cards in its “Living Set” series with three new additions this week, including baseball’s top prospect, Ronald Acuna who made his MLB debut on Wednesday.
To date, three players have sold more than 10,000 cards for Topps (Aaron Judge, Derek Jeter and Shohei Ohtani, whose release generated a print run of nearly 21,000.
Sales numbers have ticked up a bit since first three cards kicked off the promotion during spring training, with print runs for most players reaching 4,000 or more each week.
Here’s the latest edition of PSA’s video series the VG3 Show.