Andy Broome, the senior vintage card grader at Beckett since 2004, has left for a similar role at Certified Sports Guaranty, which has been adding staff in recent months in preparation for its upcoming launch.
CSG is a newly forming division of Certified Collectibles Group, a long-time authenticator of coins, comics and other collectibles based in Florida. In July, they announced plans to start a card grading division. The company is expected to offer further details on its plans later this fall.
On Sunday, October 11, the day the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Finals, two LeBron James cards were sold every minute on eBay. By 9 the next morning, more than 600 of his cards had sold.
Meanwhile, eBay saw a 42% decrease in sales for Miami Heat’s shooting guard Jimmy Butler’s trading cards the day after the final game.
Collectors and fans also seemed to rediscover cards of Rajon Rondo following his stellar effort in the final game. eBay tells us there was a 150% increase in sales of Rondo cards compared to the day before.
Two of Michael Jordan’s most popular cards are on the market.
The 1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Red Jordan insert isn’t as rare as the Green version, of which only ten were made, but it’s still a holy grail card for hoops collectors.
Goldin Auctions has a BGS 9.5 example in its current catalog.
Graded Authentic by BGS for an apparent light trim job, another MJ PMG is up for auction on eBay right now and expected to surpass six figures.
A popular member of New Zealand’s national rugby team, commonly known as the All Blacks, has a new sports card business.
TJ Perenara and his cousin, Byron Pewhairangi-Farrow, are the owners of Pullup Cards, according to NZ Herald.com.