Topps has produced a 3D set, featuring 100 cards from Series 1 and 2. It was posted on the company’s website Thursday afternoon and 12,500 packs of eight cards sold out in less than an hour.
Like similar issues of the past, the cards are printed using lenticular technology, giving the illusion of movement.
There are image variations for ten of the base cards. There’s also a 20-card set of Rookie Magic Motion cards.
There’s been no checklist released by Topps as of yet.
Those who snared some of those packs online are now offering them for sale on eBay.
Overwhelmed with submissions, Beckett Grading says it is temporarily increasing prices for its two and five-day submission services.
Director of Grading Jeromy Murray says the company has been seeing “thousands” of cards submitted each week and with many customers seeking the quick turnaround times, those who don’t have been forced to wait a long time to get their cards back as graders try to keep up. Submissions normally processed in ten days are now taking two months while 30-day subs are taking 2 ½ months or more to return.
To that end, Beckett has opted to increase the price of its two and five-day grading options effective Monday, August 3. There’s no word on how long the price increase will last.
You can read their letter to customers below.
Sometimes rolling the dice works out really, really well.
Newly reengaged collector Tom Carroll spent $6,200 to secure all of the New Orleans Pelicans cards in a case break of 2019-20 Panini National Treasures Basketball, hoping to snare a signed Zion Williamson card from one of the top basketball products issued each year. The odds weren’t really in his favor, but lo and behold, the 19th card revealed in the break was a Zion Rookie Patch Auto numbered 21/99.
He told Action Network that he went to great lengths to pick the valuable card up. It’s now at Goldin Auctions with a high bid of $48,000—so far.
We recently wondered what was happening to all of the home run balls hit inside empty stadiums. Sports Illustrated contacted a bunch of teams to find out.
Bidding on the 2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout Autographed SuperFractor is now at $1.3 million.
Bidding for the 1986-87 Fleer basketball case seems to be stuck at $1.28 million. The auction continues through August 6.
Show note: The three-day Westport Sports Collectibles Show, held annually in the St. Louis area in October, has been cancelled.
Assuming anything can sometimes be a slippery slope.
The International Olympic Committee recently announced the donation of the Olympic torch Muhammad Ali famously carried to light the Olympic cauldron in Atlanta in 1996. There was a photo taken showing Formula One group chief executive Bernie Ecclestone presenting the torch to IOC President Thomas Bach at a recent meeting in Switzerland.
The real torch is on display at the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, KY.
It appears Ecclestone bought the torch at Julien’s Auctions, which noted in its catalog that the signed torch was part of the Atlanta relay in ’96, but never claimed it was THE torch. It had sold for $12,500, which was in the middle of the pre-sale estimate. The torch Ali held in that famous moment won’t likely ever come to market, but if it does, it would be worth a lot more than that. Somehow, Ecclestone made a major assumption and the IOC never checked it out before making its announcement.
Barry Janoff of NY Sports Journalism was the first to report and has full details.