By most accounts, hobby shops saw good traffic for Saturday’s Topps National Baseball Card Day promotion. The free packs and individual promotions came on the heels of the National Sports Collectors Convention where it got an added dose of free publicity.
Giving away special packs, some of which included autographed cards, is good–but Carl’s Cards in Havertown, PA used the occasion to bring in 1952 American League MVP Bobby Shantz for autographs.
The 1952 AL MVP is 92. https://t.co/glp2Xt8vTv
— Sports Collector (@SportsCollector) August 11, 2018
Still going strong at 92, Shantz has been a popular autograph guest throughout the years.
Don Zimmer’s 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring sold for $49,837 at Love of the Game Auctions early Sunday morning. Gil Hodges’ 1959 Rawlings Gold Glove Award netted $11,685.
The 1915 Real Photo Postcard that shows the earliest image of Babe Ruth pitching in a big league game, didn’t meet the reserve price.
You’ve just won a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle from Mile High Card Company. Do you keep it–or flip it for some quick cash to spend on something else?
David Seideman of Forbes talked to the guy who won the drawing at the end of the National Sports Collectors Convention and also touched on the odds of pulling a 1955 Bowman Mickey Mantle from a cello pack as Vintage Breaks did.
What are the best baseball cards of the 1950s? Depends on who you ask and MLB’s Cut 4 asked Bob Costas to give us his favorites, year-by-year.
Cut 4 also caught up with Joe Pettini, the Giants’ infielder who was the “victim” of some serious airbrushing on his 1981 Topps card. The company went so far as to cover up his beard for some reason.
That wasn’t the only faux pas, according to Pettini, who has a great sense of humor about the whole thing.
If you missed Artis Gilmore at the National Sports Collectors Convention, you can still get his autograph. The former ABA and NBA star has collaborated with authors Reid Fontaine and Mark Bruner on a new autobiography and he’s scheduled to sign copies and meet fans at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. There’s no charge for the autograph.
He’ll also be the star of the Kentucky Book Fair in Lexington on November 17.
You can learn more about the book published by Acclaim Press and order signed or unsigned copies by mail here.
Funny story from Dale Murphy about signing autographs:
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) August 11, 2018