Long-time collector Bruce Paynter, former president of the Chicagoland Sports Collectors Association and two-time host of the National Sports Collectors Convention passed away suddenly on Sunday. He was 67.
Paynter’s shows at the Hillside Holiday Inn were among the hobby’s most popular events in the late 1970s and 80s, drawing collectors from around the Midwest and beyond. He and his wife Bonita hosted the fourth National Sports Collectors Convention in 1983 and the tenth NSCC in 1989. He continued to hold a table at the National even in recent years.
The National family is saddened to hear the passing of Bruce Paynter, NSCC HOFer, past NSCC promoter, Northwestern supporter and one of the true great guys of the industry.. our deepest sympathy to Bonita and the Paynter family. pic.twitter.com/WNH3P1b2G7
— The National (@nsccshow) January 22, 2019
Bidding wraps up this week for cards in the top-ranked 1933 Goudey set on PSA’s registry. Six cards have bids over $100,000 as of now, topped by the PSA 9 Babe Ruth #144 which is sitting at $336,000 including the buyer’s premium.
Card #181 of Ruth, also graded 9, has reached $216,000 while a PSA 9 Nap Lajoie sits at $192,000. The auction ends Thursday night.
The “Miracle in Miami” football tossed into the stands by Kenyan Drake after the Dolphins’ crazy kickoff return against the Patriots last month has sold for $18,000.
THE MIRACLE AT HARD ROCK STADIUM
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— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 9, 2018
Drake had asked for the ball back and offered a trade but it was sold in the stands by the fan who originally caught it and the buyer consigned it to Steiner Auctions.