Baseball Card Exchange owner Steve Hart has tested positive for COVID-19. The long-time hobby dealer and unopened authenticator is doing fine but the company has had to shut down indefinitely.
Just prior to that, he had to deal with the threat of looting in the area of the company’s offices and retail shop in Schererville, IN last week.
Hart says he had felt mild cold-like symptoms last month but it went away within a couple of days. It wasn’t until a yearly physical last week that he was tested and the result was positive.
We join the rest of the hobby in wishing Steve and his family the best during a challenging time.
At two cards per pack, the odds were long, but lightning struck for Vintage Breaks and one lucky collector last Thursday night.
Opening a box of 1996-97 Skybox E-X2000 basketball revealed not just a Kobe Bryant rookie card, but the Credentials parallel version, numbered to 499.
Spots in the box break cost $175 per pack but it turned out to be a great buy for one avid customer who saw his pack yield one of Bryant’s best rookie cards.
High-grade copies are extremely tough to find because of the nature of the card stock. PSA’s price guide lists an 8 at $5,500, a 9 at $10,000+ and a 10 at $25,000+. Considering the current market for Bryant cards–and basketball in general–those numbers may be very conservative.
Jerseys worn by the Dallas Mavericks and L.A. Clippers during the NBA’s Canada Series are on the auction block, including those donned by Luka Doncic and Kawhi Leonard.
NBA Auctions is conducting the sale of more than two dozen jerseys in an auction that runs through June 25.
Behind Doncic’s double-double, the Mavs picked up a 102-87 preseason victory on October 17, 2019 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC.