Basketball cards may not rank at the top of the North American sports card pecking order but they’ve got one thing going for them that others don’t.
While MLB and the NFL can say they have avid followers in other countries, there’s not much doubt that hoops’ appeal is much broader. The game is hugely popular in some of the world’s biggest nations and continues to grow.
It’s that overseas appeal that sometimes plays into the sale of the hobby’s best basketball cards. The latest example is the six-figure sale of a PSA 10 1980-81 Topps Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rookie card. Forbes’ David Seideman discusses it in a story posted Monday.
Collectors Universe, parent company of PSA and PSA/DNA, reports that co-founder David G. Hall has been fired as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Hall’s last day was September 18. CEO Joe Orlando has taken over Hall’s duties.
The move was made by the company’s board of directors, which didn’t offer a reason for Hall’s termination. He is still listed as a board member.
A long-time coin collector and dealer, Hall launched Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) in 1986. Three years later, he co-founded Collectors Universe Inc. where he had served as president since October 2001.
He is also an avid collector of the T206 baseball card set. His collection includes 5,000 different player/back combinations out of 5,257 known to exist.
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren threw out the first pitch at a Yankees game over the weekend. He also told a funny story about asking for Whitey Ford’s autograph as a kid growing up in New York.
We’ve revamped our ‘Most Watched eBay Auctions’ pages. They include more items and, where appropriate, you can see the most watched items by sport.
Find ‘Hot on eBay’ at the top of the page and use the drop down menus. If you’re on a mobile device, the drop down is near the top of the screen.
Vintage Breaks is giving away $1,000 in break credit and over $500 in vintage cards and packs including a 1960 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 4, a 1993 SP baseball pack and other items. You’ll have to hurry, though.
Pack break spots purchased Monday night or Tuesday receive one entry into the contest with no limit. The drawing will be held late Tuesday night (September 25).
For more info, call them at 732-828-2261.