Sports Collectors Daily

Notes: Huge Mantle Collection; Rookie Card Update; OJ Signing Already

Hundreds of vintage Mickey Mantle cards including rarities and multiple copies of popular 1950s regionals are entering the hobby through a long-time collector who’d quietly accumulated them years ago.

Stored in albums, the cards were carried into the National Sports Collectors Convention over the summer by an older man wearing a vintage Cubs jersey.  He stopped just inside the doors at the Lelands booth and consigned them to the auction company.

David Seideman of Forbes.com chronicled the find.

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Speaking of Mantle…bidding for a PSA 9 rookie card offered by Memory Lane is at $350,000—$420,000 if you factor in the buyer’s premium. 

With a week left in the bidding, it has a puncher’s chance to hit $1 million.

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Is there really a market for O.J. Simpson autographs? 

Apparently.

Simpson was seen signing helmets and other items at a private session in Las Vegas.

It may not work out in his favor, though. 

TMZ.com first wrote about the session, which came just a couple of days after Simpson’s release from prison.