No player’s done more in less time during baseball’s “Year of the Rookie” than Rhys Hoskins. The Philadelphia Phillies newcomer has now blasted 18 home runs and 38 RBI in his first 34 games, something no player has ever done. He’s given Phillies fans something to scream about in a year that has often made them scream for other reasons.
Hunt Auctions recently struck a deal to become Hoskins’ exclusive rep for autographs.
They conducted their first signing session with the 24-year-old on Thursday morning and plan to have autographed memorabilia including photos, baseballs, bats and other items at their kiosk inside Citizen’s Bank Park and on their website.
If you bought a card or other type of sports memorabilia on eBay seven or eight years ago, there’s a chance your seller was NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Minnesota Timberwolves center just signed an endorsement deal with the company and did a series of interviews, including one with GQ magazine in which he talked about selling on eBay as a youngster.
“I used eBay a lot selling trading cards and sports memorabilia and a bunch of sports cards,” the New Jersey native said. “I love the simplicity and the intuitiveness of it. It gave me a chance, a young kid with no money, to put some money in my pocket.”
Towns clearly had a knack for striking when the iron was hot, too.
“I sold a signed Tim Lincecum card for $330—at the time it was just off his Cy Young win. It was a card I pulled as a Christmas present and I was very fortunate to pull that card, I’ll tell you that much.”
Towns worked at a sports card store as a teenager and still collects.