The only known Boston Red Sox 1916 World Series Championship button known to exist is on the auction block. The oversize button pictures then-21-year-old Babe Ruth.
Curiously sponsored by a Detroit brewery, it’s the largest baseball button made to that point, possibly to maximize the detail.
Most serious collectors of baseball buttons would know of the legendary 1916 button because it is pictured on the back cover of the late Dr. Paul Muchinsky’s 2004 mega-reference book Baseball Pinback Buttons.
Muchinsky retained personal ownership of the button, even when failing health led him to sell roughly 85% of his collection at auction. The button was considered such a valuable asset, it was actually placed in a trust and not to be sold until 2037. Recently Muchinsky’s family updated that decision, and the button is now being offered by Hake’s with a current bid of $20,900.
Bidding for a PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle was set to close Tuesday night on eBay.
On the modern side, Pristine Auction will offer one of the 25 2020 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Orange Refractors Jasson Dominguez in an auction set to open September 2o.
One sold on eBay in June for $20,000.
Two well established card shows announced their return on Monday after a lengthy hiatus due to local restrictions on gatherings.
The J & J Allstar show at the Fishers American Legion in the Indianapolis area is up and running again this Saturday from 8-2 PM while the The Nashville Card Show will be back in business October 10. 36 dealers will man 60 tables at Lighthouse Christian School in Antioch, TN.
Masks are mandatory at both shows and temperatures will be taken at the door.
The Detroit News talked to some local shop owners and collectors for a feature story on the hobby that appeared in Monday’s edition.