Sports Collectors Daily

Notes: Mantle Rookie Sales; Baseball Artist at Work; Topps ‘Cards’ in Braves’ New Park; Heritage Museum

A PSA 7 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle sold for $42,101 late Monday night, the seventh recorded sale of over $32,000 for a Mantle rookie since last August.  The going rate prior to the middle of 2015 was $10,000-$15,000.  That’s now what you’ll pay for a card in the 4-5 range (and there are several listed right now).

The average price of a 1952 Topps Mantle in that same grade and holder has been hovering around $172,000.  Robert Edward Auctions has one in their current catalog.  With the buyer’s premium factored in, it’s now closing in on that mark and with nearly three weeks left in the bidding, it’s possible the card will become the fourth 7 to hit the $200,000 mark in the last year and a half.

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We introduced you to the incredible work of baseball artist Graig Kreindler back in 2007.  It didn’t take long before his paintings of baseball history gained a big following. 

Kreindler is known for his meticulous detail and research that brings color to images from the past we’d only known in black and white.

Now, through a new video, you can see him in action as he puts the finishing touches on a painting for a client.

You can learn more about his work through his website.
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The Atlanta Braves’ new home has an ode to Topps baseball cards.

Seventy oversized cards featuring Braves players from the 1950s to today, all printed on wood, are displayed outside a conference center at SunTrust Park.

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If you’re near Cleveland, a trip to the Baseball Heritage Museum is probably worth your time.  It sits on the grounds where League Park once stood.  The ballpark was one of the most important facilities during the latter part of the 19th and first part of the 20th century.

Inside the museum, you’ll find game-used memorabilia, photographs, baseball cards and other displays that chronicle the story of baseball in northeast Ohio.  Cy Young, Nap Lajoie and other legends called the area home and are well represented as are the heroes of the 1945 Negro League champion Cleveland Buckeyes.

Cleveland’s CBS affiliate stopped by for a visit. If you can’t see the video below, click here.

Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH