Johnny Manziel’s NFL career may have been a bust but he’s apparently still popular enough in parts of Texas that folks will pay for an autograph or photo.
Stadium Signatures says Manziel will appear at Houston area shopping malls for one hour on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, Feb. 3. Autographs and professional photos are $99. He’ll take a selfie with you for $50. Inscriptions (up to four words) are an extra $29.
While NFL (and especially Cleveland) fans may be sour on his lack of dedication to becoming a pro, Manziel is still popular with some Texas A&M fans who recall what he did for the program.
Bidding for a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded SGC 86 (NM+) opened earlier this week at Goldin Auctions. The card has already pushed its way to $70,000 ($84,000) with the buyer’s premium factored in.
They have three other ’52 Mantles in the auction.
Vintage baseball cards, especially those of Hall of Famers, are still ultra-popular at card shows and they don’t have to all be ultra-high grade either.
Forbes’ David Seideman recently helped an elderly neighbor find a buyer for a little group of 1955 Topps cards and wrote about the process.
A big publicity boost for young Brady Kahle’s Cards for a Cause this week. ABC News carried a story on the Massachusetts boy and his charitable efforts to help a couple of friends suffering from cancer. Then, Mike Greenberg of Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio gave Brady a shout.
“I can’t think of a better idea than this. What an awesome cause.”
Great job 10 y/o Brady Kahle, Springfield, MAhttps://t.co/kcgy0LQS74
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) January 12, 2017
You might remember our latest story on Brady, who was invited to the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City last summer, where he set up a booth, selling cards and taking donations. He also sets up at a local show near his home on a regular basis.
Cards for a Cause has a Facebook page. They’re selling t-shirts and taking donations of sellable cards and memorabilia to continue helping the families of Brady’s young friends who’ve been battling cancer.
Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports has created a fun little video series in which he grabs a big league player, manager, executive or agent from the past or present and opens up a 25-year-old pack of baseball cards.
Those unopened packs have been sitting in storage since they were released and while most aren’t worth much of anything, that’s not the point.
Oz recently corralled Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw for the latest segment.