A ticket stub from Michael Jordan’s first NBA regular season game on October 26, 1984 sold for nearly $25,000 in Huggins & Scott’s recent auction. That’s the most ever paid for a ticket to the Chicago Stadium contest in which Jordan scored 16 points, dished out seven assists and snared six rebounds.
Graded PSA 2 primarily because the original owner had penned the score of the game on the back, the ticket is one of only 11 that have ever been graded.
The original cost to see the first game of his legendary career?
A hoard of 4,200 cards equaling over 50 near sets of 1959 Fleer Ted Williams cards was the top selling lot in the auction, selling for over $100,000 while a single-signed Babe Ruth “Home Run Special” baseball netted nearly $16,000.
Complete results can be found here.
Here’s a story from a Chicago area newspaper on the current sports card market.
Long-time collectors are aware of the infamous 1960s Topps Claude Raymond cards. The journeyman pitcher was captured by a Topps photographer and somehow the fact that the zipper on his pants was open was never caught through the process of creating his 1966 card.
KHOU-TV’s Jason Bristol did a segment on it and even caught up with the native of Quebec:
Boston Red Sox bat collector Jeff Boujoukos has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Hilda Award by the Baseball Reliquary.
Established in 2001 in memory of Hilda Chester, the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers fan, the Hilda Award recognizes distinguished service to the game by a baseball fan.
Since 1992, Boujoukos has been putting together a collection that includes a game-used bat of each Red Sox non-pitcher who had an at-bat for the Sox from 1960 to the present.
1960 was the last year of Ted Williams’ career and 1961 would be the first year for Carl Yastrzemski, his favorite player.
“It was an undertaking that I frankly never thought I would complete and as of today amounts to over 525 different players,” he said. “With the advent of eBay and networking with a number of fantastic collectors, and with the support of players, I have been able to collect a bat from every player except one, Ken Poulsen.”
Every year Boujoukos now lends different items from his collection to support the Fenway Park Living Museum Fund. In March 2019, he delivered a presentation at the Library of Congress about the collection.
The award will be formally presented at the Shrine of the Eternals 2020 Induction Day, which, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been postponed until 2021. The event takes place in Southern California.