He’s still pitching—and still collecting.
Pat Neshek, who spent his college years at Butler chasing down autographs from minor league players on the way up, is about to start his 11th season as a major league pitcher. He’s with the Philadelphia Phillies now after spending the last two seasons with Houston.
The uniform has changed a few times since his 2006 debut but one thing hasn’t: he’s still an avid collector of cards and autographs.
He talked about his current collecting projects, his career and his unique delivery with Philly.com.
If you are looking for a spring getaway—and could use some tips on preserving your collectibles—the Baseball Hall of Fame is offering that opportunity this spring. The two-day Care and Conservation workshop in Cooperstown offers expert tips on how to properly house, display and preserve baseball-related material including cards, photos, game-worn uniforms, bats, paper material and more.
A private tour of the Hall of Fame archive collection (the one most visitors never see), a catered dinner and other perks are part of the schedule.
The workshop is scheduled for April 27-28. You can get more info here.
There was a small find of them quite a few years ago but you don’t see full boxes of 1951 Topps Red Back baseball cards come on the market that much anymore. Some of them were opened; others are in private collections. Lelands has one in its current auction, though and it’s fun to see what was really the dawn of Topps baseball in its well-preserved glory.
The box has 120 penny packs inside with each pack holding one card.
Yogi Berra, Duke Snider, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Feller and Warren Spahn were the biggest stars in the 52-card set. The entire box, then, could conceivably yield five sets if you’d decide to open it (hopefully you wouldn’t just to preserve a little hobby history and have a really cool piece in your collection).
The current bid is $3,000 but the auction still has three weeks to run.