There will be an auction of high-end memorabilia during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, IL this summer.
Goldin Auctions says it’ll conduct what will be the only live auction during the show on Thursday, July 27 with just 100 premium lots valued at $10,000 or more on the block. The company’s conventional summer catalog auction will also get underway in July and close Saturday, August 5. Consignments are still being accepted for both auctions.
Nick Nunnari has been collecting game-used bats since the age of 12. Now 35, he’s not only built a large collection, he’s hoping to help collectors through an Instagram page devoted to game-used bats.
The account, which has nearly 10,000 followers, showcases bats used by past and present players, offers collecting tips and player bat characteristics.
“What is great is most of these followers are brand new to the hobby and had no idea the game used hobby existed,” he told us. “I wanted to promote the hobby as much as possible as I am under the belief that the more collectors, the better. I strongly believe that there are thousands upon thousands of people who would love to get involved in the hobby if they only knew about it and knew where to go for trusted advice.
Nunnari even gives away bats to followers each month and has even gotten feedback from some former big leaguers who are on Instagram including Mike Piazza, who commented on the size and model bat he preferred using during the course of his career.
OYO Toys, a company that creates minifigures that are part kids toy and part collectible, has created a couple of new products for baseball season including the chance to make yourself into a minifigure.
OYO is creating a line of its sports miniatures to commemorate moments and milestones in baseball. They’ll be produced in the wake of special achievements each month. For example, the company’s Bryce Harper pictures him in the uniform he was wearing when he set the record for runs in April with 32. Anthony Rendon got a figure for his 6-for-6, three homer, 10 RBI game.
The accomplishments are noted on the packaging as well as the custom printed bases for each minifigure. The pieces are limited to 1000. SRP is $12.99.
The other concept allows fans to utilize an online design studio to create a cartoon-like toy of yourself as an MLB player. More info on the mini-me figures is at OYOme.com.