Law enforcement agencies in Northeast Ohio are looking for the latest sports card shop burglar.
Surveillance cameras captured a male suspect breaking into Niles Sports Cards and Collectibles just after 4 AM last Thursday. He broke in through a side door, then smashed open three different display cases with a hammer, scooping up over $9,000 worth of cards and memorabilia.
The suspect was inside the shop for about a minute and a half.
There is a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.
CSG says it has now largely dug out from the backlog of sports card submissions and the company’s turnaround times are back to normal.
The company announced late Monday the turnaround time for bulk submissions is 45 days with Economy submissions at 25 days, Standard at 15, Express at 7 and Walk Through tiers are at three days.
“We are thrilled to have caught up on submissions and to be able to offer significantly faster turnaround times,” says Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of the Certified Collectibles Group, of which CSG is a part. “I appreciate our customers’ patience, support and trust as we worked diligently to expand and enhance our services.”
Shortly after launching its services in February of 2021, the company experienced large surge in submissions. During its first year in business, CSG graded and shipped more than 700,000 cards back to customers.
The return of faster estimated turnaround times means that beginning March 15, payments will be due at the time submissions are received rather than when they enter the grading stage. The company says the elimination of its backlog will create further efficiency by ensuring that there are no payment issues that would delay the shipment of completed submissions.
In addition to hiring, training and an expanded workspace, CSG has been developing and acquiring advanced authentication and grading technology, such as proprietary AI software. The company also upgraded its submission form to be more intuitive and optimized for mobile devices.
Someone bought the only PSA 10 1974-75 Topps Julius Erving rookie card for $132,000 Sunday night, making it the most expensive solo Dr. J card ever sold
PWCC Marketplace sold the card in its weekly Sunday auction.
“Finding any card from the 1974 Topps Basketball set in Gem Mint condition is extremely difficult due to the low print quality of the cards in the original run and the fact that basketball cards at the time weren’t an incredibly popular product,” said Jesse Craig, Director of Business Development at PWCC Marketplace. “The reality is that very few of these cards came out of packs in good condition, and of those, even less remained in good condition over the years. That creates a scenario where finding a superstar card like Dr. J in Gem Mint condition is next to impossible. This is a very rare card to have surfaced.”
The previous record for an Erving card, according to publicly available sales records, was $57,600 in a sale in February 2021.
DJ Skee has teamed up with eBay to host a series of exclusive trading card drops.
They’re exclusive editions of Skee’s Topps Project 70 card, all numbered to 10. The first card offered featured Jackie Robinson.
Each card is autographed by Skee, individually numbered in metallic gold ink with a unique color and graded 10 by PSA.
The auction listings with more information are available here.
The next drop is scheduled for March 21.