Million dollar T206 Wagners. $4 million Babe Ruth jerseys. Crazy good finds of vintage baseball cards. It’s been a wild, wacky year in the world of sports memorabilia. Never before has so much international attention been afforded the hobby.
At the recent National Sports Collectors Convention, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) President Joe Orlando says his company accepted over 20,000 submissions for authentication and grading.
There’s little doubt the hobby is alive and well, especially at the high end level. Orlando has some observations on why so much big money is coming in and what it means for those who already own high end pieces in his Taking My Hacks column.
Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night event, featuring the Black Swamp Find cards, a 1927 Babe Ruth bat and high grade autographed Ruth ball, generated over $4.5 million.
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There’s a new e-book on the market that chronicles the battle between Topps and Bowman in the late 1950s through the mid-1950s. The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 comes from Dean Hanley of Dean’s cards.
It’s over 140 pages long and available for $9.99 via Amazon.com.
And while you’re there, don’t forget our e-book that offers an in-depth look at the cards, packs, boxes, individual cards and related sets from 1970.
The Ultimate Guide to Collecting 1970 Baseball Cards is just $4.99 and well worth it. Trivia, checklists and key information are all part of it.