Heritage Auctions reported total first quarter sales of over $337 million, an increase of 16 percent over the same period last year. Revenue was driven by world record-breaking sales of sports memorabilia, U.S. and World & Ancient coins, comics and comic art.
Even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the company says sales show steady, year-over-year first quarter growth: from a 7 percent increase from 2019 to 2020 to this year’s 16 percent increase.
In February, the firm’s Sports collectibles category fueled $42 million in monthly sales, a record-shattering mark which included the industry’s most valuable sports auction at the time– $32.7 million. Highlights included the record for the most expensive Michael Jordan card, which realized $1.4 million and the $2.5 million sale of a T206 Honus Wagner.
Tom Brady wishes he’d kept a few of those rookie cards he was asked to sign as a sixth round draft pick back in 2000. After seeing prices rise in the wake of his latest Super Bowl win, Brady recalled signing tons of them for peanuts as a rookie when he sat down with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America.
GMA EXCLUSIVE: “I definitely should’ve kept some of them but whatever I think it all worked out pretty good.” @TomBrady jokes with @michaelstrahan about finding his rookie cards after one sold for $2.25 million. https://t.co/Cl197k3R4w pic.twitter.com/5A8UhCoc85
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 7, 2021
SPAC Mudrick Acquisition Corp., the company partnering with Topps to take the trading card maker public again, saw its stock rise 8.6% Monday after the news that Topps was entering the NFT space with its plans to offer packs of digital cards through the WAX blockchain.
How much do artists working with Topps make? Quite a bit when you can also supplement that work by selling NFTs of your older artwork, too. Blake Jamieson is living his best life creating baseball art.
Eric Burks, who opened his hobby shop in Decatur, IL five years ago, moved to a larger space last week and a big crowd turned out to celebrate.