You may have caught our story from a few weeks ago about the 1876 founding documents and original constitution of what became Major League Baseball. That previously unknown original copy was written by the hands of some of pro baseball’s founding fathers and is expected to bring a seven-figure price (at least) when the auction runs its course in a few weeks.
The Orange County Register paid a visit to SCP Auctions, talked with MLB historian John Thorn and yours truly for this story (be sure to also watch the video they produced).
Topps says it sold 13,542 copies of the two base NOW cards of Derek Jeter it offered for sale in a 24-hour period that ended Tuesday afternoon. Those numbers pushed Topps to a record one-day total sales record of more than 17,000 NOW cards sold, breaking the previous mark set last year for Ichiro’s 3000th hit.
Topps created two physical cards commemorating the event for $9.99 each, which were exclusively sold on Topps.com. It was his first NOW card. A limited amount of autograph and relic cards sold out within about 30 minutes. Over 3,500 other cards commemorating big moments from Monday were also sold.
The two Jeter cards also became the top of two best selling cards of 2017, surpassing the rookie cards of Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ (2,241) and Yankees’ Aaron Judge (2,151). The top selling Topps NOW card leading up the Jeter ceremony is the card immortalizing Ichiro’s 3,000th MLB hit in 2016. That card sold 11,550 copies in just 24 hours.
Burke Waldron’s appearance on a Topps Update First Pitch card last season has given the World War II vet a hobby: signing the hundreds that collectors have mailed his way for autographs.
But this 92-year-old is not the type to sit around.
After all, it was his peppy trot to the Seattle pitching mound nearly a year ago to toss out that first pitch that led to him becoming a bit of a YouTube sensation and one of Topps’ picks for the First Pitch inserts.
He’ll be on the move this weekend in the Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade. He talked about his service, his pitch last May at Safeco Field, his baseball card fame and more with the Kitsap Sun.
Topps has lost its Director of Player Licensing. Jon Einalhori has joined Sosnick Cobbe & Karon, a player representation firm. He’ll work on off-the-field marketing deals for about 30 big leaguers who are on company’s client list.
Einalhori’s job at Topps involved negotiating with athlete agents on trading card and autograph deals.
“Topps is doing really very well and I really, truly didn’t want to leave,” Einalhori told Sports Business Journal. “But [Sosnick, Cobbe and Karon] are really good agents and there is a need in their business to grow the off-the-field piece, so I relish the opportunity to build something.”