The biggest prize in 2020 Topps Chrome has been uncovered—and it didn’t take long.
The Luis Robert SuperFractor from Topps Chrome was pulled from a hobby box by a customer of New Hobby Sports Collectibles in Salem, OR, just after the product was released late last week.
A new book uses baseball memorabilia to help tell the stories of players in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Collection by James Buckley gathers biographies, statistics, and photos of more than 175 Hall of Famers.
Separated into chapters by position, the book profiles more than 175 players including 2020 inductees Derek Jeter, Larry Walker and Ted Simmons. A complete list of all members is included.
Weighing in at nearly a pound and a half, the 192 page book includes images of scorecards, scouting reports, player contracts and replica tickets to help tell the players’ stories. It also features a complete list.
The book is due out next month. It’s priced at $40 and is available for pre-order now.
John Hamilton, who founded the Newport Sports Museum in Southern California, has passed away at age 78 from COVID-related complications. The museum housed 12,000 pieces of sports memorabilia until closing in 2014,
David Kohler of SCP Auctions, which helped liquidate the huge collection in a series of auctions, called Hamilton “a great man and a great friend.”
A 1964 USC graduate, Hamilton also helped start the school’s athletic hall of fame.
He was president of the Hamilton Company, a residential and commercial real estate agency in Newport Beach and was actively involved with numerous charitable organizations.
Long-time collector/dealer Andy Sandler has moved from one coast to the other. Now based in his native Southern California after 20 years in New York, the 30th edition of his “All Sports Auctions” catalog is almost ready for launch.
Hundreds of items will be on the block beginning Monday including complete vintage sets of baseball, football, basketball and hockey; vintage Hall of Famers; PSA-graded cards; tough pre-War issues and lots of vintage commons.
Also included in the auction are some championship jewelry, a 1908 Chicago Cubs statue, travel bags used by Rod Carew and members of the New York Knicks, game-used Pacific Coast League bats; Hall of Famer autographs; vintage programs, schedules, photos and tickets; vintage advertising…even a phone used by the Green Bay Packers during the 1996 NFL Draft.
The auction opens Monday. Registration is open now.
I joined Jason Bristol of KHOU-TV in Houston for a Zoom chat earlier this week for a story on the booming sports card market. Parts of it will air during the station’s Sunday night sports show.