The flipping rush that just caused Target to pull sports cards from its shelves has been going on since before COVID, but only in 2021 did it start to get really ugly.
You probably already know about the fights and nastiness that accompanied some of the Friday drops at stores, but there was plenty of other stuff going on you probably didn’t know about.
SB Nation’s James Dator found one rather profane flipper willing to tell his story and it’s one that will probably make you mad.
The jersey Pete Alonso was wearing when he tied the Major League Baseball rookie home run record in 2019 is no longer whole, but it’s being used for a good cause.
The New York Mets partnered with Topps to create game-worn jersey relic cards that are now for sale at MLB Auctions, with proceeds going to the team’s foundation.
There were autographed and non-autographed versions of the cards being offered as of Tuesday afternoon. Unsigned, unnumbered versions are at the low end ($75), with colored parallels numbered to 5, 20 and 49.
Autographed versions of the card were priced at $120 with colored parallels numbered to 5, 10, 20, 25, 31 and 99 priced higher.
Net proceeds go toward services and opportunities to children, families, and under-served groups in the New York area.
Steven Lane has been collecting Yankees memorabilia longer than many of you have probably been alive. He owns a couple of vaults full of amazing items from decades past, with a special emphasis on one-of-a-kind Mickey Mantle items.
Writing for the Brooklyn Eagle, Andy Furman caught up to him to chat about his collection.