When is a 1-of-1 really a 1-of-2?
When it’s the 2000 Fleer Showcase Masterpieces Tom Brady rookie year card that carries a 1/1 serial number but has a twin brother. The unusual situation isn’t a secret.
In addition to the BGS 8.5 copy that sold late Thursday night for $396,00, there’s a PSA Authentic copy that’s owned by a collector. One of the two cards was apparently one stuck away by Fleer for some reason around the time of issue.
It’s not an unheard of practice. Card companies sometimes used duplicates as backups or for further analysis as they developed new variations in future years, never intending that both would wind up circulating in the hobby. It’s possible one of the two was acquired during Fleer’s bankruptcy liquidation sale in the 2000s.
PWCC Marketplace was able to contact the owner of the PSA copy who was open to allowing an in-house review of the two cards side-by-side. A jewelry loupe was used to note the two cards – as well as other serial-numbered Brady cards from the set that share the same design – had identical printing marks. This was a good sign that both cards were authentic, but final confirmation was needed before being comfortable sending the card to auction.
“We aren’t in the business of technical grading nor authentication,” said Jesse Craig, the company’s Director of Business Development. “We rely on the expertise of third-party graders to ensure a card is authentic. This card was graded in 2004 and everything looked authentic but because of the value, we decided to board a flight with the card and went to the Beckett offices in Texas to have them double-check and reaffirm the authenticity of the card. They confirmed the authenticity and gave us a letter verifying such, which will be included in the auction.”
Beckett also confirmed the BGS copy was encapsulated on February 5, 2004 and is still in its original holder. This aligns with the seller’s timeline of purchasing the card in 2005 for $2,000 – a sum they felt was very high at the time.
There was a bidding war last Sunday for one of the two existing PSA 10 1979 Topps Bert Blyleven cards.
This one sold on eBay for a whopping $7,877.
According to Card Ladder, it took only $1,200 to own one in March of last year. That’s a 556.4% increase.
Set registries can be a powerful drug.
Bidding for a 1955 Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers jersey at Goldin has reached $1 million.
A single bidder pushed the gray flannel button down attributed to use during the Hall of Famer’s rookie season from $600,000 to the seven-figure mark on Thursday morning.
The auction is set to close Saturday night.
If you’ve got $4 million, you can buy Von Miller’s Denver area home. It’s on the market–and you’ll also get his collection of framed game jerseys acquired via postgame exchanges with other players.
Von Miller’s home is hitting the market, and the pictures provide a glimpse of Miller’s amazing jersey collection, which includes Chris Harris Jr. Champ Bailey, Aqib Talib, J.J. Watt, Aaron Donald, Melvin Ingram, Kayvon Webster, Marshawn Lynch … https://t.co/s7NLtq0nX0 pic.twitter.com/TC4P3ou9GD
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) May 18, 2022
The Flyers wore one unique set of Third jerseys on this night only, with a commemorative “Lou Nolan 50” patch sewn onto the right front of the jersey throughout their 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The jerseys are being sold through MeiGray.
Nolan joined the organization for its Inaugural Season in 1967. After serving multiple roles with the team, he became the public address announcer at the beginning of the 1972-73 season. Throughout Nolan’s 55 years of service, he was the PA announcer for eight Stanley Cup Finals (1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1997 , 2010. Nolan has also devoted time to numerous events for the franchise.