Nathan Burns had the collecting bug from an early age. The Tennessee resident had it bad enough that he long harbored the thought of opening his own sports memorabilia store. His dream became a reality last year and Grand Slam Collectables in Murfreesboro (south of Nashville) was born.
“Every card I owned was sold or put into our opening inventory,” Burns told a local newspaper which recently carried this feature story on his shop. “Many people told us we were crazy. But if you put your mind to something anything is possible. Our first year has exceeded expectations and we’re very thankful to our customers.”
Fans, collectors, major and minor league teams and Topps have all pledged to help the nine-year-old Santa Rosa, CA boy who lost his sports memorabilia collection in the recent wildfires.
Loren Jade Smith wrote his favorite team, the Oakland A’s, a letter about his misfortune. We posted it here a few days ago. The A’s set up an address for anyone who wanted to donate items and judging by the reaction in this story on SB Nation, it looks like Loren is going to be busy opening packages.
I recently had a chance to participate in a Q&A session on the NBA trading card season with GTS Distribution and some others in the hobby.
You can read about some of the up and coming rookies and our opinions on what needs to be fixed in the basketball card market by clicking here.
Judge cards and memorabilia have been the hottest items in the baseball market this year and now Steiner Sports is offering two milestone jerseys at auction. The pinstripe home shirt from September 30, when he broke Babe Ruth’s 96-year-old record for most home runs in a season at Yankee Stadium is on the block through November 18 as is the jersey from his first multiple home run game.
Last July, the uniform jersey worn by Judge in his debut game when he blasted a home run in his first Major League at-bat in August 2016 sold for a whopper of a price at auction.
“Aaron is a rare phenomenon for collectors,” said company founder and CEO Brandon Steiner. “His monumental game-used jerseys have sold for six-figures, a rookie matching memorabilia bids of Hall of Fame baseball icons from a century ago. I’ve never seen anything like it.”