SGC Senior Autograph Authenticator Larry Studebaker is joining Beckett Authentication Services.
A source confirmed to us Tuesday night that Studebaker is expected to start his new job as an authenticator for BAS in April. He had been working for SGC since 2013.
Beckett opened its autograph authentication business in the fall of 2016, led by former PSA authentication specialists Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero. The company has since added to its staff and now has a team that travels to shows and shops around North America taking in submissions.
We’re told Studebaker will be moving to Beckett’s home base in Dallas and working primarily in-house.
Ever wonder what it would be like to open up a package of cigarettes or tobacco brand known to have carried baseball cards more than 100 years ago? They’re not plentiful but they are out there. On Wednesday, three of them will have their seals broken to see if by chance there’s a valuable card inside–or any card at all.
In a recent hobby auction, a collector purchased packs of Polar Bear, Honest Long Cut and Red Cross that date back more than a century. That collector turned them over to Vintage Breaks, which will open them along side well-known entrepreneur and 21st century marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk on Tuesday.
Determining whether a sealed pack of tobacco has the right date stamp to where it could contain a card can be a dicey proposition but there’s apparently enough confidence to merit taking a shot.
It’ll happen at 5 PM Wednesday in New York City.
The market for Tom Brady’s top rookie card remains afire. You’ve probably heard about the $400,000 sale of a PSA 10 2000 Championship Ticket autograph card that took place a month ago.
Last Sunday, a PSA 9 Rookie Ticket auto sold for $53,000 while a PSA 8 netted $22,100.
Heritage Auctions has a PSA 10 Rookie Ticket auto in its current auction with bidding already at $170,000 and more than three weeks left.
They don’t have a swatch of game-used jersey or an autograph on them but Mike Trout’s base cards are plenty interesting.
ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez has written this gem on what the backs of Trout’s Topps cards can tell us about his career.
There’s a bar in Minnesota that just became a lot more fun. Check out what they did to the place.