The Topps Living set checklist has now reached 200 cards.
The company saved card #200 for Mike Trout, who gets his first and, probably, only card in the ongoing set this week along with Martin Prado and Christian Stewart.
Pretty good timing.
With his grand slam and RBI single Wednesday night, Trout is now hitting .420 in 69 career at-bats with the bases loaded. He’s 29-for-69 with six homers and 101 RBI.
This week’s Living Set bundle also includes a checklist for cards #101-200. The cards will be available for a one-week period. You can check them out here.
The fourth of nine “waves” of the 2019 Topps Total set has also been released.
The new “wave” includes Bryce Harper, an Eloy Jimenez rookie card and Jacob deGrom, among others. Packs are $10 each or $80 for ten.
A new batch of 100 cards is made available every three weeks with cards sold in ten card packs.
Gary Vaynerchuk was a guest on the Jim Rome Show this week, talking about his continuing bullishness on the hobby—and his partnership with Topps. You can watch a brief clip from the interview below.
Baseball artist Graig Kreindler talks about his recent 150th Anniversary portraits that have been turned into Topps cards and some of his other projects with the Hall of Very Good podcast.
Celebrity Chef and vintage card collector Graham Elliot will be a guest this Saturday on “Sports Collecting with Tom Morgan” from 7-8 AM on Chicago’s ESPN1000 radio and the ESPN app.
Collectors Universe, parent company of PSA and PSA/DNA, says it has now certified 75 million items in its 33-year history. That includes coins (over 42 million) and sports-related collectibles (33 million). PSA made its debut in 1991 with cards and expanded to autographs, tickets, bats and other memorabilia.
Here’s a video roundup of some of the top items they’ve certified.
Practice jerseys worn by the Boston Bruins during this year’s Stanley Cup Finals series are up for bid at MeiGray Auctions as well as goal pucks from the Bruins’ Eastern Conference playoff run.
There are 24 jerseys (minimum bid $150) and 21 pucks ($50 min.) on the block with the auctions scheduled to close July 9.