If you think you’ve waited a long time for your autograph request to come back, you’ve got nothing on Eric Thompson.
The Ohio baseball fan and collector got quite a surprise in the mail late last fall and still can’t believe it.
WKBN-TV has the story:
It may have been lost in the chatter of Jackie Robinson and Michael Jordan debut tickets and Mickey Mantle’s jersey over the weekend, but one recent auction result didn’t go unnoticed by collectors of Japanese baseball cards.
A 1959 Hoshi Gangu Gold Border Sadaharu Oh rookie card graded PSA 8 sold for $52,800 last Saturday at Heritage Auctions, setting a record price for any Japanese baseball card ever sold, according to Bob Lapides, a collector who specializes in them.
A white border Oh rookie card in the same auction, also graded 8, sold for a record $27,600.
A contemporary of Hank Aaron, Oh hit 868 homers during his pro career.
The 1959 Hoshi Gangu cards were distributed in boxes containing stacks of random player cards. The gold-border cards were prize cards. There are 20 different players in the set.
The previous high mark for a Japanese card, according to Lapides, was shared by two different PSA graded copies of a cards featuring Mickey Mantle that were issued there in 1955, both of which sold for $50,000.
Topps sold a lot of Wander Franco Living Set cards over the last seven days: 68,228 to be exact.
That’s a lot but still a far cry from the number of base cards that were packaged into Series 1.
The 1953-style cards were available on Topps’ website until midday Wednesday but if you missed out, you can still grab them on eBay.
The top 5 selling jerseys at NBA Auctions during the first two months of this year:
- LeBron James Christmas Day 2021-22 $110,060
- Steph Curry City Edition worn April 9, 2021 $31,100
- Steph Curry Christmas Day 2021-22 $29,750
- Luka Doncic City Edition 2, 2022 $22,242
- LaMelo Ball City Edition Nov. 12, 2021 $20,410
Jerseys from the All-Star Game are currently at auction, with bidding set to run through March 17.
Julius Erving, Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith, Bill Mazeroski, Ryan Howard, Steve Carlton and about two dozen other Philadelphia sports favorites will be among the guests at this weekend’s Philly Show.
Over 125 dealers, auction houses and other service providers will be set up.
The three-day event at the Valley Forge Casino Resort opens Friday afternoon.
Here’s the Toronto Sun’s very entertaining dive into Jogo, the little two-man company best known for picking up production of CFL cards in the 1970s and 80s and the crazy battle over Rocket Ismail.