Last week, Bob D’Angelo reported on the flash flood that swept through a Madison, WI sports card shop that had been in business since the 1980s. The Baseball Card Shoppe had outlasted other stores and gained quite a local following over the years but the damage this time was devastating.
Over $300,000 in retail goods was lost, according to owner Tom Daniels, who is now doubting he’ll be able to rebuild.
You can go inside the store with WISC-TV in Madison:
Their first 1954 Bowman pack opening drew quite an audience online late last month. Vintage Breaks plans to open a second one this week.
Both packs were graded PSA 9 and are believed to originate with Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen’s find of mid-50s unopened boxes 31 years ago.
The first pack yielded several high-grade commons and a sharp Roy Campanella that was afflicted with a gum stain.
The second pack, with seven available spots at $950, sold out in 29 minutes. It will be opened at 9 PM Eastern time Wednesday.
Vintage Breaks is planning to to give away over $300 in prizes during its broadcast. Numerous other packs will be opened during the show. You can watch from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM on our Facebook page or catch the entire five-hour show on YouTube from 6-11 PM.
Here’s one for those who collect game-worn memorabilia. During the Baltimore Orioles’ September 18 game against Toronto, players and coaches will wear specially-designed jerseys with Braille lettering of both “Orioles” and player last names.
The O’s will be the first team in American professional sports history to incorporate Braille lettering into their gameday uniforms.
The jerseys will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned at www.orioles.com/auctions to benefit the National Federation of the Blind.
It’s in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the NFB moving their national headquarters to Baltimore.