As we showed you last month, SGC offered a museum-like display of high-end baseball cards, jerseys and other memorabilia at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. It was to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary.
Over $37 million.
The display included perhaps the most valuable collectible contract in sports – the original copy of the 1919 trade of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees – with an estimated market value of $5 million.
SGC also showed off a T206 Honus Wagner, also worth about $5 million, according to company estimates. There was an SGC 9 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, a 1917 Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth, a 1910 Old Mill Cigarettes Joe Jackson,000) and several other vintage cards, all worth well into six figures.
The company’s recently announced uniform authentication service was represented by such game-worn uniforms as the earliest known Babe Ruth Yankees jersey (sold for $4.4 million several years ago but now likely worth significantly more, a 1927 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees road jersey valued at around $10 million, a 1948 Satchel Paige Cleveland Indians home jersey and a 1954 Hank Aaron road jersey.
You have only a few more days to see that T206 set owned by collector Powell Miller that’s been on display in Detroit since last March. It’s the centerpiece of a baseball exhibit at the Detroit Institute of the Arts that’s been a smash hit.
Miller’s collection includes a Wagner and the ultra-scarce Joe Doyle variation. His collection of Tigers cards and memorabilia is also part of what’s being shown off to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1968 World Series champs.
It’s been so successful, the Institute may do another baseball exhibit next year.
The Detroit News talked with Miller about his collection.
Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather conducted his first public autograph signing and meet-and-greet Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas. The event took place at Inscriptagraphs Memorabilia inside Caesars Palace.
Mayweather signed a variety of items including boxing trunks, gloves, championship belts and a variety of 8×10 photos. Signed memorabilia product packages that included a photo opp with Mayweather were sold for prices starting at $199.
Mayweather was scheduled to sign again in the same spot on Sunday afternoon.
Once prevalent, police sets have all but disappeared from the hobby landscape. They haven’t died in Packers country, though. Law enforcement agencies in several Wisconsin cities will again be handing out cards to youngsters in and around the Green Bay area.
2018 marks the 36th year of the program.
There are 20 cards in this year’s set including Aaron Rodgers, Devante Adams, Clay Matthews and Jimmy Graham (there’s even one for the team’s new GM, Brian Gutekunst).
The backs carry safety messages created by students.
While they’re meant for youngsters, some of the sets do make their way to the hobby and are very inexpensive.