He was 64.
Nicknamed “World B,” Otto was a fixture at the annual National Sports Collectors Convention and was honored for his 30th year as a booth holder at the 2019 show in Chicago.
In addition to running his business, Otto devoted much of his life to local high school and college sports in North Carolina.
A brief obituary can be found here.
A few days ago, we told you about retired pitcher Dan Haren clearing out over 100 bobbleheads from his collection in a charity auction. It all came to a close this week with a total of over $14,000 raised for two of his favorite causes.
Haren included a signed note about each player and pledged to send five free bobbleheads with each one bought in his eBay auction that generated some national publicity. Haren says all proceeds will go to the Children’s Action’s Alliance in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Hollywood Food Coalition, in Los Angeles.
Top sellers included Clayton Kershaw ($1,000); Barry Bonds ($810) and Hank Aaron ($790). You can see all of them—and the notes—here.
Willie Mays gets a card in the Living Set.
The Say Hey Kid is #300 in the ongoing series. You can buy one for five bucks on eBay here. Card #299 (a checklist) was also released this week.
White Sox rookie Luis Robert was among the choices last week. You can still grab one of those for around $6.
If you’re stuck at home and you or your kids like surprises, one Philadelphia area hobby shop is offering a no strings attached gift.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Carl’s Cards in Havertown, PA is offering any interested sports fans and collectors a free card of their favorite player by mail.
Just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to their store along with a list of their top three favorite players. Store personnel will do their best to send back a free card from the list. Send your list and SASE to the store at 22 W. Eagle Road, Havertown, PA 19083.
“During this unprecedented time in the world, and lack of current sports, Carl’s Cards would like to fill everyone’s mailboxes with trading cards and bring excitement to collectors all over,” stated Lauren Henderson of Carl’s Cards.