He hasn’t played an NBA game yet but one year of college basketball is all it took for hoop heads to go all in on Zion Williamson. The 19-year-old has the body and skill set of an NBA veteran and his powerful dunks were must see TV last season. A pair of his game-worn shoes from last November’s Maui Invitational sold for nearly $20,000 last week.
His first Panini-made trading cards created a stir at the National Sports Collectors Convention and have been selling for big prices on eBay. The Score talked with some industry pros about the impact the former Duke star is having–and could have–on the sports card market.
Fans aren’t the only ones who collect.
Some players want to be sure to acquire jerseys, autographs or other memorabilia from guys they admire or play against.
Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals talked about their collecting efforts below. If you can’t see it, here.
His high school players know him as Coach Comer, but to baseball fans and collectors he’s Ron, member of the 1968 World Series champion Detroit Tigers and the 1969 expansion Seattle Pilots.
Called up from the minors after an injury to Al Kaline, Comer earned a World Series ring with Detroit and returned to the team at the end of his career. His big league career lasted 317 games and he batted only .229 but in this story on MLive.com, he said he’s still getting plenty of autograph requests.