The 1979 OPC Ozzie Smith PSA 10 that was part of former big leaguer Dmitri Young’s baseball card collection sold at auction last year is up for sale again.
It was purchased in the auction for over $2,339. The seller is hoping for a big profit on the flip side, as you can see from the Buy it Now or Best Offer he’s posted on eBay.
In January of 2012, one of four PSA 10 Topps Ozzie RCs sold for $20,852 generating a boatload of ongoing attention so there is some logic to the asking price and the OPC version may be comparatively undervalued but it has waffled in price over the years, with one selling for $3,819 in 2007 via Robert Edward Auctions.
Upper Deck brought Frank Thomas to this year’s Industry Summit in Las Vegas to help kick off its return to baseball card making. As we reported earlier, they have secured an MLBPA license. 2013 Fleer Retro Baseball will release this summer.
Some attendees at the show received a promotional Fleer Retro Baseball Precious Metal Gems card of baseball superstar Mike Trout. Three versions (Green, Blue and Red) were inserted randomly into special promotional packs distributed to Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealers at the show.
“We will leverage the power of Upper Deck’s exclusive collegiate license and recent photo shoots with a bevy of current baseball stars to provide fans some of the best imagery on the market,” said Upper Deck’s Jason Masherah.
A second MLBPA licensed baseball product will be officially announced this summer as baseball gets into full swing. Additionally, Upper Deck plans to produce a baseball card set comprised solely of retired subjects with the return of a 2013 Sweet Spot Classic.
It’s always good to see some mainstream media coverage of local sports card shows and here’s an extensive, if rather basic story on the hobby centered around a show at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. It has some nice quotes and pictures.
LeBron James’ warm-up jacket from this season’s All-Star Game sold Thursday night via NBA Auctions for $6,020. Kobe Bryant’s sold for $5,595 and Kevin Durant’s for $3,945.
Speaking of LBJ, remember the fan who ran onto the court during the Heat vs Cavs game in Cleveland? Turns out he’s a huge James fan and collector according to this story, which doesn’t exactly do any favors for the young sports collector stereotype.
Planning a big league ballpark trip this summer? Trip Advisor ranks the top ballparks to visit based on comments from fans who go to games.