It’s been a good month for mainstream attention in the hobby. Three T2o6 Wagner cards on the block and some buzz surrounding the 1920-era Babe Ruth game worn jersey that will go up for bid beginning next week.
The jersey could set a record for one piece of baseball memorabilia. The Orange County Register wrote about it on Tuesday.
The hottest ‘investment’ type card in the hobby isn’t the Wagner right now. It’s the 1916 M101-5 Ruth rookie card. A PSA 6-graded example already has 31 bids and sits at $90,000 in Robert Edward Auctions’ current catalog sale. A PSA 7 sold for over $200,000 in January, causing jaws to drop all over the industry. Others thought the increasing prices on the card are long overdue.
Clean Sweep Auctions travels the country, much like dealers did in the old days, hoping some rare treasures come in via the public so they can re-sell or auction them. You might not think of Indianapolis as a hotbed for collecting, but apparently there was a big crowd on their last visit, so according to this story in the Indianapolis Business Journal, they’re anxious to come again.
Andy Dolich is the Sports Business Insider for Comcast Sports Bay Area. He’s also a former big league executive and hobby observer. His latest commentary deals with the current state of the card industry and the history behind it all.