A few notes to get the week started…..
As collectors, we kind of like it when players are cut from the same cloth. Guys like Dmitri Young, David Wells, Tom Candiotti and Orel Hershiser understand the history behind the stuff that marked their careers or their collections.
Hockey guys tend to have the same mindset. None, though, are probably as tuned into their own memorabilia as Marty Brodeur, the legendary goalie for the New Jersey Devils who will try to help pull his team even with the L.A. Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals tonight. Check out this story.
Remember Don West? The crazy guy who brought cards and memorabilia to the masses with his cable shopping show appearances in the 1990s, returned to the hobby with his own website a couple of years ago, while working for TNA Wrestling.
Now, he’s exiting that stage.
West will be the new sales and marketing director of the Wenatchee Wild, a junior hockey team in the state of Washington. West is getting a good deal from the team and will share in sponsorships, profits and merchandise increases he brings.
Get your copy of the Collector’s Guide to 1970 Baseball Cards Yet? You’ll not only get some great info on the set and the era, you’ll learn a lot about unopened packs from Steve Hart of Baseball Card Exchange, who has written a section of the book for us. In it, he warns of fake 1970 ‘grocery cello packs”:
“There was a major find of 1970 Topps baseball grocery cello packs that hit the market several years ago. These packs were marketed and sold as 12-card grocery cellos. I have seen some with gum and some without gum. BEWARE OF THESE PACKS! They WERE NOT produced by Topps. Someone in the East Coast area produced these packs and made them from scratch. They are completely homemade and counterfeit. These packs should only be valued at what the 12 cards inside of them are worth to you. They should really hold no value as an unopened item.
More from Steve and Unopened Pack Guy will increase your knowledge of packs and boxes as well as the set itself. Here’s a review of the book from Bob D’Angelo at the Tampa Tribune.
It’s the first in what we hope will be a series of these running through the 70s but that depends upon whether you’re willing to fork over $4.97 for this one. If you don’t have a tablet or e-reader you can download one via Amazon or Barnes & Noble and read the book on your PC.
If you want to see some extraordinarily cool items, check out Henry Yee’s auctions on eBay. Henry, who literally wrote the book on collecting vintage baseball photographs, offers plenty of them in his auction–many of which you have never seen–featuring the likes of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and many, many others.
He also has some phenomenal display pieces, vintage cards from the pre-War era and dozens of other items. Even if you can’t afford to bid, they’re worth looking at…but don’t be surprised if you find something you can bid on because there are some very nice lower value items as well. His lots are presented in a very professional manner. Here’s a link to take a look–and we’ll see you back here in about an hour and a half.