Long-time broadcaster John Clemens takes the Editor's Blog for a spin, recalling memories of a special set and the hunt to rebuild it. The year was 1957 and death was not coming easy for Grandpa Baynes who had come to live with us so he could be closer to his doctors. As a boy about to turn 13 I had to be very respectful and not make a lot of noise when my friends came … [Read more...] about Recapturing Memories: The Hunt for 1957 Topps
It seems almost impossible to fathom but it's true. When the College All-Star team he was on met the NFL champion New York Giants in the annual summer benefit game in 1957, Jim Brown didn't carry the ball once. Yes, he was healthy. Coach Curly Lambeau did have some other options on a wet summer night at Soldier Field. Notre Dame's Heisman Trophy winner, … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Jim Brown Preps for First Competition Against NFL Players
Set for release Wednesday but already trickling into retail stores, 2015 Topps Archives Baseball continues the annual series of past meets present. Hobby box breakers can expect to find 24 packs per box, eight cards per pack and two autographs. A full checklist is linked below. The list of autograph singers is a fairly lengthy one and includes Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, … [Read more...] about 2015 Topps Archives Baseball Releases
His salary was $12,000—not a princely sum, but not bad for a rookie in 1957. Jim Brown put his name on a Cleveland Browns contract in the summer before his first NFL season and now, a copy of that pact, including two Brown signatures, is on the block. SCP Auctions says it could sell for $35,000 or more when bidding wraps up this weekend. Measuring 8" x 19-5/8” the one page … [Read more...] about Jim Brown’s 1957 Rookie Contract at Auction
Roger Maris was known far and wide by the late summer of 1961, but four years earlier, he was just a young player hoping to stick in the major leagues. Images of Maris’ first season with Cleveland are not plentiful but a new discovery adds one more to the list—and this one may be one of the most important photos of Maris ever taken. In cooperation with RMY Auctions, our … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Maris’ Debut?
He’d spent more than three years in the minor leagues waiting for moments like this but in the spring of 1957, Roger Maris was wearing a big league uniform for good. Our Photo of the Day from RMY Auctions is this original shot of Maris in spring training just prior to his rookie year with Cleveland. Originally signed by the University of Oklahoma as a football player, … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Rookie Roger Leads Off