Imagine you’re a small auction company. In the never-ending search for material that will help you stand out from the crowd, you get quite a few calls to look at collections. A lot of them wind up being empty trips to see monster boxes of 1991 Fleer commons. Every now and then, though, you get a call like the one Scott Russell of Birmingham Auctioneers received a … [Read more...] about Inherited Collection Held Some Surprises; Now Heads to Auction
It had been a whirlwind for Willie Mays as the calendar pushed toward Memorial Day, 1951. His young baseball career had gotten off to a great start in the minor leagues and on May 23, he was at a movie theater when an on-screen message summoned him to call his hotel: The New York Giants were looking for him. A day later, the kid from Alabama was in the big … [Read more...] about Does This Photo Look Familiar?
While Topps and Bowman began slugging it out to take control of the baseball card market in the early 1950s, another card set was quietly snaring pennies and nickels of young collectors. The 'Hit Parade of Champions' lasted just two years, 1951 and '52, with 72 cards in each set. The inaugural set included 40 baseball players and 32 stars from other sports. The 1952 Berk Ross … [Read more...] about 1952 Berk Ross Baseball Set Offered Joe D, Mantle, Mays, Jackie