Completing the 1972-73 O-Pee-Chee set is a monumental task for even the most savvy and patient of hockey card collectors. The first two series, comprising #1-209, is the easy part - even with cards of the day's biggest stars. Where the real challenge comes in is with the much scarcer third series and there is one card in it that has been quietly selling well above most … [Read more...] about Don Lever’s Rookie Card – A Hobby Anomaly
In 1943, baseball World Series programs featured cover photos of soldiers and sailors overseas listening to baseball games. In the 1968 series, Cardinals’ center fielder Curt Flood was blamed for a misplayed ball but went on to change the game forever with his campaign for player free agency. And in 2004, the Cardinals’ loss seemed inevitable against the curse-busting … [Read more...] about Collector Gives Hundreds of World Series-Related Items to Alma Mater
Some random thoughts I have had about cards in the past few days… box the other day and that box reminded me of opening Donruss/Leaf boxes about ten years ago. It felt like a hit in every pack and with two autographs and one relic, not even counting the inserts, parallel and parallel inserts the box seemed like a good deal. Some may look down on the non-league licensed … [Read more...] about Ramblings: Unlicensed but OK, Flood Fun, Mystery Sheet, Vic Wertz
The mystery of the 1964 Topps Curt Flood card has been solved. He's an important player in baseball history but he's not a Hall of Famer. Yet we had heard that there was a man who traveled to card shows, visited shops and chased this card down online in an effort to stockpile as many as he could. But why? ESPN the Magazine's Mina Kimes saw our … [Read more...] about Cornering the 1964 Topps Curt Flood Market
We sometimes talk about cards which have reached “mythical” status for how difficult they are to find online or at shows. Some of our favorite examples are some of the 1966 and 1967 Topps single print high numbers. However, there is a card for which one person is apparently driving the market upwards for reasons no one has yet been able to figure out. Unlike these two earlier … [Read more...] about 1964 Topps Curt Flood: What’s the Deal?
The bat used by Ernie Banks to hit the final home run of his Hall of Fame career sold for over $60,000, topping Memory Lane’s Springtime Classic Auction, which closed early Sunday morning. Total auction proceeds were over $1.6 million. The Banks bat, displaying significant game use, included a copy of a letter of authenticity from WGN Broadcasting Company dated 1971. The … [Read more...] about Home Run Bats, Vintage Card Sets Top Auction
Topps is putting the wraps on the 2009 baseball card year with a post-season release of its Sterling issue, one that includes a healthy list of cut signatures. … [Read more...] about Topps Releases Sterling 09 Cut Signature List