It’s the post-War card every collector dreams of owning. Finding a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle for sale gets the mind quickly into calculation mode, wondering if it's possible to actually one one. The card has been catalogued, scrutinized, fawned over and chased by collectors who want to own the one that put the Topps Company on the map and kept it there. … [Read more...] about Is the Time Right to Buy a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle?
Cal Ripken spent the opening days of the 2010 baseball season fulfilling his role as spokesman for the Million Card Giveaway launched by Topps. Now, it's John Elway's turn to handle the football kick-off. Topps had Elway sign a box of its 2010 base products, which it will give away to one collector on its Facebook page on Wednesday. Elway, the 50-year-old Super … [Read more...] about Elway Pumps Topps on Media Tour
With the stock market riding a roller coaster and the economy muddling along, some are turning to 'alternative investments'. Baseball cards are a little off the beaten path, but some of the high-grade vintage material has done pretty well when matched up with other supposedly 'strong and steady' investments. The fact that some are willing to fork over as much or more for … [Read more...] about Financial Writer Tackles Strasburg Rookies
The economy is picking up. But does that guarantee profits for hobby shops? Not unless they're willing to adapt. That goes for card companies too. The overproduction era of the late 1980s and early 90s may have generated a negative publicity flow over the last few years as kids who collected back then came to realize their cards were essentially worthless when they … [Read more...] about Shops Roll With Changes as Hobby Evolves
The American economy is still in a bit of a holding pattern. If complete recovery means a lot more money being pumped into the sports card and memorabilia hobby, we're probably not there yet. Still, if you've got good material, the struggles of the past couple of years haven't been devastating. There have been record-setting prices attained on some graded cards. … [Read more...] about Vintage Card Market: What’s Ahead?
In part two of our series on the biggest stories of 2009, we visit the business side of the hobby. … [Read more...] about Biggest Sports Memorabilia Business Stories of 2009