We talk a lot about scarcity and popularity in the pre-1974 Topps world. Sometimes the card is more known for being a scarce card than for being a popular player (1966 Topps Grant Jackson) and sometimes a card is popular because of the player pictured although there is nothing rare or scarce about that card (1964 Topps Mickey Mantle). However, when we have a combination of the … [Read more...] about 1967 Topps Brooks Robinson Still a Challenging Collector Favorite
Just a few days remain in 2013 but for one of North America’s most prolific sellers of vintage sports cards, it’s time to crank up, not wind down. Just Collect Inc. has launched over 10,000 individual listings on eBay, all ending tonight through Sunday, with everything from 1911 Sporting Life to 1930’s Goudey Premiums, classic 1950’s Topps baseball to high end 1980s football … [Read more...] about Just Collect Launches 10,000+ Card End of Year Auction Party
In addition to being the largest Topps issue at the time (598 cards), the 1962 Topps set is known for condition challenges. The wood-grain look borders show even the smallest amount of wear. Centering in the early 60’s was often hit and miss. Scuffing is apparent on cards with dark backgrounds. For collectors of high grade sets, it’s beneficial to know just which cards are … [Read more...] about Toughest High Grade 1962 Topps High Numbers
Anyone who has collected set usually sails along through most of the first six series. It’s those 1967 Topps baseball high numbers that cause many to pull out their wallets—and their hair—with exasperation. Several were short printed. Today, a handful of certain ’67 Topps high numbers have proven to be next to impossible to find in mint or even near mint … [Read more...] about 1967 Topps Baseball High Numbers Keep Collectors Hunting
There are high numbers and then there are high numbers. Topps, which creates short prints inside its regular Heritage baseball sets, is creating a season-ending 2012 Topps Heritage High Number set priced at $99.95 and available only through the company's online store. The company began taking pre-orders Thursday for the new set, which will be limited to 1,000 sets. Each … [Read more...] about 2012 Topps Heritage High Number Set Limited to 1,000 Sets
Unlike the excitement when one dealer was arrested and charged with fraud last year, there haven't been any arrests (that we know of) so far this year, but I spoke with one collector who purchased what he thought was a 1953 Topps Willie Mays at one dealer's table and then got a rude awakening. He submitted it to PSA for grading just a few minutes after buying it and it was … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: Fake Mays, Local and National Media Coverage, Got Any High Numbers?