After four years of offering some of the classiest and most aesthetically pleasing cards in baseball card history, the Studio brand made a complete departure from their signature style in 1995, leaving collectors scratching their heads and wanting the great Studio cards they were used to seeing in years past.In an effort to evolve and produce something outside of the box, the … [Read more...] about 1995 Studio Baseball Turns Away From Established Art, Toward Transactional Look and Feel
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It was clear by year three that Donruss-Leaf liked the concept of its Studio line of baseball cards and sales were good enough that it seemed collectors did too. Behind the scenes, though, the company was looking to step up its design game. 1993 Leaf Studio Baseball drastically improved the quality of the cards produced and their presentation as a whole. This release was … [Read more...] about 1993 Leaf Studio Brought Color Blast, Glossy Upgrade and New Inserts
Studies have shown the mental health benefits hobbies provide. After a tough day at work or some personal strife, our collections and the hunt to add to them are big stress relievers. That’s certainly true for Jason Vass, who is one of the hobby’s most avid collectors. Ken Griffey Jr. is his guy. ESPN’s Ryan Hockensmith paid a visit to Vass’ Virginia home … [Read more...] about Notes: Griffey Saving More Than Homers; Wagner Update; Auction Results; Vermeil Deal
He was still just a minor leaguer when he posed for cameras some time in 1988, a top overall draft pick with a great pedigree and an even better swing. One of those photos of Ken Griffey Jr. wound up on a Donruss baseball card. Now, a similar image is on the market for the first time. The 8x10 photo of the future Hall of Famer posing in his Seattle Mariners … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: Young Ken Griffey Jr.
Any little trading card set that includes the chance for Ken Griffey Jr. or Russell Wilson autographs has a pretty good shot at success. In Seattle, the big name sports stars are mixing with entertainers and some special kids in a new Seattle Heroes trading card set produced by Topps that’s raising money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The boxed sets, which … [Read more...] about Seattle Children’s Hospital Card Set Campaign a Big Hit
In the days leading up to his 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame election, one photo consistently used online by writers was the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card. That image is burned into the minds of anyone who was involved in the sports collecting hobby at the time, whether as a kid who wanted one more than life itself, a shop owner in a suddenly booming … [Read more...] about Graded Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr Rookie Card Tally Nears 120,000
1989 marked some pretty significant advances in the sports card industry. Collectors saw the introduction of Upper Deck as well as the return of Bowman. And as I recently wrote, that also marked the year when football traded cards became 'a thing.' Rookie cards also continued their popularity and, as is the case with any year, some were stars and others were busts. While it … [Read more...] about Hottest Rookie Cards of 1989 Had Varied Fortunes
Bowman was one of the earliest post-war producers of baseball gum cards. However, after a run of sets issued from 1948 through 1955, the company packed it in. Bowman competed heavily with Topps once the latter began producing baseball cards. After a brief battle, Topps ultimately bought Bowman out. Rather than operate Bowman as a separate entity, Topps ended the production … [Read more...] about 30th Anniversary Brings Back Memories of Bowman’s Stunning Return
More than 700 of the 775 lots of sports, entertainment and historical memorabilia were sold in Goldin Auctions' inaugural Internet-only auction. Prices ranged from $50 to $27,000. The two-week event, held from March 12-24, was the first of four such internet-only auctions scheduled for this year to accommodate items that did not make it into the company's catalog … [Read more...] about 700 Lots Sell in Inaugural Goldin Auctions Internet Sale
To keep up with what it says is strong demand from both consignors and customers, Goldin Auctions h as announced the launch of quarterly online only auctions. The first kicked off Monday with 775 lots of sports, entertainment and historical memorabilia. The two-week event is the first of four such quarterly internet-only auctions scheduled for this year to accommodate … [Read more...] about Goldin Launches 1st of 4 Yearly Online Only Auctions