Marty Cordova was a multi sport star at high school powerhouse Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas. Although initially drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 8th round in 1987, Cordova decided to play college baseball and pursue a career in sports medicine, attending UNLV for a short time then transferring to Orange Coast Community College. In 1989, the Minnesota Twins … [Read more...] about Marty Cordova Q&A: An Oops on His First Card; Game-Used Gifts from Teammates, Missing Bats
Bert Blyleven was famous for his curveball during a 22-year career in the major leagues, but there is nothing deceptive about his latest pitch. The baseball Hall of Famer is auctioning items on eBay, with some of the proceeds going to his favorite charities. The most expensive item for sale — and it would be the most coveted — is a Hall of Fame bat Blyleven received when he … [Read more...] about Hall Of Famer Bert Blyleven Selling Memorabilia On eBay
There's now a ToppsMobile. The card-covered vehicle looks like a food truck that's been top to bottom and front to back with baseball cards. It made its debut in Brooklyn on Friday, just ahead of National Baseball Card Day. You can check it out via this story on Spectrum News in New York. While hundreds of card shops participated in the promotion (and some reported large … [Read more...] about Notes: National Baseball Card Day; Brandon Belt vs. Carrie’s Hair; Archiving History; Jacksonville Hobby Story
Topps is letting collectors decide on the design of one element of 2020 Series 1. The company is asking collectors to vote on their favorite designs from past sets from each decade. The designs voted most popular will be featured next year. The company says it will be “celebrating the decades” with next year’s set and the vote is part of it. Collectors can vote … [Read more...] about Notes: Vote on Favorite Topps Designs; Hobbyist Profiles; NSCC Signing Update
He was one of the most fearsome home run hitters in baseball, but Harmon Killebrew was universally loved by fans and foes alike. There are countless stories of acts of kindness by “The Killer,” who always took time to sign autographs and speak with fans, particularly youngsters. It’s hard to believe that Killebrew died five years ago, on May 17, 2011. Killebrew led or tied … [Read more...] about Five ‘Killer’ Cards of Harmon Killebrew
If you collected in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s you probably knew the name Fleer. Once an outsider, they made history in 1980 when a court finally overturned Topps’ monopoly and allowed both Fleer and Donruss to compete in the baseball card market beginning in 1981. Eventually, though, the company's value plummeted. Eleven years ago, the company's assets were sold at … [Read more...] about Notes: Fleer’s Sign Still There; Twins’ Curator; Nashville Show
Home plate went missing just before the Minnesota Twins last game at Metropolitan Stadium in 1981. Ballpark access was apparently a little easier back in the day and a couple of presumably young pranksters dug it up and it was never heard from again. The Twins managed to locate a new one, though, and it was used in the final game against the Kansas City Royals. After the … [Read more...] about Last Met Stadium Home Plate: What’s it Worth?