A young Boston Red Sox star’s first jersey is on the auction block.
That star is Andrew Benintendi and it’s a jersey worn and MLB-authenticated for his MLB debut on Aug. 2, 2016. Not only that, it’s also authenticated to a second game later that month by MLB and is believed to have been worn for his first career home run, too.
Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 6.
The box: 2016 Fanatics Authentic Under Wraps Series 1 autographed baseballs
The cost: BlowoutCards.com
Sometimes there pieces of game-used baseball memorabilia that don’t get stashed away as museum-caliber items in private collections or chopped up to make memorabilia cards for our packs of cards.
Poke around online and you can find plaques and other unusual — but usable — items that include game-used. Wallets and coasters, for example, have been made with gamer material as part of the mix, but just like cards those novelties that have recently gone high-end and the bat knob you see here is proof.
You can find the autographs from the stars of Star Wars in packs of Topps cards but now you can find them on photographs and more from the newest official source of authentic ink for the legendary sci-fi franchise.
It’s Star Wars Authentics and Topps launched the division and its website, starwarsauthentics.com, on Wednesday to everyone who’s not in a galaxy far, far away.
“We identified a hole in the entertainment industry — a need for certified authentic pieces for the Star Wars brand — and with this collaboration we are able to meet consumer demand,” said David Leiner, Topps’ GM and VP of the North American Sports & Entertainment division. “Topps excels in visual arts and printing technologies and we are thrilled to bring our expertise to Star Wars, building upon our trading card and Major League Baseball memorabilia business.”
A unique gamer from one of MLB’s most-iconic sluggers is among several game-used pieces up for grabs in the latest Goldin Auctions sale.
It’s not a bat used by Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Ichiro Suzuki or Alex Rodriguez, but all of those stars’ clubs are up for grabs, too, as part of a series of auctions ending this week.
The Chicago Cubs‘ World Series championship has prompted plenty of memorabilia and, of course, with that success comes high demand and higher costs for companies to get players to sign.
That’s the price of doing business.
But for Fanatics there’s plenty of business — and plenty of autographed memorabilia — for Cubs fans to chase including high-dollar ticket items like this 12-baseball shadowbox as part of an impressive and deep array of World Series memorabilia that might not have been seen before for a championship squad.
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The box: 2016 Topps Strata baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 1 Cards per pack: 2 Cards in this box: 2 Base (autograph) set completion: 1 of 35 (3 percent) Duplicates: 0
One of the challenges of collecting once you reach a certain level (either in years or cards) is how to keep yourself engaged in a hobby that can be full of obstacles.
Cost can be an obstacle. A limited number of releases including your player or team — or scarcity of cards within those releases that are made — can be an obstacle. A player retiring can be an obstacle. These aren’t the only ones, either.
Once you have a certain number of cards for a player or a team, though, maybe it’s time to consider adding to your collection in a few simple ways that are already around you. They can be just as challenging as cards, too.
If you’re a Buzz regular, you have already read all about (link here) the 2015 Topps Strata Clearly Authentic Relics that include MLB Authentication. If not, check out the link after you check out this video released by Topps.
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When 2015 Topps Strata arrived last week with just two cards per box, some collectors may not have noticed one of the features that the high-end brand includes on its Clearly Authentic Autographed Relic and Clearly Authentic Relic cards.
But it’s something that many collectors say they have been seeking for a long time.
What is it? Added authenticity — as in specific game-dating — thanks to the little silver MLB Authentication sticker found on every single card in those two sets.