Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring — and more — hits auction block

“Wild Thing” is cashing in.

Babe Ruth‘s 1927 World Series ring is on the auction block and its owner, actor Charlie Sheen, is closing in on a seven-figure payday with more than three days remaining before the Lelands.com auction closes on this and one other very, very big piece of memorabilia from MLB history.

“We have sold and seen many great pieces of sports memorabilia in our nearly 50 years in the hobby,” reads the auction house listing. “But this is without a doubt the finest piece of all.”

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 22)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls, collecting entire print runs, the NSCC, Houdini’s Superfractors & more.

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Cody Bellinger’s homer binge fuels demand for his few certified autos

One of the hottest rookies in baseball — the King of the West Coast to counter Aaron Judge‘s Big Apple dominance — wrote his way into the record books on Monday night.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger hit two more home runs — that’s 21 in just 51 career games — and that’s the fastest pace in MLB history to start a career and good enough for the National League lead, trailing only Judge for the overall mark.

What makes this feat extra-enticing for collectors? The fact that Bellinger has a relatively minuscule amount of cardboard overall and a small number of certified autographs — and that means more competition for what he does have as the home runs go flying.

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eBay Buzz: Graded Aaron Judge cards reportedly sell for $20,000

Its auction photo really didn’t help, but this Aaron Judge 2013 Bowman Draft Gold Refractor really was another color when it reportedly sold on eBay last week.

That color was green.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 19)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Aaron Judge, Aaron Judge, Aaron Judge and a number of other topics from around the world that don’t include Aaron Judge … yet.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 16)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls from throughout the collecting galaxy as we enter the weekend.

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Potomac Nationals baseball card set can only be completed with visit to BlowoutCards-The Fantastic Store

The 40-year history of the Potomac Nationals includes some of the biggest names in the history of baseball — and the team has the baseball cards coming to prove it as part of a stadium giveaway.

Bryce Harper, Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte are just some of the players who have suited up for the franchise that is now the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. All of those stars and more will be found in the 2017 Potomac Nationals’ 40th Anniversary Team card set honoring them all to be given away at a game later this month.

And it’s only at BlowoutCards-The Fantastic Store where that set can be completed.

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Aaron Judge’s home run barrage has him on pace to be in elite company

If the season ended today, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge would win the Triple Crown.

As a rookie.

With two homers on Sunday — one a highlight-reel worthy 496-foot shot — he upped his mark to 21 this season and that goes right alongside a .344 batting average and 47 RBI. Will the Triple Crown pace continue? Who knows, but the power is a barometer of baseball card potential and he’s on pace to be among the best rookies in MLB history.

He’s on pace to top the 40-homer mark and that’s been done just one other time by a rookie. Even if he struggles some, by season’s end he’s likely to be very close to — if not among — the top 10 sluggers for most home run seasons by a rookie.

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Panini Eternal launches Mickey Mantle commemorative set today

The Mick’s return to baseball cards continues today with Panini Eternal. 

Mickey Mantle‘s MLB debut came today in 1951 and that starts the “Mantle Monday” project, which will see a new card of the Hall of Famer released each week for the next four months.

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Aaron Judge’s first grand slam jersey hits auction block via Steiner

Update: The jersey sold for $45,578.40 after eight bids.

How priceless are the pinstripes of the hottest New York Yankee?

We’ll find out soon as the game-used jersey worn during Aaron Judge‘s first career grand slam from May 28 is on the auction block.

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Aaron Judge could have been an Oakland A’s star — and here’s his 2010 Bowman Draft Picks card

You probably know Aaron Judge by now. After all, he’s tied for the MLB lead with 15 home runs, is the 6-foot-7 young face of the New York Yankees and on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

But in an alternate reality — and an alternate reality with baseball cards — none of this would have happened. He’d be playing somewhere else.

You probably didn’t know — this collector didn’t — that Judge was once a draft pick of the Oakland A’s, the Moneyballing squad that ultimately sends all of its star players to the Yankees anyway and gets its playoff hopes dashed by Yankees stars and unlikely plays that will never, ever go away. (They even start off movies made about the A’s.)

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Gleyber Torres autos are tougher finds than other young Yankees

Your next big-name New York Yankees rookie to arrive in The Big Apple will face big expectations — but he doesn’t have nearly as much cardboard as those who arrived before him.

Unlike the arrivals of Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge — guys who had plenty of baseball cards and plenty of certified autographs when they hit The Show — shortstop Gleyber Torres doesn’t.

And that could bode very well for collectors who own them.

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Derek Jeter Topps Now push sets new record for total cards sold

The Captain didn’t top Ichiro Suzuki‘s single-card Topps Now sales record, but an array of cards for the New York Yankees’ retirement of Derek Jeter‘s uniform number did sell more total cards than any other player in a single day.

More than 17,000 Jeter cards were sold by Topps on Monday, including a number of autographed Relics and Relics along with his two standard cards — one for his Monument Park plaque and one for his retired number.

The record for the most copies of a single card is still Suzuki’s 11,550, which came after his 3,000th career hit last season.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 10)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Aaron Judge’s hot start, pondering retro Topps Now cards, big pulls & even some Daisy Ridley ink.

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Dandy Dozen: Twelve Aaron Judge autographs to consider chasing now

What happens when a New York Yankees rookie hits his league-leading 12th home run of the season?

Baseball cards just keep selling.

Aaron Judge is that Yankee and thanks to several years’ of prospecting sets and his 2017 Rookie Card arrival he’s arguably the hottest cardboard in the hobby today. As we documented here on Monday, he’s got more than 400 different autographed cards already — and there’s undoubtedly more on the way — and that’s a good problem to have.

But what if you don’t have a Judge auto? Where should you start? Consider these 12 sets or specific cards …

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Aaron Judge’s historic start sparks continuing cardboard frenzy

With 10 homers last month, New York Yankees rookie outfielder Aaron Judge tied the major-league record for newcomers — a mark set by Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies last year.

Judge and Story are different stories when it comes to baseball cards, though, as the Yankee is readily available — and has been for years — on MLB cardboard and has plenty of autographs and Rookie Cards with more on the way. (Yes, Story also had ink and prospect cards — about 40 autos — before his arrival last season, but he wasn’t a big-market, can’t-miss guy who took his time to arrive with his presence in most prospect products before that time came. That’s Judge.)

Sure, it’s a long season, but right now Judge is a runaway to win the American League Rookie of the Year award with his homer total doubling the next-closest rookie and his 20 RBI in 22 games also leading all newcomers. He’s also hitting .303 so far, which ain’t shabby as he was a career .278 hitter in the minors. And, again, collectors (and dealers) benefit from this start as he’s got plenty of cards — new and old.

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Buzz Collector Profile: Tony Yi — an Ichiro Suzuki fan aka The Ichiro Vault


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Also known as: @theichirovault and iamtony33 on Blowout Forum
Website: theichirovault.blogspot.com
Location: Washington
Work away from cards: Corporate management
Collecting since: 2011

Main focuses: Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson Cano and 1/1 cards — he owns 335 1/1s and 42 of those are Superfractors.
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Favorite teams: Seattle Mariners, Washington Huskies football

Current collecting projects: I used to work on rainbow projects often, and I have completed 14 of them. They have become too time-consuming so I now mainly concentrate on obtaining Ichiro, Cano and certain 1/1 cards. There is one Ichiro rainbow I will never stop trying for though and it’s from my favorite set, 2012 Topps Chrome. All I am missing is the Superfractor that sold years ago and I assume its in a PC collection forever. But if anyone knows who has it, please let me know.

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At least one notable fan among surprises in 2017 Topps Archives

A notable New York Yankees fan will be among the surprise signers to come in 2017 Topps Archives.

His name? “Bald Vinny” Milano and he’s led the Bleacher Creatures‘ “roll call” at Yankees home games for years.

Keep reading to see more and to react to the card in our Buzz Poll.

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Mickey Mantle returns to baseball cards with new Panini America deal

The Mick is back on cardboard.

Mickey Mantle, the icon of a generation of collectors, will be back on baseball cards soon as Panini America has reached a deal with the estate of the Hall of Famer and former New York Yankee who died in 1995. It will be his first cardboard since 2012 when his family let their deal with Topps expire.

The deal is expected to be formally revealed today with at least one card perhaps coming immediately via the Panini Eternal program, though his sons David and Danny disclosed the deal to Yahoo Sports’ Big League Stew in an interview.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty

What: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty autographed baseballs
Arrives: April 26
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand takes a New York twist for yet another year as this one’s all about the Yankees with stars of the past and present being part of a chase that includes all baseballs having a product-specific and numbered hologram.

Keep reading for more and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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Buzz Poll: Which Mickey Mantle item topped the auction block?

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Mickey Mantle dominated the auction block on Saturday night in Dallas as Heritage Auctions‘ Platinum Night sports sale was topped by a pair of Mantles with very different attributes.

Yet both had very high demand.

Both items you see here — one a PSA 8 copy of his 1952 Topps card and the other being Mantle’s New York Yankees road jersey worn when he hit his 535th career home run on Sept. 19, 1968 — are six-figure items.

One went for $660,000 with a buyer’s premium while the other went for $486,000 and with that pair of facts we have these two questions for you.

Spoiler: Highlight the text after this on this line to learn more. The card sold for more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection baseball cards

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What: 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection baseball cards
Arrives: March 31
Box basics: Four hits in every six-card box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Bambino returns with a high-end product from Leaf Trading Cards that includes two stadium seat cards and two bat cards in every single box — and the possibilities of much more.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 11)

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The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Nothing but big NFL and MLB collecting questions.

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Steiner Sports brings game-used ties to world (No, seriously)

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We can hear it now across the office cafeteria …

“Hey, Lumbergh, you’ve got something on your tie.”

“That’s Yankee Stadium dirt, Peter.”

It could become a reality soon thanks to Steiner Sports, which has taken game-used to a new area with material from the stadium world to the office space.

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Gallery: 2017 MLB spring training & batting practice caps from New Era

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A new baseball season is nearly here with the first spring training games set to air later this month and that’s when we’ll see the newest players on their new teams.

And many of them will be wearing new uniforms — well, at least new caps.

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Unique Mickey Mantle autograph among cool items in Steiner auction

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Some vintage collectors out there may have a little bit of everything, which leaves them searching for unique pieces once they have all of the basics from when a past player was on the field. Sure, there are countless new cardboard creations for icons like Mickey Mantle, but this piece on the auction block from Steiner Sports is a bit different than the typical Mantle autograph.

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Derek Jeter signs multi-year autograph deal with Topps

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The Captain’s autographs are coming back to Topps packs.

Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has signed a multi-year autograph deal for his ink to appear in Topps baseball products. His first ink for the company since 2001 will be found in 2016 Topps Dynasty and 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection as well as 2017 Topps products. Dynasty arrives on Dec. 7, while Transcendent arrives two days later.

“Adding Derek Jeter autographs to our trading card products will be thrilling for collectors,” said David Leiner, Vice President and General Manager of North American Sports & Entertainment at Topps. “He is one of the most-prolific and well-known players of our time, and his addition is one collectors will be clamoring for.”

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Alex Rodriguez rips into a pack of 1991 Donruss baseball cards

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Yahoo! Sports’ Mike Oz had some 1991 Donruss Series 1 packs in storage and he’s made a habit of tearing into a pack or two when the time is right.

That latest bit of time came in the presence of Alex Rodriguez, who joined the Big League Stew writer to tear into a pack, see who he got inside and pull off a trade while fielding some questions.

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Heritage’s 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle auction could top $1 million

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Update: Including a buyer’s premium, the card sold for $1,135,250

A Heritage Auctions sale with more than 20 days remaining has a legitimate shot at yielding the hobby’s next million-dollar baseball card.

It’s a PSA 8.5 copy of Mickey Mantle‘s iconic 1952 Topps card and it’s already pushing the high six-figures in an auction that began earlier this month.

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Steiner Sports gets into boxed niche with Ultimate Yankee Fan Box

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Steiner Sports is jumping on a trend of the last few years with one of its newest promotion.

It’s the Ultimate Yankee Fan Box, and, while it’s not a subscription-based boxed memorabilia offering like LootCrate, it’s an interesting one to consider for fans of the New York Yankees or game-used and autographed memorabilia in general.

So, what’s guaranteed inside the 10-item box for $299.99?

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Steiner Sports’ Yogi Berra auction includes everyday items as well as legendary MLB memorabilia

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“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

That’s one of Yogi Berra‘s famous Yogi-isms and Steiner Sports‘ current auction of the Hall of Famer’s memorabilia includes one item that fits that saying well.

It’s his driver’s license.

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Masahiro Tanaka autographs coming in 2016 Topps High Tek

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One of Japan’s biggest stars finally has signed.

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka hasn’t had a certified autograph since he came to MLB but that all changes on Nov. 23 with the arrival of 2016 Topps High Tek.

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Steiner Sports’ Don Larsen auction includes some real talkers

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More than 300 items from the collection of New York Yankees great Don Larsen are on the auction block via Steiner Sports but they’re not all glorious tributes to the man who pitched a perfect game in the World Series.

Some include some real talk — like this letter to Larsen from former Kansas City Athletics General Manager Frank Lane.

Larsen, of course, went on to pitch into the 1967 season before retiring at age 37.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Sept. 22)

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The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Vintage hauls and plenty on 2016 Topps Heritage High Number.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Sept. 14)

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The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Gary Sanchez, Don West, “All The President’s Men,” Mailman Maildays … and more.

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