Just 10 of the most-notable items in the sports world that were sold in 2017 totaled more than $6.7 million in sales, ranging from the $1.68 million Norman Rockwell piece you see here to high-grade copies of Mickey Mantle‘s iconic 1952 Topps card.
And they all had one thing in common — PSA or PSA/DNA authentication.
“We certified a myriad of incredible items last year, and the list is full of sports history from top to bottom,” said Professional Sports Authenticator VP Steve Sloan. “We’ll continue pushing ourselves toward another great year in 2018, and look forward to what’s in store.”
The Newport Beach, Calif.-based company recently took the time to examine the markets last year and touted its Top 10 for 2017. Keep reading to see everything on the list.
You may be seeing Rinku Singh on cardboard once again.
Back in 2009, he was one of two pitchers signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Lucknow, India, and their stories of how that happened ended up becoming a Disney movie. But today he joins professional wrestling hopefuls under contract at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.
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.
It’s been more than 16 years since the baseball world lost “Pops,” aka Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, at age 61.
During a lengthy big-league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was a World Series champ, a National League MVP and even Sports Illustrated‘s Man of the Year — and all those awards and more are up for grabs via SCP Auctions right now.
And there are even some impressive yet unusual items that some baseball fans might not even know about also available in the sale.
Update (June 11): This card sold for $609,294 at auction.
A low-grade Honus Wagner T206 baseball card with a lengthy lineage in the hobby is hitting the auction block as part of a meaty collection of vintage cardboard.
The J. Ross Greene Collection will be handled by SCP Auctions later this month and it includes “a lifetime accumulation of cards and memorabilia honoring diamond and gridiron greats from the turn of the century to the modern era” and “boasts more than 100,000 pre-war and post-war baseball and football cards” with many of them in runs of complete sets.
No matter what he does, Gift Ngoepe‘s first play for the Pittsburgh Pirates will be a historic one.
The team called him up on Wednesday — after nine seasons in the minors — making him the first MLB player born in Africa. You know, the entire continent.
And thanks to the World Baseball Classic and Topps he’s already got a modest amount of MLB-approved cardboard for collectors to chase.
Topps isn’t limiting Topps Now to spring training team sets this season.
The real-time baseball card platform launched its 2017 Topps Now Spring Training MLB set on Monday with a single card of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who racked up six strikeouts in two innings on Sunday.
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.
A big baseball card is heading to the auction block once again.
A PSA 5 (MC) copy of the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner — the most-valuable baseball card of all time — is headed back to the auction block this fall via Goldin Auctions. The Runnemede, N.J.-based company announced the news on Thursday, noting that it will be up for grabs in its “Great American Trading Card Auction” in September after it goes on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
“Serious collectors understand that every time a card like this is offered for auction, it may be the last time for a long time,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of the auction house. “The excitement that the auction of a T206 Wagner generates, coupled with the current booming market for high-grade trading cards, creates the perfect storm for establishing a new standard for sports memorabilia.”
Maybe the MLB Home Run King doesn’t know his market all these years later.
Barry Bonds offered a number of team-issued memorabilia pieces on his website on Tuesday afternoon — a number of travel bags and a couple of warm-ups and a jersey — and nearly all of the autographed items were gone in minutes.
Nobody in the history of Major League Baseball hit more home runs than Barry Bonds and that means his autograph will always be in demand to some degree.
If you’re like many collectors, you may not have a Bonds auto in your stash, but there’s one way to land one without a lot of work — and without a boatload of cash.
You can get one straight from Bonds himself.
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: 2016 Bowman, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Berrios & Superfractors.
Topps‘ new program creating real baseball cards in real time documenting the highlights of the here and now have caught on with some collectors as this season has begun with some historic starts and impressive debuts for MLB rookies.
It’s 2016 Topps Now and the cards are only available for a 24-hour window. After that, the population reports are released and the next day’s cards are unveiled — all in made-to-order, real-time fashion.
For nine years, Joe Garagiola was a big-league catcher, but for decades after that he was a voice of baseball and a personality on network television.
He worked NBC‘s Game of the Week and World Series coverage and was a host of Today and a fill-in host on The Tonight Show, too. He died on Wednesday at age 90.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing man who was not just beloved by those of us in his family, but to generations of baseball fans who he impacted during his eight decades in the game,” said a statement from his family. “Joe loved the game and passed that love onto family, his friends, his teammates, his listeners and everyone he came across as a player and broadcaster. His impact on the game, both on and off the field, will forever be felt.”
We all know Roberto Clemente as a legendary member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a Hall of Famer who helped pave the way for Latin American players in MLB.
However, it was today back in 1954 when he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers and became a member of the Montreal Royals — the team where Jackie Robinson had started before he broke MLB’s color barrier in 1947. The move was largely to block Clemente from being signed by the New York Giants.
Veteran collectors know there’s even a baseball card showing this.
While we all should know about two-sport stars like Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and plenty of others from the past, there’s only one man in MLB history to be a manager of a baseball team and then also coach of an NFL team.
His name is Hugo Bezdek.
That’s your obscure trivia for the day courtesy of the MLB Network and Hot Stove this morning … now Buzz will add some cardboard context.
Jason Dean Martin
Also Known As: @jasondeanmartin on Twitter (And everywhere else, too.)
Website: www.jasondeanmartin.weebly.com & www.beansballcardblog.com
Work away from cards: Territory Manager for PPG Industries
Collecting since: 1987
Main focuses: Josh Fogg and anything baseball including MLB, MiLB, NCAA and USA. Also errors and variations.
Favorite players/teams: Josh Fogg, Bobby Bonilla, Bryce Harper
Current collecting projects: Josh Fogg (including cards and memorabilia), 1991 Topps errors and variations
Five lots in a sale via SCP Auctions that close on Saturday are unique in a few ways.
First, they are all items from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Second, for each of them a part of the proceeds will go to his foundation that supports K-9 units and service dogs of police and fire departments throughout the U.S.
What are the items? Well, they’re all game-used for starters.
Awards week is here as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America begins its postseason honors this evening with the Rookie of the Year winners revealed.
Among the candidates for tonight’s awards are Kris Bryant, Matt Duffy and Jung Ho Kang in the National League and Carlos Correa, Miguel Sano and Francisco Lindor in the American League.
Who’s Buzz picking? Find out and get a rundown of each player’s basic stats after the jump.