It shouldn’t exist — and that’s why it fetched six-figures at auction.
What you see here is a near-complete box of 1948 Bowman baseball cards — packs that originally cost just a nickel apiece back in the day when kids ate the gum and, if they cared, had a shot at Yogi Berra, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn and Bob Feller Rookie Cards.
This rarity hit the auction block not long ago and finally sold via Mile High Card Co. last week.
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 4.
The box: 2013 Panini Golden Age
The cost now: $29.99
The cost then: $72
What’s inside this one? Keep reading …
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 … and this is the final post of this first run.
The pack: 1990 Leaf Series 2 wax pack
The cost now: $2.50
The cost then: 89 cents (That’s the suggested retail price … but who paid that back then?)
What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …
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What’s Buzzing Today: Nothing but big NFL and MLB collecting questions.
Sometimes they just want a unique autograph.
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.
What: 2017 Leaf Cut Signature Edition History of Baseball
Box basics: One cut signature card per box (20 boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s newest cut autograph product will be all Hall of Famers as part of a made-to-order product with all serial-numbered cards encapsulated and printed on Metal Prismatic stock.
“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.
What: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty autographed baseballs
Arrives: April 20
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 as this one’s all about the Yankees with stars of the past and present being part of the 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.
When someone says “1952 Topps Mickey Mantle” there’s simply one image that comes to mind for collectors — the image of the Oklahoma-born slugger looking over his right shoulder where his Louisville Slugger resides.
The blue hues and the yellow bat — the results of colorized images back in those days — are dramatically different than what we often expect from the cardboard of today, yet they are the basis of everything, too.
Seeing one of these memorable card images recently got Buzz wondering whether fellow collectors would be able to identify photographs from memorable vintage baseball card sets — but without the accoutrement that make 1952 look like 1952 or 1965 look like 1965.
If you’ve watched any NFL games this season, you’ve likely heard the word “concussion” many times as the league has implemented new tests on players to help prevent future problems by assessing the here and now immediately following a hard hit.
On Christmas Day, a film about the issue of concussions in football called Concussion opens in theaters. You’ve probably seen the commercials for the film during NFL games.
Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. It’s a real-life issue that has affected more than 80 former players — many you’ve seen on football cards and might have collected. The movie is an important one and Sports Illustrated has Smith on its cover this week to discuss the movie.
Is it the first time a celebrity has appeared on the cover of the highly collectable sports magazine?
What: 2015 Historic Autographs Casey’s Juggernaut Originals
Arrives: Dec. 9
Box basics: One PSA-encapsulated vintage baseball card and cut autograph combo display per box.
What’s buzz-worthy: The New York Yankees dominated MLB from 1948 to 1955 with five consecutive World Series victories within that seven-year span for manager Casey Stengel — this product focuses on player and cards from that era. Oh, and there are five 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie Cards inside this product, which is comprised of only PSA-authenticated autographs and cards inside a Historic Autographs display.
See a gallery and more … below.