Sports Collectors Digest

Sports Collectors Digest

October 9, 2020

SPORTS COLLECTORS DIGEST covers every aspect of modern sports collecting, including cards, memorabilia, equipment, lithographs, figurines, and autographed material. Online collecting, memorabilia, and auction news are covered each week in specially designed sections that complement columns from some of the most respected experts in the hobby and up-to-date card pricing and checklisting data from expert analysts. Along with display advertisements from all of the major dealers in the country, each weekly issue offers extensive auction advertising and listings, plus a classified section that gives collectors a medium for buying, selling, and trading.

United States
Active Interest Media
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26 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
vin scully parts with career collectibles

“It’s time for Dodger baseball!” For those of us who grew up baseball fans in Southern California, we were privileged to hear those words before every Dodger game from the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, arguably the best baseball announcer in history. For 67 years, Scully entertained and informed the masses over the airwaves, detailing every pitch, hit, strikeout, home run, no-hitter or perfect game as only Vinny could. “Fernando Valenzuela has pitched a no-hitter. If you have a sombrero, throw it to the sky.” I recall the days where you could even hear Vin Scully while at Dodger Stadium, the result of so many people listening to him on their transistor radios in the days way before iPhones. National audiences also often got to enjoy the words of Scully, who did his share…

1 min.
top ten online auctions

1. $230,100 on 82 bids: 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luca Doncic, #54/99, auto patch (BGS 9.5) 2. $180,100 on 52 bids: 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luca Doncic, #54/99, auto patch (BGS 9) 3. $81,700 on 123 bids: 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Giannis Antetokounmpo, #35/99, auto patch 4. $60,100 on 103 bids: 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luca Doncic, #81/99 (BGS 8) 5. $59,999 on 1 bid: 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James Refractor (PSA 10) 6. $56,400 on 77 bids: 1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Refractor (BGS 9.5) 7. $54,595 on 1 bid: Babe Ruth single-signed baseball (JSA, Mint) 8. $53,501 on 75 bids: 2017-18 Panini Donruns Jayson Tatum Optic Gold Vinyl, #1/1 (ungraded) 9. $52,777 on 45 bids: 2018-19 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Luka Doncic Cracked Ice, auto (PSA 10) 10. $51,877 on 100 bids: 1952 Topps Willie Mays (PSA…

6 min.
interest spikes but values don’t on passing of sports heroes

GLORY DAYS — In the space of a few weeks, Major League Baseball lost three familiar names from those glory days of the 1960s and ’70s. Typically, collecting interest in our athletic heroes surges upon their passing. In the cases of Tom Seaver and Lou Brock—both Hall of Famersand longtime Yankee Horace Clarke, that’s exactly what happened, even though values didn’t spike along with interest. Let’s take a look…. THE HOSS — Horace Clarke became the face of that “flat” period in Yankee history between the Mickey Mantle era and the blossoming of the Thurman Munson-led title teams. The so-called “Horace Clarke Era” started in earnest in 1965, when he came up while Mickey Mantle’s storied career was winding down. The era ended in May 1974, when the Yanks sold Clarke…

1 min.
release calendar

SEPTEMBER 17: 2019-20 Panini Opulence Basketball 18: 2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball 18: 2020 Leaf Metal All-American Bowl Football 23: 2019-20 Panini Contenders Optic Basketball 23: 2020 Panini Select UEFA Euro Soccer 23: 2020 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball 25: 2020 Panini Absolute Football 25: 2020 Leaf Trinity Football 25: 2020 Panini Chronicles Baseball 25: 2020 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Football 30: 2020 Topps Baseball Complete Factory Set 30: 2019-20 Panini Encased Basketball 30: 2020 Topps Triple Threads Baseball 30: 2020-21 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey 30: 2020 Panini Origins Football OCTOBER 2: 2020-21 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball 7: 2020 Panini Flawless Collegiate Football 7: 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA Basketball 7: 2019-20 Upper Deck Premier Hockey 9: 2020 Panini Prizm Racing NASCAR 9: 2020 Panini Spectra Football 9: 2019-20 Topps Museum Collection UEFA Champions League Soccer 14: 2019-20 Panini Immaculate Collection Basketball 14: 2020 Topps Gold Label Baseball 16: 2020 Panini Contenders Baseball 21: 2020-21 Panini…

3 min.
opti-chrome prizm technology makes mosiac football debut

2020 PANINI MOSAIC FOOTBALL Mosaic Football makes its debut for colorful Opti-chrome Prizm technology, and it’s filled with parallels, inserts and autographs of all the best rookies, current stars and retired legends the NFL has to offer. Collect the 300-card base set, find top draft picks and look for limited numbers of Pro Bowl inserts. Only found in Hobby Boxes, chase the following stunning inserts: In it to Win it, Center Stage, Swagger, Montage (four images on each card), Stained Glass and Overdrive. Exclusive to Hobby Boxes find Autographs Mosaic and Rookie Autographs Mosaic, and hunt for SSP Gold and Black parallels. Look for the following parallels of the Base and Rookies only found in Hobby Boxes: Red, Blue (#’d /99), Purple (#’d /49), White (#’d /25), Gold (#’d /10) and Black (#’d /1). Chase all…

6 min.
world’s largest sammy sosa card collection?

Doug Shaffer isn’t shy about bringing up the fact that his family didn’t have a lot of money growing up. So, when Shaffer, a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, heard about a young up-and-coming power hitter named Sammy Sosa who shared a similar poor upbringing, there was an instant connection. “I read his bio that he hits lots of home runs, has lots of power, great speed and a rocket arm,” Shaffer said. “But then I read an article that said he sends his money back to the Dominican Republic to feed his family. So, I knew at that minute that he was hungry and he wanted to be successful.” Shaffer knew exactly what that felt like. Shaffer had just opened a new barbershop, Doug’s Sports Cut in Goshen, Ind., in fall 1989.…