Sports Collectors Digest

Sports Collectors Digest

August 14, 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.
the field of dreams game is on!

If they build it, will anybody be able to come? Well, they built it, but as of this writing Major League Baseball had yet to decide if any fans will be able to attend what is being dubbed MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO. Simply put, it’s the Field of Dreams Game, and the game is on, fans or no fans. MLB, as its been doing the past few years to expand the boundaries of its game, has created a new site at which to play, this one in a cornfield next to the original field featured in the Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams.” The game between the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals is set for Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. Eastern. FOX will provide the…

2 min.
topps sterling baseball returns after 10-year hiatus

2020 TOPPS STERLING BASEBALL Returning from a 10-year hiatus, one of the ultra-premium forefathers is back with Topps Sterling. Each master box holds two themed mini-boxes, which will contain one of the following: 1) On-card Autographed Relic Card numbered to 25 or less, or 2) A Unique Relic or Autographed Relic Card numbered 1-of-1 (two per case). Potential themes include World Series Champions, Yankee Greats, MVP Award Winners, and Topps Rookie Cup Recipients. On-Card Autographed Relics include Sterling Seasons, featuring players and their greatest seasons; Sterling Strikes, highlighting the game’s greatest pitchers; and Sterling Swings, showcasing the best hitters. All are numbered to 10, to 5, and 1-of-1. Others are Sterling Sets Dual Autograph Relics (notable pairs), Sterling Sets Triple Autograph Relics (collectible trios), and Sterling Splendor Jumbo Autographs (jumbo-sized patch pieces of some of…

1 min.
new card release calendar

JULY 29: 2020 Donruss Elite Football 29: 2019-20 Panini Impeccable Premier League Soccer 29: 2020 Topps Museum Collection Baseball 31: 2019-20 Panini Chronicles Basketball 31: 2020 Leaf Valiant Football AUGUST 5: 2020 Panini Gold Standard Football 5: 2019-20 Panini Illusions Basketball 5: 2020 Panini NFL Sticker and Card Collection Football 5: 2020 Topps Luminaries Baseball 5: 2019-20 Ultimate Collection Hockey 7: 2020 Panini Chronicles Racing NASCAR 7: 2019-20 Panini Opulence Basketball 7: 2020 Topps Chrome Baseball 7: 2020 Leaf Trinity Football 12: 2020 Panini Elements Football 12: 2020 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball 12: 2020 Bowman Sterling Baseball 14: 2019-20 Panini Encased Basketball 14: 2020 Leaf Superlative Sports Multi-Sport 19: 2020 Panini Certified Football 19: 2020 Topps Archives Baseball 19: 2019-20 Upper Deck Chronology Hockey Volume 2 19: 2020-21 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey 21: 2020 Panini Immaculate Collection Baseball 21: 2020 Panini NFL Five Trading Card Game Football TCG 21: 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA Basketball 26:…

3 min.
remembering those we lost in the sports world

MIKE MCCORMICK Mike McCormick, who signed an MLB contract out of high school and went on to be the first Cy Young Award winner for the San Francisco Giants, died of Parkinson’s disease on June 13 at the age of 81. McCormick was only 17 years old when he became a major leaguer, bypassing the minors and playing right away for the 1956 New York Giants. The southpaw recorded 50 victories before turning age 23, a record broken by Dwight Gooden of the N.Y. Mets in 1986. He played with the Giants from 1956 to 1962, was traded to the Baltimore Orioles (’63-64) and then Washington Senators (1965-66) before being traded back to the Giants in 1967 when he went 22-10 with a 2.85 ERA and won the Cy Young Award. He retired…

1 min.
top ten online auctions

1. $92,701 on 70 bids: 2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout Gold Refractor, #19/50, auto (BGS 9.5) 2. $82,401 on 57 bids: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (PSA 6) 3. $71,200 on 136 bids: 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James Black Label (BGS 10) 4. $59,100 on 60 bids: 2017 Panini National Treasures Patrick Mahomes, #48/99, auto patch (PSA 9) 5. $50,125 on 28 bids: 1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Refractor (ungraded) 6. $45,100 on 66 bids: 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Ticket, auto (BGS 9.5, auto 10) 7. $40,686 on 65 bids: 1979-80 OPC Wayne Gretzky (BGS 9) 8. $37,100 on 57 bids: 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Ticket, auto (BGS 9, auto 10) 9. $34,350 on 71 bids: 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle (PSA 7) 10. $32,655 on 74 bids: 2003-04 Bowman Chrome LeBron James Xfractor, #140/150 (BGS 9.5)…

6 min.
rare ty cobb postcard draws interest

OLD-SCHOOL AND AWESOME — How many postcards have you received the past few years? Not many, we’d bet. It’s a lost form of information-sharing, considering that we’re headlong into an era where cellphones allow us to send images instantaneously. But there was a time when the postcard world was hoppin’—when publishers printed a healthy and steady supply of picture cards designed to be “snail-mailed.” And if you liked sports, you’d find all kinds of examples. Especially popular were postcards featuring ballplayers. On eBay in July, we spotted a beauty of an old player postcard: a Ty Cobb piece made and distributed between 1907 and 1909. It drew 91 bids and sold for $21,400, elevated by its impressive condition (PSA 6) and rarity. Produced by A.C. Dietsche, a Detroit-based firm, the postcard was part…