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Sports Collectors Digest

Sports Collectors Digest

January 31, 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


1 min.
sports collectors digest

GENERAL MANAGER Peter Miller GROUP PUBLISHER Ray Chelstowski PUBLISHER Corinne Zielke EDITOR Dave Strege EDITORS-AT-LARGE Larry Canale T.J. Schwartz GRAPHIC DESIGNER Sandi Carpenter ADVERTISING SALES Steve Madson, 715-318-4018 SMadson@aimmedia.com VP ADVERTISING SALES Kevin D. Smith PRESIDENT & CEO Andrew W. Clurman SENIOR VP, CFO, COO, & TREASURER Michael Henry CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER Jonathan Dorn VP OF AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Tom Masterson VP, PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING Barbara Van Sickle VP, PEOPLE & PLACES JoAnn Thomas VP, DIGITAL PRODUCTS & PLATFORMS Katie Herrell VP, IT Nelson Saenz AIM BOARD CHAIR Efrem Zimbalist III…

3 min.
headlines from the world of sports collectibles

Olympic collectible sells for $8.8 million: A game-worn Babe Ruth jersey was surpassed as the world record for the most expensive sports memorabilia item when an Olympic collectible sold for $8.8 million at a December auction at Sotheby’s, Reuters reported on Dec. 18. The original Olympic manifesto by International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin in 1892 outlined the foundation of the modern Games. It was expected to sell for $1 million, but three international bidders spent 12 minutes in a bidding war before the final price was established. The previous world record had been established last June when the Ruth jersey sold at auction for $5.64 million. Broken tennis racket pays off bigtime: A ball boy from the 2018 U.S. Open tennis final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is no doubt…

3 min.
readers respond to mickey mantle’s signature story

EXPLETIVE NAPKIN AUTOGRAPH Good Mantle autograph story in SCD this month (by Kelly Eisenhauer, Jan. 17, 2020 issue). I unfortunately don’t own a Mickey Mantle autograph but would like to tell you a story about a co-worker meeting Mick. In the mid ‘90s, my friend Mike went to a Yankee game in New York, then decided to go to Mickey’s bar by Central Park. Mickey happened to be there and Mike asked Mickey to sign a cocktail napkin. I’ve seen the napkin and he wrote “[expletive] You” and signed it. Mike was so thrilled and went and sat at a table. Mickey went over to Mike and told him he felt bad for writing that, and on the other side of the napkin wrote “Best Wishes” and signed it again. Mike…

1 min.
top ten online auctions

1. $224,999: 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Championship Rookie Ticket, #20/100, auto (BGS 8.5) 2. $135,102: 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Ticket, auto (PSA 10) 3. $77,500: 1953 Bowman Mickey Mantle (PSA 9) 4. $71,000: 1911 Imperial Tobacco C55 Georges Vezina (SGC 9) 5. $53,200: 2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection LeBron James, #190/250, auto (PSA 10) 6. $46,611: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (PSA 5) 7. $44,700: 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic, #24/99, auto patch (ungraded) 8. $40,709: 2017 Panini National Treasures Patrick Mahomes II Stars & Stripes, #8/13, auto patch (BGS 9.5) 9. $38,000: 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan (PSA 10) 10. $37,877: 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan (PSA 10)…

6 min.
2019…it was a very good year

THE BIG BOYS — “Time is a jet plane, it moves too fast,” as Bob Dylan wrote in “You’re a Big Girl Now.” As if we needed any reminders of how fleeting time can seem, here we are in the year 2020. What happened to the 1990s, and 1980s, and 1970s…? So with the turn of another calendar year, we take a peek backwards at the biggest-selling items we tracked in online auctions. Our Top 10 list of 2019 is occupied by the big boys of the sports memorabilia—the names you’d expect. Tom Brady represents the gridiron—three times, or almost one-third of the year’s Top 10. All three Brady entries were 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket autographed cards (not to be confused with his not-quite-as-scarce Rookie Ticket variation, minus the word…

1 min.
new card release calendar

JANUARY 3: 2019 Panini Contenders Football3: 2019-20 Panini Contenders Basketball8: 2020 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition Baseball15: 2019-20 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey15: 2019 Panini Limited Football17: 2019-20 Panini Revolution Basketball22: 2019-20 Panini Crown Royale Basketball22: 2019-20 SP Game Used Hockey22: 2019-20 Topps Chrome Bundesliga Soccer29: 2019-20 Donruss Optic Basketball29: 2019-20 Panini Obsidian Soccer29: 2019-20 Upper Deck NFL Star Rookies Box Set Hockey31: 2019 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball FEBRUARY 5: 2019 Panini One Football5: 2020 Donruss Racing NASCAR5: 2019 Panini Plates & Patches5: 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball5: 2019-20 Upper Deck Allure Hockey7: 2020 Leaf Lumber Kings Baseball12: 2019 Panini Select Football12: 2020 Topps Tribute Baseball15: 2020 Upper Deck National Card Day19: 2019-20 Panini Impeccable Basketball19: 2019-20 Topps Finest UEFA Champions League Soccer19: 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey21: 2019 Panini Encased…