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Sports Collectors Digest

November 22, 2019

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.

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Active Interest Media
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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…

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the untold ‘mickey mantle story’

Les Wolff wasn’t quite sure what he had purchased “sight unseen” from Mickey Mantle’s sister-in-law, who had sent him photos of what looked like a script and offered to sell it to him. “I thought it was a play at first,” Wolff told Sports Collectors Digest. With his son’s help, Wolff did hours of research online and in the library to find out more about this “first draft” of what was called “The Mickey Mantle Story” written by Tom Patchett and dated December 17, 1990. “We figured out that Patchett was a famous writer, an Emmy Award-winning writer,” Wolff said. In fact, Patchett was a producer, director and writer who worked on such TV shows as “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Alf,” which he co-created. Wolff learned that Patchett and…

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top ten online auctions

1. $202,102: 1996 Pinnacle Select Certified Derek Jeter Mirror Gold, 1 of 30 (PSA 10) 2. $58,500: 2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection LeBron James, 1 of 250, auto (PSA 10) 3. $44,545: 1966-67 Topps Bobby Orr (PSA 8) 4. $38,125: 2015-16 Upper Deck The Cup Connor McDavid, #70/99, auto patch (BGS 9.5) 5. $34,999: 2001 Upper Deck SP Authentic Tiger Woods, #40/100, auto (PSA 10) 6. $33,800: 2013-14 Panini Prizm Giannis Antetokounmpo Gold Prizms, 1 of 10 (BGS 9.5) 7. $30,501: 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan (PSA 10) 8. $30,400: 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic, 1 of 99, auto patch (PSA 10, PSA/DNA) 9. $28,118: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (PSA 3) 10. $24,600: 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady, auto (PSA 8)…

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derek jeter card wows

LEADING OFF… DEREK JETER — Make no mistake: There are plenty of deals to be had in online auctions. But in this space, we tend to focus on eye-opening online auction results. And one just-completed auction has left our eyes open doubly wide. A total of 88 bids sent the price of a rare Derek Jeter card to a final price of—hold on to your hat—$202,102. The card? A rare Mirror Gold variation of Jeter’s 1996 Pinnacle Select rookie. The card, which features high gloss and a foil underlay, was boosted mightily by its PSA 10 grade. Only one other Mirror Gold Jeter has received the coveted assessment of 10/Gem Mint within PSA’s Population Report. Also contributing to the card’s knockout price is extreme rarity. Its print run was limited to only…

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new card release calendar

NOVEMBER 6: 2019-20 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball 6: 2019 Topps Dynasty Baseball 6: 2019 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Baseball 7: 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey 8: 2018-19 Panini Flawless Basketball 13: 2019 Panini Prime Racing NASCAR 13: 2019 Panini Obsidian Football 13: 2019-20 Panini Certified Basketball 13: 2019-20 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball 13: 2019 Topps High Tek Baseball 13: 2019-20 Upper Deck MVP Hockey Complete Factory Set 15: 2019 Panini Passing the Torch Football 15: 2019-20 Leaf In the Game Used Hockey 19: 2019 Leaf Best of Baseball 20: 2019 Panini Playbook Football 22: 2019 Leaf Perfect Game National Showcase 27: 2019-20 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Basketball 27: 2019 Topps Transcendent Collection Baseball 27: 2019-20 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey DECEMBER 2: 2019 Panini Rookies & Stars Football 4: 2019 Bowman Draft Baseball 4: 2019 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball 4: 2019-20 Panini Prizm Basketball 4: 2019-20 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey…

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a set from leaf for speculators

2019 LEAF PERFECT GAME NATIONAL SHOWCASE For the speculator, here is product from Leaf that focuses on the early stages of a prospect’s development—high school. The 2019 Leaf Perfect Game National Showcase, set for a Nov. 22 release, features nearly 300 of the top high school talent in the nation who are eligible for the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft. The set is along the same lines as Leaf’s All-American Bowl cards of potential NFL talent. These are the earliest autographs from those eligible for the draft and are “extremely limited.” Only 115 cases with 15 boxes per case (1,725 boxes) have been produced. As in the 2018 version, every box includes 25 autographs, and all cards are numbered to 50 or less. “LIVELY LEAGUE” LIMITED EDITION ABA ROOKIE CARD SET Celebrate the inaugural season of…