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Topps, PSA stand behind Legendary autographs by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

A heavily scrutinized Topps cut autograph card featuring the starting lineup of the 1927 New York Yankees is off the auction block and headed for additional examination.

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Auction Action: Black Rainbow Ovechkin is Fetchin’ by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

For those who are familiar with the wonders of a “full on double rainbow,” this 1/1 black rainbow is bringing about similar beguilement.

In just 12 hours, this 2005-06 The Cup Black Rainbow Alexander Ovechkin 1/1 rookie card set eBay ablaze with more than 100 watchers and bids exceeding the $5,000 mark. Opening the auction at a long since gone 99 cents with no reserve price, Beckett Select Merchandise Manager Dave Sliepka explained, “This card is going crazy.”

With the current bid closing in on $8,000 ($7,700) and more than 400 watchers (800 eyes, unless pirates are involved), this Ovechkin could be fetchin’ five figures before auction’s end on Nov. 22.

A (Quad) Cut Above the Rest by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Like the eBay listing says, “this card needs no build up…”

Thankfully, drool travels downward; otherwise, this self-explaining colossal quad cut would be dirtying monitors click by click. Since Ruth, Mantle, Williams and Foxx are household names, the magnitude of this Beckett Select auction really doesn’t require an explanatory infomercial or the ShamWow guy’s hyperbolic pitch.

But I can’t help myself.

Featuring four elite names and two historical franchises, the  1/1 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Quad Cuts card is a collector’s dream and a cultural gem. Paired with vintage images, the four boldly inked Hall of Famer signatures are vivid symbols of American icons.

The living history hit was apparently pulled at a flea market in Buffalo, N.Y., and hasn’t surfaced on the market until now.

Graded as authentic and stored safely away from fleas,  current pricing information and other details for the Beckett Select exclusive is available on eBay.

The Most Mysterious Memorabilia Card Ever? by Tracy Hackler


Quick, a show of hands: How many hardcore baseball collectors have ever seen this 1999 Upper Deck A Piece of History 500 Home Run Club Hank Aaron/Babe Ruth/Willie Mays bat card?

Yeah, it was a new one on us, too. We’d never even heard of it until recently, when it was brought to our attention by a prominent East Coast dealer that there were at least four of these cards in existence.

It’s easily one of the most historic memorabilia cards ever produced. It’s also one of the most mysterious.

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It’s Fred Merkle Day (Edited!) by ejahnke

Almost forgot to mention that it’s the 100th Anniversary of the famous Fred Merkle incident.  In 1908, Merkle, a nineteen-year-old first baseman for the first-place NY Giants, was on first base, with a teammate on third, when a base hit drove in what was thought to be the winning run over the second-place Cubs.

The problem was that Merkle did not finish running from first to second base, so on appeal, he was called out (the rule was Rule 59), and the run did not count.

There is plenty on the story around the net, Sports Illustrated did a nice piece on it today, and thoughts and opinions galore.  There is even a “Curse of Fred Merkle,” that people talk about.  We have been so busy lately, I need to say thanks to James over at Sports Locker for reminding me.

Here are some Merkle cards to enjoy on today.  They are part of the Beckett find that also included the first Honus Wagner BGS ever graded.  These cards will be going up for auction starting on Sunday, they should bring a bunch of attention.

NOTE– Actually I had the information wrong on some of the cards, they went up for auction last night!

You can see them here and here.

Camera Room Find by Pepper Hastings
October 11, 2007, 4:55 am
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A Hoard of HartlandsHere’s an insider heads up about something you’ll see for sale in the near future. And as is often the case around the Beckett office, I stumbled on it by accident.

I’m walking down the hallway a few minutes ago and I glance into this little room in which we shoot studio photos — Co-Worker Daniel calls it a digital studio. In the magazines, when you see those photos of boxes of cards, die-cast items, SLUs, and other inanimate objects . . . that would be Daniel’s handiwork. (We use a scanner for most card images.)

So anyway, there on a table sits an army of mayhartland1.JPGoriginal Hartland Statues, the ones from the late 1950s and early 1960s. All of them have original bats and their feet are hardly scuffed — two attributes that discriminating collectors look for on Hartlands. Choice items, indeed.

I checked with Co-Worker Dave, who said he just got them on consignment locally from a personal collection (an estate sale). After the statues are photographed tomorrow, they’ll be auctioned online in by Beckett Select auctions.

I went ahead and snapped a couple of photos, thinking what a dork I looked like bending down and getting reeeeeeeeeeeeal close to Little Willie (above).

When I saw the photos came out OK, I went back to take a few more but the statues had already been wheeled away to the vault.

Dave says they will sell individually. Any guesses as to what the Mantle or Aaron will sell for?