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Hobby stories: Topps CEO talks to New York Times; Johnny Cash items for auction; Eli Manning auto painted over by Susan Lulgjuraj
November 2, 2010, 4:35 pm
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Ryan O’Hara, the CEO of Topps, got his start in the trading card world when he was in the sixth grade. His father, Mike, offered him a junior partnership in a new company to sell cards. O’Hara’s talk about that beginning and moving to New York City with The New York Times. … LINK

Want a piece of Johnny Cash? More than 1,000 items once owned by the star will go to auction on Nov. 19. Some of the items include a Martin D-28 acoustic guitar — signed by Cash and inscribed with the first four lines of “I Walk the Line” and the blue denim jumpsuit depicted in Jim Marshall’s legendary photo of Cash flashing his middle finger. … LINK

Here’s one Eli Manning autograph that won’t ever make it to the public. After the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys 33-31 last year in the first game at the new stadium, the Giants QB signed a wall with the message “9-20-09 First win in the new stadium.”

The autograph has since been painted over despite Manning maintaining it’s a tradition around the league and he didn’t mean any disrespect. … LINK

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

New York Giants legend Bobby Thomson dies at 86 by Chris Olds

Bobby Thomson, whose dramatic home run gave the New York Giants the NL pennant in 1951 and inspired one of the most memorable calls in baseball history, has died. He was 86.

“The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” came off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca in a playoff game to determine who would face the New York Yankees in the World Series, forever linking the duo in baseball lore and on baseball memorabilia.

Thomson, who also played for the Milwaukee Braves, Cubs, Red Sox and Orioles, played 15 seasons in the bigs, hitting .270 with 264 home runs and 1,026 RBI.

The three-time All-Star appeared on just 219 baseball cards during his career, just 25 of those certified autographs and 17 of them featuring memorabilia swatches. His Rookie Card appears in the 1948 Bowman set, which can be found for $100 or less.

Thomson was a prolific signer for baseball fans through the mail over the years and his autograph can often be found in tandem with Branca.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 6 by danhitt


Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 6.

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*** CONTEST NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY: Contest No. 5 — A Topps New York Giants Super Bowl card set (with ticket stub) by Chris Olds
October 16, 2009, 2:42 pm
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We’ve got more on tap this afternoon on Free Stuff Friday … including a pair of big-name NBA and NFL star autographs. However, this can be yours  right now.

logoHow can you win what you see above? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that doesn’t indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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Manning family tradition captured in McFarlane Toys set by Chris Olds

Few football families can surpass the achievements of the Mannings — at least in the last few years — and McFarlane Toys is capitalizing on that with a new release set for this month.

Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning will be packaged together in a Manning Family Quarterback Legacy three-pack of SportsPicks action figures that arrive exclusively in Toys ‘R’ Us stores this month.

See more images of the figures at

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2 by Tracy Hackler


Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 2.

By Dan Hitt

Breakout Player of the Week:
Mario Manningham, WR, Giants
(10 catches, 150 yards receiving, 1 touchdown)

Just two games into the season Manningham has far surpassed his 2008 rookie-year totals for catches, yardage and touchdowns. The Giants needed a receiver to step up and replace Plaxico Burress as Eli Manning’s go-to guy and Manningham appears to be the answer. He torched the Cowboys on the road Sunday night with 10 catches for 150 yards with a number of those coming on crucial third-down conversions. Collectors largely ignored Manningham’s 2008 Rookie Cards after it became apparent that he wasn’t ready. But they are quickly jumping on-board the bandwagon after this hot start, so don’t expect to pick off tons of cheap singles.

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Lambeau Leaf: Ryan Grant’s First Autograph Cards Finally Arrive by Tracy Hackler


In a stellar-so-far two-year career as Green Bay’s gritty, grinding backfield force, Ryan Grant has collected 500 carries, more than 2,100 yards and 13 total touchdowns. Beginning this week, Packers fans who’ve been with him every step of the way will at long last have a chance to collect an honest-to-goodness Grant autograph.

Panini America today began delivering to patient collectors what are believed to be Grant’s first live certified autograph cards, finally fulfilled redemptions from a handful of 2008 products – Donruss Gridiron Gear, Donruss Classics, Leaf Limited and Leaf Rookies & Stars.

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