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South Bay Baseball Cards staying strong with Super Boxes by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Imagine opening the perfect box with high-end autographs of some of the best players in baseball history. Imagine getting your money’s worth out a single box.

Every. Single. Time.

Scott Allen, the vice president of South Bay Baseball Cards, thought he could create the ultimate box for their customers. The Super Box features prizes that include jerseys, bats, balls and high-end cards from those such as Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Elvis Presley and many other stars.

“We believed we could build as good as or a better box of cards than was out on the market,” Allen said. “This has become a big ‘thank you’ to our customers. The same customers buy in each time, as well as new customers, referrals, friends of friends and more.”

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First superagent’s personal archive hits auction block by Chris Olds

By Amar Shah | Guest contributor

All it took was a case of beer and The Babe was his.

Before David Falk, Drew Rosenhaus and “Jerry Maguire,” there was Christy Walsh, the first super athlete agent. In 1921, Walsh, a sports cartoonist and trained lawyer, took on a new gig syndicating ghostwritten articles written by celebrities to newspapers around the country.  His most famous client at that point had been Eddie Rickenbacker, a World War I flying ace turned race car driver.  But Walsh had a bigger target in mind.

In 1920, Babe Ruth hit 54 home runs in his first season as a New York Yankee.  Walsh found his man.  However, Ruth proved elusive, avoiding the overzealous Walsh whenever he stalked him on the streets of New York City.

Walsh even managed to get himself kicked out of the Ansonia Hotel where Ruth was living.  But according to Tom Stanton, author of  “Ty and the Babe,” in the winter of 1921, Walsh was waiting for Ruth when he overheard a grocer next door to the hotel taking a beer order from Ruth’s room.

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Topps plans wrapper redemption program for Chrome (updated) by Chris Olds

Update: On Oct. 22, Topps announced that it will be adding autographs of Buster Posey and  Jason Heyward to the program. There will be 100 signed versions of each card with Refractors numbered to 90 and Green Refractors numbered to 10 also to be found in the packs.

Topps Chrome hasn’t yet arrived but there’s already an extra reason to pick up a hobby box — a wrapper redemption focusing on the best rookies of 2010 and the best players in baseball history.

The company announced on Thursday morning a program that will put an exclusive pack of three Chrome Rookies & Legends variation cards into the hands of any collector who sends in 24 2010 Topps Chrome hobby wrappers.

The cards are part of a 15-card set promotion that will run through Feb. 28. Every 1oth pack of the cards will include Refractors.

See the complete checklist and get the address after the jump.
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What You Missed Yesterday: Wednesday, Oct. 7 by Tracy Hackler


Miss one day of Beckett Media’s unparalleled online coverage of the sports collectibles industry and you miss a lot. In fact, here’s what you missed yesterday, Wednesday, Oct. 7.

A Magazine Worth Cheering For
First Look: 2009 TRISTAR Signa Cuts Limited-Edition Baseball

First Look: 2009-10 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey
Crabtree Rep: ‘His Rookie Cards Will Skyrocket’

What Does a Player Collect? New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher Tells You
Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Certified Football
ESPN’s Body Issue — Good For Autographs?
Michael Crabtree Signs. Can His Cards Recover?
Topps’ Propaganda-Style Cards To Be Sold As Prints
Topps Adds More Aflac Autographs to Bowman Draft
What You Missed Yesterday: Tuesday, Oct. 6

— Tracy Hackler

Freedom Collection highlights Heritage sale by Chris Olds


The impressive haul of rare and high-grade key vintage baseball cards — The Freedom Collection — in the latest Heritage Auctions sale ended on Thursday with a 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank PSA 6 leading the way at $155,350.

Three notable cards from the collection did not sell — a PSA 8 Ty Cobb 1911 D304 Brunners card estimated at $200,000 — along with a – 1910 T210 Old Mill Series 8 Joe Jackson PSA 2 and a 1910 T210 Old Mill Casey Stengel PSA 6. Those cards are available for purchase now on Heritage’s site, the Cobb with an asking price of $239,000.

The remainder of the collection sold with many of the cards reaching into five-figures.

See a rundown after the jump. See additional images from the auction here.

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Heritage set to auction million-dollar vintage collection by Chris Olds


An impressive collection of rare and high-grade key vintage baseball cards is set to hit the auction block through Heritage Auctions in September, led by a PSA 8 Ty Cobb 1911 D304 Brunners card estimated at $200,000.

The Freedom Collection as a whole is estimated to fetch more than $1.2 million for just 40 cards of Hall of Fame players and will be sold during the Dallas-based company’s Signature Sports Auction that launches on Sept. 10 and ends on Oct. 1. The seller has wished to remain anonymous.

“It absolutely ranks among the finest private collections of high-end cards in the world,” said Heritage’s Chris Ivy in a release. “Only the most iconic names in baseball history are represented, and each of the 40 cards rate among the highest graded available … It’s rare to have a single six-figure card in an entire auction, and there are several examples in this small but special collection.”

It includes “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays among the highlights. See a sampling of the cards after the jump.

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How ’bout this 2009 Topps American Heritage beauty … by Chris Olds


One lucky collector in Japan pulled a pretty impressive card out of the 2009 Topps American Heritage set — an eight-piece one-of-a-kind American Legends booklet Relic card that includes game-used pieces from several legends.

Who? Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Mantle.

It’s on eBay right now with a Buy It Now price of $1,799.99.

What’s it look like on the inside?

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