The Importance Behind Third-Party Authentication and Grading

  One of the toughest decisions any collector faces is when to part ways with all or some of his collection. It’s often based on finances – or lack thereof – and brings with it an emotional toll. It could…

Authenticating a Babe Ruth Game-Used Bat Attributed to His 500th Home Run

  On Sunday, August 11, 1929, the New York Yankees visited Cleveland’s League Park to take on the Indians. Babe Ruth, batting cleanup, led off the second inning of a scoreless game. On the first pitch he saw from Willis…

1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner, Graded PSA Good 2, Sells for $1.35 Million at Auction

  The 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner needs no introduction. With apologies to Mickey Mantle – and the recent hobby momentum gained by his 1952 Topps #311 – the coveted Wagner remains the Holy Grail of baseball cards. Just last week,…

50 Years Ago, the ‘Miracle Mets’ Won it All

  Is Jerry Koosman the most overlooked pitcher in the hobby? Ask a collector to recite Koosman’s career stats and see what happens. A lanky southpaw, he tallied 147 wins for the New York Mets during his 12-year tenure in…

Second PSA Gem Mint 10 Set of 1999 Pokémon 1st Edition Sells for $107,010

Pokémon card sales continue to take the hobby by storm The coveted 103-card Pokémon 1st Edition English Base Set from 1999 sold last month for $107,010 through Goldin Auctions. The last time we saw this collection of Pokémon cards, it…

Mantle and Clemente Bats Post Eye-Popping Prices at Auction

  A pair of historical, game used professional model baseball bats, both graded by PSA/DNA, sold over the weekend via Heritage Auctions and both fetched amazing prices. The players connected to the bats, Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente, were incredible…

‘The Babe Bows Out’ Sells for $164,500

  On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, Hunt Auctions held a live event wherein lot #114 — an aged 10.25″ high by 12.75″ wide Type 1 photo showing Babe Ruth making his last public appearance at Yankee Stadium in 1948 —…

Ruthian-Sized Auction Price Realized for Lou Gehrig Autographed Photo

  Throughout the past century, every sports superstar has had his trusty sidekick. Bill Russell had Bob Cousy. Wayne Gretzky had Mark Messier. And, of course, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen. But in the annals of baseball, there is one…

Circa 1910 Type 1 Photo of Ty Cobb Sells Privately for $250,000

  A new sales record for the sports collectibles industry has been established. A PSA-certified original Type 1 photo showing Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Ty Cobb sliding into third base just sold for $250,000. The circa 1910, 8” x…

Wilt’s Signed Scoresheet from 100-Point Game Sells for $214,579

  NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, a.k.a. “The Big Dipper” and “Wilt the Stilt,” did everything big. Standing 7′ 1″ tall, the late center was an unstoppable force on the basketball court and his crowning individual achievement occurred early in his…