Here's a story I wrote for Sports Collectors Daily about the 2017 Topps Pro Debut set, which features some of the best minor-league baseball players and prospects.
Here's a story I wrote for Sports Collectors Daily about a collaborative effort between Topps and Lucasfilm to bring autographed photos from Star Wars cast members to collectors:
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Here's a story I wrote for Sports Collectors Daily previewing the 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball set, which will be released in June:
With a variety of background designs and an acetate look, the 2016 Topps High Tek baseball product offers its usual different look for collectors.
The designs on Topps High Tek would send a geometry lover into delirium —swirling lines, sharply angled rectangles, criss-crossing lines, wavy backgrounds — there are plenty of patterns to experience.
Tek returned in 2014 after a 16-year absence, but fans of the original 1998 set will recall that the 90-card base set had 90 different background patterns per card. That made for a staggering 8,100-card monster master set for collectors who wanted to chase every variation — plus, each card also had a parallel that was printed with diffraction foil.
Put that set in your binder. Or binders, I should say.
A hobby box for the 2016 will contain one pack, with eight cards in that pack. Price range should be around $60, depending on the retailer. Topps is promising one on-card autograph per box.
The base set will include 111 cards, with a mixture of rookies and veterans. Parallels collectors might find: Tidal Diffractor, Green Rainbow, Orange Magma Diffractor (a hobby exclusive numbered to 25) and 1/1 Black Rainbow, Black Galactic Diffractor and printing proofs. Topps is also inserting home uniform short prints that will have a different image and will be numbered.
High Tek Autographs will be the main signature card in the set, and there are 78 different subjects. The subject list will include current stars, rookies, retired players and Hall of Famers. The card I pulled was of former reliever Billy Wagner, depicted during his heyday as the Astros closer. When he retired after the 2010 season, Wagner had 422 saves and a career 2.31 ERA. Wagner’s autograph was just as impressive—a legible, neatly penned signature with his uniform number (13) underneath his handwriting. It’s one of the more attractive autographs that I have seen lately — beautifully done.
Parallel signature cards also could be found by collectors, with Gold Rainbow, Orange Magma Diffractor (numbered to 25), Red Orbit Diffractor (5) and 1/1 versions in a Black Galactic Diffractor and printing proofs.
Numbered Tek buybacks also will be sprinkled throughout the print run.
I love the horizontal design, and while the patterns might make some collectors dizzy, others will find them intriguing.
Here's a story I wrote for Sports Collectors Daily about a photograph of Babe Ruth and evangelist Billy Sunday that is up for bid at RMY Auctions:
Here's a story I wrote for Sports Collectors Daily about a pair of original Nike Moon shoes that are up for bid on eBay. The shoes were owned by marathon runner Bruce Mortenson.
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