MagazineA new magazine hit the newsstand this week, called Baseball – History & Art. It’s part history, part art, and part collecting. This first issue, Summer 2015, is over 70 pages printed on a high quality stock and includes a insert in the front 000_0001cover of Ty Cobb. The front cover teases stories on “Black Stars Exhibit” “Forbes Field & Honus Wagner” along with Inside Market Info, Breaking News, Auction News, and Making Art Matter. As you thumb threw it, the Art title is there for a reason, and in these 70 plus pages are some great looking pictures of America’s Pastime. The cover price is $9.95 in the U.S. and $12.95 for Canada.

In This Issue – Summer, 2015

Finding Home – A cranky manager and his star pitcher fund happiness rooming together in NYC

Ticket Stub – Bob Feller is thrown against a no-name opponent with the pennant on the line

Interview – Marty Appel talks about winning, the Yankees, and his relationship with Mickey Mantle

Pirates Cove – It was called “Dreyfuss’ Folly” but the Pirates built a solid home for Pittsburgh

What Happened? – Predicting the future can be tricky as a review of this classic hobby investment book suggests

Players We Ought to Know – Little know facts about players scarcely remembered today

Got Your Back – Card backs are better than ever as these T206-Helmar examples prove

Bring Popcorn – Get a sneak preview of the online exhibit of Helmar’s Boston Garter Collection .

Baseball History & Art can be found at Barnes & Nobles and for more info on Helmar cards check out



1 Box – 8 Packs – 5 cards per pack

Pack 1 – Hunter Pence, Bud Norris, Jayson Werth, Juan Lagares, Carlton Fisk (GOLD)000_0001

Pack 2 – Hanley Ramirez, Matt Carpenter, Ryan Braun, Cliff Lee, Bryce Harper (Die Cut Luminous)

Pack 3 – Clayton Kershaw, Tyson Ross, Paul Molitor, Max Scherzer, Mark Reynolds

Pack 4 – Rick Porcello, Freddie Freeman, Troy Tulowitzki, Kolton Wong, Joe Panik

Pack 5 – Michael Taylor,Mariano Rivera (Gold), Whitey Ford, Billy Butler, Wil Myers

Pack 6 – Marcell Ozuna, Cliff Floyd, Tanner Roark, Dustin Pedroia (Contact Sheet), Adam LaRoche

Pack 7 – Chris Sale, Jason Heyward, Justin Morneau, Ben Zobrist, Bo Jackson

Pack 8 – David Cone, Dellin Betances, Yonder Alonso, Matt Williams, Jake Marisnick000_0003


It’s being called the biggest Larry Bird Collection of all-time, just 675 items that range from signed basketballs, pictures, shoes, signed folding chairs, the list goes on and on and its all going on the auction block June 20th.

The collections owner, Randy Switser, has teamed up with Boston Sports Memorabilia to auction off these items via Ebay over the next ten days.

Auction Gallery Links






It’s one of the rarest feats in sports, last achieved in 1978, many have tried but most have failed. That all changed on June 6, 2015 when American Pharoah dominated the Belmont Stakes and won The Triple Crown. Now here comes the shirts, hats, collector pins, etc but one of these items did catch my eye from a company called Big Time Bats. I have never heard of these guys and don’t know much about the company but that may change with this item. Click here to check out the item on The Big Time Bats web site… This items is listed at $189.95 with only 2015 being made.

The White Sox held the ultimate garage sale again last week. This once a year event now takes place three times a year with all money going to White Sox Charities. WGN was on hand for the event, click here to check out Sean Lewis’s story on all the great deals.



If you live in the Midwest, this Saturday, the 28th of March, you need to load up the car, hit the ATM and head to 2764 East 55th Place Indianapolis,IN That’s just 250 Miles from St. Louis, 185 miles from Chicago, and 120 Miles from Louisville but in the end may just be worth the drive. Ripley Auctions will be holding a Premier Single Owner Sports and Entertainment Estate sale of Alex Henig. You ask, who was Alex Henig? I’ll let Ripley’s Auctions answer that “Alex was a high-profile, energetic and well-connected promoter and ticket agent in California from the 1950s until his death in 1993. This amazing collection of memorabilia has remained in the family until now. It will be sold in entirety, without reserve, in a series of monthly auctions.”  The auction starts at 10am (Indianapolis time) and as I can tell includes over 400 lots of items. Some of those items include the following; 1982 San Francisco 49ers Signed Team Mounted Poster Signatures include Dwight Clark and Roger Craig  , Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams Signed Photo , USFL 1985 Houston Gamblers Game Used Signed Football Approximately 28 signatures including HOF QB Jim Kelly. and many more items. You can check out the preview catalog by clicking here. 






The news around the hobby hasn’t been the best so far in 2015, first the news of Press Pass folding and now word comes that Cardboard Connection Radio will be doing the same. The guys over there were top notch when it came to sports cards, non-sports, etc…. They knew their stuff, and it gave collectors a great avenue to just listen/talk about cardboard twice a week. I couldn’t always listen live, but I can tell you I didn’t miss a show, by putting them on my ipod those guys were always there, maybe a few days, a week, or even a month later but it was always great hearing about the latest news, rumors, or even some of the great guests they have had over the years. The following is a post that Host Doug Cataldo posted on the Cardboard Connection Radio Facebook page on Friday Night.

 “And now the end is near. And so I face the final curtain. My friend I’ll say it clear. I’ll state my case of which I’m certain.

I’ve lived a life that’s full. I traveled each and every highway. And more, much more than this
I did it my way”.

-Frank Sinatra

For the past 15 years I have dedicated two nights a week and several hours per day providing whomever would listen or read commentary on the hobby known as trading card collecting. Luckily for us, a lot of people listened! As a collector since I was five years old, the hobby hooked me. I also collected toys. I don’t know what it was about building sets, going to the store to open packs and chew that gum, but like clockwork, I did it. That magical feeling of getting your favorite player, or more precise, the exact card you wanted to pull is still a thrill today. But the hobby has changed for me. Now it is more of a gamble, a much more expensive gamble. That thrill in my opinion is nullified by the fear of not getting anything you wanted or anything of substantial enough value to justify what you spent.

In this venture we have called Cardboard Connection Radio, that began as a conversation between Russ Cohen and I at an Army-Navy football game in 1999, I have been blessed to have great partners that have helped us improve our delivery of content over the years. I would go to war with those guys, and I was lucky to find people, or have people find us, that could make it seem that nothing was missing if any one of us was absent from a show or event to spend time with our families, or if we just needed some time off.

When we closed our last show for 2014, we were working on doing some truly amazing things for 2015, things that at some point I will probably regret not doing. But something else happened during the holiday break. I realized how little time I was spending with my family. I worked all day, and then on top of it I worked through most of the night each night. When it came time to come back, we had a conversation that resulted in us taking a longer break and seeing where we stood after a few weeks.

That brings us to today. After a couple of long conversations, we realized that we had different aspirations and wanted to try new and different things. We realized that we gathered on Wednesday and Friday to hang out with each other and our collecting friends. We also realized that we really enjoyed the time off and having that extra time with our family. That is why, after 15 years, we are deciding to enjoy that time more.

It has been an amazing 15 years. From our first live broadcast at the NHL All-Star Game to becoming the MCs of the first-ever National Sports Collectors Convention Case Breaking Pavilion, we have never looked back and always tried to be ground-breakers.

To our loyal listeners, thank you for letting us into your lives. We couldn’t have lasted as long without you.

-Doug Cataldo

Well guys let me just say its been a great run, and hope to still see you guys around a Sun-Times Show or The National.