Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blog Kiosk: 3/27/2012

I just noticed the above 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Superfractor autographed card of Clayton Kershaw. It is a "1 of 1" card and is probably the rarest and most desired of all Kershaw rookie cards. Superfractor rookie cards like these of superstar players have been known to sell for thousands of dollars. This one was listed at $17,500 but did not sell, but I bet a strong offer would get it.
  • RIP, Bert Sugar. Bert may be better known in the boxing world as a Boxing Hall of Fame journalist, but he was also well regarded as being a pioneer in the sports memorabilia hobby. He put together the Sports Collectors Bible in the 70's and was an important promoter of anything collectible. A great writeup by Keith Olbermann on his life can be found at the Baseball Nerd.
  • And then there were three. Via LA Times, the Dodgers buyers have been whittled down to three- Steve Cohen, Stan Kroenke & Stan Kasten/ Magic Johnson.
  • LA Observed takes a close look at these three buyers, as well.
  • GQ interviews Matt Kemp in their newest issue, linked here:
    Zen Out with Phil Jackson
    "I wasn't much of a beach guy when I first moved to town, but I think the older I get, the more I like being on the beach—Malibu, Manhattan Beach. It's really peaceful. I remember one time I was out on the beach, and I saw Phil Jackson just chillin', and I was like, 'This is where I need to be, man....' Nobody was bothering him; everybody was just chillin' and relaxing and just doing whatever they feel like doing. And Phil's all Zenned out. I even thought about buying a house on the beach, but I haven't found anything yet."
  • This is hilarious. Jason Werth hit a monster home run this past Sunday, and as luck would have it, he hit his own car, via Hall of Very Good.
    "It just left a hole in the Earth where my truck used to be," Werth said of the estimated 492-foot moonshot that ricocheted off the front bumper of his pickup.
  • Wow! A Mars Attacks comic book is set to be released in July. It will follow-up on the original 1962 Topps set of the same name, via IDW Publishing. A new card set is also due to come out. (Hat Tip: Heartbreaking Cards...)
  • Here is a interesting wedding idea- how about getting married at the Baseball Hall of Fame, via Cooperstown Chatter.
  • Is the card hobby dead? CBS seems to think so. The problems with reports like this is that they will always compare the hobby to its heyday in the 90's, and I think everybody realizes those days are over. Nevertheless, there are numerous segments still on the rise and I think this report discredits the internets impact on collectors who buy and trade solely online.

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