All the Hobby News That’s Fit to Rip
11/21/23 by RIPPED
Josh Jung: archetype of fun
Happy Thanksgiving, rippers! This week, we have players doodling, memorabilia from the tennis GOAT, and unanimous MVPs
- Josh Jung shows his creativity
- Best Djokovic item to own?
- MVP Buyback underway
While signing autographs for cards might get tedious, Josh Jung found a way to have fun and add a chase for collectors. Last week, eBay listed one of Josh Jung’s Rookie Autographs from 2023 Topps Heritage, but this card was unlike the rest. The card had glasses and a mustache added in Sharpie, inscribed with “Go Rangers” and “1/1.” It was a unique card, but collectors wondered if Jung added the extra ink. However, Josh Jung confirmed that he did make these additions, making this an awesome one-of-a-kind card.
- Collector Stories: Josh Jung
Nothing beats game-used memorabilia, and one fan came home with quite the piece of memorabilia at the 2016 French Open. Moments after Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray to win the tournament and complete his career Grand Slam, he tossed a match-used racquet into the crowd. Abby Doherty from Portland, Maine, was lucky enough to come down with this one-of-a-kind souvenir. Seven years after Djokovic claimed the record for most Men’s Singles Grand Slam Titles, she is auctioning the racquet. The auction will run till December 2nd and could fetch six figures.
What felt like a formality became official last week when Ronald Acuna Jr. and Shohei Ohtani were named MVPs of their respective leagues. Acuna claimed his 1st MVP award, and two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani earned his second. Acuna Put together the first 40 homers and 70 steals season in MLB history while carrying a .337 batting average and 1.012 OPS. In comparison, Ohtani’s 44 homers and 20 steals seem pedestrian until you remember he also sported a 3.14 ERA in 132 innings. Congrats to both of these superstars, and don’t forget to bring their 2023 Topps Chrome cards to your LCS for store credit!
Rips Around the Hobby
- Best Rookie cards of 2x MVP Shohei Ohtani
- 2023 Topps Chrome Black preview
- Pete Rose collection highlights auction
- 2023 Topps Archives best cards
- Guide to Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Paradox Rift
11/14/23 by RIPPED
Hope you’re hungry, rippers! This week, we have Jell-O up for auction, Rookie of the Year winners, and a new way to package cards.
- 2023 Rookie of the Year winners announced
- Most expensive Jell-O ever?
- A new way to ship singles
On Monday, Corbin Carroll and Gunnar Henderson were both unanimously voted Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues. This was the first time since 2017 that both winners were selected unanimously (Judge & Bellinger). Carroll and Henderson each reached 25 home runs, 75 RBI, and > .800 OPS in their rookie campaigns. Additionally, both got a taste of the postseason, with Carroll taking the Diamondbacks all the way to the World Series. With Corbin Carroll being the older of the two at just age 23, we will be seeing these superstars for years to come.
An unopened box of strawberry Jell-O from 1963 has hit the block at Heritage Auctions. This is no ordinary box of Jell-O as the back features card #59 of Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson. The estimated sale price, according to Heritage, was $2,000, and that number has been blown out of the water. This auction will end on Wednesday, and bidding has already surpassed $15,000. It is not every day you can add a box of Jell-O to your sports card collection.
- Orioles future Hall of Famers? Gunnar & Adley
With the introduction of the eBay Standard Envelope, sellers have been able to send raw cards valued under $20 with tracking for $1.11 or less. Sellers have used many different envelopes and packing supplies to comply with eBay Standard Envelope regulations. eBay is now standardizing packaging and selling its own trading card envelope kit. Each kit comes with an outer envelope #10, a cardboard insert for protection, and a 3-pocket insert that can support up to 8 cards per pocket. You can now ship up to 24 cards at a time securely without any toploaders.
- Find out what determines a card’s value here
Rips Around the Hobby:
- Hobby value impact for MLB Award winners
- 2023 Topps Heritage variations guide
- Q&A with former big leaguer Jack McDowell
- 5 cards to jumpstart your collection
- Commemorating the HOF career of Dusty Baker
- 1st hit relics to appear in 2023 Topps Inception Baseball
11/7/23 by RIPPED
Baby Babe Ruth from 1914
Turn back the clock, rippers! This week, we have a fan risking it all for an autograph, an auction expected to fetch $10 million, and Bob Ross to the moon!?
- Potential eight-figure Babe Ruth rookie card
- Why did the baseball fan cross the road?
- Super Short Print Bob Ross painting money for lucky collectors
1914 Babe Ruth rookie card set for November auction
Anytime Babe Ruth and Rookie Card are in the same sentence, we are talking serious money. How serious is yet to be determined, but Robert Edward Auctions expects upwards of 10 million dollars. Beginning November 17th, a rare 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth rookie card will be up for bidding. This is Babe Ruth’s first trading card and depicts him as a 19-year-old on the front with Baltimore’s 1914 schedule on the back. Can this SGC 3 Babe Ruth rookie challenge the $12.6 million record sale for a baseball card?
Young Rangers fan won’t let anything keep him from an autograph
Tickets to a World Series game will run you hundreds of dollars, but chasing down a moving vehicle for the MVP’s autograph is priceless. During a parade to celebrate the Texas Rangers 1st World Series title, players rode the streets of Dallas in the back of trucks. Corey Seager was one of the main attractions after being named World Series MVP for the second time in his career. Fearlessly, one fan ran into the street to approach the moving vehicle where Seager was riding. The fan got Seager to sign his jersey, leading to jumping, fist pumps, and a memory of a lifetime.
First public sale of Bob Ross Flagship Super Short Print
Collectors have been loving the Bob Ross product collab 2023 Topps x Bob Ross “The Joy of Baseball.” Aside from the baseball stars, one big chase is the Bob Ross Flagship Super Short Print card. These super short prints are very rare, falling only 1 out of every 380 packs or almost 50 boxes. The first public sale of this card was an auction that ended Sunday for $455. A few more copies of this card have since hit eBay, and prices are rising fast on these auctions.
Rips Around the Hobby:
- Take a sneak peek at 2024 Bowman Baseball
- What are the best cards to collect?
- History of Halloween and trading cards
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jersey from championship year at auction
- Postseason swings of the vintage baseball market
- Items to commemorate the Rangers World Series win
10/31/23 by RIPPED
Happy Halloween, rippers! This week Ichiro went big, we found the couple who channeled Randy Johnson and won Halloween, and a card with a unique bounty is up for sale.
- The value of free concert tickets
- This Halloween costume tops anything else
- How much is the most ever paid for an Ichiro card?
The non-baseball subjects are a big part of what makes Allen & Ginter Baseball so beloved by collectors. In 2023 Allen & Ginter X, musical artist Hoodie Allen decided to have some fun while signing his cards. Hoodie took to Twitter to show off one of his gold ink autos. Hoodie Allen put a bounty on one of the copies by inscribing in on the back, “FREE TIX 4 LIFE.” Shortly after 2023 Allen & Ginter X dropped, the card was pulled and listed on eBay for a price of $4,999, or best offer. Would you turn in the bounty for free tickets for life, or would you look to cash in on the card?
- Hip-Hop and the hobby: Other musical artists with cards to collect
- Non-baseball stars in 2023 Allen & Ginter
Now we know: famous moments on the baseball diamond make the best Halloween costumes. Every baseball fan has seen the infamous video of Randy Johnson obliterating a bird while pitching. One creative couple turned that moment into the costume of the year. We may never see a costume that tops the creativity of this one, 10/10.
As reported by Sports Collectors Daily, a signed PSA 10 graded 2001 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #120 Ichiro RC sold for over $200K at Goldin’s most recent Elite Auction. The winning bid equals the highest amount ever paid for any Ichiro card. According to Card Ladder, the last Ichiro PSA 10 sale happened in 2016 when another of the three copies netted $10,412. In January of this year, a BGS 8.5 copy sold for $5,160.
Rips Around the Hobby:
- What’s the move? Grading trends from September 2023
- Who’s hot? Hottest baseball cards right now
- Coming soon! Preview 2023 Topps Museum Collection Baseball
- Attack the rim! NBA big men still worth buying
- Immortal memorabilia: Kobe’s last road uniform set to auction
- 50 years ago, Topps changed the baseball card game
10/24/23 by RIPPED
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What’s up, rippers! This week, Bryce Harper fights for his first ring as his best card goes to auction, Victor Wembanyama suits up for a historic NBA debut, and Max Verstappen continues to dominate F1.
- Playoff star Superfractor auto up for sale
- The biggest (literally and figuratively) prospect since LeBron poised for debut
- One Formula 1 driver is lapping the competition
The collector selling the Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Superfractor could not have picked a better time. Later tonight, Harper and the Phillies will host the Arizona Diamondbacks in a winner-take-all all game with a trip to the World Series on the line. Philadelphia is looking to make their second consecutive World Series, where they came up short last year. Harper is already a 7x All-Star, winner of 2 NL MVP Awards, and a former Rookie of the Year. This 1 of 1 of one of the faces of baseball last sold a year ago for $432,000. What will this card fetch at auction this time? Will Harper finally win his elusive ring?
- Follow the auction Here
- 2023 MLB playoff stars
- Bryce Harper Top RCs and more
- What about the Tacofractor?
Wemby mania is finally here! After years of hype, we will see the 7’4 19-year-old Victor Wembanyama take the NBA court on Wednesday. Since the NBA draft in June, collectors have already been chasing Victor’s cards in various Topps releases. Wembanyama is the third #1 overall pick in Spurs history, and he will have to live up to the careers of Hall of Famers David Robinson (1987) and Tim Duncan (1997), who both won multiple championships in San Antonio. Which Wemby cards will you be chasing during his rookie campaign?
This past weekend, Max Verstappen claimed his 50th Formula 1 win in Austin, Texas. At only age 26, Verstappen is already halfway to joining Lewis Hamilton as only the second driver to win 100 races. This US Grand Prix win was also Verstappen’s 15th win of the season, which ties his own record for the most race wins in a single season. The now 3x reigning F1 Champion absolutely has his sights set on the all-time record of seven Championships held by Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.
- Max Verstappen cards price guide
- Chase Max Vertsappen cards in 2022 F1
- Largest Verstappen auction sale
- Checklist spotlight 2022 Topps F1 Dynasty
Rips Around the Hobby:
- 2023 Bowman Sterling is right around the corner. What should we expect?
- BGS 10 vs PSA 10, which reigns supreme?
- A gift from Jackie Robinson hits the auction block
- Behind the scenes: Sports Card Investor’s upcoming Hobby Shop
- Crazy Collectibles: own a piece of Mickey Mantle’s childhood home
- Playoff ⭐️ Ranking Bryce Harper’s top rookie cards
10/17/23 by RIPPED
Adonis and Aubrey Graham wonder if anyone has pulled any Jordan RCs lately
What’s up, rippers! This week, Drake’s son, Adonis, drops a freestyle of his own, we examine an unconventional Superfractor auto, and witness an instance when someone signs their own card, and it’s worth even more money!
- Famous collector’s 6-year-old son drops freestyle visual
- Aftermarket signature on a Superfractor… yay or nay?
- Cy Young’s own auto is up for auction
File under: Nepo baby got bars. Celebrity collector Aubrey Drake Graham has something new to brag about: his son Adonis’s burgeoning rap career. Hot on the heels of the release of Drake’s eighth studio album, For All My Dogs, he released a video for his son’s song “My Man Freestyle.” Adonis freestyles over a Drake-style beat while playing basketball with his friends. This could be Drake’s best basketball moment since pulling a bunch of Jordan rookies with Ken Goldin.
- Celebrate For All My Dogs with this listicle of “dogs” on cardboard
- Cards, collecting, and hip-hop are no strangers
- Allen & Ginter has something to say about dogs, too
We all love Superfractors; we all love autos; so what’s not to love about the combination? The collector who owns the Spencer Jones non-autographed 1st Bowman Superfractor thought the card could be improved. Despite not having an autograph while pulled in the pack, this collector went right to the source to add one, having Jones sign the card before sending it to PSA to get graded. Some collectors think it is an awesome addition to add ink to this one-of-a-kind card, while others don’t agree with adding aftermarket autographs to rare cards. Which side are you on? Would you let your favorite players sign your Superfractor if given the chance?
- See how the card looks for yourself here
- Sports Collectors Daily reports $5.5 million SuperFractor sales over the last two years
- Cards 101 gives you all the Superfractor lowdown.
- Discover all the big names of 2023 Bowman Baseball
Our friends at Sports Collectors Daily have clued us into a unique and very rare Cy Young auto heading to auction. The 1893 Pifer & Becker cabinet card features Young as a member of the Cleveland Spiders and was reportedly owned and signed by Young himself. The story goes that Young mailed this card, along with other Cleveland Spiders cards, to a jeweler in the 1930s. Only six Pifer & Becker Cy Young cards are known to exist, and this is the only auto. This Young auto is thought to bring at least $250,000 at auction.
- Learn more about the history of auto card
- Of course, Cy Young pitched a perfect game – See cards from the other 23 pitchers in MLB history to achieve this feat
Rips Around the Hobby:
- Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Honus Wagner Cards highlight REA October auction
- The Soccer market is reacting to Champions League play
- Check out the most expensive graded cards sold this year
- Swiftie mania: ranking Travis Kelce’s top rookie cards
10/10/23 by RIPPED
What’s up, rippers! This week we’re taking a look at unique and unlikely Hobby collabs, and a young fan behaving wonderfully.
- A young ballplayer gives Bobby Witt Jr. his own card
- TacoFractor = a chance at free tacos for life
- Put a lid on it – buy a hat and get a pack of cards!
MLB star Bobby Witt Jr. received a unique gift from a fan
A young baseball fan had on-field access before a Kansas City Royals game and got to meet Bobby Witt Jr. Most fans would be asking the super slugger for an autograph, selfie, or something. Not so for this little leaguer. Knowing that Witt is an avid collector, the fan brought his own card to give to the Royals superstar. Witt seemed thrilled with the novel interaction. We’ll keep an on eBay to see if any Little League playing cards are listed during the offseason.
- Watch the whole interaction between Major Leaguer and Little Leaguer
- Bobby Witt Jr. cards to collect
Five lucky collectors can win free Taco Bell for life during the World Series
After months of speculation, Topps spilled the beans and cheese on the inaugural TacoFractor promotion. If you hold the TacoFractor card of the player who steals the first base during the World Series or the TacoFractor Wild Card and the first player who steals the first base does not have a player card, then you could win tacos for life. That’s how you Live Más.
Topps, Mitchell & Ness and Lids have created an exclusive set of Topps Chrome Cards
Topps, Mitchell & Ness, and Lids have partnered for a Lids-exclusive line of fitted hats inspired by Topps Chrome Cards. The collection includes four different colorways in select MLB teams and features an embroidered side patch of a pack of cards from either 1978, 1989, 1993, or 2001. Each hat includes a custom Topps Baseball hat pin and an exclusive pack of Topps Chrome cards.
- Speaking of Topps Chrome, check out the brand history
Rips Around the Hobby
- Joey Votto may have played his last game – take a look at some of his rookie cards
- Ball Card Genius takes a look at the Hottest Rookie Cards of 2023
- Check out Den of Geek’s guide to Marvel cards
- The sports world lost a legend – remembering Dick Butkus through cards
- College Football season is in full swing – College cards to invest in
- Ronald Acuna Jr.’s best card has hit the auction block
10/3/23 by RIPPED
Travis Scott and Michael Rubin at Wax, Packs, and Throwbacks
Welcome back, rippers! This week, it’s all about big names doing big things throughout the Hobby.
- Tom Brady and some friends joined in the epic Hobby celebration of Topps Hobby Rip Night
- Pokémon x Van Gogh faced an army of bots and lost
- Tyrus Raymond Cobb is still making money
On to this week’s Quick Rips!
Tom Brady, Kevin Hart, Travis Scott, and Michael Rubin trade cards during the inaugural Topps Hobby Rip Night
The GOAT, the world-famous comedian, the “Highest in Room” rapper, and the Fanatics founder visited the Linwood, NJ, hobby shop, Wax, Packs, and Throwbacks, last Saturday as part of the nationwide Topps Hobby Rip Night event. The super friends, fans, and collectors ripped packs, traded cards, signed autos, and showed why you never know what’ll happen when you go to the hobby shop.
- Over 300 hobby shops participated – check out the full recap.
- Kevin Hart is in 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter, along with other big names
Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum merch snatched up by resellers
File under: This is why we can’t have nice things. What should have been the collab we never knew we needed became another cautionary tale of the interwebs gone bad. Besides the merch mess, the exhibit is really cool, featuring Pikachu and friends made to look like some of Van Gogh’s signature works. The exhibit goes until January 7, so hopefully, there’ll be some restocks in the offing.
- Artists and cards are a natural combo: read Luke the Cardist’s Collector Story
- Check out Ermsy’s 2023 Topps x Ermsy Entertainment Blend card gallery
T206 Ty Cobb Green Portrait card is still stackin’ that green
As reported by Sports Collectors Daily, Goldin’s September Elite Auction concluded last Sunday, and one of three T206 Ty Cobb Green Portrait cards graded PSA 8 sold for a record $488,000. In addition to the Georgia Peach, a PSA 8.5 1965 Topps Joe Namath rookie went for $207,400, and a 2018 Topps Chrome Rookie Auto Red Refractor Shohei Ohtani 5/5 earned $92,720. That’s some big money for some big-time cards.
- T206 has big names and big minor leaguers, too
- Check out some other football legends and their RCs
- More Shohei Ohtani cards to collect
Rips Around the Hobby
- The great Miguel Cabrera retires – who’ll be the next Miggy?
- One lucky Phillies fan received the souvenir of a lifetime from Bryce Harper
- Sports Collectors Digest takes a look at probable Rookie of The Year winners Corbin Carroll and Gunnar Henderson and their markets before taking the stage in the postseason
- The next big rookie cards: Cardlines previews rookies in the upcoming Topps Update Series release
- The 2023 regular season is complete. What prospects can we expect to see debut in 2024?
9.28.23 by RIPPED
Welcome to the first RIPPED weekly newsletter, Quick Rips. Each week, we’ll spotlight some of the best, coolest, and most interesting things happening throughout the hobby.
This week’s Hobby rips features Victor Wembanyama at his own auto redemption event, D’Angelo Russell’s son, Riley, is the “Rookie of the Year,” a photo of Lou Gehrig in the minor leagues up for auction, and some quick rips from around the hobby.
Victor Wembanyama and the Ultimate Collector Experience was an event to remember
Topps and Fanatics Collectibles set the bar for collector events this past Saturday with the Ultimate Collector Experience in San Antonio. Collectors who had pulled the Wembanyama Green Auto Redemption card were invited to the event for the opportunity to redeem the “1st Card I ever Signed” inscribed auto. Hosted by comedian Scott Rogowsky and journalist Taylor Rooks and live-streamed on Fanatics Live, the Ultimate Collector Experience was a huge hit. Of course, the event’s big draw – literally and figuratively – was that Wemby randomly chose the winner.
- In addition to Wemby, check out the rest of this year’s rookie class for potential prospecting gold.
- Autos are a big deal. Read all about their history.
D’Angelo Russell throws a “Rookie of the Year” party for his son Riley’s first birthday
Los Angeles Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell threw an absolute banger of a party for his son Riley’s first birthday party. This party had everything: custom Lakers jerseys, a bouncy castle, a cake smash, and more! But the show’s star – besides the birthday boy – was the custom ROY card, complete with “player bio” on the back. You’re never too young to get into the hobby. Salute to you, Mr. Russell!
- Speaking of basketball cards and RCs, check out the history of basketball cards and the hobby.
- This list of hip-hop and basketball cards makes a bangin’ playlist for Riley’s second birthday.
Before Gehrig was an Iron Horse, he was a Senator
Our friends at Sports Collectors Daily reported on a rare pre-Yankees pic of minor leaguer Lou Gehrig as a member of the Class A Eastern League Hartford Senators. The picture surfaced as part of Heritage Auctions’ Icons Photography Auction, ending October 12. Between 1921 and 1924, Gehrig played for the Senators, Columbia University, and the Yankees before joining the Yankees for good on August 31, 1924.
Rips Around the Hobby
- The clean and pristine Mariner J-Rod rips packs of Topps Pristine
- The Yankees may have missed the playoffs this year, but Just Baseball looks at the Bronx Bombers’ promising future.
- When cardboard is not enough: Cardlines breaks down the return of CD collecting. (While you’re thinking music, check out Hip-Hop and the Hobby)
- Yes, Disney’s Lorcana has taken the TCG world by storm – and it should cuz it’s awesome! If you want more Hobby Disney goodness, check out Disney Collect! app’s Autumn 2023 Collection and collect the digital cards of your favorite Disney character embracing fall vibes. PSL, anyone?