2019’s Most Popular Sports Collectibles Stories – It’s been a wild ride in this thing we loving refer to simply as The Hobby. Here is a list of just some top highlights.
- Entrepreneurs became social media influencers
- Record attendance at the National Sports Collectors Convention
- Escalating prices for new products
- Secondary market prices explode for Patrick Mahomes, Zion Williams, Luka Donic, Pete Alonso, Lamar Jackson and a host of other young rookies and sophomores across all four sports.
- Trimmed card scandal exposed
- New money enters marketplace
- Manufacturers embrace and double down efforts with online exclusives
- New hobby shops open as breakers leverage purchasing power
- Dutch auction sale format reveals new, unprecedented demand
- Multiple auction houses set new sales records
2019’s Most Popular Sports Collectibles Stories
As a result, our top-notch group of freelance contributors had plenty to write about and report. A special thanks to each and every one of them. Russ Cohen, Kelsey Schroyer, Rich Klein, Ali Wood and Dave Denholm. Also, a thank you and welcome to our newest contributors, Dan Good and Brad Jorgenson.
With that in mind, here is a look at some of the most read stories on GoGTS.net in 2019. (Regardless of original publishing date.)
|Hobby Musings: DA Card World Lands Six-Figure Zion Williamson Card – The hype for Zion Williamson in the hobby has been all too real this year. Especially now that his NBA-licensed products have hit the market, buyers have seemingly not been able to get wax quickly enough in order to chase the Pelicans rookie’s top hits. Of all his cards to release, Dave and Adam’s Card World recently acquired the top one of them all in his Panini Prizm Black 1/1 rookie card. To find out more about how they got card and what they plan to do with it, I spoke with DACW’s Adam Martin. READ MORE|
|Hobby Musings: Catching Up With Former Pitcher Jim Morris – Not many people get to live their dream of playing in Major League Baseball, having their life story made into a movie and then getting a chance to be part of that film. For former pitcher Jim Morris though, he was able to realize all three. One of the most amazing comeback stories in sports history, Morris made his MLB debut at age 35 after having been out of the game for years. His story was later adapted to the film, “The Rookie,” where he was portrayed by Dennis Quaid. Now a motivational speaker, Mr. Morris takes some time to talk about his experiences with trading cards, autographs and memorabilia. READ MORE|
|Future Watch: Patrick Mahomes II Rookie Football Cards, Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes II was selected 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Draft. On most other teams, the top-10 pick would be the starting quarterback but Alex Smith is a terrific game manager on maybe the best team in the NFL. For now, Mahomes will have to hold the clipboard. As a skill position player and top draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NFL licensed rookie cards of Patrick Mahomes II in the complete portfolio of 2017 Panini NFL football card products during the 2017-18 NFL season. READ MORE|
|Hobby Musings: Catching Up With Graham Elliot – Chef Graham Elliot is known for his impressive skills in the culinary world. He’s also become known to the collecting community for his affinity for trading cards. Showing some pictures on his social media accounts, Mr. Elliot has amassed quite an impressive collection. He was kind enough to take some time to talk about his love of the hobby. The following interview was conducted via email. READ MORE|
|Future Watch: Jordan Binnington Rookie Hockey Cards, Blues – Jordan Binnington was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the 88th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The fact that he is starring in his rookie season in 2019 is incredibly weird. This netminder played in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack. His first two seasons were good, and he got playoff experience. As a reward he played one game with the Peoria Riverman in the AHL. During the 2013-14 he shined. He played in 50 games and had a stellar .932 save percentage. In 12 playoff games he had a .916 percentage. READ MORE|
|Hobby Musings: Is Junk Wax Making a Comeback in the Hobby? – One of the biggest hobby stories of the year happened in the past week when Mark Jackson’s 1990/91 Hoops card made national headlines. It’s not often that a base card nearly 30 years old gets big attention. It’s also not often that it all of a sudden starts selling for big dollar amounts. As surprising as it was that it took this long for that to come out, even more surprising were the prices in response. A card that had barely sold for 20c, if at all, was suddenly going for well over $20. READ MORE|
|Future Watch: Kyler Murray Rookie Football Cards, Top 2019 Draft Pick – Kyler Murray may be the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. That’s not a lock and it’s not even a lock that he goes Top 3. This year it’s very volatile but the talent that he has isn’t up for debate. Many have him as the top-ranked quarterback. He won the Heisman Trophy, a few weeks ago there was an awful lot of momentum for him to get drafted by the Arizona Cardinals first overall and now we sit and wait, the same way he and his family will. At 5-11, 194 pounds, he eventually starred at Oklahoma University. READ MORE|
|Hobby Musings: Catching up with Jeopardy Champion James Holzhauer – Few Jeopardy contestants have received the notoriety on Jeopardy that James Holzhauer has. Earning over $2 million in winnings from his appearances on the show, Holzhauer became an sensation as fans checked daily to see how he performed on the show. His notoriety has earned him, among other things, the distinction of appearing on a trading card as he’ll be in Topps’ 2019 Allen & Ginter set. In advance of his appearance at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention, he was kind enough to take some time to talk about his card and other experiences with sports memorabilia. READ MORE|
|Guide to Collecting Baseball Cards of MLB’s Top Rookies of 2019- The explosion of young talent baseball has witnessed in recent years is unprecedented. It also shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. While last year’s talk was focused on Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. a whole new roster was waiting in the wings. Take a look at these recent performances from just a small sampling of 2019 rookies and MLB’s rising stars, including: Yordan Alverez, Aristides Aquino, Pete Alonso, Eloy Jimenez and . . READ MORE|