Beckett Auctions Puts Pieces of Hobby History Up For Bid in August


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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With each passing month, Beckett Auctions continues to pick up momentum as many major pieces of hobby history are on the block and ready to go to the highest bidder.

The August 2014 Sportscards & Memorabilia Auction is loaded up with some true treasures that are sure to get some serious attention from collectors around the world. Among the highlights are 21 different bat barrel relic cards that have been consigned and each card is a one-of-one. Unique memorabilia cards of some of baseball’s greatest names are up for grabs, including a dazzling 2006 Upper Deck Epic Four Barrel featuring Hall of Fame home run hitters Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews.

After the jump, we’ll learn more about some of the tremendous items collectors may bid on starting at noon Central on Aug. 10.

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Autograph collectors will have a field day with some of the complete sets in the auction that were carefully compiled by a consignor. The SP Authentic Sign of the Times sets from the 2000 through 2004 seasons are tough to complete due to some seriously short-printed cards, but they are all here and ready for some lucky collector to bring them home.

For basketball collectors, this auction will prove to be a memorable one as key graded Rookie Cards of legends such as Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain are available and there is also a complete PSA 9 set of 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Stickers that will find a new home as well. Many limited Precious Metal Gems cards from the 1997-98 Fleer Metal Universe set are being sold and the lineup includes many of the Emerald and Ruby versions that have been coveted since their release more than 15 years ago.

There are also several other prominent basketball insert and parallel cards from the late 1990s in the auction such as a 1997-98 Michael Jordan E-X2001 Jambalaya and a E-X2001 Essential Credentials Now card of then-rookie Tim Duncan.


Beckett Auctions also secured a few coveted wax boxes from the past for this event. Among the highlights for basketball collectors are 1986-87 Fleer and 1980-81 Topps boxes while football fans can drool over the possible cards to find in a cello box of 1984 Topps.

Collectors may register to bid and find complete listings at

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.


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  1. Jonathan W. Iwanski 7 August, 2014 at 08:31

    Even if Beckett auctions these cards for free and people forget about Beckett’s reputation-altering Strasburg that Larry mentioned, there is still a problem because higher grades ensure better sales. This is not to say Beckett would intentionally grade inaccurately, but everyone knows this action would be a benefit to Beckett when it results in successful auctions. That just puts questions in some people’s minds–not all, but some. However, if Beckett makes one penny off this auction, every person’s morals illustrate grading and then selling these cards isn’t right. It doesn’t matter whose card it is if Beckett gets anything in the end.

  2. phillies_joe 11 August, 2014 at 11:51

    That is one awesome barrel card! Wish my wife would let me bid on it….LOL. Some great stuff in the auction

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