“SCP Auctions is pleased to announce that it has secured four incredibly rare, never-before-offered-at-auction items directly from the family of Babe Ruth,” read the California-based company’s press release. Babe Ruth’s heirs are showing the same dramatic flair for hitting home runs as the Bambino himself.
Even though George Mikan was dubbed “Mr. Basketball” and voted the best “basketball player of the half century” in a 1950 Associated Press poll, he doesn’t exactly rival Stephen Curry in household name recognition. Fans and collectors may finally accord him a measure of the respect he deserves. In an SCP auction at www.scpauctions.com, the only 1948 Bowman rookie card of his ever graded a PSA 10 gem mint set a new world record for a basketball card. Seventeen bids drove the final price up to $403,664.
In a recent post I took a break from my upbeat coverage of the bullish market in baseball cards and memorabilia to step back, play the devil’s advocate, and give the bears their day. My column provoked more reaction than any other I have written for Forbes.