Razor is bringing vintage back!

3 08 2009

While the National has come and gone, one company is still making headlines days after due to an amazing purchase. Brian Gray, the owner of Razor Collectibles ran into this signed 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and knew he had to have it. A few hours later and with $17,500 dollars less in the bank, he became the proud owner of the iconic card.

Brian’s plan is to create a vintage product that offers one JSA slabbed authentic signed vintage card per pack. Also included in the product will be a 1952 Topps Willie Mays,  1954 Topps Hank Aaron, 1949 Bowman Stan Musial, and many more including rare autographed tobacco issues.

There is no further information on this Razor product, not even a release date or name but you can bet Wax Heaven will keep collectors up to date on what is sure to be one of the biggest stories in The Hobby in 2009 or 2010. It’s good to see one company doing something a little different from the usual game-used relic/autograph “hits” every time.

(thumbnail leads to an amazing scan)


Biggest Fish in the Bay – June

2 07 2009

(The Biggest Fish in the Bay is a monthly guest column by Kory B.)

2003-04 Upper Deck Glass – Jordan/LeBron Dual Auto Jersey #/10

Final Price $45,000 – Date of sale: June, 19, 2009

What recession? Are you kidding me? 45K? That just boggles one’s mind. For 5 grand more than an ’09 Cadillac CTS you could have had this card. I wish I could say more about the card, but it is just such an outrageous price.

LeBron has been a phenomenal player and all, but he has yet to win anything. I do really like the black Jordan jersey. Those were pretty cool back in the day. You knew the Bulls meant business when they threw on the black jerseys.


2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite – LeBron Gold Auto Patch #/99 BGS 9.5

Final Price $24,223.23 – Date of sale: June 21, 2009

Apparently, LeBron collectors are freaking loaded. Who buys a card like this? Unless LeBron wins an ungodly amount of championships, I can’t really see this card increasing in value much. This is truly an “I want this card” purchase.

LeBron is incredibly skilled, and I think he’s only going to get better, but basketball is still a team game. So, the real question is do you want a little tiny piece of jersey with some scribbling next to it, or do you want this for a fraction of the price?


1952 Topps – Michey Mantle PSA 4.5.

Final Price $12,855.55 – Date of sale: June 30, 2009

Short prints are every one’s favorite! The legend goes that Topps dumped a large number of the last series in the Atlantic. The rumor coupled with Topps’ reduced print run in anticipation of a lower retail order produced a short printed card. So even though the company didn’t produce a short printed card solely for the sake of it being short printed, Topps achieved the same final result.

Overall, I’d say this is the second most well known card in all of collecting next to the T-206 Honus Wagner. I know it’s the first one I circled in my Beckett at a value of $52,000 when I was 5.

Despite the ending price, the seller had the nerve to demand $60 dollars for shipping!

A challenge to the Topps Company

12 09 2008

Is there anything greater in life than adventure? Whether it’s from a fight you were about to get into in grade school or a girl you were about to kiss for the first time—we have all felt it and yearn for it every moment of each day. There are men and women all around this beautiful world who climb the highest mountains, jump out of airplanes & off bridges, and do whatever they can for that adrenaline rush that no drug could ever replicate.

What if you knew the story and exact location of a buried treasure but did absolutely nothing to find it? Sixty years ago, a man took a boat to the world famous Jersey shore and dumped off garbage bins full of approximately 300-500 cases of 1952 Topps. Can you imagine just how many of those boxes contained dozens, if not more Mickey Mantle baseball cards? Surely by now the elements have destroyed the cards but what if something, anything had managed to survive?

Let’s face it, Topps is American as Apple Pie and if the Ferris wheel on the Jersey shore has become a National Landmark than surely those ’52 Topps Mickey Mantle cards must be as well, right? Can you imagine if Topps Company or someone else sponsored a diving team to see exactly where those cases of baseball cards ended up? There are grants given out all the time to do research on the Loch Ness Monster (!) so why not try to find something that is real and has more value than any dinosaur hoax?

Topps, my name is Mario Alejandro and I am always up for an adventure. Give me a call when you need someone to rescue your boxes of 1952 Topps.

-Mario A.

Baseball Card Heaven in a photo

12 09 2008

Check out this amazing display of 1952 Topps! Can you imagine how many Mickey Mantle rookie cards are in those unopened boxes of wax? There are currently three of those Mantle cards on eBay at the moment and none are selling for under $12,000 dollars. If only I had a time machine…

Click HERE for a full-size scan.