May 3, 2023
Curious about what’s been happening in the collectibles space? As always, Alt Hits has you covered. Here’s a few recent stories happening with cards and beyond.
STREAMING FOR SLABS
The Hobby is ready for its closeup, as last week saw the premiere of the new Netflix documentary series The King of Collectibles: The Goldin Touch. Currently hovering around Netflix’s top 10, the show follows Ken Goldin on his quest to track down the world’s most famous sports memorabilia, including trading cards. Netflix is hoping the show becomes an "upscale, high-powered version of Pawn Stars.” Which should be intriguing for anyone who likes bingeing entertaining shows, and off-putting for card collectors who don’t want their assets to be compared to what you find in a pawn shop. Nevertheless, attention is usually a good thing, and the more eyeballs card collectors have on your most valued assets, the better.
👟 RARE AIR
A pair of MJ’s Air Jordans worn during his last Championship run with the Bulls became the most expensive sneakers ever sold, fetching $2.2 million in an auction.
A slightly larger collectible went for more than the price of Mike’s shoes, as a Ferrari driven by Michael Schumacher in his first F1 Championship sold for an unknown amount, estimated to be as much as $9.5 million.
🐉 WISH UPON A CARD
🪨 THE ROCK IS COOKING
The Rock’s 2022 Black Prizm 1/1 sold for $126,000, making it the most expensive WWE card of all time.
♾️ CARDS UNLIMITED
Topps has partnered with Athletes Unlimited to produce trading cards featuring athletes from their basketball, softball, lacrosse and volleyball leagues.
💪 ACTION FIGURES
Mattel is opening up their own P2P marketplace to help collectors buy, sell and display their most prized Mattel collectibles.
🍗 KENTUCKY FRIED MURRAY
Nuggets star Jamal Murray has teamed with the Colonel for a KFC/NBA version of the popular McDonalds/celebrity collaborations.
🔎 CAN’T CATCH ‘EM AT ALL
Think trading cards have become popular over here in the last few yers? Believe it or not, Japan has run out of Pokemon cards.
🔮 CLASSY POKE
In fancier Pokemon news, Baccarat has created a series of 25th anniversary crystal collectibles. Good luck catching any of them.
💯 MAHOMES TIME
Patrick Mahomes II was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine, a major honor for the young superstar QB.
🏀 ONE CARD HILL
Leaf is making a card celebrating Nathan Scott, the fictional Hoops star from the 2000s teen drama One Tree Hill.
🤑 YOU WANT YOUR $2
Have any $2 bills lying around? It’s possible (but unlikely) they’re worth thousands.