NAXCOM.com, an Internet-based sports memorabilia and collectibles exchange, has listed a rare Babe Ruth-Ty Cobb signature card that a collector recently found randomly inserted in a pack of 2004 Playoff baseball cards.
The double-sided card, in a Beckett Grading Services holder, features authentic autographs cut from documents such as checks and a swatch of material from the uniforms of each baseball legend. The only one of these cards in existence, the seller has chosen to put the item on the market, listing it for $50,000 on NAXCOM (www.naxcom.com).
There were no bids as of late Friday.
A Mel Ott-Lou Gehrig dual autographed card is valued at $16,000, a Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig card recently sold for $20,000, while a Honus Wagner tobacco card fetched a staggering $1.5 million.
"This type of card is exactly why we launched NAXCOM," NAXCOM CEO Eric Beckerman told Beckett.com. "The seller has posted his asking price, now buyers can choose to buy it at his price or make him an offer."
"If the seller does not receive his $50,000 asking price, he will wait until early February to accept the best offer."
A buyer on NAXCOM pays through a holding account. The seller only receives the buyer’s funds once he has received and approved of the item.
"Buyers are often very comfortable with shelling out big dollars on NAXCOM, because of the Web site’s unique buyer protection guarantee," Beckerman said.
With the NAXCOM buyer protection guarantee, the seller will get a higher price on NAXCOM than if he were to list it on a site where buyers do not receive full protection.
A pastor in Virginia pulled a Topps American Treasures presidential autograph, decided to buy another box on the spot and pulled a second presidential signature.
According to Ron Savino, owner of Ron’s Collectors World in Annandale, Va., the Rev. Bruce Tacy purchased a box of 2004 Topps — on a Sunday no less — and pulled the James Madison American Treasures autograph. Tacy then bought a second box — the last box in the store — and pulled the Andrew Jackson American Treasures card.
Tacy, the pastor of John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Virginia, is a regular customer of Ron’s Collectors World. The boxes were opened in Savino’s shop.
"The funny thing is, he came in right after church," Savino told Beckett.com. "We asked him, ‘You got divine intervention going, or what?’ "
The news of Tacy’s two American Treasures pulls came shortly after Beckett Baseball Collector received confirmation that the Topps American Treasures George Washington autograph had been pulled by a collector in Indiana. Thus, American Treasures cards for three of the first seven U.S. Presidents were accounted for in one afternoon.
Tacy has placed the cards in a safe deposit box and is unsure what he will do with them.
Whatever he ultimately does with the cards, Savino says Tacy has a new name these days.
"He’s calling himself the presidential pastor."
In last week’s column, a phone number listed to order the Brett Favre "Leader of the Pack" lithograph should have been (866) 243-2287.
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