Jon Teitel attended the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore in August. This is the 2nd installment in his photo essay about the dealers he interviewed and the stories of the college-basketball memorabilia that they were offering for sale/auction. We will be offering this in installments over the next several weeks.
Sports card and memorabilia collecting used to be a childhood hobby, but it has become an adult-driven business over the past few decades. Kids used to buy baseball cards in order to get the bubble gum inside the pack or simply put the cards in their bicycle spokes, but it has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry.
Ken Goldin is the founder of Goldin Auctions, an online sports auction website. Approximately a decade ago he purchased a 1983 North Carolina signed team basketball at an auction. The ball was signed by the entire team, including such stars as Michael Jordan and Brad Daugherty. He also has a photo of the team signing the ball along with the kid who sold the ball at auction:
Ken was also offering a 1939 Pasadena Junior College yearbook that belonged to a student named Marilyn. The yearbook is inscribed by her classmate “Jackie” (Jack) Robinson, next to a photo of him wearing his basketball uniform. Robinson is well-known as a transcendant baseball player, but he played basketball as well as other sports in his college days. The item was expected to fetch close to $5000 at auction: