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The Curator

The Curator Issue #3

Where we highlight the auctions we have our eyes on that are ending soon.

2020 National Treasures Stars & Stripes Tua Tagovailoa Rookie Patch Auto /20 PSA 9

One of the very best rookie cards for the Dolphins young QB. National Treasures has become the go-to set for rookie patch autographs, and this one boasts an impressive PSA 9 “Mint” grade. Miami made big splashes during the offseason, setting up a make or break year for Tua Tagovailoa. 


1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips Mickey Mantle SGC 3 (PWCC-A)

One of Mantle’s toughest and most eye appealing issues. “The Mick” was not included in the 1954 Topps set but did make an appearance on the Dan-Dee Potato Chips checklist. This copy received an SGC 3 “Very Good” grade, along with PWCC’s A designation for eye appeal (top 30% for the grade).


Lower Grades of Collectable Issues

1986 Fleer Michael Jordan PSA 9

While a lower grade than the copies featured on Collectable, this card remains one of the kings of the market. Featuring a young Michael Jordan taking flight, in PSA 9 “Mint” condition this copy is one of under 3,000 to receive that grade.


2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady PSA 10

The modern era classic rookie card of the greatest quarterback of all time. In PSA 10 “Gem Mint” condition, this copy is one of 1,117. Collectable currently hosts a BGS 10 “Pristine” that is a part of a population of 102.


2004 Panini Sports Mega Cracks Lionel Messi PSA 8

The most iconic Lionel Messi rookie card. Having been produced in Spain in the mid-2000s, this card can be tough to find in top grades. This PSA 8 is part of a population of 81, while Collectable’s PSA 9 is in a population of 36.


1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. PSA 10

Arguably the most iconic sports card of the modern era, this Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card has become synonymous with baseball card collecting. In a PSA 10 grade, this card is part of a population of just over 4,000. Collectable is currently hosting an SGC 10 Gold “Pristine”, which is one of nine.


QB Kaboom!

2018 Panini Kaboom! Tom Brady PSA 10

After being found in a variety of basketball products in the 2010s, Panini released the Kaboom! insert set as a solo installment in 2018. These inserts are among the most sought after in the ultra-modern era, with this specific card being Tom Brady’s first Kaboom!


2020 Absolute Kaboom! Justin Herbert BGS 10

In 2020, the Kaboom! insert set found its way into the Absolute Football checklist. This copy highlights Chargers franchise QB Justin Herbert, in BGS 10 “Pristine” condition. With 2020 being his rookie season, this card is one of Herbert’s most sought-after rookie inserts.


Michael Jordan 1985 Releases

1985 Bulls Interlake Michael Jordan BGS 9

In 1985, the Interlake Youth Incentive Program and the Boy Scouts of America manufactured a set of 5 x 7 Chicago Bulls cards for fans. One of these 5 x 7s happened to be of the legendary Michael Jordan. Predating his 1986 Fleer release, this Jordan is a beautiful collection piece.


1985 Star Crunch N’ Munch All-Stars Michael Jordan BGS 8

Specifically made for distribution with Crunch N’ Munch products, this Michael Jordan card was part of a small 10 player checklist from the 1985 NBA All-Star Game. This particular example is in BGS 8 “Near Mint – Mint” condition.


Soccer’s Brightest Young Stars

2017 Topps Chrome Champions League Refractor Kylian Mbappe BGS 10

One of just five copies to receive a BGS 10 grade, this early Kylian Mbappe card from the iconic 2017 Topps Chrome set is stunning. The 2022 World Cup is right around the corner, and Mbappe will be counted on to lead France’s trophy defense.


2019 Finest Champions League Gold Refractor Erling Haaland /50 BGS 8.5

Fresh off a transfer to Manchester City, Erling Haaland will look to bring his goal scoring talents to the most popular league in the world. This limited production gold refractor card features Haaland from his days at FC Salzburg.