Sheldon’s 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Sketch Card Subset

Artist Monty Sheldon has been creating Sheldon’s Sketch Card Champions during the past two years, and in addition to the 2010 regular set, he will be releasing a sub set that will acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the World Series Championship achieved by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960.

Sheldon’s sketch cards are made available weekly through eBay auctions, and starting with card no. 113 and continuing through card no. 119 he will be auctioning off a 50th anniversary set of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the exciting 7 game series in dramatic fashion with Bill Mazeroski’s game 7, series ending home run in the bottom of the 9th against the formidable New York Yankees.

Sheldon will be providing a sketch card that will correspond with each game played of the 1960 World Series.  Included in the set will be Pirates team members that played a pivotal role in each of the games and each card will be signed and finished 50 years to the exact day that World Series game was played, making this a true 50th anniversary set.

Included below is a player checklist and the auction end date for each card.  The scheduled eBay 7-day auctions will all take place at 18:00 (9:00 PM eastern, 6:00 PM pacific).

  • Tuesday, OCT 5 (game 1) – Dick Groat & Vern Law (card #113) – auction ends 10/12
  • Wednesday, OCT 6 (game 2) – Dick Schofield & Gino Cimoli (card #114) – auction ends 10/13
  • Thursday, OCT 8 (game 3) – Tom Cheney & Dick Stuart (card #115) – auction ends 10/15
  • Friday, OCT 9 (game 4) – Roy Face & Bill Virdon (card #116) – auction ends 10/16
  • Saturday, OCT 10 (game 5) – Smokey Burgess & Don Hoak (card #117) – auction ends 10/17
  • Sunday, OCT 12 (game 6) – Roberto Clemente & Hal Smith (card #118) – auction ends 10/19
  • Monday, OCT 13 (game 7) – Bill Mazeroski & Harvey Haddix (card #119) – auction ends 10/20


Steelers Coming To The Spikes

This afternoon I received an e-mail from Paul over at Phungo about two Pittsburgh Steelers coming to sign autographs at the State College Spikes this month.  On June 19th A.Q. Shipley will be at there to sign autographs and on June 21st Carey Davis will be doing the same.  I probably won’t be able to attend, but if anyone else reading Sports Card Info is from the State College area it sounds like a good time.

Click here for more information about the autograph signings.


Card Show with the Steelers

The Colonial Park Mall located in Harrisburg, PA was having a card show this weekend with some Pittsburgh Steelers there to sign autographs.  I decided to go since it isn’t that long of a drive.  

The show itself was a lot bigger than what I had anticapated.  I recognized some of the dealers that have been attending local shows for years.  If you were a Phillies or Steelers fan, there was a ton of stuff for you.  The promotor for the show was CAC-Shows.  They do a lot of cards shows and autograph signings in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  I believe this was the first CAC-Show I have attended.  It wasn’t very crowded, not even when the autograph guests arrived.

Two Pittsburgh Steelers were scheduled to sign autographs, but when I got there three showed up: Levon Kirkland, Lawrence Timmons, and Michael Merriweather.  All of them were really nice and glad to talk with their fans.  I got Merriweather and Kirkland to sign my football.


Michael Merriweather was a linebacker for the Steelers from 1982 – 1987 and a 3x Pro Bowler


Levon Kirkland was a linebacker with the Steelers from 1992 – 2000 and a 2x Pro Bowler


Merriweather, Timmons, and Kirkland


Updated picture of my football signed by: Greg Pruitt, Larry Little, Paul Krause, Michael Merriweather, and Levon Kirkland


I did make some purchases while I was there.  Here is a video recap of what I pulled and picked up.  Browsing the tables, I did find a Harry Kalas 2005 UD Sweet Spot autograph, but didn’t buy it because of the $125.00 price.  I’m probably better off getting one on eBay.

Overall I think it was a good show and I plan to attend more in the future.  Many of the dealers had stuff I liked, and getting autographs and photos with former Steelers is always great.

Blog Bat Around – Sports Card Info

(This post is a response to Sports Cards Uncensored)

The year was 1989.  People were flocking to the movies to see Batman and Ghostbusters II.  Nintendo released the first version of the GameBoy, and I attended my very first sports memorabilia show.

When I was only three years old, I attended my very first sports memorabilia show at the local mall.  I don’t remember a lot about it, except that Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Willie Stargell was signing autographs.  I can remember being pushed around in my stroller and looking at a lot of things, but I really didn’t  have any idea what was going on.   When it was time to get in line to meet Willie Stargell, for some crazy reason I started to cry.  I kept crying the whole we were in line and even when Stargell was signing my baseball.

Even though I didn’t really start getting involved in collecting sports cards and memorabilia until about nine years later, I kept the baseball he autographed for me.  It still looks the same as it did the day he signed it.  It will remain in my personal collection forever -where it can be found sitting safely atop one of my shelves, safely tucked away inside a protective ball cube.  Right now I don’t collect Pittsburgh Pirates memorabilia, but I consider this ball the centerpiece of my collection because it is the very first piece of sports memorabilia I ever received.

The hobby is filled with a lot of different collectors.  Some are out just for the money, and others are in it for the fun.  I hate to say it, but I think more people are entering the hobby for the wrong reasons.  Sports cards should, and will always be part of America.  People need to sit back, relax, and not get ticked off when they break a box and don’t pull that one-of-one.

Just in case you’re wondering.  The only time I cry at a sports memorabilia shows now, is when its time to leave or I’m out of money.