Category Archives: Sports / Recreation

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Card Sells For $5.2 Million At Auction

An extremely rare 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card became the highest-priced sports card ever, selling for $5.2 million, PWCC Marketplace announced.

The Topps card, rated PSA 9 based on the grading system for cards, blew by the previous record of $3.94 million, set in August for a signed Mike Trout 2009 rookie card – of which just one was created.

As for the Mantle card, there may be as few as three left in good condition.

Rob Gough, an actor and entrepreneur, purchased the card. Gough is the owner of several companies including DOPE CBD. He’s acted in Billionaire Boys Club, The Forgiven and Mom and Dad.

“The 1952 Topps Mantle is the holy grail of sports cards,” Gough said. “I’ve dreamt of owning a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle since I was a kid collecting cards. It’s the Mona Lisa of sports cards and I’ve been searching for this high graded example talking to industry experts, dealers, auction houses, friends and I’m ecstatic that I’m now the proud owner of this iconic card.”

“Based on our research, this is the nicest looking 1952 Topps Mantle PSA 9 in existence,” Jesse Craig, director of business development at PWCC Marketplace, said in a press release.

The sky-high value of the Mantle card is due in part to the fact that in addition to being the Yankee legend’s rookie card, it’s from Topps’ first annual set – many of which were tossed into the Hudson River eight years later after they didn’t sell.

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Apple Fitness+ To Launch On December 14

Apple has announced that Fitness+, the first fitness experience built around Apple Watch, is launching Monday, December 14. Apple Fitness+ brings studio-style workouts to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, intelligently incorporating workout metrics from Apple Watch for a first-of-its-kind personalized and immersive experience users can complete wherever and whenever is convenient for them. Apple Fitness+ will launch with 10 of the most popular workout types, including High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, Cycling, Treadmill (for running and walking), Rowing, and Mindful Cooldown, led by a phenomenal team of trainers whose approach is welcoming to all. The workouts are fueled by inspiring music from today’s top artists designed to keep users motivated from start to finish. 

Apple Fitness+ requires iOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, iPadOS 14.3, and tvOS 14.3. For Apple Watch users, Apple Fitness+ will automatically appear as a new tab in the Fitness app on iPhone; the Fitness app for iPad will be available to download from the App Store; and on Apple TV, the Fitness app will automatically appear once users upgrade to tvOS 14.3.

Fitness+ will be available as a subscription service for $9.99 (US) per month or $79.99 (US) per year. Fitness+ can be shared among up to six family members for the same price, making it easy for other Apple Watch users in the household to enjoy the service. 

Three months of Apple Fitness+ are included for customers who purchase Apple Watch Series 3 or later and one month of Fitness+ is included for existing Apple Watch users.

Apple Fitness+ is included in the Apple One Premier plan, which, where available, also gives customers access to Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage for $29.95 per month, and can be shared among up to six family members. 

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Online Sports Betting Is Gaining Momentum In The USA

The main sports competitions in the US are still on recess, but punters are anxiously waiting for them to resume. There is tremendous interest for these games not only from American punters, but also the international community. Since the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act was passed, the legal online gambling market in the United States was rendered virtually irrelevant. The interest for sports betting has remained the same though, with players simply moving on to offshore platforms.

Growing interest for online sports betting

In recent years, significant progress was made by online casinos as they applied and were granted licenses in some states. At the time of writing, the online sports betting industry is still trailing, but things are moving in the right direction. NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB matches are watched by millions of Americans and many of them would like to turn the heat up a notch with a friendly bet. Some punters are willing to bend the rules and play at offshore bookmakers, but most are happy to wait for a license industry.

The US is losing significant resources simply because its citizens choose to gamble elsewhere in the absence of a legal framework. This has prompted legislators to take action and propose bills that would legalize sports betting in their states. They have the support of a significant percentage of their voters, which only boosts their confidence and motivation. The number of states where online gambling is legal or in the process of being legalized grows by the year.

New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada used to be the only places where Americans could legally play online casino games. Their example was followed by other states and legal sports betting is just around the corner. Recent studies suggest that the interest among US players for sports betting is growing and people bet larger amounts every year. Major events such as the Super Bowl attract the largest crowds and in the absence of a legal betting environment, players are willing to take a chance with unlicensed bookies.

The perks of legalized sports betting

Offshore bookmakers and you can visit this website to see, are perfectly happy with providing US players with the opportunity to bet on sports. Many found creative ways around the prohibitive laws, by allowing players to deposit and cash out winnings using alternative payment methods. This helps punters bet on sports online, but fails to address those key security requirements. They have no guarantees that the online bookmaker will pay winnings on time and in full or that it will respect the rules.

Legalizing sports betting will protect punters from unfair practices, while also keeping the most vulnerable players safe. Ultimately, legal sports betting will bring more money to state coffers, instead of allowing funds to boost the accounts of offshore platforms. Some states continue to oppose any form of legalized sports betting, but they now represent a minority. Across the USA, online sports betting is gaining momentum and more states are expected to legalize this activity in 2020.

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Hallmark MLB Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champions 2020 Ornament

I am a lifelong Red Sox fan but thought that Dodger’s fans might like to add some flair to their Christmas tree this season.

The Dodgers just won their first World Series in more than 30 years! Remember the home runs, the leaping catches, and all the heroics of Los Angeles’s 2020 World Series championship! This commemorative Christmas tree ornament is the perfect way to celebrate the thrilling victory as the Dodgers took the title. But don’t wait long—supplies of this collectible Keepsake Ornament are limited.

Preorder HERE for $24.99 and the ornament will ship approximately on December 02, 2020.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Baseball Card Sets TOPPS Record

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s first pitch on Opening Day didn’t go quite as planned, but that didn’t stop a record-setting number of fans from purchasing his baseball card.

TOPPS turned Fauci’s pitch from the Nationals-Yankees game on July 23 into a baseball card, which set a new record with a print run of 51,512 copies. It was printed as a TOPPS NOW card, which commemorate specific events and are only sold for 24 hours. The card sold for $9.99.

The previous record was set by a Vladimir Guerrero card that sold 19,306 copies.

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Trading Cards 5 Show By Cuyler Smith To Open At Gallery 1988 On June 12

On Friday, June 12th Gallery 1988 will release the brand new collection of trading card prints from artist Cuyler Smith. Artwork from this show is expected to sell fast. All the pieces will be online Friday at Noon PT at gallery1988.com. Stay tuned for more information and previews.

 

Some images from io9 – LINK

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ESPN & Marvel Reimagine Comic Book Covers For The NFL Draft

ESPN and Marvel Comics have teamed up to craft special comic covers commemorating a quintet of competitors headed for the 2020 NFL Draft. Referencing some of the mightiest mags in Marvel history, from a modern classic featuring the God of Thunder to an otherworldly Web-Slingin’ icon of the ’80s, some of the most beloved artists at the House of Ideas transformed Jalen Hurts, Kyle Dugger, D’Andre Swift, Derrick Brown, and Isaiah Simmons into their own amazing animated Super Hero characters.

JALEN HURTS BY MARCIO FIORITO AND CARLOS LOPEZ, AFTER THOR (2007) #1 BY OLIVIER COIPEL

KYLE DUGGER BY J.L. GILES AND CHRIS SOTOMAYOR, AFTER SECRET WARS (1984) #8 BY MIKE ZECK

D’ANDRE SWIFT BY JOEY VAZQUEZ, AFTER CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #109 BY JACK KIRBY AND SYD SHORE

DERRICK BROWN BY MIKE MCKONE AND CARLOS LOPEZ, AFTER IRON MAN (1968) #126 BY JOHN ROMITA JR. AND BOB LAYTON

ISAIAH SIMMONS BY YVEL GUICHET, CHRIS SOTOMAYOR, AND WAYNE FAUCHER, AFTER BLACK PANTHER (2016) #1 BY BRIAN STELFREEZE

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1907 Ty Cobb Rookie Card

Nicknamed The Georgia Peach, Tyrus Raymond Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. His importance to the game only elevates the status of his W600 Sporting Life Cabinet rookie card. 

One of the most important cards in the W600 set, which ran from 1902-1911, Cobb’s card was released in 1907, using the same pose as his T206 portrait card. This particular example has been graded as Good 2 by the PSA due to a chip in the lower right corner but is otherwise bright, clear, and in overall Vg-Ex+ condition.

Current bid $200,000.

More info HERE.

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Bill Murray Returns To Groundhog Day In New Super Bowl Commercial

It’s Groundhog Day all over again as Jeep brand debuts a Super Bowl  spot starring Bill Murray (in his first-ever national television commercial). But this time reliving the same day over and over again is always a new adventure when you’re driving the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. 

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The Tern BYB Bike Rides Big & Folds Small

The BYB bike ($2,500) isn’t just a folding bike—it’s a whole new way to fold a bike. It’s 30% smaller than traditional 20″ folding bikes, and folds small and slim enough to fit conveniently into lockers, closets, or any narrow space.

When folded, the BYB has one of the smallest footprints of any folding bike. That means a much easier time maneuvering it onto crowded trains and buses or when navigating through busy subway stations.

The BYB stands on its rack, and its built-in spinner wheels let you trolley the bike with one hand while the other holds your coffee.

The BYB delivers with a frame engineered for stiffness, larger 20″ wheels, and performance components.

The slim, small BYB fits just about anywhere—behind doors, under desks, in your closet. In fact, the BYB is a perfect fit for standard cabinets so whether you’ve got one, or more, the BYB will occupy minimal space in your place.

More info HERE.

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