I'm a little confused by the "Vintage Empty Box" market. A box of Topps baseball cards from 1962 that's in phenomenal shape but with no packs inside it? Huh? It's not like you can give one of these boxes as a gift; the recipient will see the box and think, "Awesome, I can't believe he got me a box of baseball cards from 1962!" for two seconds before the sobering realization of, "Crap, the box is empty." So it's decorative only. Sell your stock in the Vintage Empty Box market.
Our 2010 winner of the "If You Forced Me To Spend Four Figures On A Set Of Cards, Here's The Set I Would Have Picked" Award: a mint set of Brady Bunch cards. Excuse me, can I see the card of Mr. and Mrs. Brady awkwardly hugging as Mr. Brady stares into the distance and continues to live a lie? Is that a PSA 8?
And here's our 2011 winner. I love the Tall Boy format, the rich colors, the red Pats jerseys, the crew cuts, the young Buoniconti cameo, the "BOSTON" on a football card actually, I need to get away from these cards before I drift over to eBay and something bad happens.
No, this wasn't a joke item: This was an actual product from the 1940s and 1950s, back when "gay" doubled as a term for "happy."
In my E:60 segment from the 2010 NSCC, I riffed about this movie-worn White Sox jersey from Eight Men Out (very cool, by the way), wondered if it belonged to Charlie Sheen and joked that, if so, the price could skyrocket because "he's going to be dead soon." We ran the piece in October; a few weeks later, he went off the deep end. Add this to my résumé.
A staple for any "Coolest NFL Jersey Ever" discussion: any Rams jersey belonging to Jack or Jim Youngblood from the late 1970s. Tremendous colors with the added comedy of their first name being crammed above the "Youngblood." How many professional athletes have ever had their entire name on a uniform? Would you say it's more than 10? Less than 10? If you think of any examples, e-mail me.