The sports collectibles market continues to grow in all kinds of ways. Now, a new entry into the auction market is preparing for its inaugural event. Brian Suarez has launched 77 Auctions, specializing in vintage and modern trading cards and memorabilia. The first auction is set to open next month. The name 77 Auctions came from the fact that I have been a huge Mickey Mantle collector over the years,” the veteran collector/dealer stated. “My birth year is 1977 so I sort of combined both and it just stuck.”
Suarez actually met Mantle at an autograph signing as a youngster in the 1990’s, an event that jump-started his interest in the hobby but it’s not just Mantle memorabilia that will be part of the first sale. 77 Auctions will focus on popular vintage and high-grade modern cards, game-used memorabilia and autographs.
The Southern California-based company will keep its inaugural auction relatively simple, with plans for only about 50 items. Suarez, the principal owner, says items in the online catalog will be a diverse group that includes game-worn Ted Williams cap from his farewell season of 1960; numerous graded cards including a 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie; Mantle autographs on a bat and cap; a game-worn Joel Embiid rookie year jersey, some game-worn NBA and NFL jerseys, Magic Johnson autographed items and a group of rare celebrity-signed baseballs including those inked by Bob Hope, Woody Allen, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, John McCain and Larry King.
Registration and consignments are open. The kickoff auction will go online November 15 and close November 29. More info is available at 77Auctions.com. Consignment Deadline is November 1st.
“This auction is fresh to the hobby, bringing nearly 30 years of experience handling important high end sports cards and game-used memorabilia,” Suarez stated. “We are offering low consignment fees and competitive buyers premiums. We will have a long reach on social media and traditional advertising and will work tirelessly to ensure our consignors get the most for their items.”
In addition to his Mantle collection, Suarez is also a big fan of the hometown NBA team.
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About 77 Auctions:
At 77 Auctions, we believe integrity and authenticity are the foundation of the bridge that brings collectors together with their prized pieces of rare sports memorabilia. This company was founded on the passion for collecting that began when a young boy went with his father to meet Mickey Mantle. The baseball that Mantle signed that day was the beginning of a 25+ year journey to find the most rare sports cards, autographs and game-used uniforms. We are passionate about the joy that comes with collecting and take pride in bringing you only the finest items.
To our consignors, we offer low consignment fees and a staff of knowledgeable experts who have dealt with the rarest items in the hobby for the past 25 years. Our team of photography and marketing experts have experience with some of the world’s most successful companies and publications, giving your items the exposure, images and media reach they deserve. To our buyers, we offer competitive buyer’s premiums, outstanding customer service and a commitment to bring you the finest sports memorabilia on the market. To us it’s simple. We will not allow any item in our auctions that we wouldn’t put on our own wall.