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One Paper Bag, Seven Rare Cards

It will be quite some time before vintage baseball cards see another year like 2016. Prices soared and several remarkable discoveries made headlines, most notably “The Lucky 7 Find.” Uncertainty is what drives collectibles dealers each and every day. To paraphrase Rick Harrison, co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las [...]

By | 2018-02-28T10:05:01+00:00 January 20th, 2017|

Two Degrees of Separation

The Heisman Memorial Trophy is awarded to most outstanding college football player in NCAA Division I every year. It is the most sought after individual trophy in all of college football, and has been awarded to some of the greatest football players of all-time. The award’s rich history goes back more than eighty years, to [...]

By | 2017-01-10T08:03:59+00:00 December 12th, 2016|

Thank You, Johnny U

“It would be unconscionable for me to go any further in these ceremonies, and not make the flat-out statement that if John Unitas is not the greatest quarterback to play professional football, they're can't be anybody any greater.” – Frank Gitschier presenting Johnny Unitas to the Hall of Fame, 1979 No professional football player is [...]

By | 2017-09-11T15:15:59+00:00 October 1st, 2016|

Hope Springs Eternal

Each and every season, all of our teams start 0-0 as we dream this will finally be our year. High school, college, or professional – it makes no difference as to the level. Or the sport. Football, baseball, basketball, and hockey fans all have the same hope, a championship season, whether it’s a repeat of [...]

By | 2016-09-20T11:45:48+00:00 September 1st, 2016|

The Greatest Show on Earth

MINT State opened its doors in 2002 and not surprisingly, that was the first year we set up at the National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC). Better known as “The National,” it was an annual working vacation for me, Beth, Grace, and Nathaniel. Other dealers probably remember our children riding their scooters on the concrete floors [...]

By | 2016-08-03T10:36:58+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|

The Curious Case of Ed Delahanty

Willie Mays. Hank Aaron. Ty Cobb. Babe Ruth. Not only are these iconic names in the sport of professional baseball, they’re instantly recognizable to most Americans. Even their respective nicknames, “Say Hey Kid,” “Hammer,” “Georgia Peach,” and “Sultan of Swat” are known to many ardent non-sport fans. But what if I asked you about Ed [...]

By | 2017-09-11T15:15:59+00:00 July 15th, 2016|


For the second time since MINT State moved to Myrtle Beach last August, we’ve experienced a once-in-a-lifetime event. The first was possibly the single greatest sports card discovery of all-time: “The Lucky 7 Find.” In fact, if we had not made the move from northern Illinois to South Carolina, that southern family would have never [...]

By | 2017-09-11T15:15:59+00:00 July 1st, 2016|


/ ˌrēənkärˈnāSH(ə)n/ noun  A new version of something from the past. No word better defines our new website. “Redesigned” falls short in describing the brilliant work of Tim and Mike at The Impact Guys. They completely overhauled MINTStateInc.com and added the only thing missing from the old site: the 21st century. We hope you like [...]

By | 2016-08-02T10:02:54+00:00 June 10th, 2016|