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September 2, 2014
Thousands of century-old baseball cards to be auctioned
Thousands of century-old baseball cards to be auctioned

More than 1,400 tobacco cards featuring a slew of Hall of Famers like Cy Young and Ty Cobb — the legacy of a teenage smoker whose family hung onto a collection that dates to 1909 — is going up for auction.

The cards will be sold by a Maine auction house that is becoming known for selling rare memorabilia, Saco River Auction.

September 2, 2014
U.S. Open: Roger Federer Is the Greatest…At Signing Autographs
U.S. Open: Roger Federer Is the Greatest…At Signing Autographs

An autograph from a tennis star is one of the most coveted souvenirs at the U.S. Open. But securing one isn't easy. It requires agility, good court positioning and a bit of luck. It also requires a player willing to sign enough autographs to get to yours.


September 2, 2014
Behind the Scenes on the Boston Red Stockings Find
Behind the Scenes on the Boston Red Stockings Find

The process at Antiques Roadshow events goes like this: An appraiser sees an item he or she thinks is worth a TV segment, asks the owner to wait for a few minutes (but doesn’t tell him or her anything about the item) and then tracks down a producer. The appraiser then will pitch the item for TV taping.


September 1, 2014
Collect call: 2014 Topps MLS Chrome
Collect call: 2014 Topps MLS Chrome

It’s only fitting that “the beautiful game” should have a beautiful card set.

For the first time, MLS will have a chrome version of cards, and the 2014 Topps MLS Chrome product looks nice. I am normally not a fan of the shiny stuff, but there is something about the photography — particularly the action shots — that makes this set attractive.


September 1, 2014
National Treasures Hockey Packs a Stanley Cup Surprise
National Treasures Hockey Packs a Stanley Cup Surprise

Last week’s release of 2013-14 National Treasures from Panini America marked the end of an era for the company, but they are still making waves with hockey card collectors as the product flies off store shelves and delivers some monster hits along they way.


September 1, 2014
Examining The Hobby Impact of Recent NFL Roster Cuts
Examining The Hobby Impact of Recent NFL Roster Cuts

Every year, we get a few rookies who are invited to the NFL Rookie Premiere and dont make the team. Much to the chagrin of all the collectors who will still be pulling their cards as the year goes on.

Two prominently featured rookies that were cut, will likely end up on a practice squad somewhere.


August 31, 2014
Collect call: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball
Collect call: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball

A hobby box contains 20 packs, with five cards to a box. Topps promises two chrome autographs and a chrome auto relic in each hobby box. The set contains 200 cards — 100 veterans and rookies, and 100 prospects.


August 31, 2014
Cool Jeter Magazine Cover Coming to Newsstands
Cool Jeter Magazine Cover Coming to Newsstands

The readers at Net54baseball.com discuss the magazine cover that's destined to become a collectible.


August 30, 2014
Upper Deck Announces 2013/14 The Cup Hockey!
Upper Deck Announces 2013/14 The Cup Hockey!

This week, Upper Deck announced that it will be once again be releasing The Cup Hockey. The high-end prodcut will be releasing this fall. Collectors can expect to find a strong assortment of limited cards in every pack.


August 29, 2014
Safeco Field's bomb-sniffing dogs get baseball cards
Safeco Field's bomb-sniffing dogs get baseball cards

The K-9 unit for the Mariners has been honored in the timless medium of the baseball card.


August 29, 2014
Panini America Explores the Gilded Ink in 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball
Panini America Explores the Gilded Ink in 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball

While the Immaculate Basketball brand will always be known as a haven for some of the most majestic NBA memorabilia cards created every year, that lofty reputation tends to obscure the fact that there are also some pretty epic on-card autograph inclusions in the product, too.

This year, those include some striking gold-ink cards within the Scorer’s Club, Elite Scorer’s Club, The Greatest and Hall of Fame Heroes inserts.


August 29, 2014
Pete Frates, the man behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, gets his own Topps baseball cards
Pete Frates, the man behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, gets his own Topps baseball cards

Employees of Topps took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday in New York City and the former college baseball player who inspired the viral video movement as part of his own battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis now has something he never had before.

He has a few Topps baseball cards.


August 28, 2014
Former Mastro Auctions employee William Boehm to plead guilty to memorabilia fraud
Former Mastro Auctions employee William Boehm to plead guilty to memorabilia fraud

Boehm will become the fourth auction house executive to plead guilty as the result of the federal investigation launched in 2006.

An indictment handed down in July 2012 that charged Boehm with one count of making false statements to FBI agents alleges Boehm lied to federal agents who questioned him in 2007 about accounts used for shill bidding.


August 28, 2014
High Grades Lead to Skyrocketing Market Values for Modern Cards
High Grades Lead to Skyrocketing Market Values for Modern Cards

Some otherwise common, modern sports cards valued at less than $100 in “raw” condition can be worth thousands of dollars in certified, pristine condition. For example, the 1971 Topps (#341) Steve Garvey baseball card often sells uncertified for only about $30, but one that was graded PSA Gem Mint 10 sold in an auction for more than $25,000.


August 28, 2014
Upper Deck Announces Return of O-Pee-Chee Wrapper Redemption Program
Upper Deck Announces Return of O-Pee-Chee Wrapper Redemption Program

There was a bit of an issue in 2013-14, though, as unexpected demand for the packs saw supplies run out earlier than Upper Deck anticipated. That will hopefully not be a problem this season as the company has taken steps to ensure that there is enough produced to satisfy public demand.


August 27, 2014
Gehrig wristwatch sells after all
The wristwatch never met its reserve price and did not sell at auction.

SCP Auctions marketing manager Terry Melia said “It was a private sale the following day, although the buyer just happened to be the guy with the highest bid on Sunday morning who failed to meet the reserve price,” Melia said.


August 27, 2014
Why a mysterious collector chased a run-of-the-mill 1964 Curt Flood baseball card
So-called "Flood guy" Mike Hally shows off his extensive Curt Flood baseball card collection.

The case of the '64 Flood has befuddled card hounds for years.


August 27, 2014
First Look: 2014 Panini Immaculate baseball
Company officials officially pulled back the curtain on 2014 Panini Immaculate on Monday, preparing for its arrival on Sept. 24 when it will be found packing five autograph or memorabilia cards in every six-card pack with the remaining card a base card limited to just 99 copies. There will be just eight boxes per case.


 

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