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September 20, 2014
Johnny Football to be featured in baseball card sets
Johnny Football to be featured in baseball card sets

The most famous backup quarterback in the NFL will be featured in three baseball card products produced by Leaf this fall.

Manziel, who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the June draft, will be featured in the Leaf Metal, Leaf Valiant and Leaf Trinity sets that come out in late October, late November and late December.

September 20, 2014
1958 Topps Pancho Herrera Error Card Attracting Attention
1958 Topps Pancho Herrera Error Card Attracting Attention

Clean Sweep’s latest auction opens up with a truly exciting card, the only Mint 9 example of the 1958 Topps Baseball Pancho Herrer(a) error. The card has been in the possession of the consignor for 20 years and was just recently slabbed at the National Convention in Cleveland.

“This is a true 1-of-1, highest graded card,” said Clean Sweep’s Steve Verkman. “As far as price histories, the highest example ever sold was an ‘8’ back in 2007 for over $25,000.”


September 20, 2014
Card Gallery: 2014 Panini Immaculate’s game-used baseball cards
Card Gallery: 2014 Panini Immaculate’s game-used baseball cards

The debut edition of Panini Immaculate arrives on Wednesday, and it’s got some game-changing jumbo game-used memorabilia cards inside — cards that will demand you stop and look.


September 19, 2014
Examining the Peaks and Valleys of 2014 Topps Finest Football
Examining the Peaks and Valleys of 2014 Topps Finest Football

After seeing some of the mysteries surrounding Topps Finest be revealed, and getting more acquainted with the set, I am starting to see some very big wins here, along with some bigger losses.


September 19, 2014
First Look: 2014 Panini Flawless Football
First Look: 2014 Panini Flawless Football

Releasing Oct. 31, 2014 Panini Flawless Football will feature plenty of on-card autographs and patch cards. Every card will be numbered to 25 or less.

Flawless is configured with 10 cards per pack, one pack per box and two boxes per case. Each box delivers seven Autographs, two Jumbo Prime Memorabilia Cards and one Diamond or Emerald Card. Yes, an actual diamond or emerald. Even the base cards, which are numbered to just 20, contain an actual diamond.


September 18, 2014
Sam Snead's Driver to be Sold at Auction
Sam Snead's Driver to be Sold at Auction

The driver that Sam Snead used to win more than 100 tournaments -- including two Masters, two PGA Championships and one British Open -- will be up for auction Sept. 25-26 in Dallas as part of Heritage Auctions’ Sports Collectibles Golf Catalog auction. The club is expected to sell for more than $250,000.


September 18, 2014
Small Triumphs: Through the Mail Success With Muggsy Bougues
Small Triumphs: Through the Mail Success With Muggsy Bougues

Muggsy grew up in the housing projects in Baltimore and went 59-0 in his junior and senior years in high school. He went on to star at Wake Forest and played for a handful of NBA teams. In his rookie season with the Washington Bullets, he was paired with 7’7” Manute Bol. He signed a great picture of the duo for us.


September 18, 2014
First Look: 2014-15 Panini NBA Hoops
First Look: 2014-15 Panini NBA Hoops

A quarter of a century ago, Basketball card collectors rejoiced when they were finally able to collect more than one set during a season and it is only fitting that 2014-15 NBA Hoops from Panini America will be kicking off the upcoming campaign.

An affordable entry-level release that is loaded with hits that even advanced collectors can appreciate, Hoops is expected to deliver two autographs and one memorabilia card in every box along with a wide array of rookies, inserts and parallels.


September 17, 2014
Olympic medals hit the market in record number
Olympic medals hit the market in record number

On Thursday, 14 Olympic medals go on the block in a live sale conducted by RR Auction in Boston. Another 40 medals, including 17 that were not awarded, are part of the Ingrid O'Neil mail bid auction ending Oct. 4. The next 17 days offer the greatest number of Olympic medals for public consumption with the exception of the Games themselves.


September 17, 2014
When Choo Choo Coleman's Baseball Card Beats Babe Ruth's Or Mickey Mantle's
When Choo Choo Coleman's Baseball Card Beats Babe Ruth's Or Mickey Mantle's

Rick Edmunds, the owner of Dznutsandcards in West Virginia had 35 1966 Choo Choo Coleman Topps baseball cards in his display case and another 65 at home.

Turns out that he is having the last laugh. And so you can you by following his strategy buying and selling obscure baseball cards instead of the Mickey Mantles and Babe Ruths.


September 17, 2014
Panini America Reveals Early Details on 2014-15 NBA Releases
Panini America Reveals Early Details on 2014-15 NBA Releases

With some new products coming and many established favorites returning, Panini hopes to build on a strong 2013-14 season and will actually be slightly reducing the number of brands to help the market grow. Beckett Basketball recently received a chance to pose some questions to the company’s Product Development Director, David Porter, and he gave an indication about what is anticipated on store shelves in the next few months.


September 16, 2014
Do's and Don'ts for baseball autograph seekers
Do's and Don'ts for baseball autograph seekers

Looking to beat those other outstretched hands to secure that autograph? The Los Angeles Times surveyed Angels and Dodgers for tips on how to stand out in a good way.


September 16, 2014
Did Nevada Collector Win A T206 Wagner Card on eBay for $170.00?
Did Nevada Collector Win A T206 Wagner Card on eBay for $170.00?

A genuine Honus Wagner can be worth anywhere from several hundred thousand, to over $2 million. But a fake is worth nothing.


September 16, 2014
An Inside Look at the Major League Baseball Authentication Program
An Inside Look at the Major League Baseball Authentication Program

The MLB Authentication Program has become a valuable tool for the league, its 30 teams and baseball fans all around the world.


September 15, 2014
First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey
First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey

Arriving in time for the holiday season, Trilogy has traditionally offered up three major categories of hits since its debut back in 2003-04. This time, it’s all about autographs, rookies and memorabilia cards and there are some interesting changes that should be able to generate some interest from collectors.


September 14, 2014
Adrian Peterson Indictment Hits Home With Collectors
Peterson’s cards have already taken a rock bottom tumble over the last few days.


September 13, 2014
Three Salespeople at Dave and Adam's Card World guilty of $1.3 million theft
Assistant District Attorney Candace Vogel said the three each face a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison when they are sentenced Jan. 8.


September 13, 2014
Upper Deck Becomes First Canadian Football League Trading Card Partner
Already Canada’s leader in hockey trading cards through its exclusive agreement with the NHL and NHL Players Association (NHLPA), Upper Deck intends to deliver the same high quality craftsmanship, innovation and authenticity to CFL fans and collectors across Canada, starting with the first-ever 180-card CFL base set.


September 13, 2014
Beckett 20 Questions on … memorabilia cards
Here is the latest installment of 20 Questions — all about memorabilia cards.


September 12, 2014
1985 Chicago Bears Team Members Signing at Chicago-Area Casino
Members of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears team will be on-hand at Horseshoe Casino, located just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, Sept. 14 from 7-9 p.m.

The Bears play the San Francisco 49ers) with fans, as well as hosting Q&A at halftime. The alumni will also be on-hand taking photos and signing autographs with fans both prior to kickoff and at the half. The 1985 Championship trophy will be present and made available for additional fan photo opportunities.


September 12, 2014
Unannounced 3-D Cards Found in 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee
Some lucky collectors busting packs of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee have uncovered rare 3-D insert cards that Upper Deck decided to put in as a special unannounced surprise.

For the third year in a row, the O-Pee-Chee brand has featured a special set that was not revealed to the public prior to release and the hobby has reacted to them positively once again.


September 11, 2014
Irv Learner Continues to Plague The Industry With His Assortment of Fake Rings
Irv Learner Continues to Plague The Industry With His Assortment of Fake Rings

I recently received an email from an auction-house winner who discovered his winning ring was not what he thought it was supposed to be:


September 11, 2014
What's your sports memorabilia worth?
Legendary Auctions and the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum are once again joining forces to help you answer that nagging question: “I wonder how much my Sports Memorabilia is worth?”


September 11, 2014
On the Radar: 2014 Topps Five Star Football
This week we got a huge preview of 2014 Five Star Football, which is a great product. Although there has been new on card content added to NT over the last few years, NOTHING touches what Five Star brings to the table in non-rookie autograph content.


September 11, 2014
Game-used memorabilia cards are still cool — if they are creative
It’s no secret to many collectors that some of the mystique of game-used memorabilia cards has worn off a bit through the years — you know, the nearly two decades since pieces of game-used items started appearing inside our cardboard.

It seems like everything has made its way from a sports field or arena and into cards — well, nearly everything — but it must be said that game-used also has begun to reinvent itself in the last few years, too. Some of the best-designed and most-creative cards of the last decade have been of the game-used variety.


September 10, 2014
Upcoming REA Fall Auction Will Be a Blockbuster
Upcoming REA Fall Auction Will Be a Blockbuster

The auction will include an astounding number of items including a 1916 Babe Ruth Rookie, five 1952 Topps Mickey Mantles, Nineteenth-Century Baseball Rarities and More!


September 10, 2014
Collect call: 2014 Topps Chrome baseball
The 220-card Topps Chrome baseball set offers plenty of shiny cards, plus refractors, X-fractors and atomic refractors.

A hobby box contains 24 packs, with four cards to a pack. The price range for a hobby box falls in the mid-$60s range. Topps promises two autograph cards per hobby box; a nice plus about these autos is that they are on-card signatures.


September 10, 2014
Jeter’s Jordan Brand Cleats Added to Steiner Sports Auctions
The cleats, made exclusively for the Yankees Captain in honor of his final season, feature special commemorative graphics paying “RE2PECT” to Jeter’s career.


September 10, 2014
Memorabilia card total jumps 35 percent in less than three years
You might think that we’re seeing fewer game-used memorabilia cards in our packs these days as collector tastes continue to evolve and new creations capture our attention.

You’d be wrong. A basic examination of the Beckett.com database shows that there are 1,001,558 different memorabilia cards of the game-used (or event-used) variety out there for collectors to chase.


September 9, 2014
Ray Rice jerseys become extinct as stores pull them from shelves and fans burn them or trade them in for pizza
Not that they’re in high demand right now, but buying a Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice jersey has just gotten a lot harder. Verizon sports reporter Jennifer X. Williams tweeted earlier that Ray Rice jerseys for women had been discontinued at NFL’s fan shop.


September 9, 2014
Keeping it real: MLB authenticators ensure legitimacy of game-used memorabilia
Home run balls can’t usually be authenticated, as an official authenticator — sitting in an on-field camera well near the home-team dugout — can’t physically eyewitness the catch and the struggle to retain the ball that often follows.

Without the telltale MLB authentication hologram sticker and accompanying six-number, two-letter code, that ball is just a ball. No different from one you purchase at the souvenir shop, which is precisely the problem.


September 9, 2014
Beckett Auctions lands Babe Ruth-Harry Frazee dual cut autograph
A one-of-a-kind autograph card linking the two principles in the sale of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in 1920 highlights the October 2014 Beckett “Legends of Baseball’’ Auction.

The 2005 SP Legendary Dual Cuts Autograph numbered 1/1 features cut signatures of Ruth and former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, the man who sold Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 along with a reported $300,000 in loans that Frazee used to help finance one of his Broadway plays. The deal remains the most lopsided in baseball trade in history. The year he was sold, Ruth went on to slug 54 home runs – then a single-season record. Frazee died in 1929 and his signature remains in high demand to those wanting a piece of this unique history.


September 8, 2014
Steiner Auctioning Lou Gehrig Day Game Jerseys to Benefit ALS Association
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has brought great awareness to the fight against ALS. Steiner Sports is helping to do the same, while also offering collectors a great shot at Yankees game-used jerseys.


September 8, 2014
2014 NFL Kickoff – 5 Hobby Things to Watch Week 1
Now that we are about to embark on another season, I could not have a better feeling right now. Of course, there are some major storylines that probably wont play out in week one, but also quite a few from the hobby that could. Here is what I would watch for.


September 8, 2014
Panini America ‘Certifiably Football’ Sunday Gallery Shines on 2014 Certified Football
In this Sunday celebration of epic proportions, Panini America is honoring the opening weekend of the 2014 NFL season by showcasing the manifold memorabilia majesty housed within the company’s new 2014 Certified Football release.


September 7, 2014
THE DANDY DOZEN: The priciest* Bowman Chrome baseball autographs
Ever wonder which Bowman Chrome prospect/rookie autos (excluding parallels*) are the most expensive?

Mike Trout is the second player of the bunch to have his standard Bowman Chrome debut auto top the $1,000 mark — and he’s the only one to do it that’s not serial-numbered. Tops on the list, of course, is Albert Pujols‘ 2001 card that is limited to just 500 copies.


September 7, 2014
A Review of the 1974 Topps Football Set
While the set’s look “splits the uprights” for many collectors, several see it more as an offering that never quite made it above the crossbar.

In a coincidence of sorts, a major NFL rule change in 1974 involved moving the goal posts from the goal line to the back of the end zone, so perhaps the tweak inspired Topps’ design that year.


September 6, 2014
Just Collect acquires a magnificent find, dubbed - "The Adco Coast-To-Coast Collection"
The seller assembled this large, four decade run of sets, and put the collection together with pride and passion. He had a love of sports, and added his cards to a remarkable “library” of sports and other autographs he personally obtained in person.

Many of the signatures were secured at the NFL’s Pro Bowl and regular season games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, along with other venues throughout the area.


September 6, 2014
The Man Who Spins Pinstripes Into Gold
Brandon Steiner has long dealt autographed bats, balls, uniforms and photographs, the stock in trade of the multimillion-dollar sports memorabilia industry.

His ability to see a deep fan-athlete connection in even the most overlooked items has made him an outsize figure in the business and a key figure in the selling of Jeter’s final season with the Yankees.


September 6, 2014
Derek Jeter’s Seven Yankee Championship Rings
Derek Jeter’s Seven Yankee Championship Rings

Jeter’s career is coming to a close and it doesn’t look like he’ll be acquiring any more championship rings

Here’s what his 7 Yankee Championship rings look like:


September 5, 2014
LeBron James Car could be yours.. for the right price
According to Fusco Auctions, the starting bid is $50,000. A LeBron James rookie jersey will also be up for auction.


September 5, 2014
Michael Jordan’s 1984 Olympic basketball shoes up for auction
Jordan averaged 17 points per game in helping the U.S. to gold in Los Angeles, two months before beginning his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls. He signed the Converse shoes and gave them to a ball boy after the U.S. beat Spain in the gold-medal game.


September 5, 2014
Upper Deck Creates Heroic Inspirations Card for Goalie Josh Harding
This week marks the release of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee from Upper Deck and the annual collector favorite will see the company’s Heroic Inspirations campaign gets a new twist with the insertion of a special inscribed and autographed card from Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding.

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in November, 2012, Harding had to briefly step away from the game and made a triumphant return to the ice against the Dallas Stars on January 20, 2013 as he turned back all 24 shots to earn his seventh career shutout. Due to his remarkable comeback, he was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy, which is annually give to a player that demonstrates perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. In 2013-14, he registered the best save percentage and goals-against average in the league despite missing a large chunk of action due to health issues.


September 4, 2014
Finding Cash, Valuable Baseball Cards, And Other Treasures Stashed In Used Books
The web is full of stories about treasures found in books. Back in the day it was fairly common for people to secretly store money and family valuables in books.

Depressions, Panics, and bank failures occurred with wrenching regularity until the federal government assumed a more active after the 1929 stock market crash.


September 4, 2014
Sam Snead tournament driver to exceed $1m in Heritage golf sale?
A driver used by legendary golfer Sam Snead in some of his most important victories is offered at Heritage Auctions with an opening bid of $250,000.

It's estimated to exceed $1m.


September 4, 2014
First Look: 2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75 Years baseball cards
Hall of Fame will include 12 cards in a box with two Hall of Famer autographs, four cards numbered to 75 or fewer copies and six other cards — one Elite Series, one Dominator, one Crusade, one Diamond King and two other cards — per box. It is set to arrive on Oct. 8.


September 3, 2014
Watch out for sports memorabilia scams
Counterfeit sports memorabilia is a $180 million dollar a year business. But experts say there are ways to avoid being scammed.


September 3, 2014
Baseball’s lost treasures
A lot of baseball memorabilia has vanished. Today at Fox’s JABO, Erik Malinowski writes about several of them that have vanished.

Things like The homer run ball Bill Mazerowski hit in the 1960s World Series. Joe Jackson’s admission in the Black Sox scandal. Even a giant statue of Babe Ruth.


September 3, 2014
Catching Up With Cardboard Pioneer Sy Berger
Sy was the man at the moment when Topps launched into the baseball card market in the early 1950s.

Sy’s initiative and persistence helped bring Topps to the forefront of the hobby market and started a run of cards that continues today. His outgoing personality and interest in others has produced life-long friendships with the many people he has known.


September 2, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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