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August 1, 2014
Muhammad Ali’s Gloves From ‘Fight Of The Century’ Against Joe Frazier Auctioned For $388,375
Muhammad Ali’s Gloves From ‘Fight Of The Century’ Against Joe Frazier Auctioned For $388,375

The gloves from the 1971 fight were sold to an anonymous bidder for $388,375 by Texas-based Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The duel, which became famous as the "Fight of the Century," was held in New York's Madison Square Garden and was the first of three fights between Ali and Frazier, who is also known as “Smokin' Joe.”

August 1, 2014
Even After 25 Years, Pete Rose’s Ban From Baseball Is Money in the Bank
Even After 25 Years, Pete Rose’s Ban From Baseball Is Money in the Bank

Signing for money has been at the core of Rose’s livelihood, and lifeblood, since he was banned from baseball 25 years ago.

For years now he has appeared four days a week, in five-hour shifts, at a memorabilia shop in a Las Vegas. An autographed ball costs $99, a bat $200, a jersey $40. Items are also bundled and sold in packages. It’s not unusual for Rose to move more than $10,000 worth of merchandise in a day.


August 1, 2014
Signed Ticket From Gehrig's Last Appearance Sells For $95,600
Signed Ticket From Gehrig's Last Appearance Sells For $95,600

The ticket and the 1971 Fight of the Century gloves were among the highlights from Heritage Auctions' sale.Gehrig's rookie contract sold for $358,500. A 1927 New York Yankees signed baseball sold for $143,400, and Babe Ruth's 702nd home run ball sold for $191,200.

The auction house said more than 60,000 tickets were sold to Gehrig's last game, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Only two tickets are known to have survived. Of them, only the mezzanine box ticket had Gehrig's autograph.


July 31, 2014
9 things to know about what's at the National Sports Collectors Convention
9 things to know about what's at the National Sports Collectors Convention

The opening, sneak-preview night of the National Sports Collectors Convention drew at least 6,500 sports fans and collectors Wednesday to the I-X Center.

Hundreds of dealers displayed everything from open boxes of cards to game-used equipment. Since baseball plays a prominent role at the show, from cards to items to former players, here are nine things to know about the annual convention.


July 31, 2014
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to sue Julien's Auctions over Bruce Lee poster
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to sue Julien's Auctions over Bruce Lee poster

Abdul-Jabbar originally agreed to sell 400 items from his personal collection through Julien's Auctions, but decided not to part with some of the memorabilia, causing the arrangement to fall through.

However, he says Julien's is now attempting to sell the collectibles he had consigned against his will. Among the items is a Bruce Lee-signed Game of Death poster, as well as a McDonald's "Top Faces of Black History" award and memorabilia from his basketball career.


July 31, 2014
Legendary New York Jets QB Joe Namath to Appear at 2014 Panini VIP Party
Legendary New York Jets QB Joe Namath to Appear at 2014 Panini VIP Party

Namath, the Super Bowl III champion, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and author of one of the most consequential guarantees in sports history, be in attendance Saturday night to interact with and engage Panini VIP Party attendees, creating lifelong memories in the process.

Namath will join Wilkins, Glavine, Canseco and more to create the most star-studded Panini VIP Party guest list yet.


July 30, 2014
The National is Here: Your Guide to Giveaways, Displays and More
The National is Here: Your Guide to Giveaways, Displays and More

This year’s event at the I-X Center in Cleveland has some new attractions, namely a 12,000 sq.-ft. case break pavilion, but the 35th annual National Sports Collection is brimming with giveaways and things to gawk at all five days of the show’s run from July 30-Aug. 3.

The following is an overview of the major announcements leading up to the event. For information regarding the autograph pavilion, CLICK HERE. For complete information on show hours, tickets, autograph guests and general show details, visit www.nsccshow.com.


July 30, 2014
Baseball Greats Tom Glavine, Jose Canseco Confirmed for 2014 Panini VIP Party
Baseball Greats Tom Glavine, Jose Canseco Confirmed for 2014 Panini VIP Party

The 2014 Panini VIP Party slated for Saturday night in Cleveland just keeps getting better and better. On Tuesday afternoon, Panini America officials confirmed that Tom Glavine, one of baseball’s newest Hall of Famers, and Jose Canseco, one of the games most endearing power hitters, have been added to the guest list for Saturday’s third annual extravaganza.


July 30, 2014
First Look: 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Basketball
First Look: 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Basketball

Panini America made a major splash among collectors with the debut edition of Immaculate Basketball last season and due to its tremendous success, it will be back on store shelves yet again in 2013-14.

With each six-card box being loaded with five autograph or memorabilia cards, there are plenty of big hits to go around and many popular collections are set to be a part of the encore. One type of card that is sure to be getting some serious attention are from the Sole of the Game insert collection which will be featuring the tread from the game-used sneakers of many top stars.


July 29, 2014
Manziel-worn jersey could be worth $100,000
Manziel-worn jersey could be worth $100,000

SCP Auctions told ESPN.com on Monday it has verified that the maroon home jersey is the one worn by Manziel when he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

“This is his only game-used jersey from his college career that has come to market,” said SCP vice president Dan Imler, would not identify the jersey's owner.


July 29, 2014
Game-used Ted Williams jersey goes for $137K in auction
Game-used Ted Williams jersey goes for $137K in auction

This wasn't the only item of note when it came to MLB memorabilia in the Lelands auction that closed on July 25. There was a handwritten letter by Cy Young in which he discussed how he approaches certain hitters that went for $12,947. Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane's 1929 World Series championship ring was sold for $45,380 and a collection of checks signed by Stan Musial were sold for $15,666.


July 29, 2014
The True Stories Behind the Cards
The True Stories Behind the Cards

Sometimes the action depicted on a card, like this 1965 Topps No. 134, does not correlate with the information on the card describing the scene. That’s where the card detectives come into play.


July 28, 2014
Collect call: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter
Collect call: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter

The base set this year is 300 cards, with an additional 50 short prints. The SPs fall about one every two packs, and the hobby box I opened was right on the average as it yielded 12 cards. I also pulled 126 base cards.


July 28, 2014
Pair of Impressive Collections Coming to Auction
Pair of Impressive Collections Coming to Auction

Goldin Auctions has announced the sale of the “Hobest” Eddie Murphy Collection, dating back to 1912, and SCP Auctions will offer the circa 1893 cabinet photos from Cy Young’s personal collection.


July 28, 2014
Gallery: This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaques
Gallery: This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaques

Coming soon to the long-collected and often-autographed Hall of Fame plaque postcards are these six players as released Sunday by the Baseball Hall of Fame.


July 27, 2014
Toughest jobs in sports: Baseball card shop owner
The market for rare vintage cards remains as viable as ever today among serious collectors willing to invest hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but newer cards don't inspire the interest from either kids or casual baseball fans that they once did.


July 27, 2014
Panini America Returning Live Redemption Trade-Up Program to the 2014 National
The unique initiative will be conducted live at the Panini America booth and will afford those collectors in attendance holding multiple outstanding redemption cards FOUR MONTHS OR OLDER AND ALREADY PENDING IN THE PANINI AMERICA REDEMPTION SYSTEM the opportunity to trade them in for a card or cards of higher value.


July 26, 2014
Lelands said ring was not stolen
Jim Brown’s 1964 NFL Championship Ring Pulled From Auction

Legendary Browns running back, Jim Brown’s 1964 Championship ring has been PULLED OFF THE AUCTION BLOCK amid allegations the ring was stolen from him in the 1960's.


July 26, 2014
35th National Sports Collectors Convention: Five days of cards, autographs, memorabilia
The convention is expected to draw 40,000 to 50,000 attendees during its five-day run in Cleveland, with ticket sales expected to be the best ever in the history of the 35-year event, according to its executive director.


 

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