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April 25, 2015
The Giants are raffling off a 2014 World Series ring for charity
The Giants are raffling off a 2014 World Series ring for charity

Last weekend the Giants received their 2014 World Series rings during a pregame ceremony at AT&T Park.

One lucky fan will also get a chance to own a 2014 World Series ring. The Giants are raffling off one championship ring, with the proceeds going to charity.

April 25, 2015
Roger Brown's daughter 'heartbroken' over auction
Roger Brown's daughter 'heartbroken' over auction

A collection of items from Brown's career are being auctioned this week by Worthridge Auctions. A postcard, a program, a jersey and the Hall of Fame enshrinement jacket are among the items up for sale. Potential buyers can bid on Brown's items through 8:30 p.m. Saturday.


April 25, 2015
Collect call: 2015 Topps Museum Collection baseball
Collect call: 2015 Topps Museum Collection baseball

The 2015 Topps Museum Collection baseball set is definitely high end, with a hobby box ranging in the $180 to $210 range. With four one-pack mini-boxes in each hobby box, a collector is shelling out nearly $50 per pack. Is it worth it?

There are five cards per mini-box. Topps is promising that every hobby box will contain an on-card autograph, an autograph relic, one quad relic card and a jumbo relic. Mike Trout is on the cover of the hobby box and on each mini-box, too. That’s a nice enticement, too.


April 24, 2015
Sports Memorabilia Site Provides Searchable Price Database of Over $1 Billion in Auction Sales
Sports Memorabilia Site Provides Searchable Price Database of Over $1 Billion in Auction Sales

Price Realized bills itself as “the sports card and memorabilia industry’s first and only comprehensive price database and research service,” the idea being that if you’re going to invest tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, you’re going to want to know where that particular piece of memorabilia has been, what’s happened to its value over a period of time, and compare it to other items which might interest you.


April 24, 2015
On the Radar: 2015 Topps Dynasty Baseball
On the Radar: 2015 Topps Dynasty Baseball

Last year, Topps put a lot of eggs in the high end basket with the first edition of Dynasty baseball. It was a huge risk due to the enormous price tag on the boxes, which only contained one card. However, once people actually saw the ridiculous cards that were coming out of the product with high frequency, the cards caught a bit of hobby fire.


April 24, 2015
Gypsy Queen gets jumbo wall art treatment
Gypsy Queen gets jumbo wall art treatment

This year’s edition of Gypsy Queen, which arrived last week, has been given the online wall art treatment as Topps has unveiled the Gypsy Queen collection on Topps.com.

There are 599 different print options and one set offering in this one — all from the fifth edition of the retro-styled line.


April 23, 2015
Are Topps First Pitch Baseball Cards a Boon or an Embarrassing Blunder?
Are Topps First Pitch Baseball Cards a Boon or an Embarrassing Blunder?

In February, Topps released 15 cards commemorating first pitches. First, there’s the indisputable truth that most first pitches are less than impressive.

The 2015 First Pitch series from Topps is perhaps too far into left field (no pun intended).


April 23, 2015
Jim Brown’s Rookie Contract Past $12,000
Jim Brown’s Rookie Contract Past $12,000

“Jim Brown’s 1957 Rookie contract has to be one of the most important pieces of Jim Brown memorabilia known and is certainly among the most significant football related documents in existence,” said SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler.

One record that hasn’t fallen is that Brown remains the only player in NFL history to average more than 100 yards per game over an entire career. Now Brown’s 1957 rookie contract with Cleveland is now on the auction block at www.scpauctions.com with bidding scheduled to close April 25. A featured item in SCP Auctions’ online Spring Premier, it could fetch as much as $35,000.


April 23, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps Dynasty baseball cards
First Look: 2015 Topps Dynasty baseball cards

Topps Dynasty will be returning in 2015. Last year, the brand’s debut marked the most-expensive single-card pack of baseball cards in Topps history as the company dubbed it as “the most carefully curated subject list in trading card history” and the “most-premium Topps product of all time.”

This year, every pack will once again include an autographed patch, cut auto, autographed dual Relic or a cut auto dual Relic when it arrives on Nov. 4.


April 22, 2015
Topps exhibit at Louisville Slugger Museum
Topps exhibit at Louisville Slugger Museum

Baseball meets Batman in the latest special exhibition at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The attraction has teamed up with Topps, the legendary card maker, to create the first-ever retrospective of Topps® trading cards.

The show runs through Oct. 4, said public relations director Matthew Willinger.


April 22, 2015
1916 Weil Baking Babe Ruth card to surpass $120,000?
1916 Weil Baking Babe Ruth card to surpass $120,000?

The cards were produced by the H Weil Baking Company in New Orleans during the early 20th century and are among the most sought after in the world.

Heritage comments: "The D329 Weil Baking brand is scarce. For the entire series, SGC has graded a total of only 247 cards. Of those, only 13 grade as high with six grading higher.


April 22, 2015
Draft picks sets helped shape hobby we know today
Draft picks sets helped shape hobby we know today

Back in 1991, this first card from Classic Four Sport was a talking point for an emerging niche of sports card collecting — draft picks sets. Back then, we often had to wait a year — or at least later in the year — to see our newest teams’ newest stars on cards, so a card like this was something dramatically different.

The fact that this card had the No. 1 picks from the four major drafts all in one place, all on one card? That might still be considered magical — and Classic pulled it off. A year later, with the company backing the arrival of Shaquille O’Neal, the game was changed and draft picks were truly a force and an option for collectors to seriously consider.


April 21, 2015
Denny McLain disputes right to sell 1968 memorabilia
Denny McLain disputes right to sell 1968 memorabilia

The autographed baseballs Denny McLain used to notch the final outs for his 28th and 31st victories in 1968 are up for sale at GoldinAuctions.com.

McLain says the person selling the balls — and neither side would identify him by name — doesn't have the right to sell them. The former Detroit Tigers ace referred further questions to his attorney, Barry Powers.


April 21, 2015
Winston signs autograph deal with Topps
Winston signs autograph deal with Topps

Topps announced Monday that it reached an autograph deal with the former Florida State quarterback. The 2103 Heisman Trophy winner will be feature throughout all of Topps 2015 products, including its flagship football set.

Winston’s card debut will be in Bowman football, which will be released in June.


April 21, 2015
PSA Raises Security With Hologram in Holders
PSA Raises Security With Hologram in Holders

An embedded PSA security hologram has now been added to the red insert labels used in PSA card, ticket and pack holders to give buyers and sellers even more confidence in PSA-certified collectibles.

“PSA is introducing a new, embedded hologram on the face of every PSA encapsulated label to further enhance the security features found on our certified products. The hologram is actually part of the insert label paper, similar to the hologram feature we already incorporated into PSA/DNA Certificates (COAs) and Letters of Authenticity (LOAs),” said PSA President Joe Orlando.


April 20, 2015
Muhammad Ali Liston robe valued in excess of $200,000
The robe worn by Muhammad Ali into the ring against Sonny Liston in 1964 is to provide the headline lot of a sale of sports memorabilia at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on May 14-16.

Heritage comments: "The gloves that Cassius Clay was wearing as he claimed his first of three World Heavyweight Championships commanded $836,500 in our February 2014 Platinum Night auction, a record-setting figure that serves as the best possible yardstick by which to measure the value of the offered garment.


April 20, 2015
Tebow returning to the NFL
Tebow will sign a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, according to reports. Fox Sports first reported the story.

There are 1,965 cards in the Beckett Online Price Guide, including 569 autographed and 36 rookie cards. Total value is $39,441.82.


April 18, 2015
105 personal items of Tony Gwynn up for auction
The provenance of these items is of the highest order, including a game-used bat, the ball from his 1500th career hit, and his Aztecs basketball jersey. All of these priceless pieces used to hang or be displayed in Tony's home.


April 18, 2015
2014 Exquisite: Upper Deck Football’s Last Stand?
Last week, amid the drama of National Treasures and the simultaneous release of Five Star, Exquisite Football was also released. It is likely going to be one of, if not THE last licensed CLC football product from Upper Deck, something that is going to sadden a number of people who loved the brand.

The brand may not be done for good, but maybe just not sticking around in the same way.


April 18, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps High Tek baseball cards
Topps revealed the basics and first teasers for 2015 Topps High Tek, a follow-up to the popular autograph-focused brand that returned last year after several years on the sidelines.

This time around, Tek will once again include an autograph in every box along with one parallel card when it arrives on Oct. 14. Every 12-box case will now include an insert card limited to no more than 50 copies.

On the autograph front, there will be three types of sigs to chase — High Tek autos, Bright Horizons and buybacks from past Tek sets made from 1998-2000. Horizons will have Red Orbit parallels limited to five as well as 1/1 Black Galactics. The Tek autos will have six types — 1/1 proofs and Black along with Red Orbit (/5), Clouds (/25), Gold (/TBD) and Tidal (/TBD).


April 17, 2015
The strange saga of John Rogers
After first buying up several high-profile collections of sports memorabilia, the Little Rock entrepreneur hit on the idea of talking big-city newspapers out of their predigital photo archives.

Today, Rogers faces more than a dozen lawsuits, which together seek something north of $90 million. First, sports collectors who bought what they thought were original items from Rogers began crying “fake.” Then a series of people Rogers did business with started suing him over unpaid bills. Finally, the FBI raided his place, and he was tossed out of the business, a receiver appointed to make sense of the mess.


April 17, 2015
First look: 2015 Bowman Chrome baseball cards
The basic set will include 200 veterans and rookies each with eight types of parallels — standard Refractor, Purple, Blue, Green, Gold, Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 printing plates. A preliminary checklist and production volumes for these numbered cards were not announced.

Chrome rookies will be signed 0n-card with the same rainbow, except Purple. Production volumes are the same as the standard cards, though largely unannounced. Dual autographs will pair a prospect and a veteran and be limited to only 25 copies, while a Red (/5) and 1/1 Superfractor version also will exist. Back once again will be Bowman Black and high school All-American cards from past events.


April 16, 2015
Harry Kalas World Series Ring Among Items Up For Auction
Hunt Auctions will be holding the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies Memorabilia Live Auction on Thursday, April 16 at Citizens Bank Park. Among the items up for auction in the event is the 2008 World Series ring presented to legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas.

Hunt listed the pre-sale estimate for the ring between $50,000 and $75,000.


April 16, 2015
Aaron Hernandez NFL memorabilia is hot on eBay amid murder conviction
Sports memorabilia dealers and collectors, eager to cash in on the former tight end's conviction of first-degree murder, have rolled out a spread of Hernandez-branded goods with their inventory not likely to grow.

More than 927 items connected to the ex-New England Patriot star are listed on eBay as of Wednesday afternoon — in comparison to the 448 listed for current Patriot's tight end, and Super Bowl champion, Rob Gronkowski.


April 16, 2015
Topps notes Jackie Robinson Day with new sets
Sixty-eight years ago, Jackie Robinson changed Major League Baseball forever and today every person in uniform on every roster will wear his No. 42.

Topps is placing its focus on the Hall of Famer and social pioneer as well by releasing two sets of cards and a series of oversized prints available now only on Topps.com.

A standard set of the cards with silver lettering is limited to only 99 serial-numbered cards with a price of $29.99. A deluxe set, one with gold lettering, is limited to only 42 serial-numbered copies and includes five bonus cards — a set of Cardboard Icons prints showing Robinson’s Topps cards from 1952 to 1956). It carries a $99.99 price tag.


April 15, 2015
Babe Ruth's 1933 will being put up for auction
A Babe Ruth will from December 1933 is being put up for sale by SCP Auctions.

The nine-page document includes the player's ''George Herman Ruth'' signature and the signature of three witnesses. SCP said it has a letter of authenticity from Ruth's grandson, Tom Stevens.


April 15, 2015
Goldin Auctions: Where Rockefeller, Disney, Mantle and Ruth Come to Play
In what is quite possibly the company’s most eclectic auction ever, the 2015 Goldin Auctions Opening Day Auction features more than 1,450 lots of sports and historical memorabilia from such legendary figures as John D. Rockefeller, Babe Ruth, Walt Disney, Mickey Mantle, The Beatles, Ted Williams, and even Michael Jackson. The auction is live at www.GoldinAuctions.com and closes on May 9.

For baseball collectors, five key items being offered include: a 1914-15 Babe Ruth/Ty Cobb signed baseball, a 1941 game-used ball from the historic game when Ted Williams became the last player to bat .400, Mickey Mantle’s 1965 player contract and a newly discovered collection of 1910-11 M116 Sporting Life trading cards.


April 15, 2015
First Look: 2015 Score football cards
The key to the set will be like years past, including a lower price point with a ton of base cards. Each box will have 24 packs at 12 cards per pack. Boxes will deliver one autograph or memorabilia card on average.

This year’s base set includes more than 400 cards with 100 rookies. Rookies fall up to three per pack. Once again the product will have several parallels indicated by a different color border. These are Showcase, Gold Zone, Artist’s Proof, Red Zone, First Down, End Zone and Gem Masters, numbered to 99 down to one.


April 14, 2015
Aaron Hernandez Jail ID For Sale
The person selling Aaron Hernandez's official jail I.D. card from Suffolk County jail in Mass. says eBay has shut down the auction...

So he's moved it over to Craigslist.


April 14, 2015
2014 National Treasures Debacle: Learning from History
Despite Panini telling people that they are SURE the missing Teddy Bridgewater and Odell Beckham Rookie Patch autos and booklets are in the product, evidence from message boards, group breaks, and ebay show that something is going on.

There are a lot of theories, but nothing has been solidified as of yet.


April 14, 2015
Bowman Set Breaks, High-End Singles in Memory Lane’s Spring Break Auction
The phrase “spring break” might conjure up images of college students, sandy beaches and non-stop parties, but this year it means a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire some of the best vintage baseball cards from two important sets.

Memory Lane is putting the finishing touches on its “Spring Break Auction,” which will feature the sale of individual cards from two of the highest quality Bowman baseball sets ever put together. The auction begins April 25.


April 13, 2015
Baseball cards becoming popular again among Kansas City kids
The baseball card collecting hobby, which was once thought of as dead, is making a bit of a return for youngsters in the Kansas City metro area.

While their parents may have collected the baseball cards of Royals greats George Brett and Bo Jackson, today’s newer generations of baseball fans are compiling a checklist that includes Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and even Gardner, Kan., native Bubba Starling.


April 13, 2015
Which Do You Prefer? The Early Autograph Returns of 2014-15 Preferred Basketball
No matter how you prefer your NBA autographed trading cards, you can bet that Panini America’s upcoming 2014-15 Preferred Basketball will have a little dose of on-card brilliance just for you.

Unique die-cuts, fancy foils, signatures horizontally at the top, along the bottom, in the middle, and vertically along the right or left side of cards radically redesigned for 2014-15.


April 12, 2015
LeBron James Leads NBA All-Star Jersey Auction
In the wake of the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, fans were able to bid on game-worn and event-worn jerseys from the biggest names in the sport and some of the prices for them soared to impressive heights.

With eight different items reaching final bids of over $10,000 over the past few weeks, collectors and fans were willing to place high bids for a piece of history and the most expensive turned out to be the white Eastern Conference jersey worn by Cleveland’s LeBron James during the first half of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game hit $35,620 after 27 bids. Even King James’ warm-up jacket was a hot commodity as it garnered a bid of $10,095 before the gavel dropped and his shorts went for $6,125.


April 11, 2015
2014 National Treasures Football: Where Are Missing Rookie Autographs?
If you havent been online since the release of 2014 National Treasures Football, you have missed a considerable reaction to a group of missing cards that have yet to surface. As of 3pm on 4/10, some 3 days after the first cards from the set hit eBay, there have been zero Odell Beckham and Teddy Bridgewater rookie patch autos or booklet autos listed for sale or posted on a public forum.


April 11, 2015
The Relic contained in this Chris Davis Museum Collection card is from a specific game and season
This year’s edition of Topps Museum Collection arrived in hobby shops today with every pack containing some type of hit — an autographed card or a Relic of an MLB player.

This particular card was pulled by a collector, and it includes a nameplate from a black game-used bat from Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis embedded into it — but that’s not why it carries extra appeal to me. It’s a nameplate of a black Louisville Slugger M356 model that Davis splintered at the handle when facing Jon Lester during the bottom of the fourth inning on March 31, 2014, in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. How do I know this? The MLB Authentication sticker tells me just that.


April 10, 2015
Bidding on Rare Honus Wagner T206 Baseball Card Breaks $1 Million at Robert Edward Auctions
Dubbed by the auction house as "The Oceanside Wagner." the card has had only two owners in the 106 years since it was printed in 1909.

According to the auction house, the card was found in a basement of a house in Oceanside, New York, "alongside hundreds of other 1910-era tobacco cards."


April 10, 2015
Heritage Auctions Expanding its New York City Location
The addition of more office space on the building’s 15th floor will free up street-level floor space to expand public displays of historic collectibles from Heritage’s 39 different auction categories, including sports memorabilia, rare coins, comic books, entertainment and music memorabilia, books and manuscripts, wine, luxury handbags and fine and decorative art.


April 10, 2015
Topps releases 1952 Tribute jumbo team sets
The famed 1952 Topps set is back — in jumbo team set form — via the latest online offering from Topps.

The 2015 Topps 1952 Tribute team sets were unveiled by the company on Thursday, and they’re the latest in oversized cards and wall art offered only on the company’s website. This time, the standard team sets are limited to only 99 copies and are available for 18 teams. A Legend version is limited to only 49 copies and includes a card of a past star for 18 MLB teams.


April 9, 2015
SCP Auctions’ Sale Now Live: Wooden Sweater, Mantle Gamers, Athlete Collections and More
SCP Auctions’ “Spring Premier” is now open and runs through April 25. Top lots include Michael Jordan’s 1984 game-worn and autographed Nike Air shoes, Jimmie Foxx’s 1934 U.S. Tour of Japan uniform and 1933 American League MVP Award, John Wooden’s circa 1970’s UCLA Basketball coach’s jacket and Mickey Mantle’s 1952 New York Yankees game-worn and autographed home jersey.

Player and estate collections abound as well in this online auction, as the personal memorabilia of the late Tony Gwynn, along with NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and 1972 World Series MVP Gene Tenace are also being featured. Part 3 of the esteemed Delbert Mickel Estate Collection of important baseball jerseys is also among the highlights.


April 9, 2015
SCU Go-Live Report: 2014 National Treasures Football
Yesterday was quite the day for product releases, and judging by the level of hype surrounding all three products, I think we are in for an interesting go of it. National Treasures is the first of the big releases to hit eBay in mass, so I am going to start there.

From what we have seen in the previews, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about it, but there are some massive reasons to be beyond frightened as well.


April 9, 2015
First look: 2015 Topps Supreme baseball cards
Topps revealed the next edition of Topps Supreme and the hit-based product’s 2015 edition will arrive in September with potentially more punch than ever in its brief history.

Each pack of 2015 Topps Supreme will include just two cards — both autographs — and there will be 20 packs per case. The company promises “bigger and bolder cards with more 1/1 unique hits and colossal pulls that collectors have come to love with the Supreme brand.”


April 8, 2015
Local museums celebrate Cincinnati's baseball heritage
Anyone's who's watched Dave Concepcion backhand a grounder or Eric Davis take a cut at the plate knows that baseball and art are not exclusive.

So it is that Cincinnati's museums will celebrate the game – its art, its artists – before the All-Star Game comes to town this summer.


April 8, 2015
Treasures Abound at Fanatics Sports Spectacular in Chicago
The three-day Fanatics Authentic show was a success, with about 8,000 collectors attending and about 50 autograph guests appearing. Signers included Joe Montana, Carlton Fisk, Peyton Manning, Pedro Martinez, Colin Kaepernick, Mike Singletary, Julius Erving, Randy Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, George Gervin, Dale Murphy, Brian Urlacher, Rick Barry, Dave Parker, Jim Otto, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Jim Rice, Bob Lilly and Joakim Noah, among others.

On Friday, the show featured autograph appearances from about 20 signers for “A Tribute To Notre Dame,” including Lou Holtz, Ross Browner, Vagas Ferguson, Chris Zorich, Allen Pinkett and even Rudy Ruettiger.


April 8, 2015
National Treasures Redemptions Ready to Go
Panini’s 2014 National Treasures Football arrives Wednesday, and the company announced there are a few redemption cards in the product. But many of these redemptions will be ready to fulfill immediately.

These cards include some of the top 2014 rookies such as Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Eric Ebron and Marqise Lee, and superstars such as Deion Sanders, Brett Favre, J.J. Wat and Russell Wilson. Panini shared many images of these cards as proof they are ready to send out.


April 7, 2015
Many baseball cards drop in value, some skyrocket
For middle to lesser grade cards, cards that used to sell for a certain price, really the prices have dropped a little bit, because people understand now that they're not as scarce.


April 7, 2015
Got $90K? Kris Bryant Holy Grail baseball card on eBay
Beckett announced that a customer from Delaware, Ohio pulled the highly-coveted Kris Bryant Bowman Chrome Superfractor autograph and one of Neuhart Card store owners hopped on a plane, traveled to Dallas and hand delivered the card to Beckett's official grading team.

Aside from Bryant being one of the top prospects in the game and insane 2015 spring training production, the card is serial numbered 1/1 with a one-of-a-kind gold surface design. Plus, Topps-Bowman's Chrome autographs are recognized within the hobby as a baseball player's true rookie card.


April 7, 2015
Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE
One of the most-loved hockey card brands is back again as a stand-alone release once again this season and 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE reaches store shelves on April 15.

Upper Deck provided collectors with an extensive look at some of the big hits that will be found inside, including the returning UD Black content that are seeded once in every box. There are also five different tiers of serial-numbered Ice Premieres rookie cards limited to as little as 99 copies each for big names like Johnny Gaudreau, Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Drouin.


April 6, 2015
1909 T206 Honus Wagner Card Pacing To Become Most Valuable Baseball Card Of All Time
The most recent purchase — made by Ken Kendrick, owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks — registered a record-setting $2.8 million, but history shows that each new sale supplants the last, and this latest one could be a doozy.

That’s because after just seven hours on the auction block, the latest 1909 T206 Honus Wagner was up to $1.02 million — with three weeks to go, according to CBS New York.


April 5, 2015
Big Week Ahead – Releases of 2014 National Treasures and 2014 Five Star
This is one of the biggest weeks in the hobby coming up, with two of the biggest products of the year coming out this coming Wednesday. These two products have become the biggest releases for the high end space, with each having some massive hits in the course of the breaks.


April 4, 2015
Albuquerque New Mexico man’s $100,000 baseball collection stolen
The victim collects baseball memorabilia and knew something was amiss when his Babe Ruth autographed baseball was missing from its hiding spot. Only two people knew where he hid it: his wife and his daughter.

James Bennett called police to report his missing collection, about $100,000 worth of cards and memorabilia. He also reported the name of a possible suspect: Michelle Ortiz, his daughter. Detectives believe Ortiz stole the items and sold them to a man she found through Craigslist. That person, in turn, posted items on Ebay.


April 4, 2015
What That Box of Baseball Cards In Your Attic Is Worth…
Ever wonder if that box of baseball cards has any value? Or maybe you have another piece of sports memorabilia. Nick Diglio welcomes Michael Osacky, owner of Baseball in the Attic and contributor to Parade Magazine, who answers similar questions from listeners.


April 3, 2015
Rare Pirates baseball card expect to auction for over $1 million
According to CBS Pittsburgh, an extremely rare baseball card from 1909-1922 features Honas Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates is expected to sell more than $1 million. It is the most valuable baseball card in the world and known as the “Oceanside Wagner.”

It is reported that the original owner of the card sold the card for more than $700,000 after he found it.


April 3, 2015
First Look: 2014-15 Panini Preferred Basketball
Collectors that love booklet cards and limited autographs have flocked to Panini America‘s Preferred releases in recent years and the popular brand will be returning to store shelves this season with plenty of ink and memorabilia from a heavily-hyped rookie class and the biggest stars from the past and present.

With a street date of June 17, each box of 2014-15 Panini Preferred Basketball will contain three autograph cards limited to 99 copies or less in addition to one booklet card. Expect to find plenty of tough-to-chase parallels in addition to new concepts that are sure to get some hobby love.


April 3, 2015
First Impressions of the New 2015 Topps Bunt App
Topps Bunt combines fantasy baseball with card collecting in a digital arena. The game is an absolute blast, and yesterday, they released their build for the upcoming 2015 season.

As expected, there is already a pretty active secondary market for the cards.


April 2, 2015
How To Not To Lose Your Shirt At A Baseball Card Show
Oddball sports memorabilia offers the chance for a big score because there are no price guides for dealers to consult as there are for baseball cards. Knowledge is power.


April 2, 2015
Mets bullpen car sells for $112,500 in auction
When it comes to collectibles, it’s hard to beat owning the bullpen car for your favorite team.

A New York Mets bullpen car sold for $112,500 at a Sotheby’s auction on Thursday, around four-to-five times what the auction house estimated its worth to be. The car is one of two bullpen cars owned and operated by the team.


April 2, 2015
Tony Gwynn memorabilia to be sold by SCP Auctions
The memorabilia collection of one of baseball’s greats is headed to the auction block next week.

SCP Auctions will have more than 100 lots of awards and memorabilia for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn up for sale beginning Wednesday. Gwynn died June 16 at age 54 after a long battle with cancer. A part of the money from the actions will go to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, which is based in San Diego.


April 1, 2015
Rod Woodson’s personal memorabilia to be auctioned
Pro Football Hall of Fame member Rod Woodson has decided to auction off some of the personal memorabilia he’s collected over the years. SCP Auctions will sell off game-used jerseys, AFC Championship rings along with awards and trophies on Wednesday April 8 at scpauctions.com.

The auction will feature nearly 70 lots of Woodson’s most prominent items including dozens of game balls from his playing days at Purdue as well as his 17-year pro career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders, various MVP awards and his NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team trophy which he was awarded in 1994.


April 1, 2015
2015 Upper Deck Football
This will be the last licensed version of Upper Deck football to be produced. That’s not saying it wont continue in some way in thew future, but for right now, this is it. I remember back in 1991 trying to rip through Upper Deck packs with my allowance to pull the triple exposure Joe Montana card, and every year since then, I have always cracked a few packs of the product. Now that the cards are live, its very bittersweet.

The main thing that Upper Deck has always done well is the photography for the set. Their photo choice has always been nothing short of dynamic, and this year is no different. Each card has a cooler photo than the next, and as a connoisseur of fine game shots, this product is always a treat. Although I dont think this is as strong a look as it was in 2014, the base still looks pretty good.


March 31, 2015
Major league bling: A look at the World Series ring tradition
By the time he was done, Lou Gehrig owned so many World Series rings that he turned them into a craft project. The Yankees legend attached them all to a single bracelet, along with other gems from his playing career, and presented it to his wife.

The modern-day Giants might not catch the Iron Horse when it comes to rings, but they're stuffing their jewelry boxes just fine. They will put another ring around the Posey on April 18, when Buster, Madison Bumgarner and other members of the championship team receive their World Series hardware in a pregame ceremony at AT&T Park. The ritual has become so popular that the Giants have turned them into a marketing strategy, offering "Ring Ceremony Six Packs" as part of their 2015 ticket-plan options.


March 30, 2015
2014 Topps Supreme football
There are some nice autographs and patch cards, along with book cards and dual relic book cards. It’s a high-end product that can be very rewarding.

Veteran autograph cards, numbered to 50 or less, include greats from the past, such as John Elway, Ronnie Lott, Dan Marino, Deion Sanders, Jerome Bettis, Bo Jackson and Mike Singletary. Current stars like Tom Brady, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and Vincent Jackson also have autograph cards. Rookie autos include names that should be familiar to collectors by now — Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Odell Beckham Jr., Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel. Those cards are numbered to 125 or less.


March 30, 2015
Is Kris Bryant the Next Big Thing?
If you havent been following along with Spring Training, you are missing some fireworks set off by the newest rookie phenom Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs. Hitting home run after home run has made a significant statement as the Cubs battle their way to opening day.

Bryant has been among the top prospects in the league for a number of years, collectors have been on the bandwagon for a while. However, since the bombardment began, his prices have gone through the roof.


March 28, 2015
Mantle Gems: 1952 Jersey, First Bat and POY Award in April Auction
In 1952, one year removed from a bumpy injury-marred rookie season, Mantle began to emerge from the shadow of a now-retired Joe DiMaggio and earned his first of 14 consecutive All-Star nods as he hit .300 and belted 23 home runs.

The jersey is breathtaking in its presentation, enhanced all the more by the bold, oversized vintage Mantle autograph on the front left tail. Is difficult to overstate the magnitude of a signed and game-worn Mickey Mantle Yankees home jersey from 1952, however we feel safe in classifying it among the finest artifacts known from arguably the most beloved figure in modern baseball history.


March 27, 2015
NJ Attorney General rejects TV reporter’s fake-memorabilia claims against Bergen prosecutor
The state Attorney General’s Office confirmed that it has closed an inquiry into a complaint by a local TV station that Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli lied to county freeholders in securing a no-bid contract for an authenticator to help him auction off seized baseball memorabilia that the reporter says he knew was bogus.


March 27, 2015
Relic Cards Reign Supreme in 2014 Topps Supreme Football
If you like patches, multi-color swatches and unique game worn NFL gear, 2014 Topps Supreme Football might be right up your alley.

The price point of this product certainly makes it one of those high-risk, high-reward value propositions. At about $85 a box, you are getting one (1) hit. I'd like to see two (2) hits at the price point with one of them being a guaranteed patch autograph for that kind of coin.


March 27, 2015
First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP
Last year, the long-established brand returned as a stand-alone product and it is back again with some of the features that made it a summertime hit. Expected to reach store shelves on August 5, it will be the first place that collectors will be able to find a redemption card (seeded 1:960 packs) depicting the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft – who many expect to be Connor McDavid of the OHL’s Erie Otters.

There will also be an autographed version (1:10,250) that may prove to be one of the most desired pieces of cardboard on the market before the puck drops again in October.


March 26, 2015
Detroit Public Library to crooked Chicago auctioneer: Return our baseball photos
Convicted fraudster Doug Allen hasn’t quite grasped the concept of borrowing, the Detroit Public Library says.

It was OK for the 51-year-old Chicago-area businessman to take two historic baseball photos worth more than $20,000 from the library. But he was supposed to give them back — not sell one and keep the other, the library says.


March 26, 2015
Collectors slug it out over rights to Babe Ruth home run bat
The bat Babe Ruth used to swat his first home run of the 1924 season is at the center of a legal tug-of-war involving memorabilia collectors from several states.

The latest challenge came yesterday when a team of New Jersey collectors who say they paid $650,000 for the bat last year filed a federal lawsuit seeking a judge's order naming them the rightful owners of the Babe's Hillerich & Bradsby R2 model bat.


March 25, 2015
Craig Colquitt Loses Steelers Super Bowl XIII Ring at Bar
Colquitt is asking for help in getting it returned and he's offering a generous reward.


 

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