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January 30, 2015
Feds Have Seized 326,000 Pieces of Fake Sports Memorabilia Since Last Super Bowl
Feds Have Seized 326,000 Pieces of Fake Sports Memorabilia Since Last Super Bowl

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that its crews have seized more than 326,000 pieces of fake sports memorabilia and other counterfeit items since the last Super Bowl. In all, it's worth $19.5 million.

January 30, 2015
‘Bad Bill': A Card History of Bill Dahlen
‘Bad Bill': A Card History of Bill Dahlen

In recent years, collectors have shown a heightened interest in the cards of Bill Dahlen, who remains a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame.

Dahlen, a tempestuous figure who was one of the most dynamic shortstops of his day, was one of 10 retired players who completed their careers prior to 1947 who were considered for election by a special panel which convened in Cooperstown in 2012. Though Dahlen was not elected then, he may be in future year. Dahlen’s many merits as a player invite consideration of his vintage cards.


January 30, 2015
Breaking Down Some of the Best Products of 2014
Breaking Down Some of the Best Products of 2014

Here are some thoughts on where the companies got it right. The writer judges most of his feelings about a set on looks, but also realizes that a box break is also a factor. We have had some nice products so far, and this is the time to call them out.


January 29, 2015
Sports memorabilia and owning a piece of history
Sports memorabilia and owning a piece of history

You may have heard that there is a big football game this weekend. Millions will be watching; but what makes events like this special is the feeling you have a part of it.

Todd Rewakoski of PHG Sports is here with some great memorabilia and to talk about what makes these things valuable.


January 29, 2015
1910 Turkey Red Silks Lead Sports Offerings at Philip Weiss
1910 Turkey Red Silks Lead Sports Offerings at Philip Weiss

The sports sale part of the auction will be highlighted by a collection of circa 1910 Turkey Red Cigarettes Tobacco Silks baseball cards, other early tobacco cards, complete Topps and Bowmans baseball card sets from the 1950s through the ‘70s, items signed by Babe Ruth, other items from Hall of Famers, signed baseballs and bats, sports photos from a lifetime collection and many non-sports cards.


January 29, 2015
Panini Super Bowl Private Signings List
Panini Super Bowl Private Signings List

Super Bowl XLIX is gearing up with media days, the NFL Experience and tons of activities around Glendale, Ariz. As part of the celebration, Panini announced the return of the Super Bowl Private Signings Autograph program that debuted two years ago.

For a limited time only and while supplies last, customers will receive one Super Bowl Private Signings Autograph for every qualifying purchase made on Panini America NFL card products at iCollectPanini.com. Every one-card pack is guaranteed to include either a randomly selected Private Signings autograph card or an autograph memorabilia Rookie Card.


January 28, 2015
Babe Ruth home run bat valued in excess of $160,000
Babe Ruth home run bat valued in excess of $160,000

A Babe Ruth home run bat is to cross the block in Heritage Auctions' February 21-22 sports collectibles auction in New York with an opening bid of $160,000.

The bat, which Ruth used to hit the 59th and final home run of his legendary 1921 season, is described by Heritage as a "massive forty-seven ounce war club". "It's unquestionably the most significant Ruth home run bat to cross the hobby's auction block since the one that launched the first home run at Yankee Stadium in 1923 commanded $1.3 million over a decade ago, the heaviest known, and the only example in private hands accompanied by the Babe's own signed letter of provenance." according to the auction house.


January 28, 2015
Football that started Deflategate could be worth $50,000
Football that started Deflategate could be worth $50,000

The sports auction house Lelands.com has released estimated values for various pieces of possible Deflategate memorabilia, beginning with the intercepted football that supposedly sparked the scandal, which Lelands says could fetch as much as $50,000 at auction. Any of the other 10 under-inflated footballs could be worth as much as $10,000.

Meanwhile, Tom Brady's AFC title game jersey could be worth up to $20,000, the ski hat he wore during his press conference addressing Deflategate could be worth $5,000, and D'Qwell Jackson's helmet from the game could garner a $2,500 bid.


January 28, 2015
PSA/DNA Tagging Super Bowl XLIX Items
PSA/DNA Tagging Super Bowl XLIX Items

The NFL again will use PSA/DNA Authentication Services to certify all footballs used in the Super Bowl. Many of the game-used Super Bowl footballs are sold by the NFL through charity auctions.

About 120 footballs are expected to be used in the game in the game between New England and Seattle at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona.


January 27, 2015
Previewing the 2015 Allen & Ginter set
Previewing the 2015 Allen & Ginter set

Always one of the more intriguing sets every year, with its blend of sports icons, political figures, giants of history (and obscure ones, too) and a sprinkling of pop culture. Each year, I await the release of A&G; this year, that comes on July 22.

A hobby box will consist of 24 packs, with eight cards to a pack. There will be a mini-card in every pack (a parallel card for each of the base cards), and these parallels also will include cards with A&G logo backs, black bordered and 1/1 wood cards. Topps is promising three hits per hobby box, drawing from autographs, relics, cut signatures or a rip card. For this year’s set, Topps will feature mini buyback cards, autos and 10th anniversary parallels. These cards will be stamped with a 10th anniversary logo.


January 27, 2015
Why Do We Keep Ripping Wax?
Why Do We Keep Ripping Wax?

Over the majority of the last 50-75 years of the sports card industry, opening packs and breaking boxes has become an integral part of being a collector. We all want to be the one to walk away with that white whale that has eluded us. Hell, that’s why many of us use the phrase “white whale” as it is that type of scenario. Pulling a nice card happens so infrequently that we created a coloquialism.

With rising costs of wax, and content becoming more and more monotonous, questions continue to be raised surrounding the practice and its sustainability. Over the last 10 years, collectors have seen prices increase to insane levels, and investment opportunities dwindle, and yet, we still do this.


January 26, 2015
Rare trove of sports treasures to be auctioned
Rare trove of sports treasures to be auctioned

Most of those National Football League items will be exhibited and auctioned by Hunt Auctions at the upcoming Super Bowl in Phoenix — estimated to net at least $100,000, probably more.

The baseball memorabilia, including a ball signed by Hall of Fame Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente, will most likely be auctioned at the Major League Baseball All-Star game.


January 26, 2015
Yankees ready for fight over A-Rod residence run bonus revenue
Yankees ready for fight over A-Rod residence run bonus revenue

Rodriguez, who has 654 profession home runs, demands to hit just six a lot more to tie Willie Mays' 660 homers and come to be eligible for a $6 million bonus.

The advertising deal also calls for him to receive $6 million if he ties Babe Ruth (714), an additional $6 million if he ties Hank Aaron (755) and however yet another $six million if surpasses Barry Bonds (762) to grow to be baseball's all-time household run king.


January 26, 2015
Championship Rings
Great Questions About Collecting Championship Rings From the Net54baseball.com Forum

If you’re not a member and participating on Net54baseball.com, you’re missing a golden chance to discuss a wide range of sports memorabilia topics including championship rings with other enthusiasts.


January 25, 2015
Len Brown and the 1960s Topps Baseball Set
Len Brown and the 1960s Topps Baseball Set

In the Jan. 23, 2015, issue of SCD, Topps writer Len Brown recalled his 41 years of working on the various Topps card products.

The 1960 Topps baseball issue was one of the first projects assigned to Brown. In part two of this two-part feature on Brown, this is the story of his involvement in that set.


January 24, 2015
Gloves from infamous Ali-Liston rematch going to auction
Gloves from infamous Ali-Liston rematch going to auction

Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in Lewiston, Maine — won by Ali with a first-round knockout from what some saw as a "phantom punch" — go up for auction Feb. 21 in New York. They are expected to fetch more than $1 million.


January 24, 2015
Panini Dishes Details About Exclusive Card Set at NFL Experience
Once again this year during the show’s eight-day run, Panini America has big plans for the NFL Experience, including three special card sets — one devoted to the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, one devoted to 16 of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history and one devoted to the hometown Arizona Cardinals. In addition, Panini America has created commemorative Super Bowl patch cards that will be available at the booth early next week.


January 23, 2015
James Naismith's 1893 autographed basketball handbook sells for $17,686
An 1893 basketball handbook autographed by James Naismith was sold for $17,686 at a recent online auction handled by Lelands.com.

The piece of hoop history dates to the infancy of the sport and the man who created it. Naismith invented basketball at what is now known as Springfield College in 1891. The first game was played on Dec. 21 of that year.


January 23, 2015
The 7 Most Expensive Sports Memorabilia Pieces in History
In the world of sports memorabilia, history means money. GiveMeSport compiled a list of the most expensive sports memorabilia ever sold.


January 23, 2015
Card Grading: Inside the Process with PSA, SGC
Joe Orlando witnessed first-hand how the card grading industry exploded.

When Orlando started working at Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) in the summer of 1999, the company had recently graded its 1-millionth card. It took seven to eight years for PSA to reach that milestone. However, from that point on, PSA has graded 1 million or more cards per year.


January 22, 2015
Green Bay Packers Collection for Auction
More than 200 pieces of Packers memorabilia, including some rare pieces of team history.

"The consigner was a sideline scoreboard keeper for the Packers,” explained Damien Massart, president of Massart Auctioneers.


January 22, 2015
The Multi-Million Dollar World of Sports Memorabilia
As the Super Bowl nears, NFL fans will have a chance to bid on their own piece of epic NFL history. Hunt Auctions president Dave Hunt joins MoneyBeat with vintage sports memorabilia.


January 22, 2015
Clean Sweep Auction: It’s In the Cards (And More)
Clean Sweep always presents a nice accumulation of cards in its sale, and this auction is no different. Just some of the highlights include a 1967 Topps Baseball complete set with 97 graded cards, 1952 Topps #407 Eddie Mathews PSA 4, 1958 Topps complete set with graded keys, 1909 T204 Ramly Eddie Plank PSA 4, 1962 Topps Baseball complete graded set (SMR value of $1,523), 1909 T206 #95 Cobb (portrait, red background) SGC 5, 1909 E101 Christy Mathewson PSA 3 and 1912 T202 #2 “A Desperate Slide For Third” (Ty Cobb, O’Leary) PSA 5.5.

These are just some of the nearly 400 baseball cards being offered in the sale.


January 21, 2015
Pennsylvania woman set to cash in on sports memorabilia collection
The woman inherited the memorabilia from her late grandfather, Mike Cupon, who was the visiting clubhouse manager at Forbes Field and then at Three Rivers Stadium from the 1950s through the '80s.

Many of the items, including a game ball from the “Immaculate Reception” AFC divisional playoff game between the Steelers and Oakland Raiders, will be offered by Hunt Auctions as part of a Super Bowl XLIX auction Jan. 31 in Phoenix.


January 21, 2015
Chiefs respond with bundles of memorabilia to boy who wrote to all NFL teams
“I can't decide which team to choose. Please tell me why your team is the best and why I should become your fan. Thank you,” Cade Pope, a sixth grader, said as part of the letter he wrote to all 32 NFL teams.

The Carolina Panthers were the first to respond, but it turns out that Cade's 9-year-old brother is a Chiefs fan and has tried to sway Cade to become a fan too.


January 21, 2015
Sports Souvenir Dealer Sued for Millions
An Arkansas sports memorabilia dealer owes two collectors $15 million, $1.45 million of it for an advance on the sale of a supposed "1924 Babe Ruth home run bat," the collectors claim in court.

The Jan. 14 lawsuits in Pulaski County Court are the fourth and fifth claims against North Little Rock businessman John M. Rogers and his businesses Sports Cards Plus dba Rogers Photo Archives, and JRS Cards.


January 20, 2015
Jobless Father Of Two Bound For Jail, Turns Down $20k For Kearse Ball
When Jermaine Kearse chucked the ball into the stands after scoring the game-winning touchdown in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, Shelton was the one who caught it.

He said that a sports memorabilia dealer has already offered him $20,000 for the ball, but he planned to give it back to Kearse. He later indicated that he might instead save it for his son, but either way, the ball isn't for sale.


January 20, 2015
First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Premier
Scheduled for a mid-May release, Premier will be issued in seven-card tins that breaks down into one Acetate Rookie Auto Patch, two base cards and four autograph or memorabilia cards.

The company recently released details regarding what collectors can expect to find in packs and there will be a lot of excitement over the Mega Patches with jumbo 1.75? X 2.75? game-worn patch pieces and the throwback Super Rookie Premier Collection Rookie Auto Patches that utilize a popular design from the 2002-03 season.


January 19, 2015
O.J. Simpson’s Failings Show the Risk of Investing in Collectibles
One of the worst potential outcomes for anyone who owns collectibles featuring a celebrity is for the prominent person to become notorious.


January 18, 2015
First Look: 2015 Bowman Inception baseball cards
Each pack will include four on-card autographs and one autographed Relic — a mix of rookies and prospects. There also will be one Bowman Inception auto — an “Inceptioned” version of the player’s 2015 Bowman card — per eight-box case. Those will be found with new parallels this year — Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 Black versions.

New this year will be Origins autos of rookies, prospects and veterans signing on-card. These will be limited to 25 copies with Red (/5) and 1/1 Black parallels. The Bowman Black autos will continue for another year with those numbered to 25 with a Red parallel limited to five.


January 17, 2015
Card Shops Adapting to the Times With Online Presence
To succeed, card shops of any size and in any market need owners who can adjust to change and find other multiple outlets to sell their products.

It’s almost a case of natural selection – weeding out those card shop owners who can’t keep up with the seemingly ever-changing Internet and social media trends.


January 17, 2015
Randall Cunningham To Auction Off Some Memorabilia For Charity
Cunningham is putting 100 pieces of memorabilia including game balls, cleats, jerseys and his three Bert Bell MVP awards up for auction to raise money for a youth rec center, says David Hunt of Hunt Auctions.


January 17, 2015
Rare 'Portland Trove' of early baseball cards up for auction
Only 212 cards were sold earlier this week, so there are still many more batches to be sold. The "Portland trove" sure seems like a seven-figure collection of baseball cards.


January 16, 2015
Man Chooses Prison over Cooperating in LSU Memorabilia-Trafficking Case
Police are looking for answers in a case involving the sale of game-worn LSU football equipment on eBay, but recently ran into a wall when the seller refused to cooperate.


January 16, 2015
Vintage baseball cards fetch $200,000
The first batch of century-old baseball cards from the so-called "Portland trove" has fetched about $200,000 at auction in Maine.

Bidders flew in to Biddeford from as far away as California for Wednesday's auction of 212 cards from among the 1,400-card collection. Troy Thibodeau of Saco River Auction Co. says cards depicting Hall of Famers, including Cy Young and Ty Cobb, went for $4,000 to $5,000 apiece.


January 16, 2015
"Gridiron Greats" Auction Gets Underway
Among the football-themed highlights this time are a 2014 Panini Flawless Greats Autograph Emerald parallel card of Tom Brady that is limited to five copies and a fantastic 2013 Topps Triple Threads Autographed Relic Trios card of Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Steve Young. Only 15 copies of that card were made and this one is slabbed by Beckett Grading Services with a 9.5/Auto 10 grade.


January 15, 2015
PSA Set Registry Now Sends Users to Similar Cards for Sale
A new feature, called PSA Shop Button, lets you conveniently find nearly every card offered online, including those that will either upgrade or fill a hole in your set.

“Collecting is competitive, especially on the Set Registry, and a lack of time to properly search for cards for your sets can be a serious disadvantage. The PSA Shop Button is here to solve the ‘time’ problem by simultaneously searching nearly all available auction and ecommerce listings for the cards you need,” explained Joe Orlando, president of PSA.


January 15, 2015
Carolina Panthers rummage sale is underway
The Carolina Panthers have never shied from doing unusual things for charity – such as auctioning off turf for cancer research – but the team is breaking new ground with the Carolinas’ first NFL rummage sale.


January 14, 2015
Vintage Dealers to Know
Vintage cardboard is the foundation today’s hobby was built on, and the high-graded specimens of the past are continuously redefining the stratosphere when it comes to dominating sales of single cards.

We’ve let collectors speak here at Beckett.com/news about which vintage dealers they use and trust to help compile The List — 50 Vintage Dealers to Know for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.


January 14, 2015
Unique Honus Wagner postcard selling for $5,500 with Lelands
The postcard originates from what Lelands describes as the "most visually attractive set of all", the 1908 PC760 Rose postcards, but features a Greenfield's Delatour Chocolates advertisement overprinted on the reverse.

Previously, only 14 postcards from the Rose set were known to have been overprinted by Greenfields, with this example bringing the tally to 15 with the bonus that it stars Honus Wagner.


January 14, 2015
Want OSU memorabilia? Be careful what you buy
Now that Ohio State is the national football champion, there will be a run on game memorabilia and all things Ohio State. But you need to be careful not to get ripped off.


January 14, 2015
$1.5M Memory Lane Auction Led by DeLong Gehrig
The hobby’s first major catalog auction of 2015 came to a close Jan. 11 when Memory Lane’s Past and Present auction closed with hundreds of top-end sports cards and collectibles changing hands.


January 13, 2015
RGIII is auctioning his signed ankle cast to raise money for his foundation
Back in September, a huge number of Redskins players and staffers signed Robert Griffin III’s ankle cast after he suffered a dislocation while facing the Jaguars.

Well, now that signed cast could be yours! This is about as one-of-a-kind as a piece of sports memorabilia can get, assuming Griffin doesn’t dislocate any future ankles. Plus, it probably comes with some leftover RGIII DNA.


January 13, 2015
Joe DiMaggio wartime jersey among highlights at Goldin Auctions
The only fully authenticated Joe DiMaggio 1942 wartime jersey is to cross the block at Goldin Auctions in an online January 12-February 7 sale.

There is no estimate available for the jersey, but it is likely to auction for six figures, such is its unusual history and the allure of the DiMaggio name.


January 13, 2015
'Perfect Season' Dolphins car up for auction
It stands to reason that if you're honoring the Dolphins' "Perfect Season" team, you'll need the perfect car to do so.

Luckily, one such car can be yours if, of course, the price is right. A totally tricked-out, Dolphins-themed 1972 Pontiac Ventura that will have you stylin' and profilin' will be up for grabs when it hits the auction block in Kissimmee starting on Friday.


January 12, 2015
Craigslist ad claims to have Derek Jeter 'gift basket' for sale
According to the ad - "It's common knowledge that women get a basket full of gifts as a thank you for making love to Derek Jeter but I've never seen these baskets available as a collectable. I'm ready to part with mine. Derek was giving and generous and I've charished this basket for more than a decade. After I removed all the luxury items it's been used to hold towels and fresh rolls of toilet paper."


January 12, 2015
Packers fan from Dallas expands memorabilia collection
Glen Christensen’s collection is believed to be the largest outside of the Packers Hall of Fame. It’s housed in the upstairs of his Dallas area home. Four years ago it took up 500 square feet, and each year it continues to grow.

“I added on about 400 square feet and I’ve got a great exhibit there of all Ice Bowl artifacts,” Christensen said.


January 11, 2015
2014 NFL Playoffs: Underrated Players Continue to Shine
Here is the thing about the playoffs. Everyone automatically receives a ton of value just for playing well. So, with that, there are a lot of underrated players in value that will be worth taking a look even after being eliminated. The post season just does a lot of weird things to people’s perception of what they should buy. Here are some of my top guys.


January 10, 2015
Black Sox items to be auctioned
Unique items that include the big names from the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal will hit the auction block on Monday.

The most rare item is a ball signed by six of the eight players charged with throwing the series, including "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who signed the sweet spot. The ball has an estimated price of $100,000.


January 10, 2015
First Look: 2014 Panini Black Gold football
Panini America revealed the first looks and basic details for a new football card brand on Thursday as 2014 Panini Black Gold is set to arrive on Feb. 18 with a high-end look and feel.

With just four cards per pack, two packs per box and eight boxes per case, this one will rely on hits and deluxe printing technology. Every pack will include one Shadowbox base card or parallel, one autograph (standard, dual or auto memorabilia) and one additional hit (memorabilia, autograph, dual auto or gold disc) along with a metal logo card.


January 10, 2015
NFL agent finds Derrick Coleman’s Super Bowl ring in his rental car
In an amazing coincidence, NFL agent David Mulugheta negotiated the contract of Coleman’s teammate Earl Thomas, so Mulugheta was easily able to get in touch with someone close to Coleman very quickly.


January 9, 2015
Hall of Fame items up for auction in January
Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket and you love historic baseball paraphernalia? You're in luck.Lelands.com has an auction that runs through Jan. 16 with myriad baseball items, Hall of Fame items, in fact.

Goldin Auctions has opens on Jan. 12 and runs through Feb. 7 that includes a "newly discovered" game-worn Joe DiMaggio jersey.


January 9, 2015
Topps Digital Annoints New General Manager
Following a year that saw significant investment and growth in its digital apps business, Michael Brandstaedter, president and COO of The Topps Company Inc. announced that as part of its continuing focus to expand and invest in its digital division, Topps has appointed Jeremy Strauser as General Manager of Digital.


January 9, 2015
Panini America confirms Collegiate Licensing Company exclusive with nearly 200 schools
Among the notable schools covered by the new deal are Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, TCU and Texas A&M.

This deal ups Panini’s presence in the college landscape immensely with Upper Deck only holding claim to Notre Dame after signing an exclusive in November. Upper Deck had held an exclusive CLC license for the past five years.


January 8, 2015
Hall of Fame ticket punched, Biggio's memorabilia stock on rise
Now that he is one of the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Craig Biggio's signature and items bearing his name and likeness carry new weight in the billion-dollar sports memorabilia industry.

He signed his first item with "Craig Biggio HOF 15" - an Astros jersey in the 2000-era brick red, railroad-stripe style - Tuesday morning at his home, shortly after receiving word that he had been selected for the Hall.


January 8, 2015
Interview With Show Promoter George Johnson
George Johnson is pushing 30 years in the sports collectibles industry, including 24 years running shows in the Chicagoland area. He built the twice-a-year Chicago Sun-Times Show into a must-attend, star-studded, collector-filled, three-day extravaganza.

Without question, Johnson is one of the best regional show promoters in hobby history.


January 8, 2015
Panini details Contenders Rookie Ticket autos
Panini America announced on Wednesday that the Contenders Rookie Tickets — a popular and heavily collected portion of the product each year — will have as many as three versions for some players. The 40 players who appeared at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot will have at least two autographed versions to chase — and half of them will have a third autograph.


January 7, 2015
Los Angeles police recover stolen O.J. Simpson Heisman Trophy
The trophy had been missing for over 20 years, officials said on Tuesday.Police are investigating the theft, they said, but did not release further details, such as where the trophy was found.


January 7, 2015
PSA/DNA’s ‘Most Dangerous Autographs’ Now Includes Mike Trout
Trout joins Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and other sports stars whose names have appeared over the years on PSA/DNA’s “Most Dangerous Autographs” list.


January 7, 2015
Fab Four: Early cards of a new Hall of Fame class
Three pitchers and a member of baseball’s 3,000-hit club were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday and each of them has readily attainable and affordable early cardboard that collectors can chase.


January 6, 2015
‘Boston Red Stockings’ Collection Is a Treasure Trove of Baseball History
Basbeall cards and a letter from the team dating back to the late 1800s will be the focus of the season premiere of ‘Antiques Roadshow.’


January 6, 2015
Shoeless Joe's personal scrapbooks now selling at $9,500
The personal career scrapbooks of Shoeless Joe Jackson are selling with Lelands, in an online auction that ends January 16.


January 6, 2015
Len Brown: The Man Who Wrote the Cards at Topps
Barry Manilow may be famous for “I write the songs,” but for baseball card collectors, an equally famous person should be whoever wrote the backs of the vintage Topps cards. Incredibly, there is such a person, and he is still very much with us today.


January 5, 2015
The First Hobby Casualty of 2015
Just three days into 2015 and the hobby has suffered its first casualty of attrition. Press Pass Inc., which has been primarily identified as the licensed manufacturer of NASCAR trading card products, has closed their doors. This, according to a single Tweet by ESPN business analyst, Darren Rovell.


January 5, 2015
Panini America Showcases New Autographs Coming to 2014 Immaculate Football
Panini is doing their best to honor the NFL playoff action both on Twitter with the triumphant return of #PaniniWildCard and right here on The Knight’s Lance with another stunning sneak peek at new autographs coming to 2014 Immaculate Football.


January 5, 2015
ESPN’s Stuart Scott loses cancer battle
Long-time ESPN anchor Stuart Scott who helped bring personality and non-traditional approaches to broadcasting and SportsCenter lost his long-time battle with cancer on Sunday. He was 49.

Scott appeared on 22 different trading cards through the years (click here for a checklist or OPG) with six of those being certified autographs from Upper Deck‘s brief cardboard ties with ESPN and then an appearance in the 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter product.


January 3, 2015
Tips For Finding Amazing Vintage Sports Memorabilia
As the founder and owner of Lelands, one of the world’s biggest sports auction houses, Joshua Evans has survived and prospered despite four recessions, fierce competition from other auction companies, and eBay.

He shared some of his favorite tips for you to score vintage treasure, too.


January 3, 2015
Man caves more for just the one man
The popularity of man caves - defined by mancavesite.org as "a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities" - has grown outside of just the garage or shed.

Many of those who have or design such spaces are saying man caves are a refuge for the males in the home, a space that can extend to their friends and families.


January 3, 2015
Report: Press Pass may be ceasing operations
NASCAR‘s lone trading card manufacturer, Press Pass, reportedly will be ceasing operations.

“Sports card manufacturer Press Pass is closing its doors. Hard to stay healthy these days,” tweeted ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell on Friday afternoon.


January 2, 2015
1,000 baseball, football cards lost in mail - and Post Office Stalling on Insurance Claim
More than seven months after a Platteville woman mailed 1,000 of her son's baseball and football cards to him in Seattle, they still have not arrived and neither has the insurance payment she took out on the package.

The cards from the 1970s and 80s held both financial and sentimental value to Marilyn Brugger's son, who hoped to pass them on to his son.


January 2, 2015
5 Lessons for Your Midlife-Crisis Baseball-Card Binge
After five years and a little bit more than $1,000, the author now has every single main-collection Topps card in the history of the Angels franchise, plus those (like Greinke) whose cards bear the logo of another team, but who played at least a bit in Anaheim (or L.A.) the year before.


January 1, 2015
‘New Century, New Team’ a Fine Look Back at the Beginnings of Boston Americans and American League
Over the years, SABR has published countless books and periodicals on the National Pastime, from the game’s inception in the 19th century to modern-day baseball and all points in between. SABR’s membership is seemingly endless. SABR has an arsenal of historians and baseball fans who produce some of the finest writings on the history of the game.


December 31, 2014
Beckham Jr.’s late arrival angers fans
New York Giants fans expecting to meet rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. were left waiting for hours at The Mall at Steamtown Tuesday. The Sports Scene-hosted autograph session quickly turned into a stressful scene with angry Giants fans berating store owner Sal Argo inside the mall’s promenade.

Beckham arrived 4 hours, 45 minutes tardy to the mall, angering many anxious fans.


December 31, 2014
This baseball post card would be a hit with collectors
RPPC means “real photo postcard.” Early photographers took advantage of the massive popularity of postcards.

Collectors love these private or family RPPC’s as they, typically, were very limited in edition and give a sense of real local history. Some of the rarest local postcards you will find are RPPCs.


December 31, 2014
Ruth Tour of Japan Cap Tops $300,000, Campanella Jacket Hits $71,000
Another high-profile cap, game-worn by Joe DiMaggio, dated to around 1937, when the great Yankee Clipper was still a rookie. Extremely rare and in beautiful, all-original condition, the cap opened for bidding at $25,000 and eventually reached $151,652.

A 1932 baseball signed by the New York Yankees – with 23 signatures, including those of Ruth, Lou Gehrig and seven other Hall of Famers – was a high flyer at $115,242.


December 30, 2014
Giants’ Beckham Jr. to appear in Scranton PA.
One of the National Football League’s most talked-about players of 2014 will make an appearance in Northeastern Pennsylvania today at The Mall at Steamtown in Scranton. Beckham, the New York Giants rookie receiver out of LSU, will join teammates Larry Donnell and Bennett Jackson for an autograph session at 6 p.m.


December 30, 2014
Preview Gallery: 2014 National Treasures baseball
A hobby heavyweight returns to the baseball field this week with the arrival of 2014 National Treasures from Panini America.

While checklist-level details are not yet available to get an idea of the typical breaks, the company has been teasing the notable inclusions of the brand’s sophomore release in baseball for a few weeks. We’ve seen everything from bat knobs and autographs from current Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu to patches and signatures of past greats among the inclusions. Want Barry Bonds’ first certified autographs in several years? They’re in there.


December 29, 2014
Expert keeps track of Dallas Cowboys' memorabilia
The Dallas Cowboys for decades have kept memorabilia ranging from old player contracts to the team's earliest video footage piled in storage buildings and stashed in filing cabinets — sometimes only vaguely remembered.

Although the Cowboys' history is revered, many details are only now starting to come into focus with assistance from an East Texas native who arrived via the Philadelphia suburbs.


December 29, 2014
Collect call: 2014 Topps Triple Threads football
Topps Triple Threads has remained consistent through the years, delivering a high-end product that gives collectors autographs and generous relic cards.

This year is no different. A hobby box will run close to $200 at online outlets and probably higher at local card shops. Each hobby box comes with two mini-boxes, in which there is a pack containing seven cards.


December 29, 2014
Card Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Paramount Buyback Autographs
Next month’s release of 2014-15 Panini Paramount Basketball marks the return of a brand that has not been seen in the hobby for over a decade.

Paramount’s basketball debut is already getting some buzz for its all-Dufex base set and many of its other features, but the to potential to pull autographed buyback cards from previous Panini releases adds even more value to packs. With some cards hand-numbered to as low as one-of-one, player collectors are sure to be chasing their favorites as well.


December 27, 2014
Rare Honus Wagner eBay Photo Debunks His Baseball Card Myth
Lelands, the oldest big sports auction house, came heavily down one side of the debate during an auction of Wagner which sold for $657,250 in January 2014. “While it flies in today’s world that Wagner was anti-tobacco, the theory has been discredited,” it said. “In fact, he endorsed several cigar products and is pictured with a mouth full of chewing tobacco on his 1948 Leaf card. The short print is probably due to Wagner wanting to be paid for use of his image.”


December 27, 2014
Is this the single biggest card of 2014?
In the last few years, the hobby has shifted away from every position that isnt Quarterback, but with a few amazing performances and catches on national TV, Odell Beckham Jr may be the hottest thing the hobby has in 2014. His cards are selling for insane money.


December 26, 2014
Sports memorabilia market - 2014 auction review
Baseball memorabilia has stolen the headlines in 2014. We've witnessed several important sales this year, including Babe Ruth's Red Sox/Yankees contract tipping the $1m mark at Goldin Auctions.

Basketball memorabilia has enjoyed a fresh wave of popularity, with Michael Jordan's career the most celebrated by collectors.


December 26, 2014
Top 10 Sports Memorabilia Auctions Of 2014
Here are the top 10 sports memorabilia auction items of 2014, as noted by the collectibles website Picollecta, with a heavy emphasis on baseball.


 

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