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March 4, 2015
Nonprofit Wants Ty Cobb's Bat Back
Nonprofit Wants Ty Cobb's Bat Back

A fired employee, Kirk Miner, swiped a Ty Cobb bat and ball and two of Cobb's letters and sold them to the Detroit Tigers for $24,000, a nonprofit claims in court.

The Tigers still have the Ty Cobb items, the foundation says, and it claims that Kirk Miner has other Ty Cobb memorabilia that belongs to the foundation, including another bat, an autographed baseball, more letters written by Cobb, a binder with additional letters to Jack and Manly Miner, jars of returned bands, a Queen Elizabeth coronation figure and an antique baseball glove.

March 4, 2015
Sporting News Ruth, 1961 Set Break Lead Mile High Auction
Sporting News Ruth, 1961 Set Break Lead Mile High Auction

The latest Mile High Card Co. catalog is like watching a highlight film featuring sports stars of days gone by. They are all here, from Delehanty to Gretzky – and hundreds in between.


March 4, 2015
Card Gallery: Babe Ruth in 2015 Diamond Kings
Card Gallery: Babe Ruth in 2015 Diamond Kings

Babe Ruth‘s presence in 2015 Diamond Kings will be simply Ruthian when it arrives in April, and Panini America has teased some of its plans for the baseball legend’s inclusion in the product.

The company will have a cut autograph, game-used cards and plenty of base cards and parallels in the product, which is the first for the brand — as well as Ruth — since the 2005 brands released by Donruss/Playoff.


March 3, 2015
Fresh Find of M116 Sporting Life Cards to Appear in Goldin Auctions’ Lineup
Fresh Find of M116 Sporting Life Cards to Appear in Goldin Auctions’ Lineup

A new-to-the-hobby find of more than a hundred 1910-11 M116 Sporting News Life trading cards recently discovered by a family in the Midwest will hit the auction block in the Goldin Auctions’ 2015 Opening Day Auction this April at www.GoldinAuctions.com.

The elusive M116 issue features the finest baseball players from the early 1900s as chosen by the editors of the popular sports periodical Sporting Life. The approximately 1-1/2-by-2-3/4-inch collectible cards were originally offered to fans through the mail in as 24 different, 12-card series.


March 3, 2015
Advance tickets for National on sale today
Advance tickets for National on sale today

If you’re Chicago-bound for the National Sports Collectors Convention, then now’s the time.

Tickets and VIP packages for this year’s NSCC, which is the 36th National, are on sale today for the show that begins on July 29 and runs until Aug. 2 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention center in suburban Chicago. Advance ticket prices are lower than the cost at the door for the show. This year there will be a SuperVIP pass that includes free parking in addition to the VIP reception, the gift bag, selected free autographs, and promotional card sets available only to those who get the package. VIP pass-holders get early access to the show floor each day of the event.


March 2, 2015
Visual Guide: 2015 Topps Heritage variations
Visual Guide: 2015 Topps Heritage variations

This year’s Topps Heritage officially arrives on Wednesday with three types of variations for collectors to chase — throwback uniforms, action images and color swaps.

The throwback uniforms will include different photos showing player in retro-styled uniforms as they are commonly used in MLB today. Action images will showcase action photos instead of the portraits commonly used in past sets and re-created here. The color swaps will alter the color scheme on the stripes of the card fronts.


March 2, 2015
2014 Topps Chrome Mini: What Regular Chrome Should Have Been
2014 Topps Chrome Mini: What Regular Chrome Should Have Been

2014 Topps Chrome was plagued by overproduction and terrible box breaks, and as a result collectors have become apathetic over any new Chrome style product, including the recent releases of Bowman Chrome and Topps Chrome Mini.

After a few days since the release, Im starting to think that if Chrome was structured the way the Mini set is structured, we would be singing a very different tune.


February 28, 2015
1951 Ollie Matson College Gamer Coming to Auction
1951 Ollie Matson College Gamer Coming to Auction

In the fall of 1951, Ollie Matson did everything right. As the punishing, 220-pound senior running back for the University of San Francisco, Matson – a 6’ 2” African-American – led the nation in rushing (1,566 yards) and scoring (21 touchdowns, 126 points), guiding the Dons to a perfect 9-0 season.


February 28, 2015
Is Andrew Luck Football Cards’ Brightest Star?
Is Andrew Luck Football Cards’ Brightest Star?

Coming out of college, Andrew Luck was one of the highest rated draft prospects of all time. Not only did he have the tools to be the top pick in the draft, but many people believed he had more of a trajectory towards a top QB in the NFL. Although the top QB title still belongs to league MVP Aaron Rodgers at the moment, Andrew Luck could be the hobby's brightest star.


February 28, 2015
First Look: 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football
First Look: 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football

Each pack includes four autographed cards featuring on-card signatures. There are three base Silver autographs and one parallel in each pack. Parallels include Red numbered to 149 or less, Black numbered to 25 and Gold numbered to 10.

The checklist features 100 different 2015 rookies. Upper Deck Inscriptions is scheduled to release March 11.


February 27, 2015
A sports collectibles store becomes a part of Houston memorabilia
A sports collectibles store becomes a part of Houston memorabilia

Larry Dluhy, who in 1979 opened what was considered to be Houston's first full-time sports trading cards store.

This week, Dluhy will close the final outpost of Sports Collectibles of Houston, which at one point included five stores in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Dluhy's business mirrors the ups and downs of the baseball card industry. He was among the first of a handful of entrepreneurs who set up shops in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the hobby grew from a rite of passage for kids into a billion-dollar industry.


February 27, 2015
NFL To Bring Hall Of Fame Exhibit To Union Station in Kansas City This Summer
NFL To Bring Hall Of Fame Exhibit To Union Station in Kansas City This Summer

The "Gridiron Glory" exhibit is a self described "best-of" collection of the full Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. More than 200 items like former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway's jersey and vintage film footage of Super Bowls past will fill the exhibition.

It will also have Chiefs specific memorabilia like Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt's Super Bowl rings, and even the Super Bowl IV Lombardi trophy that the team won in 1970 right after the American Football League and the National Football League merged.


February 27, 2015
Hey, kid: Know what that Alex Rodriguez autograph is worth now?
Hey, kid: Know what that Alex Rodriguez autograph is worth now?

Rodriguez's reputation as a repeat doping offender has also severely sullied another element of the Yankee slugger's brand — the value of his memorabilia.

Compared to prices it used to command, the stuff is worth pennies on the dollar now.


February 26, 2015
Sandy Koufax Dodgers Jersey Sells for 580K And Other Highlights From Biggest Sports Auction Ever
Sandy Koufax Dodgers Jersey Sells for 580K And Other Highlights From Biggest Sports Auction Ever

Platinum Night realized almost $9.9 million in prices, smashing last year’s record of $7.1 million.


February 26, 2015
Kansas City Autograph Hound Says George Brett 'Will Give You An Earful'
Kansas City Autograph Hound Says George Brett 'Will Give You An Earful'

At first, he would arrive 30 minutes before the game and watch the players stretch. After they stretched, players would come greet fans and sign autographs. Roth was hooked. He began to arrive two hours before games to watch batting practice, then seven hours early to catch them arriving at the stadium.


February 25, 2015
First Look: 2015 Diamond Kings baseball cards
After a decade-long break, the standalone Diamond Kings brand of baseball cards is back and it’s bringing with it one of the biggest names in sports history.

Panini America revealed the first glimpses at a revisited DK set on Tuesday as 2015 Diamond Kings is set to return in late April packing two autograph or memorabilia cards in every 12-pack hobby box. But among its biggest inclusions? Diamond Kings will mark the first appearance of Babe Ruth in a Panini product.


February 24, 2015
Vince Lombardi’s sweater fetched $43,000 at auction after couple paid 58 cents for it at Goodwill
Rovell reports that the sweater was donated to Goodwill by Ann Wannamaker, whose late husband, Bill, coached with Lombardi at Army. The company that handled the auction is donating $4,000, the amount it would have received in commission from the buyer, to Goodwill.


February 24, 2015
Memory Lane Introduces Million Dollar Catalog in Latest I Own It Now Sale
Over $1 million worth of vintage and rare sports cards and sports memorabilia is up for grabs as Memory Lane opens its first I Own It Now catalog of 2015 today. In all, 526 lots have been consigned to the sale, highlighted by a complete, graded set of 1935 National Chicle Football.

The first set featuring all professional football players, the National Chicle issue includes a NM/MT Bronko Nagurski, one of the most famous – and scarce – sports trading cards ever made. The set of 36 cards is priced at $175,000, but as with all lots in the I Own It Now concept, potential buyers can wait until Thursday, Feb. 26 to see if the item is still available and make their own offer.


February 24, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps Triple Threads baseball
It will arrive on Sept. 16 with the familiar two-pack box format and, like in past years, there will be two types of packs. Version 1 will include three base cards, two parallels, a Triple Relic and a Unity auto Relic. Pack Version 2 will include three base, two parallels, one signed Triple Relic and a Unity Relic.

Each 18-box case, which is split into two mini cases, will include a 1/1 auto Relic and an Triple Auto Triple Relic limited to no more than 36 copies.The base set will consist of 100 cards of players from the past and present — each with seven parallels as well as printing plates. They are Amethyst (/325), Emerald (/250), Amber (/125), Gold (/99), Onyx (/50), Sapphire (/25) and 1/1 Ruby cards.


February 23, 2015
Jeffrey Maier's infamous glove sells for $22,705
It's definitely one of those moments that will live forever in baseball lore. If Maier doesn't reach over the wall on Jeter's eighth inning fly ball and literally steal it from Baltimore Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco, the Yankees may have never tied Game 1 or gone on to win in extra innings.


 

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