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January 31, 2013
Signed Bible dedicated to baseball's Branch Rickey found in Sacramento
Something unusual turned up in a donation bin at the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library for the yearly auction. It was a Bible, but not just any Bible. It was a Bible with “Pirates 1953” written across the top in blue ink, 31 different signatures and dedicated to Branch Rickey.

January 31, 2013
'Relentless' Police Track Down Mickey Mantle's Son's Stolen Career Ring
Investigators in Flint, Mich., tracked down a valuable ring commemorating Mickey Mantle's career six years after it was stolen from the baseball legend's son's Texas home.


January 31, 2013
Topps will revive Turkey Red as online exclusive
Turkey Red was a regular product for Topps from 2005 to 2007 before becoming simply an insert set in the company’s 2009 and 2010 flagship releases. They were based on cards of the same name from the early 1900s.


January 30, 2013
Super Bowl Rings: Breaking Down Championship Rings over 20 Years
As the NFL has evolved into America's No. 1 sport, the personalized rings have continued to become flashier and more expensive.


January 30, 2013
You can get your own ring — for real
The Kings have made a real white-gold-and-104-diamonds championship ring available to the general public through a raffle, an idea that AEG boss Tim Leiweke admits he stole from the Lakers.


January 30, 2013
Barry T. Malkin Headlines Current Huggins and Scott Auction
Card collectors will enjoy an abundance of 19th and 20th century rarities including professionally graded and raw examples of cards from a variety of designations, including a collection of tough-to-find 1923 Billiken Cuban cards with John “Pop” Lloyd (SGC 30); an attractive E122 Babe Ruth (SGC 40), the No. 15 PSA registered 1934 Goudey Baseball complete set; a complete 1933 Goudey set; a variety of T205 Gold Borders, T206 White Borders and more.


January 29, 2013
Inside the NFL Experience
The NFL Experience will host a sports memorabilia show and live auctions, celebrity football games and live broadcasts from the NFL Network.


January 29, 2013
Panini Launches Super Bowl XLVII Black Box Promotion
Each black box comes with one serial-numbered autograph card. They come in three different themes. Private Signings are all numbered to 25 or less. The checklist focuses on players with some Super Bowl history. Among the signers are Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice and Terry Bradshaw.


January 28, 2013
Collector has 60 years of 49ers mementos
More than 20 years before an advertising writer fabricated a similar scene involving Mean Joe Green and a bottle of Coke, 12-year-old Martin Jacobs spotted his hero Hugh McElhenny outside Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. “I saw him getting into a pink Cadillac,” Jacobs says, remembering the 1955 encounter. “I said, ‘Can I have a souvenir?’ He said, ‘I’ve got my torn jersey.’ “

With that exchange, Jacobs was on his way to becoming the greatest private collector of 49ers memorabilia in San Francisco, with more than 2,500 items


January 27, 2013
Memorabilia dealer wants the juice on former NY Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado
Sports memorabilia dealer Spencer Lader and other defendants want Jose Reyes to tell them under oath what he knows about Carlos Delgado’s relationship with controversial Toronto sports medicine doctor Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty in July 2011 to transporting misbranded and unapproved drugs into the United States.


January 27, 2013
Joe Greene’s Keepsakes, No Longer His
Hundreds of fan letters and clothing items are among memorabilia discovered by the warehouse owner, Michael Levine.


January 27, 2013
National Hockey Card Day Returns to the U.S. on Feb. 16
Upper Deck is helping to celebrate the return of hockey with National Hockey Card Day in the U.S. on Feb. 16. Upper Deck will be working with the company’s network of Certified Diamond Dealers to give out hundreds of thousands of exclusive “National Hockey Card Day” NHL trading card packs for free throughout the U.S. All puck fans need to do is head out on Saturday and visit a participating retailer to receive a free National Hockey Card Day pack.


January 26, 2013
Eruzione's 'Miracle On Ice' jersey going to auction
Iconic No. 21 jersey expected to sell for more than $1 million


January 26, 2013
Is Ray Lewis Memorabilia the Next MVP for Collectors & Is it Worth the Money?
The football market for one of a kind authentic memorabilia is finally about to blow wide open. Given current market trends, collecting now is almost a sure bet.


January 26, 2013
Panini to eliminate MAPP pricing policy
Panini America announced the elimination of its MAPP (minimum advertised pricing policy) program, which will begin with the February 27 release of National Treasures Baseball.


January 25, 2013
The Long-Lost Atlantics of Brooklyn: Controversial 1865 CDV Under FBI Scrutiny; Incredible Find Or Hot-Baseball-Carte? Who’s The Picker? (Pt. 2 of 3)
A Maine auction house predicts that a rare CDV photograph of the 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics will fetch over $100,000 when its offered for sale in February.

Is it real?


January 25, 2013
The X Collection: The Honus Wagner Cards
What happens when an eccentric collector with too much money gets his hands on multiple examples of the most famous baseball card of all?


January 25, 2013
Dallas Cowboys’ first team publicist is auctioning off a rare keepsake: his ring from team’s first Super Bowl win in ’72
And now it could be yours: The owner is selling the ring in Heritage Auctions’ February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction, which will take place in New York City. As far as Heritage can tell, this is the first 1971 season title ring to be offered at auction.


January 24, 2013
Baseball autographed by Babe Ruth and Al Capone set for auction
Babe Ruth and Al Capone became symbols of the Jazz Age. Now a baseball bearing both of their signatures is up for auction.

The first bid is set at $25,000, but some expect it may draw up to $200,000.


January 24, 2013
Unique and historic sports photo paintings from Madison Square Garden could be yours and for a good cause.
The 36"x 48" artwork pieces are being auctioned to the public via SteinerSports.com/GardenOfDreams through Friday March 8 with a starting bid of $2,500.


January 24, 2013
2012 Prizm Football Countdown - Exploring the Set’s Autographs
So much of the buzz surrounding the upcoming 2012 Prizm Football can be directly attributed to the set’s stunning technology, colorful, scarce parallels and the blistering performance of 2012-12 Prizm Basketball, the first set to feature Panini America’s improved take on a familiar technology.


January 23, 2013
A Great Year: Heritage Reports $20 Million in Sports Sales in 2012
Heritage remained one of the largest seller of sports collectibles in 2012 after closing the year with more than $20 million in sales.


January 23, 2013
Sports memorabilia and taxes go hand-in-hand for this tax preparer
Regal Financial Group in Flemington New Jersey will hold an open house on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at 31 Bloomfield Ave. The company, an independent full-service income, retirement, tax planning and insurance firm for individuals and businesses, also doubles as a vintage sports memorabilia gallery.


January 23, 2013
Henry Cooper boxing belts to auction for $24,000 apiece?
A pair of silver gilt boxing belts, previously owned by Henry Cooper, "the gentleman of the ring" - who is rumoured to have died of a broken heart in 2011 following his wife's death in 2008 - are to go under the hammer at Bonhams Chester on February 20.


January 22, 2013
Robbers stole Super Bowl rings from New England Patriot's player Derrick Martin
Martin played in the 2012 Super Bowl for the victorious New York Giants. He was on injured reserve with the Green Bay Packers when they won the 2011 Super Bowl.


January 22, 2013
Frank Keetz: Collecting Play Balls to Postcards
Retired high school history and social studies teacher Frank M. Keetz of Schenectady, N.Y., was born in 1928, and started collecting in the late 1930s. Along the way, he dealt with Charles Bray (1899-1987), Buck Barker (1911-82), Frank Nagy (1922-92), Bob Jaspersen (1920-82), Goodie Goldfaden (1914-2012), Woody Gelman (1915-78) and many other hobby pioneers.


January 22, 2013
NJ collector pulls Abraham Lincoln cut autograph
He received the framed signature in the mail Thursday, and he brought it to this weekend’s White Plains Sports Card Show, sharing his story at the A&S Sports booth. The signature is from a sheet signed in August of 1852. Lincoln served as a lawyer then. The White House was less than a decade away.


January 21, 2013
David Wininger builds shrine to his beloved New York Yankees
A Yankees fan since he was a boy, Wininger has turned his office into a shrine to his beloved baseball team, amassing an amazing memorabilia collection.


January 21, 2013
Panini previews Super Bowl cards
Panini America is getting in gear. The company previewed a couple of Super Bowl cards on its Facebook page with Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Ray Rice and Joe Flacco.


January 20, 2013
Stan Musial: Mourning the Loss of a Baseball Icon
The St. Louis Cardinals lost their icon this weekend when Stan “the Man” Musial passed away. While it is a sad day for baseball, it’s a great opportunity to remember what it was that made him special.


January 20, 2013
Earl Weaver 1930–2013
Weaver was one of the most entertaining and innovative managers in the history of the game.


January 20, 2013
LA Kings Get Championship Rings, Raise 1st Stanley Cup Banner
The Kings were finally able to hang their championship banner in the rafters of Staples Center. It was a long time coming for Kings fans (more than 40 years), and they had to wait 113 days longer because of that lockout we've already forgotten about.


January 19, 2013
NHL SP Game-Used Hockey Now on Shelves
Just days before the puck drops on an abbreviated season for the NHL, Upper Deck released 2012-13 NHL SP Game-Used, a super premium hockey card release that collectors will enjoy.

The product has been revamped from years prior and has a lower price point per pack, but does not compromise on the quality cards that have made it a hobby favorite.


January 19, 2013
First look: 2013 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)
Bowman Platinum is back — and Topps is promising that it’s “going platinum crazy” with this year’s release.


January 18, 2013
Magic, Jerry West and Rare Wagner Cards to Appear at Long Beach Expo
Basketball Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Jerry West and famous jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. will sign autographs on Feb. 9, at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.

There will also be a one-of-kind exhibit of nine of the famous and valuable T206 series Honus Wagner baseball cards, including the finest known surviving example, graded PSA 8, that is currently owned by Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick. The combined market value of the nine, early 20th century Wagner cards is estimated at more than $10 million.


January 18, 2013
Want To Own A Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series Championship Ring???
So, just who IS the seller (beyond the third party who appears to be fronting on the auction web site)? Some clues were left in the ring’s description.


January 18, 2013
Panini America Addresses Printing Error on Past & Present Draft Class Redemptions
Due to an unfortunate printing error, the 2012 Draft Class Redemption cards from 2011-12 Past & Present Basketball included autograph authentication copy on the back – understandably leading many collectors receiving them recently to believe that those cards were indeed supposed to be autographed. They were not.


January 17, 2013
Curt Schilling Is Selling His Bloody Sock—But Not That Bloody Sock
Heritage Auctions has posted a preview of an eagerly awaited lot—a bloodstained sock worn by Curt Schilling as he pitched through injury to lead the Red Sox to their first World Championship in 86 years. But before you go taking out a second mortgage, know that this isn't the one from Game 6 of the ALCS, when Schilling dominated the Yankees. This is another one that nobody knows or cares about, because the ALCS one got thrown in the trash.


January 17, 2013
Game changer? It was in the cards
Twenty-five years of baseball history through the prism of a 1988 Topps set.


January 17, 2013
High School players shocked to see baseball cards selling on eBay
Some of the top prep players in the nation could already be found for purchase on eBay.


January 17, 2013
NHLPA restricts 2012-13 rookie class on cards
There will be no new Rookie Cards in product in 2012-13. The rookies that are in products now such as ChrisKreider, Sven Baertschi and JadenSchwartz will be the only rookies in products this season.


January 16, 2013
Upper Deck releases revamped SP Game-Used hockey cards
The product has been revamped for the 2012-13 season, with a lower price point and a new pack-and-box configuration. The hockey card brand hit collector stores on Jan. 15, 2013.


January 16, 2013
Expert: Do your homework before buying Ravens memorabilia
Attorney says lots of scammers sell fake items, tickets.


January 16, 2013
First Take: 1954-55 Topps Hockey
The strategy taken by Topps was to produce a set of 60 cards comprised of players from only the NHL teams based in the U.S. and to present the cards in the English language only.


January 15, 2013
Addie Joss Turkey Red, Ruth Signed Silver Certificate and Tobacco Rarities Headline LOTG Auction
Bidding for Love of the Game Auctions’ Winter 2013 sale is now live. The auction closing date is Feb. 2. The sale features baseball and football memorabilia from the late 19th century to the early 1970s, highlighted by a 1935 Silver Certificate autographed by Babe Ruth, a beautiful 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski (PSA 5), an original Arthur K. Miller painting of Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie and a rare 1889 Hartley Studios cabinet photograph of new Hall of Fame inductee Hank O’Day.


January 15, 2013
Programs, Tickets, Team-Signed Footballs & Helmets top Super Bowl Collectibles
While there is certainly plenty of merchandise bearing the Super Bowl logo to be had, what are the pieces that are truly collectible? The answer is relatively simple: at the end of the day, when the parties are over and the interviews concluded, it’s all about the game and what happens on the field.


January 15, 2013
MLBPA confirms 53 RC logo eligible rookies for initial 2013 baseball card sets
The first baseball card set of 2013 is just 16 days away — and that means when 2013 Topps arrives there will be a new crop of Rookie Cards.

To be precise, there are 53 players who made their MLB debuts last season who are eligible for the Rookie Card logo beginning with 2013 Topps on Jan. 30. Will all of them be in the set when it arrives? That remains to be seen on a final checklist from Topps, but the MLB Players Association did provide Beckett Media the list of logo-eligible players.


January 14, 2013
College president has a lifelong affection for baseball cards
He's within only 99 cards of having complete sets of every regular-issued Topps baseball card made from 1951 to the present.


January 14, 2013
A Panini America World Premiere Preview: 2012 Prizm Football Finite Black 1/1s
It’s the one chase set collectors have been clamoring for since they first laid eyes on the unparalleled Prizm technology in 2012-13 Prizm Basketball. Finite Black is a jaw-dropping addition to the Prizm franchise that packs infinite potential. It features both base Finite Prizms and autographed versions and it is, in a word, fantastic.


January 13, 2013
Mike Eruzione is auctioning off his game-worn jersey, stick and other Olympic paraphernalia at a Heritage Auctions next month
Jim Craig, who skated into history as the goalie for the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team, said Eruzione is doing it for all the right reasons.


January 12, 2013
Gehrig, Hornsby to Have Formal Induction Ceremony During Hall of Fame Weekend
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will pay tribute to 12 individuals previously counted among the Hall’s roster of members who never had a formal induction due to wartime restrictions.

Honorees will include BBWAA electees Lou Gehrig (1939) and Rogers Hornsby (1942), along with the entire class of 1945 selected by the Committee on Old Timers: Roger Bresnahan, Dan Brouthers, Fred Clarke, Jimmy Collins, Ed Delahanty, Hugh Duffy, Hughie Jennings, King Kelly, Jim O’Rourke and Wilbert Robinson.


January 12, 2013
10 Weirdest Sports-Related Items Ever Put on eBay
What sports treasures are for sale via the nation's biggest virtual flea market? Here's some of the weirdest.


January 12, 2013
First look: 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)
Topps released the basic information and additional images for its eighth edition of its Allen & Ginter baseball set on Friday, the latest installment of the “World’s Champions” approach to cards that include athletes from other sports as well as celebrities.

Set to arrive on July 17, it’s all in the style of the 1880s brands of the same name and the inclusions will be just as odd for this year’s edition as it was for the varying tobacco cards of that time.


January 11, 2013
Panini America Inks Multiyear Agreement with Denver Broncos to Become Exclusive Game-Worn Memorabilia Provider
The partnership will afford Denver Broncos fans the rare opportunity to own historic jerseys worn by the team’s biggest superstars.


January 11, 2013
Houston man has the best man cave ever
There are sports bars with fewer televisions and sports museums with less memorabilia. The only things missing in the back room of Blake Barnes' house are ladies in low-cut T-shirts serving chicken wings.


January 11, 2013
First look: 2013 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)
Topps released the basic product info and offered the first glimpses at its 2013 Topps Series 2 baseball cards on Thursday, the second installment of the chase-driven flagship brand that will arrive later this month. Series 2, however, will be a June 12 release with 36 packs and one autograph or Relic card in each hobby box. Each 10-pack jumbo box will contain one auto and two Relics.


January 10, 2013
The Long-Lost Atlantics Of Brooklyn, Champions Of America; Missing From The NYPL For Decades, Could They Have Been Found In A Garage And At Sotheby’s?
It appeared last summer on eBay, offered by a New England antique picker as a miraculous garage find in a cardboard box.

Haulsofshame.com informed Saco River Auctions that the Atlantic CDV being offered for sale fits the description of a photograph believed to have been stolen from an institutional collection.


January 10, 2013
For the shops, restaurants and hotels in Cooperstown, N.Y., 2013 will be like a year without Christmas.
The Baseball Writers Association of America failed to elect any new members to the Baseball Hall of Fame , turning its back on a bevy of stars who had been stained by the sport's steroids scandal of the last two decades, such as Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.

That's bad news for Cooperstown, which is home to the Hall. Between 15,000 and 20,000 baseball fans typically jam this tiny town of 2,000 during a weekend in late July to watch their heroes get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. There will still be a ceremony to honor three individuals from the pre-integration era of baseball in 1946 that were chosen for the Hall last month. But this will be the first year without a living inductee since 1965. That has businesses in Cooperstown very worried.


January 10, 2013
Impressive T3, T9 Turkey Red Collection to be Offered by Love of the Game Auctions
Love of the Game Auctions has announced the company has received a consignment consisting of more than 100 Turkey Red cabinet cards from the T3 baseball and T9 boxing sets of 1910-11. The cards, many of which are among the highest-graded copies available, will be spread across Love of the Game Auctions’ Winter and Spring sales. Relatively fresh to the hobby, the majority of these extraordinary cabinet cards have been part of a large prewar baseball collection for more than 30 years.


January 9, 2013
Rare 1865 Ball-Card Find Is Worth A Lot Of Money
A recently deiscovered small photo of the 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics, on a baseball card is so rare, is only the second card known to exist. The other is in the Library of Congress. This card is coming to auction soon.


January 9, 2013
Could your baseball card collection be a fake? 'Treasure Detectives' says yes
According to Curtis Dowling, one of the stars of “Treasure Detectives,” a new show coming to CNBC March 5, the world is filled with fakes and forgeries in just about every area of collecting –from baseball cards to expensive art.


January 9, 2013
Clean Sweep Brings ‘Anonymous’ to the Forefront
Clean Sweep has a great selection of early football cards and near sets, popular baseball singles, cut signatures and championship rings, along with many other artifacts. Bidding ends Jan. 30.

The auction kicks off with what many regard as one of the rarest football cards in the market – the 1894 N302 Mayo Anonymous card of John Dunlop from Harvard. This one has been graded PSA 1.5 (MC), and provides the chance to own a piece of history.


January 8, 2013
Upper Deck founder Richard McWilliam dies at 59
McWilliam founded Upper Deck in 1989 and served as its chief executive officer until his death. The company is best known for its creativity with baseball cards, including those that had pieces of game-worn jerseys, bats swung during games, holographs and other features.


January 8, 2013
Olympic fans threaten legal action after London 2012 auction site promises memorabilia it doesn't have
The site, set up by Games organiser Locog, featured items such as the tennis balls used in the men's gold medal matches and the batons carried in relay finals.

However, Innovative Sports Ltd, which runs the memorabilia.london2012.com site has said they are not in possession of some of the items sold to Games fans.


January 8, 2013
The Psychology of Sports Memorabilia: Why we Collect
The origins of collecting go way back. Humans have a deeply ingrained need to hoard things that will help us survive the next winter or natural disaster, or surround ourselves with items we find important to us. Some player collectors are like the Biblical Noah, collecting one of each type or ‘species’ of card. Others collect many of a smaller number of types. Still others collect many of many types, amassing huge numbers of sets, team-related items or vintage memorabilia.


January 7, 2013
The Babe and Al Capone: Together on a Baseball
Mile High Card Co. has announced an unparalleled sports/historical artifact coming to market: A Babe Ruth/Al Capone autographed baseball obtained from the combined families of Hall Of Famer Herb Pennock and fellow Hall Of Famer Eddie Collins and made available with exceptional provenance.


January 7, 2013
First Look: 2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball
Panini America‘s basic product breakdown for 2012 National Treasures has been released and the debut of the high-end line in baseball is one that will include a heavy Hall of Fame presence as well as a selection of modern-day stars.


January 6, 2013
PPI Playoff Edition: Panini America Checks Soaring Card Values of Top NFL Rookies
Three rookie quarterbacks will start playoff games this weekend – the first time in NFL history that has happened. Of that group, Andrew Luck, the superstar Indianapolis quarterback and hand-picked successor to Peyton Manning, has enjoyed arguably the greatest season ever by a rookie signal-caller. He’s set a bevy of NFL rookie records, including single-game passing yards (433), single-season passing yards (4,374) and most fourth-quarter comeback victories (seven), while also breaking the pocket book of many a trading card collector.


January 6, 2013
The Ultimate Redskins Man Cave
For all the Washington Redskins fans out there who think they have the ultimate man cave, chances are you ain’t got nothing on Jimmy Duvall.


January 6, 2013
Celebrating the Bengals Season with memorabilia
Steve Wolter from Sports Investments, Inc. shares some of his sports memorabilia. Wolter is a collector of rare sports and historic items ranging from unused Bengals game tickets to jerseys worn by members of the Reds for special events.


January 5, 2013
1909 Honus Wagner Baseball Card Could Fetch $2.8 Million
A rare 1909 baseball card of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner will be auctioned in Feb. 2013 by Goldin Auctions, the card's current owner. With fewer than 60 existing authenticated similar cards, it could fetch as much as $2.8 million, according to Ken Goldin of the auction house.


January 5, 2013
Online sports memorabilia store owner faces lawsuit
According to the lawsuit, Ultimate Sports Connection in Carmel collected online payments from customers but failed to deliver the goods, prompting customers to file complaints with the Attorney General’s Office. Customers’ payments for sports memorabilia items ranged from $13 to $450.


January 5, 2013
Next Generation "Autograph" Company Continues Expansion With New NBA Partnership
The traditional autograph is stale. It lacks personality, tends to be overpriced. Enter Seattle, Washington-based Egraphs, a six-month old sports and entertainment technology venture with $2 million in funding, that connects fans to athletes who create unique handwritten notes and audio messages dubbed as the next-generation of autographs.


January 4, 2013
UFC's Ronda Rousey, Arianny Celeste Sell Their Bras on eBay for Charity
Charity group "MZ & Emmers" has partnered with The Keep A Breast Foundation to host an auction selling sports bras worn by women in the MMA community.

'Not just any bras, mind you, but collector's items worn and signed by the likes of UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste and several female mixed martial artists from various promotions.


January 4, 2013
Sports Highlighted in New Fine Art Photographic Galleries
Morrison Hotel Gallery is pleased to announce the addition of a sports brand to their fine art photography galleries located in New York and Los Angeles, featuring a roster of renowned sports photographers including Neil Leifer, Walter Iooss, Ken Regan, Neal Preston, Theo Ehret and Michael Zagaris. The exhibition will open Jan. 24.


January 4, 2013
Collector Doug Felber Strikes Vintage Gold in 2012 Golden Age Baseball
Nebraska collector Doug Felber turned 62 yesterday. But his birthday card — hand-picked by Felber himself — actually arrived days before, on Christmas eve inside Sports Center Cards & Collectibles in Omaha. That’s when Felber experienced nothing less than the pull of a lifetime from a box of Panini America’s 2012 Golden Age Baseball.


January 3, 2013
The Worst Authentications Of 2012:The Top-20 Courtesy of “Clueless Joe” Orlando, Steve Grad, Jimmy Spence & Drew Max; The Year eBAY’s Fraud Division Said: “PSA Sucks…and So Does JSA”
News came from Chicago that Mastro has cut a deal with the Feds and on February 12th is scheduled to plead guilty to fraud and will supposedly confess to trimming the now infamous T206 Gretzky-McNall Wagner card.

Mastro’s confession will likely implicate PSAs card grading division as being complicit in that fraud and speculation in the hobby is that Mastro’s plea-deal could extend to the autograph authentication division that was first launched with Mastro employee Steve Grad and Jimmy Spence at the helm in the late 1990s. How many of the LOAs issued by them since then are worth the paper they are printed on?


January 3, 2013
Nightly Business Report Looks at "Investing" in Sports Memorabilia
The Nightly Business Report is an Emmy® award-winning half-hour program that combines business and economic news and financial market coverage.


January 3, 2013
Winners Announced for the 2012 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Awards
Recently Upper Deck announced the first-ever Collector’s Choice Awards where fans could vote on their favorite Upper Deck products and program of 2012.


January 2, 2013
Fan Paints House in Cowboys Colors
Miguel Andrade's home shows just how die-hard a Dallas Cowboys fan he is, every inch of his home shows off his pride in America's Team.


January 2, 2013
College Football Hall of Fame to break ground in Atlanta in late January
The site is in the Centennial Olympic Park area downtown near the Georgia Dome and World Congress Center. The museum is expected to attract around 500,000 visitors per year, according to studies by Atlanta Hall Management.


January 2, 2013
Setting the ‘Gold Standard’ in Basketball
Due out in late April, 2012-13 Gold Standard Basketball (10 cards per box) marks the polished evolution of a brand that has made quite an impact in two short years on the market.


January 1, 2013
Arrest warrant issued for sports memorabilia dealer in Upstate New York
An arrest warrant has been issued for the former owner of a sports memorabilia store who was arrested over the summer after allegedly ripping off a customer and defrauding dozens of others.


January 1, 2013
Piazza, the Marlin, And a Shared Fixation
Two collectors share one peculiar passion: collecting trading cards of Mike Piazza in a Florida Marlins uniform. Piazza played just five games for the Marlins in May 1998. Yet for Jerry Dworkin, 59, and Chris Fernandez, 25, there is no greater thrill than finding one of the more than 120 Piazza Marlins cards issued from 1998 to 2005.


December 31, 2012
Retro makes a comeback in football
Today’s retro cards have a broader focus than the cardboard classics of the 1800s and early to mid-1900s. Current products are now also being modeled after 1980s and 1990s cards, with companies trying to tap into the collectors’ childhood hobby habits, the sets we grew up on.


December 31, 2012
High Priced Memorabilia - Can The Record Growth Continue?
The readers at Net54baseball.com discuss how high-end memorabilia prices have soared.


December 30, 2012
Sports Memorabilia Fraud On The Rise Again
Fake autographs on eBay are more prevalent today than during the FBI Operation Bullpen sting a few years ago. It seems that this new generation of fraudulent sellers have forgotten how many people the FBI put in jail during their investigation.

The industrys leading autograph authenticator, PSA DNA, claims that only 33 percent of more than 10,000 Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan autographs it scrutinized were real. That means more than 6,600 of the 10,000 signatures PSA-DNA sampled were forgeries.


December 30, 2012
Pete Rose on deck for TLC
All-time hits king Pete Rose will soon be making his debut in a nationally televised reality show partially filmed down the street from the museum where he still has no plaque.


December 30, 2012
Questionable bidding activity with large eBay Sports Memorabilia seller - Probstein
Have the readers at net54baseball.com discovered one of the biggest sports memorabilia dealers on eBay shell bids?


December 29, 2012
How to spot a fake autograph
Paul Fraser has been involved in autographs for 31 years - so here are some Top Tips to ensure your collection is as genuine as it is impressive...


December 29, 2012
Most-Forged Autographs Include Babe Ruth, Elvis
According to a new report by PSA/DNA, as many as 60% of the Babe Ruth autographs they verify turn out to be fakes. As PSA/DNA one of the world’s leading memorabilia authentication services, the organization cautions collectors that the percentages of fakes out in the wild could well be even higher. This is because the autographs it verifies are often from already-savvy collectors.


December 29, 2012
Former Braves' player sends woman letter, jersey
Susie Chesser, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, received an autographed rookie card, signed jersey and letter from former Atlanta Braves player Dale Murphy. What makes this story even better is that the package had been mistaken for a gift that Chesser purchased for her husband. When it came in the mail, she wrapped it, and it sat under the tree until Christmas Day.


December 29, 2012
Immaculate Reception press pass up for auction
The Immaculate Reception is a moment in sports that fans won’t ever soon forget. Now, a collector will be able to own a special piece from that game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders.


December 28, 2012
Collecting the 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders Set
The year was 1911 and the World Series opponents and their managers were the same as in 1905: The New York Giants, led by the stocky and fiery John McGraw, versus the Philadelphia Athletics, with the fungo bat-thin gentleman at the helm, Connie Mack.


December 28, 2012
Notre Dame fan selling piece of football history
Now that Notre Dame has returned to the national title game -- and, perhaps, its former glory -- Larry Rodts believes the time is right for him to profit from selling his 9-foot-by-9-foot piece of blue carpet with a gold Notre Dame logo on it that was used inside the locker room at Notre Dame Stadium.


December 27, 2012
Sporting News Babe Ruth Hits $89,250 to Highlight Memory Lane Auction
A 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth card from a newly graded complete set topped Memory Lane’s recent “The Find” Auction. The card, part of a complete set consigned by a Midwestern family that had passed it through generations, sold for $89,250, including the buyer’s premium. Graded PSA 5, the card features Ruth as pitcher with the Boston Red Sox. This variation was blank-backed.


December 27, 2012
Awesome and Affordable Andrew Luck and RGIII Autos Are Not Hard to Find
Even though there are only a handful of licensed autos out there for under 100 bucks, many of these cards are less than, or relatively equal to the price of a box. Here is your guide.


 

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