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February 28, 2011
Auction opens on ‘golden’ net from Vancouver Olympics. The net eluded the grasp of Hall of Fame officials, who tried to secure it last year from an Olympic equipment supplier and even announced at one point that it would be joining the puck, stick and gloves as part of the museum’s Vancouver Games display. Instead, the net has been consigned to Classic Auctions for its upcoming auction.

February 28, 2011
Our Hobby's Only Live, National, Call-in Radio Show. Card Corner Club Radio is The Hobby's only, LIVE, nationally broadcast radio call in show. The number of live listeners and podcast downloads continues to increase every week.


February 27, 2011
Hall of Famer Center Fielder Duke Snider Dies at 84. Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed "Boys of Summer" who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died early Sunday of what his family called natural causes. He was 84.


February 26, 2011
The Female Pitcher Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. This story might not have anything to do with collecting, but it's a must read if you love old-time baseball.


February 26, 2011
Lou Gehrig at 13 Years Old: His Grammar School Autograph for Sale in Texas. A Texas memorabilia dealer is offering for sale a schoolbook from 1917 signed by one "Henry Gehrig" to a fellow Manhattan grammar school student.


February 25, 2011
Memorabilia Dealer Gets Jail Time. An area sports memorabilia dealer was sentenced Thursday on a charge he was in possession of hundreds of unlicensed photos and jerseys of various professional athletes.


February 25, 2011
Own a Piece of the Yogi Berra Museum. Perhaps you don’t have a legendary blue seat from the old Yankee Stadium on display in your living room (or do you?), but maybe you’d be interested in owning a piece of Yogi Berra’s Montclair museum.


February 25, 2011
Podcast: Hank Aaron Talks Baseball Cards, Home Runs and Jeter. For his Topps 60th Anniversary tour, Hank Aaron taks about baseball cards and how he saw them increase in popularity over the span of his career and beyond.


February 24, 2011
Topps Announces Week 1 Bounty Card Contest For Just Released Five Star Football. Tim Tebow Five Star Futures book card announced as first bounty card from 2010 Topps Five Star Football. The first collector to send Topps a picture of themselves holding the card will win an autographed helmet from the 2008 NFL Rookie Premiere.


February 24, 2011
Hank Aaron appears on David Letterman's Show to Promote Topps 60th Anniversary. Henry Aaron was a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS on Wednesday night, and it didn't take long for him to accomplish what he did 755 times in his storied Hall of Fame career, as he knocked one out of the park.


February 24, 2011
Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Secrets: Top 10 Ways To Get Autographs. Spring Training is the best time to add to your autograph collection. The atmosphere is laid back, everyone is relaxed and enjoying themselves and you can find many unique, up-close opportunities with the players.


February 23, 2011
Steiner Sports To Auction 5,000 Item Collection. Steiner auctions had recently consigned to them a 5,000 item collection that includes autographed collectibles and game used memorabilia from past and present stars.


February 23, 2011
Local Man Discovers Babe Ruth Signature at House of Cards. A 61-year-old local resident walked into Silver Spring Avenue’s House of Cards - as he had done many times before - to peruse the store’s vast selection of sports relics and memorabilia. This time, he would walk out with much more than he could ever imagine.


February 23, 2011
Release of Pete Rose documentary brings out hundreds of baseball fans. The line started forming overnight at the Liberty Township Kroger for the release of the DVD called "4192: The Crowning of the Hit King," and autographs by the Hit King himself. Rose showed up around 10:30 a.m. to start signing memorabilia and boxes of the DVD which profiles his career.


February 22, 2011
Heritage Auctions Conducting Sports Memorabilia Auction Seminar at 2011 Collectibles Industry Summit. One of the industries leading consignors of sports memorabilia announces plans to bring consignment seminar to upcoming 2011 Collectibles Industry Summit in Las Vegas. The three day summit will run from March 20th to March 23rd.


February 22, 2011
Wrigley brings baseball passion to job at Elliott Museum. The 83-year old Wrigley became a baseball fan in the 1930s when she would listen to Philadelphia Athletics games on the radio while helping her mother iron. Wrigley began working at the museum in 1996 and one of her first tasks was to catalog the vintage baseball card collection.


February 22, 2011
Top-shelf sports auction to aid Ohio wreck victim. The village of Sherwood, Ohio, has about only 800 residents, but no one could have imagined how many ties the place has to big-time sports, including professional baseball, football and others.


February 21, 2011
Red Sox step up to plate for local nonprofits. Here’s your chance to do good and meet a member of The Boston Red Sox. They have a weeklong series of events and activities planned from today through Friday throughout Lee County and Southwest Florida.


February 21, 2011
Panini Appears Willing to Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is. One of the topics of conversation at the Industry Summit in Vegas next month is going to be what can be done to aid the remaining brick and mortar hobby shops. Panini has notified their distributors of a strict policy moving forward.


February 20, 2011
Contest offers a baseball signed by legends (including Bob Feller) for 'best day at an Cleveland Indians game. The owner of this baseball wants to give a prized autographed baseball to a true Indians' fan. Someone who would really treasure it, not just turn around and sell it -- not that he has any idea what the ball might be worth. One sports collectibles appraiser estimated the ball's value at $1,250 to $1,500. Another figured maybe a few hundred bucks.


February 19, 2011
Hottest Baseball Cards in the Hobby. The two products that best tell the story of February's hottest cards are without a doubt 2010 Bowman Sterling Baseball and 2011 Topps Series 1 Baseball. Prospectors continue to eat up Sterling's heavy hitting checklist, while old school collectors and base Topps fans eat up a new season of one of the hobby's most storied brands.


February 19, 2011
Collectors are uncovering rare Diamond Sparkle Variation cards in 2011 Topps Baseball Series 1. See the list of 60 players who have a “sparkle” on a few of their cards.


February 18, 2011
The 10 Top Performing Alternative Investments: Baseball Cards. More than 100 years ago, the first baseball cards were issued by companies looking to advertise their business. It didn't matter whether the company had any connection to the sport. Over time, the cards have become a commodity in their own right.


February 18, 2011
Weekend blockbuster event planned for March 4-6 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, N.Y. Hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market lots in a rainbow of categories will cross the block the weekend of Mar. 4-6 at Philip Weiss Auctions, in the firm’s gallery at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside, N.Y. Offered will be hundreds of quality lots.


February 18, 2011
A Collective Charitable Effort This Weekend. When Nicole Farber told her son about the sports figures who will sign autographs at a Charity Collectors Fest at Mohegan Sun Casino this weekend, 7-year-old Nicholas was in awe.


February 17, 2011
The Ultimate Sports Collection. From Super Bowl 1 to 44, there have been 29 different winning quarterbacks. Terry Craft has a helmet signed by each one, except one, Jeff Hostetler of the 1990 Giants.


February 17, 2011
Topps Baseball Cards: Value Added or Propping Up Products With No Value? There is a fine line between value added and giving back to collectors and feeling the need to incorporate some sort of mechanism that will drive sales.


February 16, 2011
SCP Auctions Adds Ruth 48th HR Ball To Spring 2011 Auction. SCP announces they have added a Babe Ruth Signed and Inscribed Baseball Hit For His 48th Home Run of the 1927 Season to their spring auction.


February 16, 2011
Collectors Can Officially Begin Entering Topps Diamond Giveaway Code Cards. The code entering phase of Topps’ Diamond Giveaway promotion officially begins. Each Diamond Giveaway code card unlocks one 1952-2009 Topps card and gives collectors one “dig point”, which is used to search for buried prizes on a virtual baseball field. Code cards are seeded in packs of 2011 Topps Series 1 Baseball.


February 16, 2011
Tampa Bay Rays add several new features to annual FanFest. The new features at Saturday's Rays FanFest include the opportunity to buy some old items, such as autographed memorabilia and game-used equipment going back to the 1998 inaugural season and squares of the champagne-soaked championship carpet and the previous FieldTurf playing surface.


February 15, 2011
Controversial Site Proclaims James Spence Authentication Has an Agenda. The story goes on to claim that James Spence Authentication (JSA) failed all items previously certified by a specific forensic examiner. To make the case even more compelling the author demonstrates numerous pieces that JSA failed that in the past they had already certified as authentic.


February 15, 2011
The Collecting Community Responds To The James Spence Authentication Story. The hobbyists on net54baseball.com discuss the above James Spence Story and provide their opinions and experiences on this matter.


February 15, 2011
Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Ty Cobb and Dozens of other Rare Autographed Baseballs at Heritage Auctions. A perfect storm of single signed baseball consignments will make the Heritage April 22 Signature Sports Memorabilia Auction the most important event of 2011 for autograph collectors. Three of the most extensive and carefully curated collections in the hobby will be up for bid, forming the foundation for what looks to be one of the strongest events in Heritage history.


February 14, 2011
Topps baseball is still fun, but getting stale. This is a big month not only for baseball fans, but baseball card collectors as well. Weeks before Major League players began reporting to Spring Training, Topps released the first series of its 2011 base brand baseball card set.


February 14, 2011
Fans celebrate 50th anniversary of Strat-O-Matic. Hal Richman received an honor five decades in the making on Saturday, when his labor of love reached an impressive milestone of longevity. Richman, the creator of Strat-O-Matic Baseball, saw legions of fans descend upon the Community Church of New York to jointly celebrate the game's 50th anniversary and its annual Opening Day party.


February 13, 2011
Be Careful: Collectibles marketplace flooded by facsimiles of autographs. Read the story of a Mickey Mantle color copy made from an origianal signed photograph and what you can do to not get ripped off.


February 12, 2011
‘Double Take’ Variation Cards in Upper Deck Series One Baseball Will Keep Collectors Hunting. With the release of its first baseball card set of the New Year, the Upper Deck Company is excited to announce a unique “variation card” promotion that should send collectors clamoring for both hobby and retail packs of 2010 Upper Deck Series One Baseball.


February 12, 2011
Man who caught Maris' 61st returns to Bronx. Durante gets tour of new Yankee Stadium, recounts memories.


February 11, 2011
Autographed Olympic torch sells for $360,000 at Canucks fundraiser. An Olympic torch, signed by Team Canada athletes, sold for $360,000 during the Vancouver Canucks' ninth annual Dice and Ice Benefit, held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel.


February 11, 2011
Dem bums! Los Angeles Dodgers exploit Brooklyn roots — again! Brooklyn Dodgers fans are bleeding blue over a promotional scheme by the L.A.-based franchise to wear throwback borough uniforms for six games next season.


February 10, 2011
Mohegan Sun Casino To Host Sports Memorabilia Show Friday through Monday, Feb.18 to 21. The event is sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Salvation Army, Candy’s Place for Cancer Wellness and the SPCA. Vendors will have sports cards from the 1890s through present day, vintage game programs from Yankee Stadium, non-sport memorabilia including cards, packs and vintage board games, plaques, and much more.


February 10, 2011
Pete Rose leaves Field of Dreams. Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader, but an outcast for his many scandals, Rose has left the Field of Dreams memorabilia store at the Forum Shops at Caesars for what he hopes will be greener pastures.


February 10, 2011
French Customs Destroys $10,000 Soccer Jersey. A sports memorabilia collector in eastern France is livid after French customs officials destroyed a $10,000 soccer jersey that the man purchased on eBay.


February 9, 2011
Upper Deck Unveils 'World of Sports' Set; Autographs Abound from NCAA Basketball Coaches. The far-reaching collection includes hundreds of different athletes and coaches from a host of countries and is packed with autographed cards from many of the personalities.


February 9, 2011
Topps Announces 27-Card Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Team Set. Topps to release an exclusive 27-card team set commemorating the 2010 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Each set will carry a $9.99 price tag and ship on February 28th, 2011.


February 8, 2011
Making Collectibles More Investable. The market for antiques and other collectibles is inefficient and daunting to nonexperts. WorthPoint, a new website, thinks technology is the answer.


February 8, 2011
DiMaggio estate signs licensing deal. Joe DiMaggio's estate will license his name for clothing, baseball memorabilia, baseball cards, and other products, agents in the deal say.


February 8, 2011
Babe Ruth Fans Get Chance To Hold Icon's Bat. A baseball bat from Babe Ruth's 1927 season with the New York Yankees went on display at a Baltimore hospital to raise funds and celebrate his birthday.


February 6, 2011
Super Bowl auction reaches impressive heights: $57,050 for an iconic banner. Hunt Auctions annual superbowl auction wrapped up on Saturday. Here's the story....


February 6, 2011
February’s Savvy Sports Card Investor Update: Hold, Buy or Sell. A few tips on what cards to hold onto, buy and sell. Some of them are long term investment tips, others short. These tips are intended to teach collectors how to look at both long and short term card value in an analytical way. Whether you collect for fun, for profit or somewhere in between, it's always nice to have a collection that has value.


February 6, 2011
Upper Deck Launches 2010-11 SPx Hockey; Beautiful Shadowbox Cards Return for Year No. 2! The Upper Deck Company is excited to announce the release of its newest trading card set: 2010-11 SPx Hockey! Blending an incredible mix of sought-after insert cards in every hobby box including an autographed Rookie Jersey card, a second jersey card featuring a rookie, and either a “Winning Materials” or “Winning Combo” jersey card, SPx Hockey is ready to light up lamps across North America.


February 5, 2011
Upcoming Event Features First Super Bowl I Player's Ring To Ever Be Auctioned. “To our knowledge, the May sale will mark the first time an authentic player’s ring from Super Bowl I has ever come to auction,” said Grey Flannel Auctions president Richard E. Russek.


February 5, 2011
The bigger the better: Super Bowl rings gaudier over the years, but still tell championship stories. Throughout the years, the Super Bowl rings have evolved, generally becoming gaudier as the seasons have passed. “Bigger, bigger, bigger,” said John Scarpellini, who worked for jewelers Balfour and Jostens for 35 years before retiring in 2005. “More diamonds and more gold. The players want them to be seen from five barstools away.”


February 4, 2011
Markk Podolski Blog: "My favorite sports cards." Here's one man's favorite sports cards after 30 years of collecting, the last 20 which have been pretty quiet.


February 4, 2011
How much it costs to attend Super Bowl XLV. Good news: the NFL Ticket Exchange lists 21,032 seats still available as of Tuesday afternoon in the new $1.2 billion, 105,000-capacity Cowboys Stadium. The bad news? They run between $2,400 and $23,730. Yes, apiece.


February 4, 2011
Super Bowl rings — especially when sold — tell stories beyond the game. Scores of rings hit the market every year, usually the result of what brokers call the three D’s: drugs, divorce and death. Most sales are cloaked in secrecy, a testament to the stigma that surrounds an act many consider sacrilege.


February 3, 2011
Topps Agreement To Provide Retailers With Additional Access, Accountability and Information. Topps reaches an agreement to become a major sponsor for the upcoming 2011 Collectibles Industry Summit. The agreement will hopefully provide America’s hobby shops with additional access, information and accountability regarding the products they are selling.


February 3, 2011
Chilly Forecast For Baseball's Hall of Fame Town, Cooperstown. It is through the eyes of several sports memorabilia shop owners that the reality of so many big names being "banned" admittance to the Hall of Fame that Cooperstown's economic future seems so uncertain.


February 3, 2011
Warning! Counterfeiters Looking to Sell Fake Memorabilia to Super Bowl Fans. As Super Bowl XLV approaches, the International Trademark Association (INTA) warned in a press release football fans of the abundance of fake NFL merchandise on the market.


February 2, 2011
"Never Miss a Super Bowl Club" turns 44. It's an exclusive club that will never grow bigger. But after 44 years, the "Never Miss a Super Bowl Club" is still going strong.


February 2, 2011
Posey, Sano, Bradley Among First Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Cards to Hit eBay. Buster Posey, Miguel Sano, Mike Moustakas and Jackie Bradley Jr. autographs highlight the first batch of wrapper redemption cards from 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball to hit eBay. The promotion runs until July 11th, 2011, giving collectors plenty of time to dumpster dive.


February 2, 2011
Collectors search for hockey’s hidden treasures. They’ve been travelling the country, sifting through stacks of hockey cards bound in boxes, books and elastic bands, looking for the next Bert Corbeau. Most of us have probably never even heard his name. But to professional hockey memorabilia collectors like Sylvain Martineau and Jason Martin, Corbeau is about as big as they come.


February 1, 2011
Sports Jersey Business Rife With Counterfeiting. Leagues have had many problems with sports memorabilia dealers who buy counterfeit jerseys to get them signed. The counterfeit shortcuts, which normally reveal themselves by wear and cleaning, don’t ever manifest themselves because those who buy jerseys with signatures on them don’t ever wear them. MarkMonitor estimates that more than 300,000 unlicensed jerseys are sold in bulk to businesses each year.


February 1, 2011
Inside the mind of the NHL Autograph Hound. What's amazing about this fan is the large cart filled with close to a dozen binders filled with photos and other memorabilia. He said he keeps a minimum of 300 photos on him wherever he travels. "You never know who you're going to see," he said.


February 1, 2011
Special DNA ink to mark Game-used Super Bowl footballs. Footballs used in the Super Bowl XLV will be marked with invisible synthetic DNA ink before being sold to protect against counterfeiting, officials say.


January 31, 2011
Packers fan honors team in Texas. Christensen truly is a die hard Packers fan. He turned the game room of his Grapevine home into his own Packers Hall of Fame-complete with a half sized players Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl XXXI. "The most prized possessions is my Super Bowl I ring or Super Bowl II game used ball," said Christensen. "it's signed by Vince Lombardi and the team right after the game.


January 31, 2011
Court makes NFL Player Give Championship Ring to Ex-Wife. Ever wonder how so many championship rings wind up in the market place? Here's one story.


January 30, 2011
Topps to give away diamond championship style rings! To celebrate its 60th Anniversary, Topps has teamed with legendary ring maker Jostens to produce this special limited commemorative piece. This ring will not be made for sale and can be found via the following 60th Anniversary promotions.


January 30, 2011
Shoes, rings, paintings appraised as Dallas hosts first NFL Experience Memorabilia Road Show. During the day, NFL Experience guests brought items by the Hunt Auctions table for free appraisals. A mix of game programs, helmets, championship rings, and plenty of autographed pieces were looked over.


January 29, 2011
What Super Bowl fans need to know before they tackle the memorabilia market. With the Super Bowl taking place next week, what might be a good investment for the casual collector? Here's Ben Marks suggestions: He's senior editor at CollectorsWeekly.com, an online news source for antiques and memorabilia. Also providing input is Mark Jordan, a consignment director at Heritage Auction Galleries who specializes in sports memorabilia, and so is David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, which will have a live auction of football and Super Bowl memorabilia Saturday at the Dallas Convention Center. (Online bidding is happening now: See the offerings at www.huntauctions.com.)


January 29, 2011
$100,000 in sports cards recovered in traffic stop. An early morning traffic stop Thursday led to the recovery of an estimated $100,000 in sports cards, memorabilia and other collectable items that were reportedly stolen recently during a burglary on Brown Avenue.


January 28, 2011
Panini Announces 72 Short Print Autographs From 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie Box Set. Several weeks back, Panini released a 100-card, 1 autograph 2010 Donruss Football Rated Rookie Box Set. Yesterday Panini announced the short print autographs from the $19.99 per box football card offering.


January 28, 2011
NFL players from the state of Montana team up to help fight cancer. Every former Montana football player who suits up on Sundays has donated autographed memorabilia to a raffle drawing that will take place on Super Bowl Sunday. The proceeds of the drawing benefit two Missoula-area children who are battling brain and bone cancer.


January 28, 2011
Michigan Sports Hall of Fame exhibit opens at the Detroit Historical Museum. A new exhibit has opened inside the Community Gallery at the Detroit Historical Museum featuring pieces from the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) collection. Comebacks and championships is the theme of the interactive exhibit. It features memorabilia from six teams -- the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Lions, Michigan Wolverines and even the Michigan State Spartans.


January 27, 2011
Topps Announces Hobby Exclusive Wrapper Redemption Program For Upcoming Series 1 Baseball. Collectors sending Topps 36 Hobby wrappers or 10 HTA Jumbo wrappers of 2011 Topps Series 1 will receive a special 5-card pack of 60th Anniversary Black Diamond cards (collect all 60!). In addition, Topps is seeding 34 different on-card Autograph cards (#’d to 60), featuring subjects from the original 1952 Topps set, into these 5-card packs.


January 27, 2011
Restaurant To Sell 1,000 Vintage Sports Memorabilia Items. Have you ever dreamed of owning a one-of-a-kind 1988 KU championship banner. What about an autographed Jerry Rice jersey? On the outside, it may look like just another restaurant. On the inside, this bar Wichita, is covered, wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with retro sports memorabilia.


January 27, 2011
NFL Experience opens today at Dallas Convention Center. The nine-day event is spread out over 850,000 square feet of space inside the Dallas Convention Center and has more than 75 interactive games. NFL officials hope area residents will visit this weekend — before Super Bowl crowds arrive. “That first weekend is for the local people in Dallas,” said NFL director of events Christine Mills. “I’d rather have them experience it without the lines of Super Bowl weekend when everyone is in town.”