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March 31, 2015
Celebrating 35 Years Since the ‘Miracle on Ice’
Ken Morrow’s four Stanley Cup rings are high on his list of prized memorabilia from his standout NHL career with the New York Islanders.

But nothing tops the gold medal and other collectibles he earned as a member of the “Miracle on Ice” 1980 U.S. Men’s Hockey Team that stunned the world by defeating a highly-favored Soviet squad at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

March 31, 2015
Panini Inks Marcus Mariota to Auto Deal
Panini has signed top 2014 Heisman Trophy winner and former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to a trading card and autograph agreement for the 2015 season. The agreement includes Mariota’s first licensed NFL and collegiate cards and autographed cards. The top NFL prospect will also appear on Panini trading card packaging.

Mariota’s first licensed cards from Panini are scheduled to arrive in the April release of the company’s 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football product. He will also be featured throughout Panini’s run of 2015 NFL/NFLPA licensed football card sets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 25, 2015
Records Fall in Mile High Auction, M101-4 Sporting News Ruth Tops $90,000
The sportscard memorabilia market continues to show that high-grade cards are a good investment, as prices keep rising, even for cards that sold just months ago.

“We’re incredibly pleased with the overall results of the auction and presume it is an indicator that our industry is entering a bull market. The Goudeys and 1961 Topps cards brought in some monstrous prices, and the Namath card … wow!” said Mile High’s CEO and President Brian Drent.

March 25, 2015
What Are the Best 1/1s of the Year So Far?
There are a lot of reasons why the 1/1 still remains the chase that many collectors strive to build their card collections around. They are the top of the mountain in value, and in a lot of ways, they are the cards that many products are built around.

So, with that, here is a breakdown of what I think are the best 1/1s released so far this year.

March 24, 2015
Mickey Mantle’s First Yankees Bat May Draw $200,000 at Auction
A Mickey Mantle signature model bat that might be the first one he used in Major League Baseball is going up for auction, with an expected selling price of about $200,000.

The bat is one of two made by Hillerich & Bradsby Co. with Mantle’s script signature branded on the barrel, which he ordered upon his call-up in September 1950. Mantle didn’t make his major league debut until April 17, 1951. He ordered more bats three days later.

March 24, 2015
Fans make final round at Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum
A dirty baseball housed in a glass case, a framed horse hide, an aged first base and an Olympic blazer were among the hundreds of items considered to be gold among those appreciating Delaware County sports as they had their final display at their most recent home in the Granite Run Mall Saturday.

Since April 2013, these memorabilia have been stored and shown in the 3,000-square-foot Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum on the upper level of the Granite Run Mall near Boscov’s. With its lease up the end of March, Saturday was the museum’s last day.

March 23, 2015
John Rogers Auction Could Jolt Memorabilia Community
Among the more than 200 items listed for proposed sale at the July auction is an infamous nude shower photo of Yankee great Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio. The picture is one of many sports-related items in the auction roster.

A top bidder could acquire an autographed Muhammad Ali poem along with a life-sized statue of the boxing legend.

March 23, 2015
Don Droke - Master restorer of vintage baseball gloves
Not only can Droke stitch up practically any glove of recent manufacture, he’s capable of restoring your old high school outfielder’s glove, your father’s first baseman’s mitt, your grandfather’s catcher’s mitt and, if need be, the relic your great-grandfather played with.

When he has completed his work, the glove will retain its historical integrity. He’s spent decades doing hands-on research into the subject.

March 22, 2015
2014 Black Gold Football
So much of the product looks absolutely terrible, that I am shocked at how awful it turned out. I understand why people would like the cards, but I see it in a situation that is very similar to Topps Triple Threads.

As we continue to see, people don't care enough about design, and only care about things related to patch content.

March 21, 2015
A History of the First Mass-Produced Baseball Card
While the date of the absolutely oldest card is uncertain, what is believed by many collectors to be the first true mass-produced baseball card was created in 1869 by the Peck & Snyder Sporting Goods Company.

March 21, 2015
1887 One-Of-A-Kind John Clarkson Baseball Card Ready to Tantilize the Market
The beauty of this hobby is that you never know when and where a gem is going to turn up. Some finds include complete sets; others involve finding a single card that just so happens to be one of just a few known to exist.

The latest “find” story from Huggins and Scott is quite a yarn, and it’s all true. The result is a card that is the only one graded of its kind on the market, and vintage card buffs will be battling it out in the Huggins and Scott auction that goes live Mar. 30.

March 21, 2015
2015 Topps Tribute Recalled Due To Autograph Issues
This year, something went very wrong somewhere along the production line, and many autographs had some huge issues with quality.

Topps has issued a full recall of the product due to these issues. If you have autographed cards from Tribute, you will be able to exchange them for a card of similar value, plus a make good card.

March 20, 2015
The White Plains NY Show Sheds Light on The Changes in the Sports Memorabilia Marketplace
A $62,000 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card Has Increased Five-Fold In A Decade, and that's not the only card doing quite well.

March 20, 2015
The Strange Phenomenon Of Second-Hand Autographs from College Athletes
Making a quick look at ebay, there are plenty of people willing to pay from $14.26 on up to $54.99 for an autographed picture of the Bulldogs rising sophomore Nick Chubb. Alabama fans are not immune to this activity. Somebody out there spent $105 on a white jersey signed by Derrick Henry. Another Gump ponied up $270 for a crimson jersey with Nick Saban's signature on it. Why?

March 20, 2015
Panini teases Contenders Draft Picks football
During the 2015 Industry Summit this week in Las Vegas, Panini America announced the upcoming 2015 Contenders Draft Picks football card set. This will be the company’s first licensed collegiate trading card product.

Each hobby box will contain 24 packs with eight cards per pack. Boxes will deliver, on average, six autographs and 48 inserts or parallels. The product promises to feature autographs from the top players included in the 2015 NFL Draft as well as autographs from several NFL players featured in their college uniforms.

March 19, 2015
Michael Jordan and Upper Deck announce long-term renewal deal
Under the new agreement, the company will continue to be the sole producer of authenticated collectibles, trading cards and memorabilia featuring the basketball legend’s image and autograph. The new deal will also limit the number of Jordan autographs and make Jordan’s highly coveted signature even more valuable for fans and collectors.

March 19, 2015
Start saving up Mets fans, the ultimate Met memoribilia is going on auction
On April 1, Sotheby's will be holding The New York Sale - an auction centered on things from New York City - and one of the big items in the collection is the Mets bullpen cart.

According to the catalog, it's "A fantastic example of whimsical Major League Baseball marketing from the late 1960s, used intermittently at Shea Stadium for more than 20 years. Highights of its use include a memorable appearance at the 1986 World Series versus the Boston Red Sox and again in 2003 when Mets Captain John Franco drove Mets legend Tug McGraw onto the field as part of the team's celebration of the legendary 1973 team.

March 19, 2015
Jimmie Foxx 1933 MVP Award and Tour of Japan Uniform Coming to Auction
SCP Auctions has announced it will offer two of the most significant artifacts in existence from legendary Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx. Originating from the Foxx estate, both items are being offered for the first time publicly as part of SCP’s Spring Premier Auction April 8-25: Jimmie Foxx’s 1933 American League MVP Award and 1934 Tour of Japan game-worn uniform.

March 18, 2015
Sports memorabilia auction features personal collection from Sid Stern
He was the pharmacist to the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks and Bears and spent 49 years collecting sports memorabilia. Now, some of that memorabilia is going up for auction.

800 items from Stern's personal lifetime sports memorabilia collection will be auctioned off at the J. Levine Auction House. One of the items is expected to create a frenzy. It's a baseball glove Signed by Ty Cobb, Mel Ott, Tris Speaker and others, and is valued between $5,000 and $10,000. He also has boxing trunks signed by Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman.

March 18, 2015
Unopened Product Bonanza at Collect Auctions
With the market seemingly infused with more money than ever before on the buying end, and prices realized for high-end items reflecting the influx of cash, more and more collectors are looking for virgin sources for items such as sportscards.

The last hurrah for such a source is unopened product. With each cello pack, vending box or case that is busted open, there are hopes and dreams of Gem Mint or Mint cards inside, which are bringing a premium on the secondary market. Bidding starts Mar. 23 and ends April 2 at www.collectauctions.com.

March 18, 2015
Topps revives Bowman’s Best and plans changes to Heritage High Number, release schedule
This year will mark the return of Bowman’s Best, a brand that has been on the shelf since 2007. It was introduced in 1994 and was a hobby mainstay for years before taking a break in 2006 and then returning for a one-and-done campaign as an autograph-driven product eight years ago. The brand was also one that Topps used in football, basketball and hockey through the years.

Also returning to the Bowman fold will be a Series 2 of the standard Bowman line, which will allow the product a wider array of players and a checklist with more continuity, particularly if there are two series of Bowman along with Bowman Draft. It was 1999 when Bowman was last split into two in-pack series. That had been a common practice during the late-1990s, though it was not done on a yearly basis.

March 17, 2015
Panini and the Signing of NFL Player Exclusives – End Times Ahead?
This could spell enormous changes in football cards starting in 2016. According to the Panini blog, Panini has signed the first player exclusive to be included in their new NFL exclusive license starting in 2016. Starting then, Dez Bryant will only sign with Panini.

Panini will be doing more and more of this as the year progresses, with targets like Richard Sherman, Andrew Luck and other Panini Authentic signers likely joining the slate. This has never been allowed under the current licensing situation, but now that Panini has the full boat, they can pretty much do what they want.

March 17, 2015
2014 Panini National Treasures Football preview
2014 Panini National Treasures Football will close the book on the most recent NFL season from a hobby standpoint. National Treasure will give a high-end sendoff to a season that will be remembered for its excellent crop of rookie wide receivers and the Patriots’ return to glory as Super Bowl 49 champions.

Boxes of 2014 National Treasures will come with three autographs, three memorabilia cards and two rookie or legend base cards numbered to 99 or less.

March 16, 2015
100-year-old Phillies history on display in Clearwater
The Philadelphia Phillies trained in St. Petersburg 100 years ago before winning their first National League pennant in 1915. Memorabilia from that season will be on display at Bright House Field in Clearwater today and Tuesday.

March 16, 2015
John Rogers $2.5 Million Sham Deal Included Honus Wagners
If there’s a single deal that captures the fast-and-loose dealings of John Rogers, it is his purported purchase of The Oklahoman newspaper photo archives for $2.5 million in July 2011.

Among the compromised collateral that Rogers used to secure funding for The Oklahoman was the famed Honus Wagner baseball card that signaled his arrival as a big-time memorabilia dealer in 2008.

March 15, 2015
Is Upper Deck Inscriptions the Best Pre-Draft Product in Recent Memory?
It's difficult to make a pre-draft product that looks good and can hold value once the real licensed stuff comes out. Without the use of NFL teams or licensing, many collectors will tune out any set that they cant latch onto.

Upper Deck has found ways in the past to keep things interesting, as for the last five years, they have been the only company to have college jerseys available for their use. Now that the license is transferring to Panini, they are going to have to start all over. That is not only terrible for the hobby, but showcases how Panini’s manifest destiny will continue to force out the best people.

March 14, 2015
Market for baseball cards ain't what it used to be
It’s estimated that around 1990, there were 3 million card collectors in the United States. Cards — which once sold for 25 cents a pack with a stick of bad bubblegum included — became a huge industry with sales of more than $1 billion annually.

March 14, 2015
Joseph Hall Cabinets, Wagner Cards and High-Grade Football Singles On the Block
Love of the Game Auctions’ Spring 2015 Premier Auction is live, with bidding ending March 28. The sale features sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia from the late 19th century to the present, highlighted by an incredibly rare collection of Joseph Hall cabinets.

Each of the SGC-graded cabinets, published in 1888, are thought to be unique, and feature four Hall of Famers: Roger Connor, Jim O’Rourke, John Ward, and Mickey Welch.

March 14, 2015
BGS 9.5 Star Jordan Sells For Record Price
In November, Beckett Auction Services put the only 1984-85 Star Company #101 Michael Jordan to ever achieve a 9.5 grade up on the auction block. While the card itself did not garner any bids, it was sold to a private collector soon after for nearly $41,000, including the buyer’s premium.

This one-of-a-kind card has been sold once again and the price may surprise some that held off on bidding. “We have a new record price of $52,500 for that same BGS 9.5 that the Beckett Auctions team sold in November,” noted longtime Star Basketball card dealer and expert Steve Taft.

March 13, 2015
PSA Digital Album Now Available
Professional Sports Authenticator (www.PSAcard.com) has created the PSA Digital Card Album, a way for collectors to display and share their card sets online in a format resembling a traditional trading card album. The new feature is free.

PSA President Joe Orlando explained, “We’ve developed a way for you to create a stylish, online album to display your cards which you can enjoy yourself or share with your friends anytime. You simply log into My Set Registry, visit one of your sets and build the album with the images you have added to your set.”

March 13, 2015
First Look: 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball
With the ongoing success of its other repack products issued in recent years, Leaf Trading Cards has added another one to their lineup and 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball will be hitting the shelves next month. Loaded up with some incredible cards in each box, the company went out of its way to find cardboard treasures that will appeal to most hobbyists.

Each box of 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball will contain five cards and four of them will be buybacks that are a combination of cards which are graded or slabbed and encased with a Leaf seal. The company has noted that each sealed case is expected to deliver one of either a LeBron James certified autographed card, a Michael Jordan certified autograph card or a 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card that is graded near-mint or better.

March 12, 2015
Baseball Glove Signed by Ty Cobb Among 800+ Collectibles in March 19 & 20 J. Levine National Sports Memorabilia Auction
A Scottsdale resident's lifetime collection of more than 800 rare and important sports memorabilia items will hit the auction block in the midst of spring training and March Madness.

"Sid Stern's Sports Memorabilia Auction" takes place on Thurs. and Fri., March 19 & 20 at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, Arizona.

March 12, 2015
Michael Jordan's '84 shoes to auction
A pair of Nike basketball shoes, believed to be the earliest NBA game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers to ever hit the market, will be auctioned off next month.

Khalid Ali, who was a ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1984-85 season, has consigned the Nike shoes he says Jordan gave to him after the Chicago Bulls played the Lakers on Dec. 2, 1984, to SCP Auctions.

March 12, 2015
Panini Previews Industry Summit Black Boxes
The 2015 Industry Summit is just days away and Panini America will once again be providing attendees with their popular Black Boxes which have been a show staple for over a decade.

Once the company finishes its corporate address to the crowd next Tuesday, they will be handing out these hobby treasures out and the content inside is sure to generate some excitement among recipients and collectors. This afternoon, Panini previewed some of the base Private Signings cards along with some other the other content that will be popping out of boxes.

March 11, 2015
Collecting hockey stories and Writing a Book about Collecting
Jon Waldman is the author of the new book He Shoots, He Saves, a look at hockey's collectibles from cards to game-used gear. The book features artifacts from all 30 NHL teams, star players, the World Hockey Association, the Summit Series and the women's game.

March 11, 2015
Greg Bussineau Readies for Spring Auction
Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities has just put the finishing touches on its Spring 2015 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia” catalog/Internet Auction. The sale will feature 1,182 lots of important rarities, highest-graded examples, legendary Hall of Famer cards and complete sets.

An online preview is now open. Bidding will begin on March 19 and will end on April 9.

March 11, 2015
Online auction for piece of Candlestick
A piece of the beloved Candlestick Park could be yours, for a price. The online auction for stadium memorabilia runs now through March 17th.

The “Candlestick Memories Auction” includes items like a pair of stadium seats autographed by Niner legends Joe Montana and Dwight Clark, or Steve Young and Jerry Rice. There are also lockers used by the players, field goal posts, and parking lot signs.

March 10, 2015
Rod Woodson selling own collection
Pittsburgh Steelers great Rod Woodson is selling nearly his entire collection of memorabilia, including his rings, trophies and jerseys.

The collection being auctioned by California-based SCP Auctions has more than 70 items from the legendary safety's career, including his Hall of Fame ring, two AFC Championship rings, his Super Bowl XXXVII game-used Raiders jersey, his game-worn Purdue jersey from the 1984 Peach Bowl and four Pro Bowl uniforms.

March 10, 2015
Diving Into 2014 Topps Museum Collection Football
Museum Collection has been live for a few days now, and now that we have had a few days to digest the product, I have grown more and more intrigued by the content in the set. Not only do the cards look REALLY nice, but there are some major hits in this product that add to its overall allure.

March 9, 2015
Collect call: 2014 Topps Mini Chrome football
For collectors who enjoyed Topps Chrome football, Topps Mini Chrome football is a pint-sized replica. The format is pretty much the same, and some of the shiny cards will be refractors and parallels. The biggest difference is the size—the cards measure 21/4 inches by 31/8 inches.

There are no surprises with the base set, either — 220 cards, broken down into 110 veterans and 110 rookies. A hobby box will contain 24 packs, with four cards to a pack on average.

March 9, 2015
Ernie Banks' widow at war with glamorous caretaker over his money
Mystery surrounds the legacy of Cubs' legend Ernie Banks who apparently only left $16,000 worth of assets when he died in January aged 83.

The news emerged as the star player's estranged fourth wife Elizabeth Banks and glamorous caretaker Regina Rice pursue a bitter court battle to seize the estate.

March 9, 2015
Old 'Yankee Stadium' sign going on auction, courtesy of Reggie Jackson
The 10-foot high letters that spelled "Yankee Stadium" atop the original Bronx ballpark are being offered for sale at Sotheby's on April 1. The auction house has estimated that the letters will sell for $300,000 to $600,000.

The owner is Yankees legend Reggie Jackson. Mr. October bought the letters after the Yankees' last game at the stadium in 2008. They had adorned the ballpark, which was built in 1923, since 1976.

March 7, 2015
Hobby or Investing? Market Demand is Booming
When the Red Sox sold the rights of Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919, the $100,000 transaction was a steep price. Fast forward 2012, and a jersey worn by Ruth in his first season with the Yankees fetched a sports memorabilia-record $4,415,658 at auction.

Multimillion-dollar purchases of sports memorabilia are becoming more commonplace. The sale of The Bambino’s jersey has drastically changed the sports collecting market.

March 7, 2015
First Look: 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball
For the past two seasons, Panini America‘s Immaculate release has become a favorite among basketball card collectors. It's back once again in 2014-15 with a selection of compelling content that is set to include eye-catching memorabilia cards and a top-notch autographs from the stars of the past, present and future.

Loaded with six cards in each box, Immaculate Basketball will dole out five autograph or memorabilia hits inside and while there are plenty of jumbo memorabilia pieces to pull, the company has also added some major hits in the form of multi-player autograph cards. It expected to make its way to hobby shops in April and the preliminary details released by the manufacturer should generate plenty of advance excitement.

March 6, 2015
Prosecutors recommend probation for ex-Mastro Auctions employee who lied to feds
William Boehm, the auction house's director of information technology, told FBI agents in July 2007 that he had disabled the account of a Mastro client named "F.D." because F.D. was having financial difficulties, according to court papers filed Tuesday by the United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois.

"Defendant Boehm was well aware at the time of the interview that the F.D. account was used by co-defendant William Mastro to place shill bids," Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven J. Dollear wrote.

March 6, 2015
The 10 Most Forged Sports Autographs
PSA/DNA, one of the two top third-party autograph authentication services, recently listed Ted Williams as one of ”The 10 Most Dangerous Autographs.” grouping him with Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.

March 6, 2015
MLB Prospects to Watch For (And Buy ) In 2015
If card prospectors don’t follow the Chicago Cubs farm system, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon.

The Cubs feature some of the best young talent – from power hitters Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler to five-tool shortstop Addison Russell.

March 5, 2015
Mariano Duncan gets stolen World Series rings back for second time
Duncan, meanwhile, says he’s learned an important lesson: He’ll store his rings in a bank safe deposit box in the future. But that doesn’t mean he won’t break them out every once in a while.

March 5, 2015
Rod Woodson Collection Featured in SCP Auctions Sale
SCP Auctions has secured the personal memorabilia collection of former NFL great Rod Woodson. The Hall of Fame defensive back’s coveted lineup of game-used jerseys, AFC Championship rings and multitude of accolades and trophies will hit the online auction block on April 8, at www.scpauctions.com.

It features nearly 70 lots of Woodson’s most prominent items including dozens of game balls from his alma mater (Purdue) as well as his 17-year pro career, various MVP awards and his NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team trophy which he was awarded in 1994.

March 5, 2015
First Look: 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball
Threads will be available in gravity packs ($4 SRP), blaster boxes ($30 SRP) and premium boxes ($120 SRP). The latter is expected to contain two autographs and two memorabilia cards, one of which will come from the Rookie Memorabilia set.

In addition to a large base set, all packs will contain the Team Threads Rookies, which make cards 201-240 of the set. To get the Leather Rookie Cards (241-285), collectors will need open premium boxes and gravity packs feature Micro-Etch Rookie Cards (286-330). Rounding out the set are the Wood Rookie Cards (331-375) that are only available in blasters.

March 4, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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'
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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