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April 30, 2012
Panini’s Sharpest Shooters Shine in 2011-12 Past & Present Basketball’s “Raining 3s”.   NBA superstars from today and yesterday come together as you’ve never seen them in this tribute to the game’s greatest long-range shooters.

April 29, 2012
Ted Williams' 1949 MVP plaque sells for nearly $300,000.   Williams' 1957 Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Award for outstanding batting achievement sold for $230,000. Other top items included his 1949 American League MVP plaque, which fetched $299,000, a used Red Sox road jersey from 1955 that sold for $126,500 and Williams' Hall of Fame induction ring, which went for nearly $110,000. Williams' 1957 Silver Bat award sold for nearly $195,500, and Williams' 1960 All-Star game bat, which went for $80,500.


April 29, 2012
David Wells is Putting Some Amazing Items Up For Auction.   Among the tems up for auction are a Christy Mathewson autographed ball; Thurman Munson’s game-worn shin guards; an autographed, game-used Phil Rizzuto glove from 1941; a ball autographed by several stars of the Negro leagues, including Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige; and a felt bowler hat worn by Lou Gehrig in 1928. But the prize is the famous game-worn Babe Ruth cap, which Wells once wore during a game.


April 28, 2012
Mickey Mantle's Restaurant close to eviction.   A landmark in New York City, Mickey Mantle's 240 seats sprawl over 7,000 square feet decorated with tons of sports memorabilia -- most of it owned by Gotta Have It Collectibles, which has a gallery there.


April 28, 2012
Panini Brings Batting Helmets Back in Cards.   When it comes to game-used memorabilia cards, there just aren’t that many helmet cards to go around — not many at all — but Panini America is about to change that with its forthcoming (delayed) 2011 Limited baseball set, which arrives next week packing three autographs or memorabilia cards in every seven-card box.


April 28, 2012
Yankees all-star Bill 'Moose' Skowron is dead at 81.   The 1956 World Series is best known for Don Larsen's perfect game, but it was Skowron who broke open the Yankees' Game 7 victory over Brooklyn with a grand slam. He also had the decisive hit of the 1958 World Series, a three-run homer in another Game 7.


April 27, 2012
The World's Finest Collection of Baseball Hall of Fame Rookie Cards From 1948-90 to be Featured in SCP Auctions' Spring Internet Auction.   Dmitri Young's collection includes some of the finest one-of-a-kind GEM MINT rookie cards in existence, including: The only 1955 Roberto Clemente Topps rookie card ever graded PSA 10 Gem Mint. Value $250,000+. A 1954 Hank Aaron Topps Rookie card PSA 10 Gem Mint - One of only two cards have ever been graded PSA 10. Value $250,000+. The only 1963 Pete Rose Topps rookie card ever graded PSA 10 Gem Mint. Value $75,000+. The only 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson Topps rookie card ever graded Gem Mint 10. Value $30,000+.


April 27, 2012
Watch NFL Draft Tonight, Collect Upper Deck Football Cards Tomorrow.   Just in time for the big event, collectors are enjoying the opportunity to collect these top prospects with 2012 Upper Deck Football, which is available now. With “Star Rookies” and autograph cards from this year’s top football freshmen like Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Trent Richardson (Alabama), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M) and Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) it is easy to see why fans are excited about opening packs.


April 26, 2012
Former Oregon players unhappy with way school profits off memorabilia.   The school has created a website called OregonAuthentic.com in which it auctions off jerseys and other game-worn items for fans to buy and get an extra source of income for the athletic department.


April 26, 2012
Topps, Abrams Create ‘Yankee Greats’ Book Featuring Topps Cards.   This unique book features front and back images of 100 classic baseball cards from Topps, which, since 1951, has been as much a part of baseball as the Yankees. The cards feature the most popular Yankees from the team’s storied history, from Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter.


April 25, 2012
Mourning the death of baseball cards.   SportsCollectingNews.com does not see things the same way as this author; we believe the card hobby is doing quite fine. But here is a different perspective on the Baseball Card Marketplace.


April 25, 2012
Fan covers himself with $10,000 worth of baseball tattoos.   Where can you find Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Walter Johnson all pictured together? On the back of Mike McWain.


April 24, 2012
Will Babe Ruth's 1920 jersey fetch $2 million?   One of the most valuable pieces of sports memorabilia ever brought to auction, a circa 1920 Yankee's jersey worn by Babe Ruth, will be auctioned off by SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel. Along with the Ruth jersey, 1,003 additional items from sports lore will also be auctioned off.


April 24, 2012
Panini America Announces Long-Term Agreement With NFL And NFLPA.   The world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced it has reached a long-term agreement with the National Football League and the NFLPA, granting the company domestic and international rights for up to 18 product releases annually.


April 24, 2012
Panini Peek Preview: 2012 Prestige Football.   The company’s first product of the new season is set to arrive in June boasting, for the first time ever, Rookie Cards of top newcomers — featuring top newcomers such as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson and more — in their NFL uniforms. In addition, every Rookie Card will be updated with complete 2012 NFL Draft information.


April 23, 2012
Tristar Will Open a Retail Store in Las Vegas.   The Store will contain more than 3,000 autographs valued at over $1 million. From $9.99 gift items to $50,000 Babe Ruth autographed baseballs and everything in between.


April 23, 2012
Philip Humber's Gem Creates Perfect Opportunity.   Chicago White Sox pitcher Phillip Humber — a right-hander from Texas with an 11-10 career record and not a single complete game entering Saturday’s contest at Safeco Field — threw nine perfect innings against the Seattle Mariners for just the 21st gem in MLB history.


April 22, 2012
Sports Museum Hosting First eBay Auction.   The Newport Sports Museum will host its First Annual eBay Auction, featuring an official Olympic torch and a baseball signed by Yogi Berra, next month. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. May 10 and end at 5 p.m. May 20 with more than 50 items available.


April 22, 2012
Alan Rosen, the 'million dollar baseball card dealer', is the last of a dying breed.   In his 1980s heyday, Rosen routinely did around $8 million in annual sales of baseball cards, achieving a high of $9 million in 1989. In his 34 years as the pre-eminent baseball card dealer, Rosen, 66, estimates he’s bought and sold over $200 million worth of cards, including the crème de la crème, ultra-rare T206 Honus Wagner (of which there are about 40 known to exist) eight separate times.


April 21, 2012
A natural pairing: Sports Museums at the Ballpark.   Baseball is a game steeped in history, and the best place to learn about baseball history -- and maybe even see some being made -- is at a ballpark museum. Here are our favorites.


April 21, 2012
Fantasy Footbal Fest Coming to Atlantic City.   Fantasy Football Fest expects to bring more than 25,000 fans in approximately 300,000 square feet of total experience space. Activities and special events include a Draft Day party, athlete and celebrity appearances, sports video game tournaments and free-play, interactive athletic competitions, sports memorabilia, a tailgate party and beer tasting.


April 21, 2012
Leaf Sues Andrew Luck Over Army All-American Bowl Trading Cards.   What triggered the lawsuit was a cease and desist letter from Luck's attorney to Leaf demanding that the card maker stop selling the cards because it infringed Luck's publicity rights.


April 20, 2012
‘Buckner ball’ centerpiece of Heritage sports auction May 4.   The infamous “Buckner ball” from Game Six of the 1986 World Series is being offered without reserve as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ May 3-5 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature® Auction. The ball, part of The Seth Swirsky Collection, a grouping of exceptional pieces of baseball history, is expected to bring more than $100,000.


April 20, 2012
T206 Wagner Card tops $1.2 million in auction.   Historians estimate that 60 Wagner cards still exist, and many are in poor shape. Only 22 are in sufficient condition to have earned a grade from Sportscard Guarantee Corp. (SGC) or Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA), the industry's major grading firms. Goodwin’s card was graded at a “VG-3” by SGC and is considered to be one of the top six in existence.


April 20, 2012
Buy the cap that Jose Canseco was wearing when the home run bounced off his head.   Canseco refuses to call the play a home run and insists on calling it a four-base error instead. Why he actually thinks that qualifies as a euphemism is anyone's guess, but Canseco recently tweeted that he'd like to get his cap back — if he can afford it.


April 19, 2012
1896 Olympic marathon cup sold at London auction.   A silver cup awarded to the winner of the first modern-day Olympic marathon sold for more than $865,000 Wednesday, Christie's auction house said. Other Olympic items sold Wednesday included a vintage poster advertising travel to the first London Olympics in 1908 and an Olympic torch from the 1948 Games, also held in London.


April 19, 2012
Former Mets Clubhouse Manager to Pay $75K in Restitution for Stolen Memorabilia.   The former Mets clubhouse manager accused of illegally possessing $2.3 million worth of Mets memorabilia and collectibles has been sentenced to five years probation, the Queens district attorney said. But Charles Samuels, 55, will be forced to pay back more than $75,000 in restitution for the stolen property, Queens DA Richard Brown said.


April 19, 2012
Autographed Jeremy Lin basketballs arrive in Taiwan.   The Spalding NBA basketballs, bearing the signature of Jeremy Lin, are priced at $457 each. Some 5,700 fans in Taiwan have signed up to purchase the 300 limited edition hand-signed collectibles.


April 18, 2012
The Ted Williams Memorabilia Auction.   Among the gems: his cream-colored Red Sox jersey from the 1954, his first full season after his Korea service, and one in which he broke his collarbone and still led the league in batting with a .345 average ($50,000-$75,000); a ball signed by Babe Ruth (“To my pal Ted Williams from Babe Ruth”), the only ball Williams ever asked for (price is unlisted); his 1949 American League MVP plaque ($150,000-$250,000) and the 1957 American League Batting Championship Silver Bat ($100,000-$200,000).


April 18, 2012
Ever Wonder What The Priciest Non-Sports Trading Cards Are? Here's 10 Of Them.   While none of these non-sports cards can compete with the "Mona Lisa" of baseball cards, the elusive Honus Wagner, there's a certain Pokemon card that's valued at around $20,000. Yep, seriously!


April 18, 2012
Americana Set to Feature Eisenhower ‘Stars’, Gold Medals.   The newest iteration of the product will focus on a diverse selection of American heroes — from the athletic arena to the battlefield to space and beyond — and will be distributed in 10-card packs, 18-pack boxes and 16-box cases. Each box will deliver three autograph or memorabilia cards, nine inserts and one parallel.


April 17, 2012
Imperial Sports Auctions, Set to Offer Highly Sought out Vintage Specialties.   Collectors will find rare items such as a Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth signed baseball, single signed balls by Thurman Munson and Jackie Robinson as well as game-used and signed memorabilia from the collection of former major league player Shane Mack.


April 17, 2012
Ebbets Field blueprints to go on display in Brooklyn.   They will be the centerpiece of an exhibit on the Dodgers at Brooklyn College set to open on Thursday. Three of the 18 plans will be on display, alongside team photographs, cartoons and one of the last home plates used at Ebbets Field -- one with a memorable dedication to the owner who moved the team to Los Angeles after the 1957 season: "May Walter O'Mally [sic] roast in hell."


April 17, 2012
Red Sox Players, Alumni to Sign Autographs at Free Fenway Park Open House on April 19th.   The event will also offer fans the chance to walk the warning track along the outfield, take a look inside the Green Monster scoreboard and visit other memorable and historic places within the ballpark not normally available to fans.


April 16, 2012
Woman Bids $100k to Spend a Day with New York Jets Quarterback Tim Tebow.   The unidentified Florida woman doesn't appear to have plans to spend much alone time with Tebow, as reports show that she hopes to have the star quarterback attend a special event with underprivileged kids in the area.


April 16, 2012
Ty Cobb Forger on the Loose?   A collector sent the autograph back to PSA for examination and said that the authentication giant allegedly says it was the creation of a “Amazing Forger” and done by hand and not machine. Aribe says PSA refunded him his authentication fees and sent the item back to him after it was pulled from eBay by its fraud division.


April 16, 2012
Want to meet Derek Jeter? Steiner sports for $2,500 can make it happen.   Shame on Steiner? Jeter? Shame on collectors? Or is this capitalism at it's Finest? The folks at Net54baseball.com provide plenty of opinions on this subject.


April 15, 2012
New Jersey federal judge allows lawsuit over authenticity of memorabilia supplied by Peter Nash, who was Pete Nice of rap group 3rd Bass.   A Collector, who is an attorney has a sports memorabilia collection that is regarded as one of the best in the world. His lawsuit alleges that Lifson knew there were “serious questions” about items Nash had supplied to various auctions.


April 15, 2012
Investigation into forged Joe Paterno autographs.   Paterno’s son, Scott Paterno, posted this on his twitter account: “It has been brought to my attention that there are a number of fake JVP autographs on e-Bay. It’s being addressed, but please use caution.”


April 15, 2012
Upper Deck Announces Case Breaker Plans for Toronto Expo.   The Toronto Sports Cards & Collectibles Expo will run from May 5-7, and once again Upper Deck will be at the show with special programs and plenty of quality products up for grab.


April 14, 2012
High-End Stolen Sports Memorabilia Recovered, Suspects Arrested.   The evidence room in the basement of Troy New York Police headquarters became a temporary repository for some of the greatest treasures of American sports.


April 14, 2012
The San Francisco Giants Are Selling Their Old, Game-Used Stuff.   Home/road jerseys, balls, batting helmets, bats, pitching rubbers, and even empty champagne bottles from the 2010 World Series celebration will be offered for sale


April 14, 2012
Cardinals World Series ring a contender for best bling.   The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Championship rings each have 103 round diamonds with a total weight of 2.62 carats. The rings are made of 14K white gold with 50 custom-cut rubies: 28 rubies make up the "STL" on one side, eight to make the "11" (signifying the teams 11th World Series win) on the other and 14 rubies compose the cardinal sitting on a 14K yellow gold bat on top of the ring.


April 13, 2012
Fenway treasure Uncovered!   Phil Castinetti, who has been in the collecting business since 1986, has some unique Red Sox memorabilia dating back to the early 1900s — items such as a 1909 American Caramels Cy Young card and a 1912 Fenway Park dedication invitation that he says the Red Sox “have never seen before.” Here are some of the historic high-value items.


April 13, 2012
All-Sports Museum celebrates 10th anniversary.   Opened in 2002, the Penn State All-Sports Museum has spent the last decade celebrating the traditions and achievements that have made the Nittany Lions one of the national’s elite collegiate programs. The open houses for visitors will feature tours, family activities, games, films and refreshments. The Museum will also be opening a new anniversary exhibit featuring highlights from noted Penn State collector George Henning.


April 13, 2012
Panini Partners With Molson For Interactive Stanley Cup Set.   The Stanley Cup Collection is a 92-card set that honors every Stanley Cup champion in history. Each card comes with a special PIN which unlocks a virtual version when entered using a Molson Facebook app, which is where the prizes get even prizier.


April 12, 2012
Tim Tebow Silver Coin Card Among Top Five Commemorative Sports Coins.   Instead of collecting the state quarters or crossing borders for the innovative Canadian coin, sports fans can collect these top five commemorative coins that represent some of their favorite professional sports like the NBA, NFL and MLB.


April 12, 2012
Rare Kobe Bryant Card Commands Crazy Cash on Ebay, But Will it be Paid For?   Selling for $37,665, the card is serial-numbered 008/100 — matching the Los Angeles Lakers star’s old uniform number — and is one of just 10 copies of the Emerald card that were made.


April 12, 2012
That's My Ticket Readies Memorabilia Line Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park.   The company, known for its licensed canvas blowups of past tickets and other reproduction displays, will have a line of personalized items and 100th anniversary pieces ready for fans just in time for the game.


April 11, 2012
Missouri Man Sentenced For Defrauding 1,232 People on eBay.   The man sold record album covers and sports memorabilia with forged autographs. The money from the auctions totaled about $174,894.


April 11, 2012
'Pawn Stars' TV Show Purchases Ulta-Rate Football Game Printed Program From The First NFL Championship Game In 1932.   Sports memorabilia is a robust market, and football remains the most popular sport in the nation. It's no surprise that such a significant piece of its past -- no matter the condition -- could still fetch top dollar. Here's the Video.


April 11, 2012
Donald C. and His Impressive Upper Deck Authenticated Collection.   Recently at a Michael Jordan event, Upper Deck met a very passionate fan who has an amazing collection. Here’s his story.


April 10, 2012
Trove of high-grade signed Babe Ruth baseballs highlight Heritage Auctions' largest sports event to date.   The infamous “Buckner Ball” from the 1986 World Series, Game Six, perhaps the most recognized baseball in the world, is being offered without reserve as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ May 3-5 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature® Auction. The ball is part of The Seth Swirsky Collection, a grouping of exceptional pieces of baseball history, and is expected to bring more than $100,000+.


April 10, 2012
Historic Sports Collection Featured on National TV.   A new TV Series on the Velocity Channel to feature SPORTS IMMORTALS on 'Million Dollar Collections'.


April 10, 2012
Rare Photo, Up For Auction, Was Stolen From The Baseball Hall Of Fame.   This turn-of-the-century photo of the .400-hitter Nap Lajoie was once held in the hands of Hall librarians, but is now considered a CSI-like crime scene. Other stolen photos of Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson and "Smiling Mickey" Welch have appeared for sale at public auction in the past and have been subsequently recovered by Cooperstown officials, after being identified by their vandalized accession numbers and "PD" mark. Heritage Auctions has pulled the photo from their current auction.


April 9, 2012
Apps Take Positions in the Topps Baseball Lineup.   Topps has hired a former Microsoft and Nokia product designer, Michael Bramlage, to create apps that capture the whimsy and nostalgia of a pack of cards.


April 9, 2012
Seth Swirsky Talks About Selling Prized Collection.   On April 7, Heritage Auctions will sell his amazing collection. Swirsky, an author and pop songwriter for artists including Taylor Dayne, Celine Dion and Al Green, is comfortable with the artifacts moving on to new owners.


April 9, 2012
Thrilled Young Ballplayers Play Where Old Yankee Stadium Once Stood.   The New ball field opens up with remnants of the old stadium all over the new fields and the new one just across the street.


April 6, 2012
Topps Goes to the Low-End of Gamers For High-End Addition to Forthcoming Tier One Set.   Topps is upping the ante in its forthcoming Tier One baseball release by taking one memorabilia set in the product a bit high-end. And it’s doing that by going to the low-end of 100 game-used baseball bats.


April 6, 2012
Panini Includes Joe Jackson Bat Barrel in Prime Cuts.   One single card teased on Thursday by Panini America shows that there’s nothing casual about the return edition of Prime Cuts, which is packing out as we speak for an arrival soon. This Joe Jackson Barrel Up insert is as serious as it gets.


April 6, 2012
Antique baseball cards: From Cy to Ty and Angels in between.   The history of early baseball is a colorful tale that can be partly told through baseball cards. The Library of Congress has digitized its collection of some 2,100 baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. A man named Benjamin K. Edwards collected them. His daughter gave them to the poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, who donated them to the Library in 1954.


April 6, 2012
Bowman Baseball Autograph List Revealed by Topps.   With the highly-anticipated 2012 Bowman Baseball hitting hobby shelves in about a month, Topps to announce the final Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Checklist.


April 6, 2012
50 Worst Hockey Card Photos of All Time.   Players haven't always taken the most glamorous photos. It should come as no surprise this is ever apparent in the world of hockey, where glamour can often be hard to find.


April 5, 2012
Cobb, Chamberlain Lead Legendary’s March Sale Results.   Legendary Auctions March auction delivered the results it had promised – and then some. The sale, which included over 2,800 lots of high-end Sports and Americana collectibles, included the first major installment of the Chad Drier Collection – the hobby’s largest private offering since the Halper Collection.


April 5, 2012
Rekindling baseball memories.   He owns a working, mechanical display of Abbott and Costello that performs their legendary "Who's on First" baseball routine. Phil Dunlavey even has a candy dispenser filled with M&Ms, and each of the candies is emblazoned with either Boston Red Sox or New York Yankee emblems. And that doesn't even begin to describe his vast sports memorabilia collection.


April 5, 2012
Donors to troubled sports organization want do-over.   People who donated memorabilia to the troubled Institute for International Sport in Rhode Island say they want their items back.


April 5, 2012
Roughriders great Don Narcisse loses championship rings at Card Show.   Don Narcisse is unable to put his finger on what happened to two of his treasured rings. When last seen, they were at the seventh Raise-a-Reader sports memorabilia sale - at which he signed autographs and let Saskatchewan Roughriders fans try on his 1989 Grey Cup ring.


April 4, 2012
Older Masters Tournament badges can be valuable.   Every golf fan on the planet is well aware that the Masters Tournament badges can fetch a pretty penny. However, many people might not know that it is not just the four-day badge for the current tournament that is in high demand.


April 4, 2012
Andrew Luck, Panini Ink Trading Card Deal for 2012.   Panini America has reached a trading card agreement with former Stanford University superstar quarterback Andrew Luck for the 2012 season. The deal is Luck’s first officially licensed NFL and NFL PLAYERS trading card deal and will include Luck’s first licensed autographed trading cards.


April 4, 2012
Sneak Peek and Preview Of Future Upper Deck Hockey Releases Including SP Authentic, Ultimate Collection, O-Pee-Chee And More.   A preview of Upper Deck' upcoming hockey releases and information about their booth at the 2012 Spring Sports Cards & Collectibles Expo which will feature Private Signings Autograph cards.


April 3, 2012
Abdul-Jabbar: Upper Deck executive had no authority to negotiate suit settlement.   An attorney for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told a judge Monday that an attempt to settle the former Laker center's lawsuit against a trading card company failed because the defendants had no one present with authority to resolve the case.


April 3, 2012
Piece of Metrodome roof heads to Hall of Fame.   selling pieces of the fallen roof is a successful side business, but last month his story got even better. At TwinsFest, Nelson ran into a curator from the Baseball Hall of Fame who was interested in Guy's roof pieces.


April 3, 2012
Masters Champion Wall’s Green Jacket Auction Price Is at $36,000 at Will Probably Climb Much Higher.   A Masters Tournament green jacket will be given out April 7, a day before a champion is crowned. Art Wall Jr.’s 1959 championship jacket, an item traditionally given to the winner of the competition at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, is up for auction, with the current price at $36,498, according to Green Jacket Auctions.


April 2, 2012
Houston's Astrodome in shambles.   A sports memorabilia dealer figures the county could sell old Astrodome seats for two or three hundred bucks each. Money to save the old home of the Astros and the Oilers.


April 2, 2012
Topps Adding More ‘Star’ Autographs to 2012 Baseball Products.   In 2012, baseball card collectors will notice that Topps Chrome, Topps Finest and Bowman Platinum all feature autograph subjects that are unfamiliar to these brands – the non-rookie/prospect stars!


April 1, 2012
Fans already lining up to buy Griffin’s autograph on Redskins gear.   The Redskins can’t draft Robert Griffin III for another four weeks, but that’s not stopping fans from paying to have Griffin sign their Redskins gear.


April 1, 2012
Giants LB Sintim Tweets Out Pictures of Teams Super Bowl XLVI Ring.   Giants player Justin Tuck said the design was still a work in progress. Giants VP Pat Hanlon said he was unsure if the ring design is finished. “It’s under design, I know,” Hanlon said.


April 1, 2012
$80,000 Walter Johnson Autograph Pulled by eBay's Fraud Division.   The signature, originally authenticated by JSA in 2010, was touted by the seller as “The Finest Walter Johnson Single Signed Baseball in the Hobby JSA,” however, it appears that the eBay seller may be another victim of authentication malpractice committed by a third-party authenticator.