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May 31, 2012
Collecting 19th Century British Tobacco Cards and Memorabilia.   In the world of sports, there are all types of collectors. Some collect baseball cards, others sports programs, or sports jerseys. Yet, of all the different types of sports collecting, one of the most fascinating and unusual is that of late 19th Century tobacco memorabilia.

May 31, 2012
‘Final Offer’ on Discovery Looks at Memorabilia Sales.   Adding Some Guesswork to Memorabilia Sales, Just for Televised Fun.


May 31, 2012
Caught My Homer? Let's Make a Deal.   When a player hits a milestone home run, teams often have to barter with fans to get the ball back for him, even if the milestone is only significant to the player. It doesn't have to be Alex Rodriguez's 600th blast or Bryce Harper's first. Just to retrieve the ball pitcher Jeremy Hefner hit for his first home run Tuesday night, the Mets had to get Johan Santana to autograph a bat for the fan.


May 30, 2012
Michael Vick Sued by Sports Memorabilia Company for Alleged Breach of Contract.   J.O. Sports Company is suing Vick because he "failed to live up to an agreement that paid the quarterback $101,500. The agreement reportedly involved Vick supplying the company with game-worn merchandise and attending private signings.


May 30, 2012
Lombardi Golf Classic regains its luster.   In its heyday in the 1970s, the Vince Lombardi Golf Classic rivaled the PGA Tour stop in Milwaukee as the summer's must-see golf event. Thousands of spectators turned out at North Hills Country Club in Menomonee Falls to watch the likes of Bob Hope, President Gerald Ford and Bart Starr chase a little white ball, crack jokes and raise gobs of money for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. Time passed and things changed.


May 30, 2012
Off-condition Hockey Collectibles Have Value.   Condition is only one factor in a hockey memorabilia’s value.


May 29, 2012

Avid Sports Fan and Artist Mike Summo Combines His Two Passions to Create Exclusive Sports Themed Works of Art.
  Employing artistic methods such as abstract expressionism, pop art, graffiti and street art has resulted in something not seen before in the sports collectible hobby.


May 29, 2012
Panini Presents A Blast From the Past with A Glimpse of the Future.   Past & Present Basketball hits the hardwood at $100 per 20 pack box. You'll enjoy players from all eras of the game and a design with a vintage flair. It doesn't hurt that it includes 3 autographs per box.


May 29, 2012
Quarterback Len Dawson’s 1970 Super Bowl MVP game-worn jersey to be auctioned.   The action will kick off on Thursday, June 14, at 2 p.m. (EST) Baseball items will include a nice grouping of PSA-graded Turkey Red Cabinet cards, T205 and T206 cards, a 1937 signed Babe Ruth check (“GH Ruth”), a 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers signed baseball, a ball signed by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, and balls single-signed by Satchel Paige, Tris Speaker, Roberto Clemente, Lefty Grove, Thurman Munson and Nellie Fox.


May 28, 2012
The Panini America Routing Table Previews the Unique, Fun 2012 Triple Play Baseball.   Here's a look at preliminary routings detailing some of the most unique and entertaining trading cards to come along in quite some time.


May 27, 2012
Up for Bid, a Piece of Perfection.   Larsen, who remains the only pitcher to throw a perfect game in the World Series, will soon be auctioning the jersey and pants he wore that day. “I’m auctioning the uniform to provide my grandsons with enough money for a college education,” Larsen, 82, said.


May 27, 2012
Stolen Superbowl ring recovered by Police in South Carolina.   Richard Conn played in the NFL for six years- his 1974 season with the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, and five additional years with the New England Patriots.


May 27, 2012
Authenticating The World's Most Expensive Baseball Artifact.   Dave Grob, of Mears Explains The Amazing Work and Research That Goes in to Authenticating Vintage Jerseys.


May 26, 2012
Ex-Rapper Turned Sports Memorabilia Dealer Peter Nash Admits Not Filing Tax Returns Over 5 Year Period.   Nash, a member of the '80s group 3rd Bass, was in Judge Paul Wooten's court this week because of his never-ending legal battle with Robert Edward Auctions, the prominent New Jersey sports memorabilia auction house.


May 26, 2012
This Babe Ruth Autographed Ball on Ebay Went to the Dogs.   The ball comes with strong certification from JSA and looks to be unquestionably legit.


May 26, 2012
ESPN.com Launches Weekly Sports Memorabilia Segment.   ESPN.com’s Playbook recently launched a weekly video segment called “Mint Condition” which will focus on the hobby. Check it out.


May 25, 2012
Charlie Sheen reportedly the buyer of Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl XXV ring.   Charlie Sheen is reportedly the lucky new owner of Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl XXV ring, at the cool, low-price of $230,401, according to Jay Glazer with FOX Sports.


May 25, 2012
Accessorize like a Raven with a Super Bowl ring.   And what better way to impress your friends than flashing a genuine, diamond-studded Ravens Super Bowl XXXV ring? Right now, it can be yours for a little more than $8,000. OK, maybe that’s not exactly a steal. But that’s the current bidding price at Lelands.com, where the ring is being auctioned.


May 25, 2012
Panini Brings Black Friday Magic to Special Father’s Day Hobby Shop Promotion.   With its Father’s Day promotion, Panini America will look to mimic a massively successful Black Friday initiative that The Magazine Exchange Owner Roger Barry called the industry’s “best single innovation or advancement” of the year and one that generated more than $1.5 million of incremental business according to Industry Summit Organizer Kevin Isaacson.


May 24, 2012
Buyer sued over negative eBay feedback.   Hector Serrano has purchased many sports memorabilia items on eBay but never again. Serrano is being sued after attempting to buy a $6 Chicago Blackhawks luggage tag from a seller in Boston.


May 24, 2012
Will Jeremy Lin collectibles hold their value?   At the height of his popularity, when he was starting for the Knicks (with Carmelo Anthony out injured) in mid-February, a Lin 2010-11 Panini Rookies and Stars card (No.129) sold for $80, including shipping and handling on eBay.com. These days it looks like most sell in the $6-to-$15 range. That is still far more than most rookie cards of the past several years, including Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin.


May 24, 2012
Former Edmonton Oilers Owner, Peter Pocklington auctions off his Four Stanley Cup rings - AGAIN.   The five rings sold for more than $300,000, but the sale failed when the bidder had buyer's remorse, scrapping the deal because of concerns over whether the rings were the only set that Pocklington had made.


May 23, 2012
Most Expensive Sports Memorabilia Ever Sold.   Here are some of the other most expensive sports memorabilia ever sold, mostly from America's pasttime and a lot of which pertains to the Babe.


May 23, 2012
Collectors Wary Of Investing In Josh Hamilton.   Hamilton’s 1999 Topps Traded autograph rookie card has gone up in value from $250 to $500, but if Hamilton were playing for a more popular team, the card might be selling in the $800 range.


May 23, 2012
Mystery Baseball and Football Cards from 1956?   Would anyone out there like to trade 1956 Bowman football cards? There is probably only one person in the world who is capable of responding to such an offer. But wait, you say there are no such things as 1956 Bowman Football cards? You might be right, but you need to talk to Landon Sims.


May 22, 2012
Texas Rangers Game Used Throwback Jersey’s Hit Auction Block.   All Pro Classics is auctioning off the entire uniform including jersey, pants, hat and batting helmet all authenticated through Major League Baseball with holograms.


May 22, 2012
A Hobby to Many, Card Collecting Was Life’s Work for One Man.   Baseball fans argue endlessly about the best ever to play the game, tossing around names like peanuts at a ballpark. But no one disputes that the greatest card collector was Jefferson R. Burdick.


May 22, 2012
What a Difference a Grade Makes.   The sale of dozens of vintage rookie cards illustrated the power of the PSA Set Registry, the immense lure of owning the only one of something and the fact that there is a lot of money out there and ready to be spent on old baseball cards. Does a rising tide lift all boats? If you own a PSA 9 graded Roberto Clemente rookie card, is it now worth a lot more because the ‘10’ sold for over $400,000?


May 21, 2012
Babe Ruth’s Yankees jersey sells for record-setting $4.4M at auction; Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl ring fetches $230,000.   A New York Yankees road jersey worn by the Sultan of Swat in the 1920s sold for a whopping $4.4 million, setting a world record for any sports memorabilia item. SCP Auctions handled the sale of George Herman “Babe” Ruth’s jersey, which officially came in at $4,415,658.


May 21, 2012
Topps Revives Tallboys...Sort of.   Topps is going vintage. The company debuted one of the 2012 autographs sets at the NFL Rookie Premiere this week, which is a design from one of its popular products in the 1960s.


May 20, 2012
Dmitri Young's rookie cards sell for $2.5 Million.   Nearly 500 of Young's rookie baseball cards — all graded 10 gem mint, or perfect condition, by Professional Sports Authenticator — were put up for sale by SCP Auctions, a California-based firm. Bringing in the most cash was The only 1955 Roberto Clemente Topps ever graded 10 gem mint for $432,690.


May 20, 2012
NY Giant Osi Umenyiora offers to buy LT's Superbowl ring.   Umenyiora offered to buy and return Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring to the Pro Football Hall of Famer, but only if Umenyiora attained 500,000 Twitter followers by 10 p.m. Saturday. The auction ended early Sunday morning with the ring selling for $230,401.20.


May 19, 2012
Lawrence Taylor unaware his Superbowl ring was for sale.   As of midday Friday, the highest bid was just under $90,000 on what the auction house calls "arguably the most significant Super Bowl player ring ever offered publicly."


May 19, 2012
Babe Ruth Exhibit Part of the Return of Sports at Long Beach Expo.   An exhibit of historic, valuable Babe Ruth memorabilia will be featured at the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com), May 31 – June 2, 2012, as part of the eagerly anticipated return of sports collectibles to the popular show. The display by JP Cohen of Memory Lane will include rare baseball cards, autographs and memorabilia, including a Ruth-signed bat.


May 18, 2012
Fake Memorabilia at the Baseball Hall of Fame?   It looks likely that The Baseball Hall of Fame was an early victim of the "Cooperstown Forger".


May 18, 2012
State of Oklahoma Returns Amazing Mantle Autographed Baseball to Owner.   Rhonda Baldwin-Brown says the baseball was in a safe deposit box belonging to her late son, Blake.


May 18, 2012
On-Demand Trading Cards?   If you could order the exact trading cards you wanted from every product released, direct from the manufacturer, would you spend more or less on cards than you currently do?


May 17, 2012
Thieves swipe prestigious U.S. Amateur trophy and old Hogan artifacts in smash-and-grab USGA heist.   Is there a black market for stolen golf memorabilia? Cops near the U.S. Golf Association headquarters in suburban New Jersey are about to find out. An overnight break-in at the USGA Museum netted thieves a couple of gold-plated artifacts that could have some serious worth -- assuming golf keepsakes have the same sort of cachet as stolen paintings or sculptures.


May 17, 2012
Giants' Super Bowl XLVI ring officially unveiled.   The Giants have unveiled their Super Bowl XLVI ring and, much as some of the players denied the leaked pictures weren't the real deal, the fact is they were.


May 17, 2012
Let the Games Begin: Game-Used Jerseys at Auction, Including Koufax.   It might be May on the calendar, but it’s about to get a lot hotter thanks to frenzied bidding related to the Summer Games auction taking place courtesy of Grey Flannel.


May 16, 2012
A $10.00 Purchase at a Flea-Market Turns Into a Quick $3,500.00 Sale.   A rare 1925 Spalding Trophy in mint condition found at a local flea-market is posted on the Net54baseball.com site and sells in two hours.


May 16, 2012
Possible preview of NY Giants new championship ring.   Punter Steve Weatherford may have given a preview of the Giants' new bling. Weatherford tweeted a photo which shows three angles of a design for a Giants' Super Bowl ring.


May 16, 2012
Hall of Famers’ Rookie Cards from 1948-90 – all Gem Mint – Now at Auction.   SCP Auctions will feature Dmitri Young’s high-end baseball card collection – widely considered to be the finest quality collection of Baseball Hall of Fame rookie cards in existence – in its spring auction that ends Saturday, May 19. The offering includes nearly 500 individual cards, including every Baseball Hall of Fame rookie card from 1948-90 and many other prominent player rookie cards. Young will use proceeds from the auction to start The Dmitri D. Young Foundation.


May 15, 2012
Orel Hershiser Changes His Mind About Auctioning Baseball From Scoreless Innings Streak.   In an 18-year MLB career that included a Cy Young Award, a World Series MVP, and an LCS MVP in both leagues, Orel Hershiser accumulated a lot of stuff. But it's more than that: On his blog over at MLB.com, Keith Olbermann describes Hershiser as an avid sports memorabilia collector, and one with whom Olbermann has traded cards for some 25 years. But, in an effort to pare down his holdings, Hershiser is putting a number of items—"uniforms, jackets, gloves, trophies, baseballs, and even card sets," Olbermann says—up for sale.


May 15, 2012
Bids Heating Up on Babe Ruth Jersey, Cap and Other Auction Items.   The Ruth jersey sits at $1,148,754 with the buyer's premium – a world record for a game worn jersey in the history of sports collectibles. The jersey,has taken 15 bids with a few days remaining in the auction.


May 15, 2012
Topps and Panini Try To Give the HOF Treatment to Their Products.   Panini and Topps have been doing everything in their power to futher build out their followings in the baseball card markets, both in successful ways and other less successful ventures. Oddly enough, they are trying to do it by capitalizing on a part of the baseball market that has gone relatively unexplored over the last five seasons. With both companies having the ability to put out HOF inspired cards, high end autographs seem to be more relevant in Baseball than ever.


May 14, 2012
Panini America Releases Checklist for the 2012 Toronto Spring Expo Redemption.   Thousands of Canada’s most passionate collectors descended upon the Toronto International Centre last weekend to take part in the 2012 Toronto Spring Expo and, more specifically, the show-stopping Panini America wrapper-redemption program.


May 14, 2012
Wagner, Doyle Pace $9.56 Million REA Auction.   The two marquee cards in the T206 baseball card set sold for more than $1 million combined as Robert Edward Auctions wrapped up its 2012 auction early Sunday morning.


May 13, 2012
For collectors, it's all about condition.   Just as the mantra in the real estate industry is location, location, location, so it is with collectibles and memorabilia. The collector’s mantra goes like this: Condition, condition, condition. Whether it’s stamps, coins, cards, comics or magazines, the better the condition — free of blemishes or even labels — the more eye appeal and, thus, the greater value.


May 13, 2012
Global Authentics Derek Jeter Autographs.....Why do they look so different?   Forgery-Fighting Hobbyist Christopher Williams Warns Collectors About Global Authentic and GAI Certified Jeter Autographs.


May 12, 2012
Topps Announces Stunning 2012 Archives Additions.   What makes some of these extras so great isn't so much the star power(though that helps) but the incredible thoughtfulness that went into each detail.


May 12, 2012
Rare Picasso Found at Ohio Thrift Store.   What Treasure Can You Find at Your Local Thrift Store? An unemployed Ohio man went to his local thrift store in search of furniture he could restore and sell, for $14.14 he left with what he thought was a nice commercial print of a Picasso piece.


May 11, 2012
Avery Bradley Basketball Cards Heat Up.   Secondary players often get lost on a team full of stars, but occasionally one breaks through to let fans know there is more to a basketball team than just the usual five. Second-year player Avery Bradley recently made his presence known on the Boston Celtics. The 6-foot-2 guard finished the regular season hot for the Celtics and has played well during the first round of the playoffs.


May 11, 2012
Steiner Selling Yankees' Game-Used Throwback Uniforms.   Only two times in New York Yankees history has the team worn throwback uniforms. The uniforms worn during the Red Sox 100th Anniversary Celebration at Fenway Park are now on sale through Steiner Sports, which has an exclusive deal with the historic baseball franchise to sell its game-used memorabilia.


May 10, 2012
Terrelle Pryor says he sold OSU gear to help mom pay bills.   He was suspended for five games at Ohio State for receiving impermissible benefits (including cash and tattoos) and allegedly misleading NCAA investigators.


May 10, 2012
Early Reading Material about Sports Cards.   Take a nostalgic look into our hobby’s past years and in particular, into our hobby’s sports collecting publication’s of the past, it was a great era in time.


May 10, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers Get Their Own Card Set From ITG.   Scheduled to arrive on June 15, the base set will depict the history of the Flyers from some of the most famous games and wins, including Stanley Cup championships in 1973-74 and 1974-75. The Flyers were the first non-Original Six team to win the NHL crown.


May 9, 2012
Baseball cards and charity: A teenager’s mission.   To date, the charity has collected over 500,000 cards.


May 9, 2012
Kobe Bryant's autographed face mask sells for $67,100 in eBay charity auction.   A face mask worn and autographed by Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant has sold on the internet auction site eBay for $61,700. The product's listing pitched the mask as a "piece of NBA history" and "an amazing, one-of-a-kind sports artifact." A total of 129 bids were placed on the item, according to eBay.


May 9, 2012
Led by $654,500 Price Tag for T206 Honus Wagner Baseball Card, Memory Lane Auction Hits $2 Million.   A T206 Honus Wagner, long held by one of the hobby’s most dedicated collectors, sold for $654,500, the highest price ever obtained at auction for a PSA 2 graded example.


May 8, 2012
Dan Scheinman's Amazing Baseball Uniform Collection.   Scheinman’s trove comprises over 300 baseball artifacts, including more than 100 jerseys from the 1950s or earlier. In some cases, he has entire uniforms down to the belts and spikes. It’s an all-time fantasy lineup: There’s the oldest known jersey worn by Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson, an early-20th-century Hall of Famer who won 373 games (tied for third all-time), as well as jerseys from five of the 1927 Murderers’ Row Yankees—Joe Dugan, Benny Bengough, Dutch Ruether, Bob Meusel, and Wilcy Moore. He’s got jerseys from Dizzy Dean, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial.


May 8, 2012
Family Earns $216,000 From Babe Ruth Signed Baseballs.   The auction was conducted by Heritage Auctions, and included eight baseballs signed by Ruth during a trip to Spencer, Iowa in 1948. The baseballs sold at auction for $216,000 on Friday to an unnamed memorabilia investor. One of the balls that was in almost perfect condition sold for $77,000. The moral of the story here, folks, is to never underestimate the value of a signature, especially one as rare as Babe Ruth’s. While an item on the surface may not look like much, it could in fact be the find of a lifetime.


May 8, 2012
Memorabilia From Ebbets Field Stir Memories of Glory Days of Brooklyn Dodger Baseball.   An exhibit of Ebbets Field memorabilia at the Brooklyn College Library is intended to explore the deep love that Brooklyn baseball fans had for the Dodgers, and to explain the residual ill feeling that still adds heat to any discussion of Brooklyn baseball.


May 8, 2012
Rare Bryce Harper Card Could Fetch Lofty Sum.   The Bowman Superfractor card is so rare that it is literally the only one ever made. He hopes that that price will soar in the next week. The card is on eBay and the highest bid was at $12,100 and should climb much higher (the auction ends May 16).


May 7, 2012
Rare Honus Wagner rookie card for sale.   The card is not the T-206 Honus Wagner card, which has fetched as much as $2.8 million. This card is rarer, only three are known to exist.


May 6, 2012
Pete Rose signs and and enscribes some weird novelty signed baseballs.   It seems the Pete Rose apology/weird novelty signed baseball has turned into a bit of a cottage industry. In addition to expressing sorrow over betting on baseball, Rose also laments his role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, destroying the economy and breaking up the Beatles.


May 6, 2012
Former bat boy works to keep Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League alive.   John Hall helps keep the memory of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri Baseball League alive. Hall, a longtime baseball fan, has collections of baseball cards and balls related to the league and maintains a database of 1,588 league players.


May 6, 2012
World Series Mystery: Did This Ball Break Up Beven's No-Hitter in 1947?   It is clearly visible that the three surviving notations on the ball are written in three different inks with three different pens. Adding to the confusion, Heritage, in their lot description, also reveals that, “Other earlier signatures have been professionally removed.”


May 5, 2012
Buckner baseball sells at Auction for $418,250.   Many other pieces were sold. They included the ball Reggie Jackson hit for his third home run in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers for $65,725, and Babe Ruth's 136th career home-run baseball from 1921 for $25,095.


May 5, 2012
BGS Graded Michael Jordan Tops $41,000 at Auction.   A BGS 9.5 copy of Michael Jordan‘s 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metals Gems Red, a card (above) that is limited to just 90 copies and is the highest grade of its kind according to the BGS Population Report, sold for $41,825 through Heritage Auctions. The card was one of more than 50 lots of graded Jordans sold via Heritage this week, each professionally graded by Beckett Grading Services or PSA.


May 5, 2012
The House That Ruth Lived in for Sale in Sudbury, Massachusetts.   Ruth purchased the property, better known as “Home Plate Farm,” in 1922 and lived there until 1926. The 13-room, 3.5 bathroom house has more than 5,000 square feet of living space. During his playing days, Ruth was known as one who enjoyed wild parties. According to legend, one of those parties was in the winter when he pushed a piano out onto an iced-over Willis Pond. Supposedly Ruth left the piano there until the ice melted in the spring and the piano sank. The piano was never found, but in 2010 divers found a veneer from an old piano.


May 4, 2012
2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks And Panini America Announce Multi-Year Marketing And Game-Worn Memorabilia Agreement.   In addition to game-worn memorabilia, the Dallas Mavericks will work with Panini Authentic (www.paniniauthentic.com) to sell unique Limited Edition Championship memorabilia from the 2011 NBA Finals games played at American Airlines Center and promote Panini America NBA trading cards.


May 4, 2012
Artist and baseball fan Paul Lempa has art exhibit opening Saturday in Hoboken NJ, marking anniversary of 1st baseball game.   Paul Lempa, Jersey City’s baseball aficionado and artist, is launching a new art exhibit tomorrow to coincide with the 166th anniversary of the first baseball game played at Hoboken’s Elysian Fields. The exhibit at Gallery 1200 at 1200 Washington St., in Hoboken is due to run through June 23.


May 4, 2012
Mariano Rivera’s Career In Jeopardy After Tearing ACL.   Mariano Rivera’s career may have ended Thursday night, not while basking in the glow of adoring fans at Yankee Stadium, but in agonizing pain on the outfield grass before a few thousand fans in Kansas City.


May 3, 2012
‘Buckner Ball’ expected to bring $100,000-plus.   Friday morning at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, one of baseball’s most coveted prizes — the slow ground ball that dribbled between Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series — will be sold to a fan with a deep sense of nostalgia, and even deeper pockets.


May 3, 2012
Massive Quantity of Graded Michael Jordan Cards in Heritage Auction.   It’s not often that modern graded cards have such a presence through major auction houses — that’s often the domain of vintage graded baseball and other memorabilia — but nearly 50 lots of MJ cards, each professionally graded by Beckett Grading Services or PSA, are up for grabs right now.


May 3, 2012
J. David Goldin Finds Babe Ruth Recording On eBay, Helps Stop National Archives Thefts.   When he saw the recorded interview of baseball great Babe Ruth for sale on eBay he knew something was wrong. There was only one original record of that 1937 interview of Ruth on a hunting trip, and Goldin had donated it to a government archive more than 30 years ago. Now someone was auctioning it off, the winning bid just $34.75.


May 2, 2012
The 10 Most Expensive Items Ever Sold on eBay.   Yes, a couple of sports memorabilia items made the list.


May 2, 2012
Robert Griffin III has Football Trading Card, Autograph Deal in Place With Panini.   Panini America has announced a trading card agreement with Washington Redskins quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III for the 2012 season. The deal will include Griffin’s first officially licensed NFL and NFL PLAYERS trading cards, as well as his first licensed autographed trading cards.


May 2, 2012
A Look At Upper Deck's Summer Hockey Line.   Upper Deck hit the hobby with details about its upcoming summer releases, 2011-12 Ultimate Collection and 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee. Put on those Ray Bans, hockey collectors. It’s bright out there.


May 1, 2012
The Latest Million Dollar Work on Paper – A Baseball Card.   He was not a dominant home run hitter like Babe Ruth. He was never as ornery as Ty Cobb. He was never called “Mr. October” like Reggie Jackson, did not collect as many hits as Pete Rose or home runs as Hank Aaron. His name today is probably remembered only by baseball aficionados. Nevertheless, he is the king of baseball cards. If you could have just one baseball card, it would be a Honus Wagner, one published by the American Tobacco Company between 1909 and 1911. If nothing else, you could sell it and buy all of the other cards you ever wanted.


May 1, 2012
Topps Reveals Rookie Cards for Bryce Harper.   Autograph hunters should be especially happy, as Topps announced that Harper will have signed rookie cards in all of its releases for the rest of the season. Here's a breakdown:


May 1, 2012
Bill Bucker Speaking Engagements and Memorabilia Still in High Demand, Despite Being Known for His 1986 World Series Blunder.   The legendary fielding play lives on as the famous Buckner ball has surfaced and is being auctioned for over $100,000 this week. This priceless souvenir along with several others can be found at Heritage Auctions as baseball Collector, Seth Swirky, has decided to put his collection up for sale.


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.