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May 30, 2015
1963 Bazooka All-Time Greats Baseball Cards
The only Bazooka set to be inserted in gum boxes rather than on the box itself, the checklist consists of 41 players. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner are just a handful of the Hall of Famers in the set.

Each specially marked box of gum came with five cards. Each measures 1 9/16 x 2 1/2". This makes them similar in size to traditional tobacco cards.

May 30, 2015
2015 Topps Finest Football preview
2015 Topps Finest Football hits the turf with one rookie autograph patch card and one autographed jumbo relic card per master box.

New for this year is a special insert and autograph card that pays tribute to Finest’s colorful past. 1995 Topps Finest Rookie Refractors feature this year’s rookies on a card using the 1995 Finest design. Unsigned versions will land once per mini box, and have four levels of numbered parallels (Blue, Gold, Red & Pulsar) plus one-of-one SuperFractors.

May 29, 2015
Custom card creator’s secondary hobby leads to autograph signing at Jose Canseco’s house
Tanner Jones is a dedicated collector of Jose Canseco cards — so much so he makes his own custom cardboard that includes game-used pieces and dream combinations that haven’t been done before.

It’s the kind of stuff that really didn’t exist when baseball’s bad boy was bashing homers during the summers of his prime in the past. It’s also a hobby that helps Jones fill in the gaps for cards from years where Canseco wasn’t a force in the hobby, allowing him to more fully document — and collect — the slugger’s career.

May 29, 2015
1910 T209 Contentnea First Series Baseball Cards
The 1910 T209 Contentnea First Series is a small regional release that features minor league players largely based in the Carolinas. Technically the colorized part of the T209 line, the First Series cards are quite rare in comparison to their black-and-white Photo Series counterparts.

May 29, 2015
May 28, 2015
2015 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Cards
2015 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball takes the product back to a more traditional pack-based product. In recent years, it has been done as a premium-style factory set, first as an online exclusive then offered in hobby shops. Like the main Heritage set that is also based on 1966 Topps, hobby boxes promise one autograph or relic card.

May 28, 2015
Collecting It All: Hockey, Golf, Boxing and More – What Level Are You At?
In the previous installments of this article, we looked through the vintage catalogs at what to collect next in various sports after you have collected the popular and available sets. In this final installment, we look briefly at vintage (pre-1981) hockey, boxing, golf and the other sports.

May 28, 2015
Upper Deck divulges plans for National
As we get closer to the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention, trading card companies are getting ready to reveal details about their redemption programs and booth activities and Upper Deck has beat them all to the punch in letting collectors know what they can expect in Chicago from July 29 to August 2.

For their redemption program, the company is bringing back Prominent Cuts and the set will focus on sports and entertainment personalities. Participating collectors will not only be able to easily finish the set due to its availability throughout the show, but they could pull some limited autograph cards or even one of six one-of-one cut signature cards depicting a deceased Chicago sports legend.

May 27, 2015
Former NHL Player’s historic puck up for auction against his wishes
A New Jersey man is hawking a milestone puck that legendary Islanders forward Mike Bossy used to score his famous 50-in-50 goal in 1981.

Bossy wants his valuable hunk of rubber back. The puck in question is now on eBay auction.

May 27, 2015
Rare Signatures, Championship Rings at Albersheim’s
Two of the hottest collecting categories in sports memorabilia will highlight the lineup at Albersheim’s June 6 sale. Rare Hall of Fame autographs and championship rings take center stage among more than 600 lots of quality sports memorabilia.

Leading the sale in current bidding is a 1992 Dallas Cowboys championship ring belonging to Curvin Richards. Die-hard fans might remember Richards was actually cut by the team after the regular season finale after fumbling twice in the last game.

May 27, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps Chrome Mini Football
Football collectors will bidding a fond farewell to Topps this season, but that does not mean that the company is holding back by any stretch with the announcement that they are once again producing a special mini edition of their ever-popular Chrome product.

Set for release on December 18, the company is looking to end the brand’s run in the most spectacular way possible by providing hobbyists with a strong mix of rookies, retro variations, autographs, and a vast array of parallels in each box of 2015 Topps Chrome Mini Football.

May 26, 2015
Sports collector clubs are fading from the landscape
The aging of enthusiasts and cultural changes have diminished interest in the hobby nationally and locally.

Time and the Internet have erased many of the sports collectors clubs that once dotted the landscape, both nationally and locally. Smartphones and Snapchat occupy a new generation, and the richest collectors — those who pay $20,000 for a game-used Stan Musial jersey — operate on a much higher level.

May 26, 2015
Ali's gloves from 1965 bout and rare signed photo of Shoeless Joe fetch $1.1 at NYC auction
Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout won by Ali were seized by George Russo, the boxing commissioner for Maine. The gloves remained in the Russo family until a collector purchased them several years ago. Heritage Auctions handled the sale in New York City, said the gloves were purchased for $956,000 by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous.

The photo of Jackson, who is mostly remembered for being banned from baseball for his role in the 1919 World Series scandal and later being depicted in the movie "Field of Dreams," brought in $179,000.

May 26, 2015
The Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular Returns to Boston
Fanatics Authentic is returning to Boston, Massachusetts on June 5th with its unique sports memorabilia show for the second time and will bring more than 40 prominent athletes along for three days of events.

There's free admission to the event, and it's scheduled to host a variety of New England sports icons and top names from every major league to give fans the chance to meet some of their favorite athletes.

May 23, 2015
A look at the sports memorabila business with collectable expert Michael Osacky
Rick Kogan talks with Baseball in the Attic’s Michael Osacky about his background in vintage baseball cards and sports memorabilia; the thrill of tracking down rare items, and the business of buying, appraising and selling sports treasures.

May 23, 2015
How to Spot the 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Football Variations
So, yes, the player images differ but unless you're able to remember a lot of photos, the Seat/Sec method is much easier to keep tabs on.

A total of 47 2015 Panini Contenders Draft College Ticket Autographs have variations. In addition to the base versions, these variations get the full parallel treatment as well.

May 23, 2015
First look: 2015 Topps Update baseball cards
Topps unleashed the first look at 2015 Topps Update on Thursday and one big detail that jumps out at one is this — the base set will consist of 400 cards, which is the largest checklist for the release in years.

The base set also will revisit the MLB All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby in a lineup that has seven types of parallels per card — Gold (/2,015), Snow Camo (/99), Black (/64), Pink (/50), Rainbow and 1/1 Platinum and printing plates.

May 22, 2015
New Jersey man finds century-old baseball card treasure inside wall of home
Trying to get rid of a family of raccoons living in a crawl space in his home, a homeowner came across a find of a lifetime.

Along with five Babe Ruth baseball cards, Torres found cards depicting other Hall of Famers like Casey Stengel, George Sisler, Ty Cobb, and many others. There were also cards of famous boxers like Jack Dempsey and Jess Willard, presidents including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and Hollywood celebrities of the twenties like Diana Mayo, Pauline Curly, Harold Lloyd, and Hoot Gibson.

May 22, 2015
Heritage Auctions Nets $8.3 Million in Latest sale
Heritage had impressive results Dallas, May 14-16, with its $8.3 million Sports Catalog Auction.

The three-day, extended-bidding format auction stunned hobby veterans as a deluge of world record prices was realized. Another record set in the auction by Heritage, the hobby’s largest sports auction firm, as more than 1,000 different bidders were winners in the three-day event.

May 22, 2015
First Look: 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault
Repacked memorabilia products have been growing in popularity as of late and Leaf Trading Cards is about to get in on the action with 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault.

Loaded up with a strong and broad selection of memorabilia from a variety of genres, there will be 10 items inside each box and it has a suggested retail price of $1,250. Releasing in August, some of the pulls could include actual worn wardrobe pieces from movies and televisions shows, signed jerseys and even autographed trading cards.

May 21, 2015
Roger Bannister to auction ‘4-minute-mile’ shoes
The running shoes used to set one of the greatest milestones in sports history are going up for sale.

The lightweight leather spikes worn by Roger Bannister when he broke the 4-minute mile in 1954 will go on the block on Sept. 10 in London at Christie’s auction house. Christie’s said Wednesday the shoes are expected to fetch between $47,000 and $78,000.

May 21, 2015
SCU Go-Live Report: 2015 Topps Tier One Baseball
When Tier One first came out, Five Star still hadnt brought a set that featured high end content with on card autos. It was one of the first products to try to get autographs to the forefront of the theme of the set, and it actually didnt do all that much for me. The set was repetitive and had a lot of junk autos.

Since that time, the set has evolved, more known now for the Bat Knob cards more than anything. Its a pretty nice set these days.

May 21, 2015
Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Spectra
Basketball card collectors had better put on some shades as 2014-15 Panini Spectra is about to hit store shelves and the cards inside each box are going to dazzle thanks to the etched opti-chrome technology that Panini America used to make them.

Each box will contain eight cards and seven of them will feature autographs, memorabilia or a mixture of both. Earlier today, the company gave a sneak peek of some of the cardboard treasures headed into packs and their sample break showed a strong mix of players from the past and present along with a blast of color.

May 20, 2015
Famed NFL Coach Bud Grant Creates Twitter Account Just to Invite Public to Garage Sale
The 88-year-old Pro Football Hall of Fame coach created a Twitter account with the help of friends to promote his famous garage sale. This is the second time he’ll host the sale, at which he sells sports memorabilia, trades old stories and signs autographs.

Last year, Grant attracted an hour-and-a-half-long line of people waiting to meet him.

May 20, 2015
Dave & Adam’s to Open Huge Mega Store
The huge superstore, set to open in early June, is bit more than 46,000 square feet and will be unlike any sports memorabilia shop ever seen.

May 20, 2015
Famous four minute mile stopwatch sells for $31,000
The lot starred in a May 18 sale of sporting memorabilia at Graham Budd Auctions in London, exceeding an estimate of $12,430 by 150%.

May 19, 2015
Ohio State selling gear, memorabilia from championship run
The athletics department is holding an online sale now through the end of May that includes game-worn Buckeye football jerseys -- home and away -- from the 2014 season.

They are also offering the alternate "chrome" helmets they have worn a few times over the past seasons, but those will set you back a bit as the bidding is set to start at $1,500.

May 19, 2015
Rickey Henderson Rookie Tops $30,000
Buoyed by a record-shattering price of just over $30,000 for a 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RC PSA 10, almost three times the previous record, Mile High Card Company’s Spring Elite Extra Innings Auction made headlines in the hobby.

May 19, 2015
2015 Topps Heritage ’51 Collection Baseball Cards
Although 1952 Topps Baseball gets all the love and attention, it's technically not the first full-fledged product for the sport from the card maker. That distinction goes to 1951 Topps, which is more of a game than a traditional card set. However, 2015 Topps Heritage '51 Collection Baseball goes back to where it started.

It's done as a premium factory set that also includes some inserts and an autograph.

May 18, 2015
On the Radar: 2015 Topps Chrome Football
This looks like the end: With Panini taking over the NFL license next year, Topps Chrome will likely unable to be made in the same capacity as it will be this year, thus forcing 2015 to be the brand’s farewell tour.

May 18, 2015
First Look: 2014-15 Panini National Treasures
Containing 10 cards per pack, there is a heavy focus on autographs and memorabilia with eight of those highly sought-after pieces being found inside. As always, Rookie Patch Autographs are expected to be a major part of this collection and with a strongly-hyped freshman class, the competition will be tight for big names.

There are five different types of these cards to collect, including horizontal versions that contain a Logoman patch piece. The pieces on each card are large and often eye-catching as well.

May 16, 2015
1949 Bowman Baseball Cards
It might not be the most attractive set of cards ever produced, but that's easy to overlook once you delve into the 1949 Bowman Baseball checklist. Featuring several big-name rookies and even more key early cards, the set has plenty of star power.

The 1949 Bowman Baseball set has 240 cards. Leading the way as far as rookies go are Hall of Famers Duke Snider and Roy Campanella.

May 16, 2015
Fathead and Upper Deck Partner to Make Legendary Sports Icons REAL.BIG.
The two companies and their affiliates have reached an agreement to bring three of sports most famous athletes to the bedrooms, offices and man caves of fans around the world. NBA great Michael Jordan, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, and golfing superstar Tiger Woods will now be available as Fatheads.

May 16, 2015
Weighing The Risks and Rewards of Investing In Today's Vintage Baseball Card Boom
The vintage baseball card industry is booming more than ever, setting all-time records every few months. So what’s going on?

May 15, 2015
2015 Topps Tier One Baseball Cards
2015 Topps Tier One Baseball is for those looking for autographs and memorabilia cards with relatively clean designs. If you're looking for something different in your baseball cards, you'll want to look elsewhere. Boxes come with three cards: two autographs and one relic. Every fourth pack comes with a second relic.

May 15, 2015
Islanders Selling $20 Vials of Melted Ice From Nassau Coliseum
The New York Islanders are selling melted ice from their final game at Nassau Coliseum, at a cost of $20 per 1/2-ounce vial.

The Islanders are taking orders and packaging the vials at the team store located in the arena in Uniondale, New York, spokesman Kimber Auerbach said in an e-mail Thursday.

May 15, 2015
Leaf reveals 2015 Greatest Hits original content
With 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits basketball expected to hit store shelves in June, collectors were not only anticipating a fantastic shot at pulling either a Michael Jordan autograph or 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card, but there was also the promise of some original content to add more value to packs.

Leaf Trading Cards has revealed that each pack is set to contain one limited autograph card and the 18-card checklist includes several legends, cult heroes and young stars. No card is limited to more than 65 copies and there will be parallel versions that include 1/1s.

May 14, 2015
You can strike out by swinging blindly with sports signatures
At auctions, it’s “caveat emptor” — let the buyer beware. If you think you’re knowledgeable enough to just step up to the plate and buy an autographed, collectible item without any kind of certificate of authenticity, then more power to you.

May 14, 2015
Love of the Game Auctions in Great Meadows to auction Lou Gehrig bat
It is one of fewer than 20 known game-used examples, according to PSA ProBatFacts. As such, this PSA/DNA-certified 1929-31 Hanna Batrite R2 measuring 35.5 inches and 37.5 ounces, graded GU 8.5, represents a rare, historically significant piece that already is garnering significant attention.

May 14, 2015
Hit Show ‘Strange Inheritance’ Brings the Backstory to Family Heirlooms
Fox Business Network’s hit TV show Strange Inheritance tells some amazing, down-to-earth, real-life stories about some extraordinary discoveries and hand-me-down items.

What makes the show different from an Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers or Storage Wars is there was an incredible history to the item, to the person who collected it.

May 13, 2015
Hinging on History: The 1955 Topps Double Headers
Issued in penny packs with a single card and a slab of gum and patterned after the distinctive and innovative 1911 Mecca Double Folders T201 set, the 1955 Double Headers stand nearly 5 inches tall when “open.”

The cards usually came from the factory perforated, that is with a “hinge” or “fold” running side-to-side about one-third of the way from the top. Unfolded, they commonly show an illustration of a player swinging a bat or throwing a ball. When folded, the cards often feature a pitcher following through on his delivery or a player crouched to snag a grounder. The player on the card back shares the bottom part of the legs and feet with the athlete on the front. A snapshot of each player’s stats appears on the reverse side, as well.

May 13, 2015
Tom Brady’s Hobby Legacy
Brady might take a small hit in this new age of “what have you done for me lately” collecting, which is insane in its own right. As mentioned above, with the fact that he just won a Super Bowl, this should be one of his brightest hobby moments, regardless of the mob bearing torches and pitchforks in the over-sensitive media.

Here is an idea of what is going on right now.

May 13, 2015
PSA 8 Bowman Mantle, Mays Rookies Hit Record Prices at Memory Lane
High-grade rookie cards continue to escalate in price. Add some star power to those cards, and prices skyrocket. Exhibit A: The recently concluded Memory Lane Spring Break Auction.

May 12, 2015
Super Bowl Rings Shine in Goldin Auctions’ 2 Million Dollar Sale
Five Super Bowl rings available in the 2015 Goldin Auctions Opening Day Auction were among the highest priced items in the auction that closed in the early morning hours of May 10. In addition to setting several record prices, Goldin Auctions generated $2 million in sales from 12,000 bids on 1,400 lots of sports, entertainment and historical memorabilia.

May 12, 2015
Ichiro Suzuki Autographs in 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball
It's interesting to note that Ichiro isn't pictured in a Miami Marlins jersey, his current team. Rather, he's shown as a Seattle Mariner, his first MLB team.

During his time with the Mariners, Ichiro had an exclusive deal with Upper Deck for autographs. In recent years, the outfielder has signed cards for both Leaf and Panini. Leaf even did the high-end 2013 Leaf Ichiro Immortals Collection set that focused on his career up to that point.

May 11, 2015
Is This The Beginning of the Bryce Harper Era?
In 2011, pending his call up to the Majors, Harper became the top prospect. Over the next few years, he had his ups and downs, but never really lived up to the hype.

That's all changed this year, as his play in recent weeks has been some of the most productive games in MLB history. Check out some of his recent prices.

May 11, 2015
2015 Topps Valor Football preview
Topps’s artistic take on the the warlike qualities represented on the football field, Valor, returns for 2015 with a new batch exceptional looking designs. 2015 Topps Valor Football will include four hits per box, including an autograph and an auto relic.

The base set is made up of 100 veteran or retired players plus 50 rookies, including number one overall pick Jameis Winston. Speed parallels will land one per hobby pack to go along with six additional levels of numbered parallels: Strength, Courage, Discipline, Glory, Valor and Heart (#’d 1/1).

May 9, 2015
First Look: 2015 Super Break Box Breakers Edition
One of the most wonderful things about collecting trading cards, autographs and memorabilia are those rare moments when a collector uncovers an incredible jaw-dropping treasure.

With next week’s release of 2015 Super Break Box Breakers Edition, the thrill and chase for some of the hobby’s most coveted items can be found in one place as there will be at least 10 premium items in each box, including “The Bar” – a one-of-one piece of original artwork coupled with rare signatures which have been graded, slabbed and secured by Beckett Grading Services and James Spence Authentication.

May 9, 2015
Figuring Out Realistic Prices
How do you price a card that is so uncommon that there are very few sales to determine a fair rate?

May 8, 2015
The Secret Agents at Every Major League Baseball Game
Meet the MLB Authenticity Police, the guys who covertly prevent you from getting ripped off.

For many collectors, photographs provide sufficient evidence that an item is real. If any home run ball were to go up for auction, a collector could go through the painstaking process of photo-matching and make sure it's the right ball (comparing the auctioneer's image of the ball to others taken that night). Collectors can also pay an authentication service to do this for them.

Often, professional authenticators will go to even greater lengths to prove a piece of memorabilia is real by X-raying it, or by doing extensive research into its origins. But most of those systems are ultimately flawed. Photos can be altered, videos can be edited, and home run balls can be swapped and faked. Once that ball leaves the playing field, it's effectively worthless, unless you can prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that it's the one. For the past 14 years, the MLB has been trying to do just that.

May 8, 2015
Clean Sweep Presents: Selee Cut, Ruth Ball, Roberto Bat and More
The top lot is a cut signature of Frank Selee, one of only seven Selee signatures known to exist, according to JSA. Selee was the manager for the Boston Beaneaters (1890-1901), Chicago Orphans (1902) and the Chicago Cubs (1903-05). He died in 1909 at age 49 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Bidding is already past $7,000 at the time this was published.

May 8, 2015
Will Ferrell To Be Featured On Baseball Cards Released By Topps
Ferrell recently made history by suiting up for 10 Major League Baseball teams and playing every position during a single day of spring training. The actor/comedian will be recognized for his incredible accomplishment with a series of baseball cards released by Topps.

May 7, 2015
Bud Grant is on Twitter -- and his garage sale is back
A year ago, Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant welcomed hundreds of people to his house in Bloomington, Minnesota, for a three-day garage sale that doubled as a chance for Vikings fans to rub elbows with the greatest coach in team history. Grant, who marked his 87th birthday during the event, promised the sale would be his biggest, and last.

A year later, not only is Grant planning to celebrate his 88th birthday with another sale, he's taking to Twitter to announce it.

May 7, 2015
SCU Go Live Report: 2014-15 Immaculate Basketball
This card set feels more complete than Flawless, especially considering the difference in price points. This year's set looks to be another in a line of nice products.

May 7, 2015
Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces
One week from today, a fan favorite returns to card store shelves with the release of 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces. While many collectors are excited about seeing new artistic renditions of some of the biggest names from hockey’s past, present, and future.

Through its Facebook page, Upper Deck has come through with a preview of some of the big hits to be found inside packs and with every piece of memorabilia being game-used and every autograph being hard-signed, Masterpieces may once again become a hobby sensation.

May 6, 2015
Baseball Bat Used To Defend Home Turns Out To Be $100K Lou Gehrig Gamer
Fewer than 20 Gehrig bats are known and this particular Hanna Batrite professional model is among the rarest models in the baseball memorabilia industry.

Based on previous auction results, the bat is estimated to bring about $100,000 in an auction held by Love of the Game in late July and early August. Gehrig’s game-used bats rank among the hobby’s five most desirable for collectors, according to PSA, the leading authentication company, sharing that distinction with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson.

May 6, 2015
Minnesota Priest Gets Pope Francis Autographed Baseball
There a few things in life as rare as a baseball autographed by the Pope.

A priest, who collects papal memorabilia, can now add this prize to his collection. Just last week while in Rome on a business trip, the priest applied for a special ticket to meet Pope Francis. He had been turned down three times before, but this time, he finally got his wish. The priest says he has autographs from every pope since 1623.

May 6, 2015
New BGS 10 Black Label Stirs Up Old Conflicts
The subjective difference between many grades holds no bearing with most, as some collectors stake hundreds or even thousands of dollars for that difference. Well, now they have a new level of mint to chase. BGS has since released the all pristine Black Label graded card.

In case you are wondering, instead of just grading a card as a Pristine 10, a black label card is a pristine card that has all 10s in the subgrades. It adds another level of the chase for some people, and many of these cards are getting some ridiculous prices as a result. I understand the need for collectors to display the vanity that makes our hobby what it is, but this just seems excessive.

May 5, 2015
Looks like A-Rod’s 660th home run has 80% discount
When Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th home run in 2007, his reputation was still unblemished by evidence that he had used steriods. The ball was sold at auction for $105,000.

On Friday night A-Rod hit his 660th home run, tying with all-time great Willie Mays for 4th on the record list. What’s that ball worth? Looks like it’s taken an 80% haircut. Friday’s ball might fetch $15,000 to $20,000 on the market, according to Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions, the California auction house that sold A-Rod’s 500th home run ball.

A-Rod memorabilia has plunged in value after he was suspended for a full season for steroids use. His return this season has gone better than many fans expected, but the demand for his memorabilia has yet to recover, according to experts.

May 5, 2015
Elite Extra Innings Auction Underway With Gem Mint Beauties
Coinciding with the roll-out of a newly designed, state of the art website, Mile High Card Company has launched its Spring 2015 Elite Extra Innings Auction, which concludes May 14. In addition to the normal array of moderately priced items, some of the hottest and most exclusive cards in the hobby will be offered.

May 4, 2015
Collecting It All: An Overview of Basketball Card Production
The three premier sets (1948 Bowman, 1957 Topps and 1961 Fleer) are pricey and challenging. You could pay $20,000 or more for the three sets in Near Mint and only add 218 more cards to your collection.

If you collected every regular Topps set starting in 1969 when Topps resumed issuing basketball cards, you would have 2,169 cards through 1980. You would have the bulk of vintage basketball cards at relatively affordable prices. You would not have had to chase high series cards or a plethora of “single” prints.

You would have to shell out some bucks for rookie cards of Jabbar, Erving, Maravich and others, but their cards are available.

May 4, 2015
2015 NFL Draft: Top Picks and Hobby Outlook
Now that the draft is over, it seems as though the year is ready to start. With the top picks now aligned with their teams, we can finally get a good idea of what the value looks like for the main players of the year. Although some were going to be obvious, there were a few very big surprises. Here is a breakdown of where I think things ended up hobby wise.

May 4, 2015
Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at 2015 Prestige Football
Each hobby box of 2015 Prestige Football (eight cards per pack, 24 packs per box) will deliver three autographs, one Rookie Jumbo Patch card, one foil-etched Jumbo Draft Pick box-topper, 24 Rookie Cards, four Rookie Photo Variations and 13 additional inserts from a lineup that includes Franchise Favorites, NFL Shield, Road to the NFL, Draft Big Board, Blue Chip Recruits, Draft Picks, Prestigious Picks and Super Bowl Heroes.

May 2, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps Triple Threads football cards
Topps recently revealed the first glimpses and the basic details for the 2015 version of the product, which will arrive on Nov. 18 with the latest draft picks in their pro uniforms and a selection of notable veterans.

As with recent releases there will be two types of packs found in Triple Threads boxes. Version 1 will contain a triple Relic limited to no more than 36 copies along with a rookie auto Relic limited to no more than 99 copies, two parallel cards and three base cards. Version 2 will include an autographed triple Relic, two jumbo Relics, one parallel and three base cards.

The base set will consist of 100 cards each with seven parallels — Purple (/TBD), Emerald (/199), Gold (/99), Ruby (/50), Sapphire (/25) and 1/1 Onyx and printing plate parallels.

May 2, 2015
Topps to offer phenomenal cut auto booklets in 2015 Five Star Baseball
Legendary Lineups Cut Signature books will contain eight cut signatures from some of the best starting lineups in baseball history. Topps hasn’t announced the full checklist, but they are using the 1961 Yankees as an example. This would include Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Roger Maris from the year he hit 61 home runs.

May 1, 2015
Review: 'The League of Outsider Baseball'
Graphic artist Gary Cieradkowski created the "Infinite Baseball Card Set" after his father died before the 2009 World Series.

The cards were an homage to their shared passion for the game and, especially, to their fascination with obscure players: those who toiled in the Negro Leagues, the minor leagues and in foreign lands, with names like Mysterious Mitchell, Buzz Arlett and Apau Kau.

May 1, 2015
On the Radar: 2015 Topps High Tek Football
Topps has had a lot of success as of late with products being brought over from Baseball. One of the biggest surprise successes of last year was High Tek baseball, which brought some very interesting concepts to the calendar in a reboot of a set from a long time ago.

High Tek combined lots of parallels, on card autos, and acetate together, and the collectors went nuts over the cheap packs and cool looking cards.

May 1, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps Valor football cards
Back again for another season, 2015 Topps Valor offers visually-striking cards. Topps recently released details about the 3rd edition of this product and each 20-pack box is slated to contain a strong array of hits along with plenty of non-memorabilia inserts and parallels.

Signed cards will drop once per box and the excitement starts with Valor Autographs which have five levels of scarcity for over 40 different rookies and veterans.

While all of the parallels will be numbered, it has been noted that the Discipline edition is limited to 25 copies and the Heart version is a one-of-one. Hobby boxes will be the home of three other types of inked cards and Alliance Autographs (Dual /10, Triple /10, and Quad /5) lead the way with more than one player featured on each.

April 30, 2015
Rare $1,200 Derek Jeter baseball card and tens of thousands of dollars snagged in Brooklyn bank safety deposit box heist
A rare 1993 Upper Deck rookie card of the famed Yankees superstar — issued before he got into the big leagues — was among a treasure trove of sports memorabilia taken from a safety deposit box during a daring break-in at a Brooklyn bank, a police source said Wednesday.

Other cards were stolen too.

April 30, 2015
Ed Lucas: 60 Years of Yankees Home Openers in His Sights
Ed Lucas clearly remembers seeing the large No. 8 beneath the criss-crossed chest protector straps on the back of Yogi Berra’s pinstriped uniform. It was 1947, the Yankee catcher’s rookie year.

Nine years later, after losing his sight in a freak baseball accident, Lucas went to Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, beginning a streak of home openers that reached 60 straight on April 6, when the Bronx Bombers began the 2015 campaign against the Toronto Blue Jays. Without question, it’s the blind Emmy award-winning journalist’s favorite day of the year.

April 30, 2015
Mickey Mantle's 1965 contract could exceed $15,000
Mickey Mantle's 1965 player's contract for the New York Yankees is among the highlights of a sale at Goldin Auctions in New Jersey on May 9.

Other lots in the sale include a humidor presented to Babe Ruth by the city of Boston in 1919.


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