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June 30, 2011
SIGNS of trouble: autograph sales violate NCAA regulations.   For University athletes, looking at the face of a small child asking for an autograph is a challenge, especially when the child runs back to deposit his signed ball or jersey into the hands of an adult with a duffle bag.

June 30, 2011
Packers fans can get their own Super Bowl jewelry.   A 10-karat ring that identifies the owner as a shareholder or season-ticket holder costs $2,499. Or, if the lustrium option — a mixture of nickel and chromium — is selected, the price drops to $399. Other fans who select the "Ultimate Fan Ring" can get the 10-karat ring for $1,999 or the lustrium ring for $299.


June 29, 2011
Renovated Yogi Berra Museum is a Home Run.   That hallowed, glorious feeling of entering Yankee Stadium can be felt throughout the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.


June 29, 2011
An expected Hat Trick for Panini with three upcoming Hockey card releases.   Even though the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over, Hockey fans have a lot to look forward to in the near future thanks to Panini.


June 29, 2011
A San Francisco Giants Celebration at the Baseball Hall of Fame.   Some items normally kept in storage were brought out for presentation, such as an all-black Giants jersey, with a white “NY” on the sleeve, worn by Red Murray in the 1911 World Series against the Philadelphia A’s. Only 10 percent of the Hall of Fame’s vast collection is on public display at any given time.


June 28, 2011
Bat Babe Ruth Used in Legendary Sing Sing Home Run Up For Auction.   The Louisville Slugger that the Bambino used to swat a very unofficially estimated 620-foot whopper during a 1929 exhibition game at Westchester's Sing Sing prison is expected to pull as much as $100,000 at auction next month.


June 28, 2011
Denny's '91-'92 baseball sets are no grand slams.   There was a special Jackie Robinson commemorative card and another for Larry Doby that was given away at Fan Fest and the All-Star game in Cleveland. Cards were usually available with the purchase of food. The cards featured holograms with the 1997 Pinnacle set using 3-D-like technology on the front.


June 28, 2011
Babe Ruth Signed Photo, Thurman Munson & Walter Johnson Autographed Baseballs, Ted Williams Signed 1937 Padres Baseball As 18yr Old, Gehrig Music Sheet Hit Auction Block.   Discoveries of previously unknown vintage memorabilia is a rare occurrence, but Imperial Sports Auctions has a unique rarity that has collectors buzzing.


June 27, 2011
Absolute Memorabilia Football - A First Look.   Panini America unveiled a seven-card preview of 2011 Absolute Memorabilia Football. Drawing positive comments and praise in the Knight’s Lance post, the manufacturer seems to be building generally joyous suspense for its September release.


June 27, 2011
Hobby turns into business venture.   A Hobbyist openes a new store. While at least a dozen area sports cards shops have come and gone in his area this decade, the owner syas there is still a niche and still a need.


June 26, 2011
Auction House Asks Judge to Send Hip-Hop Artist Turned Sports Memorabilia Dealer to Jail.   Peter Nash, now a baseball historian and memorabilia dealer, has spent much of the past decade engaged in a series of legal and financial battles.  Robert Edward Auctions president Rob Lifson, who claimed that Nash had failed to pay back almost $1 million he borrowed from REA, won a $760,000 judgment from Nash in 2008.


June 26, 2011
Topps "Big" Cards - Some in the Media Are Claiming Racism.   Topps Big was a stand-alone set of baseball cards that was produced from 1988 to 1990.  The cards were 12 percent larger than standard cards, and the back of each card featured silly comics that acted out pieces of trivia.  In these comics, every player was white.  Barry Bonds was white.  Barry Bonds' dad was white.


June 25, 2011
Could Upper Deck be Downsizing?   Last week a blogger received an email from Upper Deck’s Public Relations Manager informing him that the company was moving offices and would be without phone and Internet service for about a week.  So the blogger decided to do a little investigating...


June 24, 2011
Former Green Bay Packers G Fuzzy Thurston's Super Bowl II ring being sold to settle $1.7M tax debt.   The government had hoped to sell more than just one of Thurston’s rings. A court order dated last week calls for the sale of rings from Super Bowl I and II, NFL championship rings from 1958, 1961, 1962 and 1965, other sports memorabilia and a gold watch. Auhorities have not managed to get hold of those items.


June 24, 2011
That's My Ticket Celebrates the Bruins' Championship.   The company known for its oversized canvas tickets celebrating specfic events and championships is offering dozens of customizable products to honor the Bruins.


June 24, 2011
American Memorabilia Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.   The details are sketchy but their auctions continue. Word in the industry is that for a long time they have been very slow in paying consigners.


June 23, 2011
Appraising Yankees items, Red's stogie.   Brandon Steiner shares his recent experiences in the hobby.


June 23, 2011
Collectors Can Now Purchase Over 800,000 Rare and Unseen Photos Previously Locked in Newspapers' Archives.   These photos span decades of history and chronicle the events, people and places that have shaped the world we live in, each representing a unique moment in time and a rare piece of American and world history – a collector's dream come true.


June 23, 2011
Herbie Loves the Collecting Bug.   He counts Bobby Trowbridge, Clete Boyer, Johnny Blanchard, Mickey Rivers and the Mantle family among his good friends. He’s quick with a story and isn’t afraid to share his opinion on anything from the permanent retirement of No. 3 in Major League Baseball to how Commissioner Bud Selig should have never been granted the position in the first place.


June 22, 2011
After Jeter's 3,000 Hit, Even The Dirt Will Sell.   After the game, a groundskeeper will tote a shovel and bucket onto the field to scoop five gallons of dirt from the batter’s box and shortstop’s patch. In baseball’s version of preserving the chain of evidence, the bucket will be sealed with tape and verified as the dirt beneath Jeter’s feet with tamper-proof holograms.


June 22, 2011
Vintage card market remains strong.   At Kit Young Vintage Cards in San Diego, there's not much talk of cultivating young customers. And there's no talk of video cards or digital components, or new cards at all. When they say "vintage," well, they mean it.


June 22, 2011
Plans Are Starting To Come Together for The National Show.   “I love it when a plan comes together.”


June 21, 2011
The Routing Table Teases Threads Football, Additional National Treasures Basketball.   On any given day, one quick glance at the Panini America Routing Table can provide a tell-all synopsis of exactly what’s being worked on inside Panini HQ at this very moment.


June 21, 2011
Getting Back to Base-ics with Your Collection.   Before there were cards with pieces of game-used memorabilia embedded in them, before there were variations that sparkled in your eye, even before there were Super Chrome Die-Cut X-Fractor cards, there was the base card--the much maligned, often over-looked, mostly disregarded, common base card. You know, the base card that has proven to be the foundation of an entire hobby.


June 20, 2011
Once-thriving baseball card industry tries to hold on to collectors.   All-Star Sports used to keep its store open seven days a week to gain an edge on their competitors. Finally, a couple of years ago, they scaled back to five days. The competition was gone.


June 20, 2011
2011 Panini NFL Sticker Collection.   This is the kind of release that's most fun when collected a couple packs at a time rather than ripping a box or two. Like all sticker sets, Panini will also have an album to put the stickers in.


June 19, 2011
As the sports card market struggles, two places in the San Fernando Valley are thriving in very different ways.   A Kobe Bryant basketball card, replete with a swatch of game-worn jersey and an autograph, limited to 100 copies is up for auction at the store. The attendees are clamoring over it, as the card attached to a small slotted bid card on a massive bid board, an in-person eBay where collectors write in their best offer in hopes of acquiring this gem.


June 19, 2011
2011 Topps Value boxes at Target.   There's a Target exclusive surprise in the box: A collector's guide for 2011 Topps products.


June 18, 2011
Green Bay Packers receive Super Bowl XLV championship rings in private ceremony at Lambeau Field.   Striking ring recognizes historic win and captures Packers legacy.


June 18, 2011
Upper Deck Celebrates Bruins Title With Box Set.   The 31-card set is comprised of 25 regular player cards spotlighting Boston’s top players from this season; five “Season Highlights” cards spotlighting five memorable moments from the 2010-11 NHL campaign; and the commemorative card.


June 18, 2011
Collectors Show Their Talents in the UD Custom Card Contest.   Trading card fans gave it their all this week when Upper Deck announced a “Custom Card” contest on the company blog. And the submissions just poured in as fans reveled in the opportunity to show off their custom cards for the Upper Deck team.


June 17, 2011
Robert Edward May Auction Shows Sports Memorabilia Market Still Strong.   An Astounding 179 Lots Sold for $10,000 or More, a 1910 Joe Jackson Card Sells For Record $200,000; Lou Gehrig Jersey $329,000; T206 Wagner hammered down at $188,000 and Countless Baseball Card Auction Records Shattered.


June 17, 2011
Sports Memorabilia Company Slams Kobe Bryant Lawsuit.   Top sports memorabilia company Art of the Game are spitting mad at a lawsuit that was filed against them by Panini America, for trademark infringement, false advertising and federal unfair competition, over their use of Kobe Bryant’s image.


June 17, 2011
World's Rarest Autographs Averaging 14.84% Return per Year.   Maybe this story is not 100% about Sports Memorabilia, but it's a must read!


June 16, 2011
Tampa Bay's sports memorabilia goes on display.   The Bucs Lombardi Trophy. A replica of the Lightning's Stanley Cup. Even items from the original Rowdies soccer team and USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits. All of it goes on display at the Tampa Bay History Center this weekend.


June 16, 2011
The market for sports memorabilia is uncertain, but Mansfield show keeps fans returning every year.   “Doug’s show is the best card show on the East Coast,’’ said P.J. Burke, 39, a dealer from Hingham. “He’s the strongest promoter in the business, and will always bring in the local athletes as autograph guests. He busts his butt.’’


June 16, 2011
Panini Readies Dallas Mavericks NBA Champions Set.   Unveiled on Wednesday, the 36-card set will include a card for every member of the team, highlight cards for all 16 playoff victories that came en route to the Larry O’Brien Trophy and cards of coach Rick Carlisle and a card noting Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki.


June 15, 2011
Derek Jeter's rookie trading cards are affordable.   Jeter's quest for 3,000 hits has him at the epicenter of baseball immortality discussions these days but his rookie cards are anything but elite. In fact, they're actually quite affordable.


June 15, 2011
Topps Letting Fans Vote in Three Players to be Inlcuded in Diamond Giveaway Checklist   Topps has announced that they will add three more players to the Diamond Die Cut set currently being offered on the Diamond Giveaway. The categories of players will broken down into Legends, Veterans and Rookies and weekly fan voting will decide the three additions from 24 possible players.


June 14, 2011
Rosenblatt Stadium Memorabilia Up for Grabs .   The live auction, presented by Auction Solutions, will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. CDT on the southwest side of Rosenblatt Stadium. Live online bidding provided exclusively by Proxibid will commence at that time. Auction registration and pre-bidding are already available via www.rosenblattauction.com


June 14, 2011
Baseball’s Changed But the Stats on the Back Haven’t.   Statistics have been a permanent fixture on the backs of almost every player card in the base Topps set since 1952.


June 14, 2011
Phillies Phestival raises all-time record to help strike out ALS.   Over 6,800 fans - the most in Phillies Phestival history - turned out at the ballpark to help raise a grand total of $893,033 to help strike out ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Since the Phillies adopted ALS as their primary charity in 1984, they have raised over $12.7 million for the fight against the disease, an always-fatal, progressive neuromuscular disorder.


June 13, 2011

The T206 Wagner – The Best Investment of All-Time?
  Where does the sports memorabilia industry’s most sought after and famous collectible rank compared to other financial investments over the last forty years?


June 13, 2011
Joe DiMaggio Naked Picture In an Auction?   DiMaggio's lawyer, Morris Engelberg says the photo is not real. The Lelands.com website assures potential buyers that the photo is 100% authentic, first generation and vintage. "When you see a picture of Joe DiMaggio you know it's Joe DiMaggio," Lelands CEO Josh Evans tells us.


June 13, 2011
Mark Cuban - Thinking Championship Rings are old and done and may do something different for his players.   Wait to Dirk Nowitzki and other players find out....


June 12, 2011
Ohio State football: Pryor had played golf with sports memorabilia dealer.   An ESPN story this week alleged that Talbott, who sells sports memorabilia, paid Pryor between $20,000 and $40,000 to sign items.


June 12, 2011
Famous bats swing to Yogi's museum.   The 16 bats going into his museum are divided into four sections. There are four bats commemorating players who helped break the color line -- Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Gene Baker and Hank Thompson. There are five bats from the Boys of Summer -- Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Carl Furillo and Don Zimmer. There are Power Broker bats -- Ralph Kiner, Eddie Matthews, Ted Kluszewski and Al Rosen. And, finally, there are the Fabulous '40s bats -- Stan Musial, Eddie Waitkus and Walker Cooper.


June 11, 2011
Experts say soccer's oldest rule book could fetch more than $4.75 million at London auction.   Sotheby's is auctioning the rare rules book along with two handwritten drafts of the evolving rules and minutes upon which soccer was based.


June 11, 2011
Upper Deck Custom Card Contest Offers Tyler Seguin Autographed Stick.   Upper Deck has another promotion up and this time it is centered on custom NHL hockey cards. Entries can be either computer-generated or hand-drawn, depending on personal preference.


June 10, 2011
Topps Adds Special Promotion for Topps Series II Baseball.   Just days after 2011 Topps Baseball Series 1 released, collectors discovered sparkle variations. The 60 unique cards, which were a nod to the Topps’ Diamond Anniversary, put eagle-eyed collectors on full alert.


June 10, 2011
Youth and The Future of the Hobby we Love.   To keep this hobby alive we need to have more youth involvement and make an effort to maintain it.


June 10, 2011
2010-11 Panini All Goalies Hockey   Hockey's goalie is one of the few position players in sports that has a dedicated group of collectors. 2010-11 Panini All-Rookie Hockey is being released as a 100-card boxed set that also includes five parallels and one memorabilia card.


June 9, 2011
Yogi Berra uniform worn during Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956 World Series on display in museum.   The Yogi Berra Museum has found a perfect way to launch its reopening. It had been closed since the fall for renovations.


June 9, 2011
Harwell's memorabilia put at risk by Detroit library.   The beloved broadcaster built a collection of baseball memorabilia over his 68-year career worth $4 million and believed to be the second largest to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.


June 9, 2011
Topps Vault Auction to be Held at National Convention.   The Topps Co. will open its vault and make 10 great items available to VIP Attendees at the first-ever Topps Vault VIP Exclusive Auction. The items range from signed contracts to full proof sheets. The auction will be held during the VIP Reception from 2:30-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3.


June 8, 2011
The Top 10 Coveted Sports Gear.   Patrons will spend millions on autographed football helmets, jerseys worn by hall-of-famers, record-breaking baseballs, antiquated equipment, and replicas of famous trophies. Anything related to a great player, game or match can be worth something.


June 8, 2011
Four Simple Rules For Conquering Sports Card Shows.   Sadly, sports card shows are getting fewer and far between. To make the most of them, here are four simple rules, or mantras, for a successful experience at these shows.


June 8, 2011
Jeter's bracelet honors 3,000th hit, helps youth.   Proceeds from sales of the bracelet will benefit the 2011 Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference, the part of Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation that empowers high school student leaders from across the country by providing valuable tools to accomplish social change.


June 7, 2011
Perfect Michael Jordan Rookie Card Sells For $100,000.   There are just three copies of the famed card graded as a BGS 10 out of more than 5,500 cards submitted. This particular copy was the first to receive the grade and once appeared on the cover of Beckett Basketball Card Plus, now Beckett Basketball, magazine.


June 7, 2011
Lost memorabilia turns up in the strangest places.   Every longtime baseball fan has a story about a special piece of memorabilia that's somehow been lost. It might be a baseball card, or a trophy from little league, or a ball they caught at a big-league game. And they sometimes turn up in the weirdest places -- such as inside the ceiling of a high school science lab.


June 6, 2011

Rare Babe Ruth Signed Bat Tops Lelands.com Current Auction.
  Lelands.com is known for featuring unique, hard to find memorabilia in its auctions. The current auction, ending June 24, is no exception.


June 6, 2011
Are You a Super-Collector? Beckett Wants To Showcase Them in Beckett Sports Card Monthly.   You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.


June 5, 2011
Maris memorabilia remains in high demand.   While Roger Maris no longer holds the single-season home run record and isn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame, the slugger’s collectibles remain highly valued.


June 5, 2011
Bryce Harper's trading cards rising in value.   The chase remains on for the rare versions of Harper's cards this year. So far, just a Bowman Red 1/1 card has been found in packs -- and it is presently on eBay with an asking price of $25,000 (or best offer). The rarest autographed Harpers have yet to be found.


June 4, 2011
2011 Topps Marquee Baseball.   2011 Topps Marquee Baseball has several elements that are bound to entice hit-seekers with a slightly smaller budget. And by slightly, think $50 a pack instead of $100 or more.


June 4, 2011
Upper Deck Launches 2011 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball Set.   The set Features a cut signature on every card from up to 91 Hall of Famers with each card hand-numbered to less than 40!


June 4, 2011
California Man Finds Strasburg Superfractor in Pack - Plans Raffle to Benefit Charity.   A 43-year-old California man has found the Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Chrome SuperFractor in a pack of Razor Rookie Retro and has big plans in store for the $21,000 baseball card.


June 3, 2011
Shaquille O'Neal's Trading Cards: By the Numbers.   Here's a look at Shaq's career on cards -- by the numbers: $104,265.67 -- That's how much it would cost you right now to own every basketball card featuring Shaq that's not too rare for there to be a published price guide range.


June 3, 2011
Just $1,700 for an authentic whiff of the Maple Leafs.   The Maple Leafs’ semi-annual equipment sale is happening on Saturday. Skates, sticks, shoulder pads, goalie equipment, jerseys, pants and gloves — player-identified, both new and game-worn — will be up for grabs.


June 3, 2011
Wonder if My Wife Will Allow Me to Get This Collectible?   A urologist in Dallas has formed an interesting balance between medicine and sports by offering a signed Mavericks' basketball to the first patient to schedule and undergo a vasectomy during the NBA Finals.


June 2, 2011
Sports shop smells like a winner.   Collecting game-worn sports equipment is the new collecting baseball cards, with a couple of zeros tacked on. Or several zeros.


June 2, 2011
Forbes Discusses Investing in the Sports Memorabilia Industry.   Marc Gerstein, editor of Forbes Low-Priced Stock Report, believes that there is enough business in the sports memorabilia industry for investors to be excited about. Specifically, Marc recommends looking at Dreams, Inc. (DRJ). “The way Dreams is growing, it does seem like it should be more than ample to generate attractive investment returns…” Marc said.


June 2, 2011
Football player's Grey Cup ring stolen in Vancouver.   A Canadian football player is missing one of his most prized possessions after his Grey Cup ring was stolen in Vancouver overnight.


June 1, 2011

Under Construction: The Ultimate Yankee Stadium Model.
  Master ball park modeler Steve Wolf is building a masterpiece and perhaps, his finest model to date - 2009 Yankee Stadium.


June 1, 2011
Autographed Marshall Faulk Card Highlights Madden NFL 12 Hall of Fame Edition.   Each copy of the Hall of Fame Edition will include one of four exclusive Marshall Faulk trading cards, each hand-signed by Faulk. Buyers will also receive a 13-card set of cards highlighting past Madden game-cover stars.


June 1, 2011
Topps really hoodwinked collectors with the Million Card Giveaway.   Th promotion seemed simple enough: Topps supposedly bought back the cards your mother threw away and stashed them until collectors unlocked the cards via their Web site and then asked for them to be shipped. The condition of some of these cards have left some collectors less than satisfied. But what’s a bigger sin is that some collectors are not even receiving the cards they unlocked or traded for.


May 31, 2011
Piece of Orr that's pure gold.   If you’re into sports history, you’ll want to spend some time at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park this weekend. Along with thousands of trading cards, stacks of game-worn equipment, books, photos, media guides and pennants, the most iconic hockey artifact this side of Paul Henderson’s 1972 Team Canada sweater will be on display at the Summit II memorabilia show.


May 31, 2011
Sports Illustrated: At Least 28 Ohio State Players Traded, Sold Memorabilia.   Sources told the magazine that players have been trading memorabilia, including items bearing former coach Jim Tressel's signature, since at least his second season at Ohio State.


May 31, 2011
Card collecting withstands changing times, technology.   Card makers understand that times are changing, and most have rolled with the punches and have evolved with the times.


May 30, 2011
Keith Olbermann and Al Gore: The Political Baseball Card.   Yes, Al Gore and Keith Olbermann will be signing cards, which should be released in July, shortly after Olbermann’s “Countdown” makes its debut on Gore’s Current TV.


May 29, 2011
Collectors cash in on Canucks glory.   With Vancouver poised for a Stanley Cup final run, the demand for memorabilia skyrockets.


May 29, 2011
New Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit marries history with technology.   'One For the Books' tracks stories behind game's great records.


May 28, 2011
Massive New York Auction Includes Lots of Rare Sports Memorabilia.   Highlights of the the auction on June 11th include a copy of "The Babe Ruth Story" signed by the baseball legend and baseballs signed by the 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers, the 1974-76 New York Yankees, Richard Nixon, Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax and many others. There are also complete sets of 1967, 1970 and 1973 Topps Baseball, as well a large collection of T205 graded tobacco cards, graded 1950s and ‘60s baseball cards, and various Babe Ruth and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson cards.


May 28, 2011
Free memorabilia appraisal at Sports Legends Museum on June 4 in Baltimore.   On Saturday, June 4, Sports Legends will host a free memorabilia appraisal fair from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Professional appraisers from Grey Flannel Auctions will be on hand to take a look at your treasures and tell you just how valuable they are (or aren't).


May 28, 2011
Ebay and Sports Memorabilia: Is Sniping to blame for the decline?   The Folks at Net54baseball.com discuss ebay sniping and other factors that have led to less sports memorabilia items being offered and sold on ebay.


May 27, 2011
Royals raise funds for tornado relief efforts.   The club is hosting a silent auction featuring unique baseball memorabilia, including game-used items from Eric Hosmer's first Major League game on May 6, with all proceeds going toward tornado relief efforts. The auction is now open and fans will have an opportunity to bid on these items until June 3.