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June 30, 2014
Rare baseball collection comes to Texas campus
In 1993, Randy Kaplan met President George H.W. Bush, igniting an interest that would become his lifelong passion.

Kaplan owns a collection of baseballs signed by famous world leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev. His collection is on display at the LBJ Presidential Library until December.

June 30, 2014
At Fan Expo, baseballs signed, sealed, delivered after $1,200 bid
The auction winner outbid the 20 or so live bidders and numerous others who had placed bids online beforehand to win his wife a framed shadowbox display of a baseball field with nine balls signed by each of the 2001 Diamondbacks starters in each position on the field.

June 29, 2014
Panini previews Elite football
Panini America released information and images about its Elite football product earlier this week. Not surprisingly, Johnny Manziel graces the box top of the upcoming set, which hits the shelves on July 23.

Panini is promising four autograph of memorabilia cards per hobby box, with at least two rookies guaranteed. One of those autographs will be a rookie card. Panini is also putting acetate autographs in several forms, including in the Inscriptions subset.

June 29, 2014
Bill Belichick game-worn hoddie sells for $4,404
While many would consider it pretty gross to own a piece of cloth drenched in Belichick DNA, a pair of Jim Harbaugh’s pants was sold by the San Francisco 49ers'.

June 28, 2014
Is New Jersey's Ken Goldin on his way to becoming the Babe Ruth of sports memorabilia?
Goldin Auctions (goldinauctions.com) is offering 1,350 items for online bids, including 200 items connected to Babe Ruth that range from the first (practice) ball hit into the seats at Yankee Stadium and the Bambino’s 1919 contract with the Boston Red Sox.

June 28, 2014
Boxing Hall of Fame Celebrates 25 Years
The International Boxing Hall of Fame celebrated its 25th anniversary June 5-8 in Canastota, N.Y. It opened in 1989, and celebrated its first class in 1990. That amazing first class included Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, Carmen Basilio, Joe Frazier, Archie Moore, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano, just to name a few.

There are three living members of that first class: Ali, Jake LaMotta and Bob Foster, but unfortunately, none of these three living members were in attendance for the 25th anniversary celebration. The new class of 2014 was fitting for a 25th anniversary celebration, with Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Joe Calzaghe highlighting one of the finest induction classes in recent years.

June 28, 2014
Topps signs Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig to exclusive autograph deal
The second-year star outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers has signed an exclusive autograph card deal with Topps, the company announced on Friday.

He joins Bryce Harper as a Topps-only signer. Puig appears on a total of 977 different baseball cards in the Beckett.com database (click here for a checklist or OPG) with 207 of those autographed. The total value of Puig’s cards, excluding rarities, is more than $35,000.

June 27, 2014
Topps Announces Plans for National Convention
Topps will be running a number of programs at its booth this year at the National Sports Collector’s Convention in Cleveland, to be held July 30-Aug. 3. Once again, look for wrapper redemption, box redemption, Pack Wars and, for the first time, case breaks at the Topps booth.

June 27, 2014
2014 SPX: Building on a Legacy With A Solid Year
A midst all the hype surrounding the release of Bowman and Hot Rookies, not much has been said about SPX, which may actually be the best looking of the three products due to being fully licensed by the NCAA. As a fan of UD’s stuff, I'm impressed.

June 26, 2014
2014 Topps Tier One baseball
Tier One is certainly high-priced and targets high-end collectors. There is one pack of three cards in each hobby box, and depending where a collector looks, prices will start at $90 and can hover near $100 depending on the seller.

But like the 2013 set, all three of the cards in the 2014 version are hits. This year’s model of Tier One contains two autograph cards and a relic card.

June 26, 2014
Yankees show evokes warm memories at Hebrew Home
David Pomeranz, of the Hebrew Home for the Aged, hopes to harness nostalgia with a new exhibit at the home, using it as a catalyst to link residents and their families through their shared love of baseball and the Yankees.

Mr. Pomeranz approached Brandon Steiner of Steiner Sports, to get donations for the exhibit. Steiner agreed to an indefinite loan to the Hebrew Home “within 30-seconds.”

June 26, 2014
Panini America inks deal with 7 top NBA picks
The deal gives Panini America exclusive rights to produce the players' officially licensed NBA Rookie Cards and autographed trading cards to these future NBA stars. The first Rookie Cards and autographs for the 2014-15 NBA Draft class are expected in October.

June 25, 2014
Seattle Seahawks fan making Super Bowl ring for Seattle’s 12th Man
Seattle Seahawks fan making Super Bowl ring for Seattle’s 12th Man

Seahawks fan C.J. Johnson has designed a Super Bowl ring for the 12th Man, and is offering it to Seahawks fans as a keepsake after the team’s historic victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

June 25, 2014
Purchase of 1941 Play Ball set shows card collecting still thrives
Company, Just Collect, played an instrumental role in acquiring a 1941 Play Ball baseball card collection from a family that thought the cards had been lost. Purchases like that show vintage card collecting is still a thriving business.

June 25, 2014
Top Sports Agent Acquires Rights To Operation Bullpen Crime Story
Harlan J. Werner, the renowned sports and marketing agent who represents Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Sandy Koufax and many other superstar athletes, announced today that he has secured the motion picture rights to Operation Bullpen, the sensational story of the most notorious and successful gang of forgers and memorabilia crooks in American history.

Werner, who is a long-time sports memorabilia collector and dealer as well as co-owner of a national chain of retail movie memorabilia stores, made the acquisition along with film and television producer Art Horan.

June 25, 2014
Ars Longa Custom Cards the Result of a Daughter’s Wish
Longa has released about 400 cards, distributed more than five sets: Spear Heads, Beginnings 1880s, Pioneer Portraits I 1850-1874, Pioneer Portraits II 1875-1899 and Pilgrims. All five sets resemble or contain elements of classic tobacco sets and feature players and personages from baseball’s earliest days up through the dead ball era.

June 24, 2014
Charlie Gehringer Tigers jersey sells for $85,500 at Grey Flannel Auctions
The game-used jersey remains in excellent condition despite its age.

Gehringer was one of the greatest hitters in the early history of baseball, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1949. He played 19 seasons for the Tigers, seeing a .320 batting average and seven seasons with more than 200 hits, more than Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle and rivalled only by Willie Mays.

June 24, 2014
Sports memorabilia stolen from one store found in another store in the same mall
Autographed Cardinals photos, stolen from a sports memorabilia store, were found at another store in the same mall. Now, the man accused of selling these stolen goods is facing charges.

June 24, 2014
Seller Beware: How To Avoid Being Scammed On eBay
For all its benefits, starting with instant access to 130 million registered users, eBay does not afford you the luxury of picking whom you sell to. That’s a big reason why selling is one of the diciest subjects on eBay.

June 23, 2014
Card show brings out personal side of collecting
Even in the Internet age, there’s still a draw for small shows because people get to interact with one another while looking through the collections.

June 23, 2014
Panini America Previews a 2014 Score Football Retail Blaster Box
The product’s 11-pack retail blasters began shipping to retail outlets late this week, offering 132 total cards and at least one autograph, memorabilia or unique Team Helmets insert in every box.

June 22, 2014
Important Reggie White Items Come to Auction
New Auction Company Worthridge, is selling the Reggie White Collection, and all items will be a part of their debut Sports Memorabilia Auction, running from June 8 to June 29.

June 22, 2014
Product Preview: 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Basketball
National Treasures Basketball is scheduled to release on July 30th.

June 21, 2014
2014 Topps Strata Continues to Impress in Year Three
When Topps Strata was first announced in 2012, I was floored by how amazing the cards looked. Aside from an improved version of the Upper Deck layered card style, the acetate overlay with on card autographs were some of the best looking cards around. In 2013, they brought it back with less success, which can almost be 100% attributed to the quality of the rookie class.

Topps has even started transferring the concept over to baseball, which has been extremely popular.

June 21, 2014
This weekend: See Seahawks' Super Bowl ring in person
The world championship ring, which was presented to the players Thursday night, will be on display this weekend at the Tiffany & Co. shop at Pacific Place mall in downtown Seattle.

The jeweler that made rings said one of them will be on public display at its retail location from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

June 20, 2014
Seattle Seahawks Awarded Super Bowl XLVIII Rings
Seattle Seahawks Awarded Super Bowl XLVIII Rings

Made by Tiffany, the ring is stunning and pays special tribute to the “12th Man”

June 20, 2014
Mickey Mantle Famous Deathbed Speech Gets Big Money at Auction
The hand-written notes from Mickey Mantle's emotional farewell address, scribbled from his deathbed in 1995 sold at auction for $24,000.

June 20, 2014
Babe Ruth's first home run ball to star in 100th anniversary auction
The first ball that Babe Ruth hit for a home run at the outset of his dazzling career with the New York Yankees is set to highlight Goldin Auctions' sale celebrating 100 years since his major league debut.

June 20, 2014
Topps readies Allen & Ginter promo cards of Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu for National
Two of baseball’s hottest rookies will headline Topps‘ wrapper redemption programs at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Collectors who visit the company’s booth during the show at the I-X Center from July 30-Aug. 3 and open a box of 2014 Allen & Ginter will receive one of two mini promo cards made just for the show — one of New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka or one of Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. This is the only way to receive these cards.

June 19, 2014
Reality Check: ‘Pawn Stars’ Experts Trade Fame For Treasure In Lieu Of Paychecks
Since becoming an expert on Pawn Stars, Jeremy Brown’s business has grown dramatically.

He’s had to move his Ultimate Sports Cards and Memorabilia shop from a strip mall on the outskirts of Las Vegas to a much larger space just down the street from the famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop where the show is filmed.

June 19, 2014
Redskins name controversy at tipping point?
The NFL team lost the trademark to its own team name after a federal agency ruled "Redskins" disparaged Native Americans. The ruling threatens millions of dollars in sales of everything from football jerseys to beer coolers.

This doesn't prevent the National Football League franchise from continuing to use the team logo and nickname, which some consider a slur, but it may encourage marketing of knock-off Redskins merchandise as the team's ability to combat counterfeiting is greatly diminished, legal experts said.

June 19, 2014
Collectible Classics Offering Team-Oriented Collections for the Big Fan
Collectors of 19th century, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns and Cincinnati Reds cards, autographs and memorabilia will find plenty to choose from in Collectible Classics’ 400-lot auction closing June 26. The auction is live at www.auctionscc.com.

June 18, 2014
Interest Renewed in Tony Gwynn Collectibles after Death
Tony not only leaves behind great memories on and off the field, but also an ocean of memories in the form of collectibles.

June 18, 2014
2013-14 Contenders Hockey Retail Hits with Exclusive Autograph Cards on Checklist
The checklist of the 2013-14 Contenders Hockey’s retail autographs includes 60 total cards, including 35 Rookie Ticket Autographs and 25 NHL Ink, each featuring Gold (#’d to 100) and Black (#’d to only one) parallel versions. The retail-only autographs from both subsets will not appear in the hobby release, which arrives next Wednesday.

Players with Rookie Ticket Autographs in retail will be featured on unsigned Rookie Tickets in hobby.

June 17, 2014
Huge Nebraska football memorabilia collection sold
The former owner of North Platte's Touchdown Club has sold the business’ massive collection of Nebraska football memorabilia — believed to be among the largest — for $15,000.

The collection was probably worth $40,000. The items included 650 photos, helmets, posters, balls and other items.

June 17, 2014
$300,000 in Baseball Cards Goes Missing
A baseball card collector claims in court that $300,000 worth of his collection went missing after a company failed to properly catalog the cards while repairing water damage to his home.

June 17, 2014
SCP Auctions to Offer Items from the Helms Athletic Foundation/LA84 Collection
The Helms Athletic Foundation (HAF) was a Los Angeles-based sports organization founded in 1936. Thousands of pieces of sports memorabilia adorned its walls during the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

The precursor to today’s professional sports halls of fame, HAF was devoted to recognizing the top athletes in multiple sports from across the country and boasted the most extensive collection of sports artifacts in the nation.

June 16, 2014
Panini Seeks the Buried Treasures of 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey
The 35-card Buried Treasures insert brings arguably the most unique trophy in all of sports — the NHL’s Stanley Cup — and some of the most legendary men who’ve won it together in a pioneering piece of production sure to be coveted by hockey fans and collectors alike.

As its name suggests, each card in the set — which features unsigned versions numbered to 50 and rare autographed versions numbered to either five or 10 — buries a miniature metal replica of the Stanley Cup under a sublime layer of acetate.

June 16, 2014
2014 Panini Father’s Day Packs Are Live – But Do They Cover Up Alterior Motives?
Fathers Day has become a day where people who love Panini will get their due – somewhat. This year, from what I can tell is no different. The packs sure sell for a ton of money, considering what's in them.

June 16, 2014
Major League anniversary also includes commemorative mini bats and two MiLB giveaways
The 25th anniversary of the film that brought Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Willie Mays Hayes, Pedro Cerrano and Roger Dorn to life has generated some red-hot baseball cards from Topps this summer — and the commemorative items for the fictional Cleveland Indians team just keep coming with the latest coming from Florida-based ReelBats.com.

June 15, 2014
The 1934 Tour of Japan and the Resulting Cards
On Nov. 2, 1934, nearly a half-million fans lined the streets of Tokyo to welcome Babe Ruth and the All American Baseball team to Japan.

The All-Americans would stay in Japan for a month, playing 18 games in 12 cities. The squad was the strongest lineup ever assembled outside of Major League Baseball’s All-Star games.

June 15, 2014
Earliest Known Footage Of Babe Ruth Unearthed, In New HOF Exhibit
The National Baseball Hall of Fame unveiled their latest exhibit…Babe Ruth: His Life And Legend yesterday.

Curator Tom Shieber has helped identify and implement what is now believed to be the oldest existing film footage of the Babe.

June 15, 2014
First look: 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football cards
Topps is introducing 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football, which is set to come around Christmas. Each box of 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football will have 24 packs with four cards in each pack. There will be one mini Rookie Autograph card per hobby box.

The base set will include 220 cards (110 veterans and 110 rookies). The Rookie Cards will be limited to 25 image variations with the veterans limited to 30 image variations. The base set parallels include Refractors (three per hobby box), STS-Bordered Refractor (numbered to 99), BCA-Bordered Refractor (numbered to 25), Pulsar Refractor (one per box), Black-Bordered Refractor (numbered to 15), Gold-Bordered Refractor (numbered to 10), Red-Bordered Refractor (numbered to 5), SuperFractor (1-of-1) and Printing Plates.

June 14, 2014
Topps baseball cards go to WAR. Here’s how they could be even better.
For more than half a century, the numbers on the back of those cards have generally been the traditional ones centered around batting average, home runs and RBIs for hitters, and wins, losses, strikeouts and ERA for pitchers, but as with broadcasts and media coverage on even the most mainstream outlets, things are changing.

This year, industry leader Topps introduced Wins Above Replacement on the back of its 330-card Series 1 set, and it has gone full-on sabermetric with some short-printed variants* within its 330-card Series 2 set.

June 14, 2014
New Hall Of Fame Exhibit Honors 100th Anniversary Of Babe Ruth’s MLB Debut
In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first appearance in Major League Baseball, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown opened a new exhibit this week, “Babe Ruth, His Life and Legend.” The Hall of Fame is also celebrating its 75th Anniversary.

June 14, 2014
Babe Ruth's Bat Hits Auction Block -- 100-Year-Old Bat Expected to Fetch $500,000
Officials at Goldin Auctions tell TMZ Sports ... an antique hunter (also known as a "picker") asked the family if he could go through their old belongings ... and discovered a collection of what appeared to be old game-used bats from Red Sox players -- including the Sultan of Swat.

Goldin Auctions tells us ... the bats were authenticated through an independent firm -- that confirmed the Ruth bat was used sometime between 1916 and 1918.

June 13, 2014
OYO Sportstoys gets $3 million to turn Bobby Orr and other sports stars into Lego-like collectibles
OYO’s mini sports figurines feature athletes from teams in the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NHL, and a select few collegiate football programs.

The figurines, which are compatible with other toy “block” systems such as Lego, can be purchased online ($12.99 for specific players such as the entire starting lineup for the Red Sox, many key Patriots, and Bruins) or can be bought in baseball card-like collectable packs where the figure you are buying is unknown and could be anyone from David Ortiz to Los Angeles Dodger star Clayton Kershaw.

June 13, 2014
Upper Deck Recognizes Teen Founder of 'Cards2Kids' with a Scholarship Award in Honor of Richard P. McWilliam
John Makowiec is a Chicago-area teenager whose passion for collecting sports cards began when he was just five years old. As a high school sophomore, John created 'Cards2Kids', a charity organization that collects new and used sports cards to donate to various child-focused associations and hospitals.

As an avid collector, John wanted other kids – especially those who are ill or may not have the means – to experience the joy of collecting sports cards and holding your favorite player in the palm of your hand.

June 13, 2014
San Jose Sharks Superfan Gets His Own Upper Deck Rookie Card
The Sharks provided fans with one of the most memorable moments of the season when they signed super fan, Sam Tageson, to a one-day deal with the team.

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and the Sharks Foundation worked in unison to make this dream come true for Tageson, who suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome and was told he should never ride a bike, let alone play hockey. Fans fought back tears as they watched Sam skate out of the Shark Head, an honor that until now has been reserved only for San Jose Sharks players. Sam was announced along with the rest of the team roster and a larger than life headshot of Sam was shown on the Jumbotron for all to see.

June 12, 2014
Broncos handed out the rings no NFL player wants
The Broncos collected their AFC championship rings, which are beautiful, bittersweet reminders of how they fell one victory short of their ultimate goal.

June 12, 2014
Gregory Polanco's debut MLB jersey goes for $26,100 at auction
Polanco made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, and the results were mixed. Polanco went 1 for 5 with a run scored and a strikeout, and he misplayed a tough (for a rookie in his first game) fly ball in right field in a 7-3 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park.

June 12, 2014
Snoopy makes cameo on Joe Mauer’s short-printed 2014 Topps Series 2 baseball card
Collectors tearing into packs of 2014 Topps Series 2, which officially arrived today have found a short-printed version of card No. 125 (which is actually a Series 1 card) in the packs — a card with the Minnesota Twins star sharing his card with the Peanuts icon.

June 11, 2014
The art of getting autographs
Part of attending any major sporting event is getting an autograph from a favorite player.

At the 2014 U.S. Open, it can be as easy as standing in line and patiently waiting as the USGA shuttles players right in front of your pen.

June 11, 2014
Card Set Review: 2014 Donruss by Panini
At a time when modern baseball card styles often do not stand out, the 2014 Donruss set, manufactured by Panini, offers something different – a new look marked by a fidelity to old designs. The result is a base card style which offers some inspiration for how baseball card fronts might be designed going forward.

June 11, 2014
Topps’ latest MLB wall art offering revisits the 1955 Topps baseball card design
If you’re a fan of 1955 Topps baseball cards, then the company’s latest creation is for you. It’s Topps‘ latest series of wall art prints — and this time they showcase active players on the memorable horizontal design.

June 10, 2014
Johnny Football Arrives in Hobby Shops
Right after Manziel was selected in the first round, his products were hotter than an August afternoon in Texas. Fans and collectors nationwide flocked to card shops and merchandise stores to get their hands on anything that had Manziel’s name on it. Anything.

June 10, 2014
Release of 2014 Score Football Comes With New Baggage
The first cards from the retail version of Score are already out, and many more will likely be coming as the week progresses.

June 10, 2014
The release of 2014 Score Football signals the start of the Panini Rewards program
But what is more intriguing than the release of Score this week is the start of Panini’s point system meant to replace redemptions.

Panini Rewards points cards are randomly inserted into packs of 2014 Score.

June 9, 2014
Green Bay Packer Community Helps to Replace Lost Super Bowl Ring
Green Bay Packer Community Helps to Replace Lost Super Bowl Ring

This story proves that Green Bay Packers supporters are a class act and look out for each other.

June 9, 2014
Love Him or Hate Him – Basketball Collectors Are All About Lebron James
Few people in sports are as polarizing a figure as Lebron James. Ever since he took his talents to South Beach by giving a middle finger to Cleveland, he has become a person that you either love or hate. In the hobby, the thin line between the two sentiments is even less clear, as many people would KILL to have a top flight auto of the King.

June 9, 2014
Create your own tour of baseball shrines
Here are ideas for baseball destinations ranging from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., to the Louisville Slugger factory in Kentucky.

June 8, 2014
2014 Topps Tier One – Is It Time For a Change?
Tier One has always looked good, but the problem is that it hasn't changed or improved during its run. My biggest complaint is that the hobby continues to get the same product over and over again for the whole calendar.

June 7, 2014
Michael Jordan's 1996 final sneakers selling at $6,500 with Grey Flannel
A pair of sneakers Michael Jordan wore in the 1996 NBA finals are being sold by rival Eric Snow, a member of the 1995-1996 Seattle Sonics team that lost in six games to the Chicago Bulls.

June 7, 2014
Baseball signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig proving to be a tough sell
Jody Kimbrell has a deal for you. She’s discounted an intriguing, old Peoria baseball by almost two-thirds. It’s now just $16,999.

June 7, 2014
Topps offers special Zimmer art print
Zim’s 66 years in the game and his courageous comebacks from frightful beanings made him a beloved figure. The man bridged baseball from Babe Ruth to Jackie Robinson, and from Casey Stengel to Derek Jeter. There are not that many baseball lifers, but Zimmer was one of them.

As a way to honor his memory, Topps will be giving away a special Don Zimmer art print for free to any customers that purchase a “My Hero” print or a complete set.

June 6, 2014
Fans and Collectors Making Plans for 35th Annual Sports Collectors Convention at Cleveland’s I-X Convention Center July 30th-August 3rd
The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention is pleased to announce that the 2014 event will welcome the inaugural Amazon.com Sports Collectibles Case Break Pavilion & Center Stage. The attraction will feature 12,000 square feet of case breaks, the newest, sweeping phenomenon among card collectors worldwide.

June 6, 2014
Panini America Drops First Stunning Pics of 2013-14 Preferred Basketball Autographs
With its sublime selection of Silhouettes and die-cut Panini’s Choice Award autographs as well as a 600-card base autograph set, it probably goes without saying that Preferred annually ranks one of the most popular releases in the entire Panini America NBA product portfolio. The 2013-14 edition promises to accentuate that reputation.

June 6, 2014
MLB Draft: Your team’s newest players probably already have baseball cards
Thanks to the proliferation of pre-professional prospecting products and other All-Star inclusions, many players in this year’s draft — 28 of the first 41 players selected — already appear on cardboard and have certified autographs.

June 5, 2014
Topps Launches BUNT 2014 App for Android, Expanding Mobile Footprint
Topps sells more than 50 Million digital card packs in 14 months, now at a rate of 3 packs per second.

June 5, 2014
1951 Joe DiMaggio Bat Leads Massive Steiner Sports Auction Lineup
More than 2,500 artifacts highlighted by the “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio’s bat from his final World Series season in 1951 season (starting bid $25,555), a vintage Babe Ruth signed baseball and a game-used helmet worn and signed by Giants Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor are on the auction block in Steiner Sports Memorabilia’s “Unbreakable Auction” which continues through June 17 at www.steinersports.com

June 5, 2014
First look: 2014 Flair Showcase Football cards
Each box will contain one autograph and one memorabilia card along with another hit of either an autograph patch, a Jambalaya insert or a Precious Metal Gem. Collectors will also find four Row 0 cards, two Legacy parallels and three Metal Universe cards in every box.

The base set will look similar to former Flair Showcase releases. The set will contain 200 base cards broken down into four subsets: Base Set Rookies Row 2 (100 cards), Base Set Rookies Row 1 (50 cards), Base Set Rookies Row 0 (25 cards), Base Set Legends Row 0 (25 cards).

June 4, 2014
The 10 most fascinating pieces of World Cup memorabilia ever auctioned
Join us as we look at the most fascinating memorabilia from the history of the tournament.

June 4, 2014
2014 Topps Archives – How Much Is Nostalgia Worth in the Hobby?
The 2014 Topps Archives baseball set received national news attention for their inclusion of a Charlie Sheen autographed card.

The card, which commemorates his appearance in the movie Major League, was inserted into packs along side a slew of other actors from the film. Of course, Sheen’s controversial nature made him a news story, but the product brings about a very interesting question. How much is Nostalgia worth when bulding a new or existing product?

June 4, 2014
Sports Museum of L.A.: A Collecting Wonder of the World
Los Angeles businessman Gary Cypres, 70, has a 46,000 sq.-ft. building that houses his sports collectibles. He jokingly describes himself as a “massive volume collector.” The building is called the Sports Museum of Los Angeles.

While the museum is now private, Cypres has loaned several hundred artifacts for display to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The 12,000 sq.-ft. library exhibit, called “Baseball! The Exhibition,” links Cypres’ collection with items from Reagan’s sports broadcasting career. The exhibition runs through Sept. 4, 2014.

June 3, 2014
The Hottest Baseball Card in The World Right Now is From a Japanese Set
American sports card companies are always looking for a new gimmick. (Game-used dirt, anyone? What about a lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair?) But while the search for game-used "relics" may get old, sports card collectors will always be drawn to the rookie cards of the hottest new debutantes.

June 3, 2014
First look: 2014 Bowman Sterling baseball cards
Topps revealed its plans for 2014 Bowman Sterling on Monday morning and among the new inclusions are diecuts and Wave Refractors. In fact, this one will include an oversized Wave box-topper in every box as well as a diecut auto in every case when it arrives in December.

Each six-pack box will include four cards — three autographs and a rookie or prospect card. There will be eight boxes per case with a 1989 Bowman is Back Silver Diamond Refactor also worked into the mix for every box.

June 2, 2014
Advanced stats find way onto baseball cards
Topps added WAR (wins above replacement) to its cards last year in a sign that the oft-debated metric is becoming more accepted by the mainstream.

June 2, 2014
Collect call: 2014 Bowman Baseball
It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since Topps revived the Bowman baseball product. Bowman had a great rivalry with Topps during the 1950s, but after Topps bought out its rival midway through the decade, the brand name lay dormant.

In 1989, Topps brought Bowman back and used it to highlight rookies and prospects. A quarter-century later, Bowman remains the product that rookie and prospect collectors enjoy.

June 1, 2014
First look: 2014 Topps Update baseball cards
Topps revealed the details and first images for its season-capping 2014 Topps Update set on Friday. The set arrives Oct. 15 with a autograph or Relic in every 36-pack hobby box or one auto and two Relics in every 10-pack HTA Jumbo box, Update will present a continuation of the first two series along with cards of the newest names in the game and players in new places.

The base set will consist of 330 cards with subsets showcasing the MLB All-Star Game, the MLB Home Run Derby and a selection of Rookie Debut cards, which note a player’s first game. This is the same as previous years. Each base card will have seven parallels as well as printing plates. Back will be the clear parallels printed on acetate and only found in the standard hobby packs with each of those limited to 10 copies. Other cards are Gold (/2,014), Green Camo (/99), Black (/63), Pink (/50), Red Hot and 1/1 Platinum and printing plates.

May 31, 2014
How Can You Tell If a Baseball Card is Authentic?
Here are some tips on what to look out for as you try and find a vintage sports card bargain this summer. These tips can save you lots of money.

May 31, 2014
The Cubs Are Selling a Chair That Masahiro Tanaka Sat In
The bidding currently sits at $310 for what looks like a folding chair of above-average comfort that has no markings on it indicating its involvement with either the Cubs or Yankees. The chair does not even have Tanaka’s autograph.

May 31, 2014
Mantle Farewell Speech Notes, Jerseys Galore in Grey Flannel Lineup
Also included in the sale is the greatest collection of New York Giants football memorabilia ever sold, including game-used jerseys from Hall of Famers Ken Strong, Roosevelt Brown, Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan; and a game-used suspension helmet worn by Y. A. Tittle. The collection also contains Ken Strong’s 1934 New York Giants World Champion trophy and a game-used and team-signed football from “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” the 1958 NFL Championship between the Giants and the Baltimore Colts.

May 30, 2014
Panini America inks exclusive deal with the Dallas Cowboys
Panini signed an exclusive agreement with the Cowboys as the provider of game-worn memorabilia through its memorabilia division, which has other agreements with sporting superstars such as NBA players Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin.

May 30, 2014
Grey Flannel’s 2014 Summer Auction Features Impressive Sports Memorabilia
The fully illustrated catalog for this auction, containing more than 1,400 top-quality lots.

May 30, 2014
'Major League' Surprise for Baseball Collectors
Charlie Sheen is gonna make "Major League" fans and baseball collectors lose their minds -- he's slapped his autograph on a limited number of baseball cards to mark the awesome movie's 25th anniversary.

May 29, 2014
National Notes: BCW Offering Fan Cave Sweepstakes, Case Break Pavilion Debuts
The National Sports Collectors Convention is on the horizon, to be held July 30-Aug. 3 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Aside from ticket information and the autograph guest lineup that can be found here, the following are additional events being held during the premier sports collectibles show in the country.

May 29, 2014
As NFLPA Rookie Premiere Gets Underway, Panini Bringing NFL Rookies to Hobby Event in Los Angeles
Scheduled to headline the event just two days before the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere are No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, fellow top-five selections Blake Bortles and Sammy Watkins, and first-rounders Odell Beckham and Kelvin Bejnamin. Marqise Lee, Jimmy Garoppolo, Tajh Boyd, Bishop Sankey and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will also appear to interact with the hobby shop owners in attendance, to sign autographs and to participate in a unique round table discussion.

May 29, 2014
1936 Olympic medal sees $50,500 with Graham Budd Auctions
It is one of the rarest of all Olympic medals, with only 36 awarded to contestants during the event, the lowest number in history.

May 28, 2014
NY Knicks great Bernard King sells Basketball Hall of Fame ring, trophy
Nostalgia is apparently being trumped by cold, hard cash for the former high-scoring Knick forward, inducted into the Hall of Fame recently.

May 28, 2014
Part 3: How To Hit A Home Run Selling On eBay
The author consulted top eBay sellers about the safest and surest ways to ship valuable items. They have 25,000 transactions between them, all of them rated positive by their buyers.

May 28, 2014
First look: 2014 Topps Five Star baseball cards
Each box of 2014 Topps Five Star will include one autographed Relic, Silver Signatures or Golden Graph auto, four other autographed cards and a sixth card that will be either another standard auto, a cut auto, a Legends Relic or a 1/1 Relic. A release date was not yet finalized and a tentative checklist was not released.

May 27, 2014
Derek Jeter will sign a ball full of 3,000-hit club member autographs
A quick scan of the ball (pictured) shows that it has most of the members of the 3,000-hit club and only a few modern hitters -- if we use some elastic to stretch the definition of "modern" -- do not appear on the ball, Honus Wagner and Nap Lajoie.

May 26, 2014
Ball Players who Served
The readers at Net54baseball.com show the players who served in our military. Thanks to all who've served!

May 26, 2014
Don Newcombe's Dodgers jersey starts at $15,000 with Julien's Auctions
The Rawlings brand gamer was worn by Newcombe in 1957, the season before the Dodgers moved to LA. With Newcombe one of the most important early African-American players, it is estimated at $30,000-40,000.

He was the only player to have won the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and CY Young awards in his career, until 2011, when Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander joined him.

May 25, 2014
One Jets fan pays big bucks for Mark Sanchez's 'Butt Fumble' jersey
Jake Hendrickson was on the NFL auctions website last week, scouring the items put up for bid on the New York Jets portal. He stumbled across a game-worn jersey for former Jets quarterback Sanchez, dated as worn on Nov. 22, 2012. He stared at it for a minute, blinked twice, and then quickly consulted the Jets schedule from that year. Yes, it was the same No. 6 jersey that Sanchez wore during the infamous "Butt Fumble" game.

Hendrickson didn’t drop the ball on his bid, winning the jersey. The cost? $820.

May 25, 2014
Carmelo Anthony’s Olympic bronze medal up for auction
Only once has the U.S. men’s basketball team not won a gold medal since professionals entered the Olympics. Here’s your chance to own a piece of that history.

Anthony was disappointed with the bronze medal and gave it to a family member as a gift, according to Julien’s Auctions, which says it has documentation from the family member that it will give to the winning bidder.

May 25, 2014
First look: 2013 Upper Deck Exquisite Football
Each box of 2013 Exquisite will have five autographs including a Rookie Autograph Patch Card and a 2014 Rookie Autograph. Signers for the 2014 autographs include Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Evans and others.

The other three autographs could come from one of the following subsets: Rare Materials Signatures (numbered to 5), Limited Logos (numbered to 10), Rookie Book Marks (numbered to 60) Ensemble Dual & Triple Signatures (numbered to 15 or less), Art Signatures (numbered to 10), Dimensions (numbered to 25), Black Rookie Lustrous Autos (numbered to 75 or less), or Black Legendary Lustrous Autos (numbered to 10 or less)


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