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October 31, 2011
A collection of memories.   At the behest of his wife, 30-year-old Brian Proper pulled a dozen boxes from under the bed in his Rensselaer apartment, logged on to his computer and prepared to part with a slice of his childhood. On Craigslist.com, he posted the following ad: 30,000-40,000 sports cards -- $50.

October 31, 2011
Fan: No regrets about returning Game 6 homer ball.   The Illinois radiologist could have cashed in, given that iconic home run balls have fetched tens of thousands of dollars on the memorabilia market. But he didn't, knowing that giving the ball to Freese "was the honorable thing to do." So he did.


October 31, 2011
Move over Ebay, Amazon.com is Looking to Beef Up Their Trading Card Listings.   Amazon called a large Card Seller and invited him to set up at their site. Last week their account went live, and it took 2 days to upload their sampling of 600,000 items.


October 29, 2011
Ty Cobb Game-Worn Uniform Expected to Sell for $300K at Auction.   A grey flannel uniform of the Detroit Tigers worn in 1922 by Ty Cobb, is among the sports memorabilia that will headline the upcoming Signature Sports Auction presented by Heritage Auctions this November. The pre-auction estimate on the uniform is $300,000.


October 29, 2011
25 Years Later, Championship Rings Still an Issue.   Randy Myers was playing for the Cubs at Shea Stadium and they put up a trivia question, “who is the Mets player that pitched only one inning and received a 1986 World Series ring?” It was none other than Ed Lynch, the GM of the Cubs at the time. When Randy read that it just set him on fire.


October 29, 2011
Panini Announces Black Friday Promotion.   The promotion will operate just like their show-exclusive wrapper-redemptions, but at your local shop. They will send special Black Friday-only redemption packs to all participating hobby shops. Those collectors who go into their shops on Black Friday and purchase designated products will receive an equivalent number of Black Friday packs in return.


October 28, 2011
Tim Tebow Renews Exclusive Memorabilia Deal with Palm Beach Autographs.   The Denver Broncos' quarterback selected Palm Beach Autographs shortly after turning professional, and has worked with Palm Beach Autographs ever since. In the last year and a half, Palm Beach Autographs has hosted pubic signing events with Tim at its Florida stores to benefit the Tim Tebow Foundation.


October 28, 2011
Rare Ty Cobb Tobacco Tin Found in Home   Universally considered the “King of All Tobacco Tins,” the Ty Cobb Tobacco tin is a collector’s equivalent to striking oil or finding a gold mine. Fewer than a dozen examples are known to exist.


October 28, 2011
2004 Red Sox World Series ring sells for $89,000 at auction.   The ring belonged to former NL rookie of the year Scott Williamson who served as a reliever on the squad.


October 27, 2011
These Perfectly Detailed Baseball Stadium Models Will Astonish You.   One of Steve Wolf's models of 1961 Yankee Stadium was valued at $150,000 in 2007.


October 27, 2011
Is a Memorabilia Card Lawsuit Looming?   A Recent Memorabilia Card Trademark Application Could Be Used to Launch Lawsuits Against Card Companies.


October 27, 2011
Did Topps turn down a deal on Maury Wills because he was such a bad prospect?   Maury Wills was such a longshot to make it in the Major Leagues that Topps turned down the opportunity to sign him to a $5 baseball card contract.


October 27, 2011
Buckner Ball Fails to Sell on Ebay.   The ball didn’t sell on EBay when the bidding failed to reach the $1 million minimum by the 11:37 p.m. New York time closing - - 25 years to the minute after the event that has shown sports fans’ propensity for both hatred and redemption.


October 26, 2011
Sports memorabilia dealers charged in bogus game-used jersey scheme, ending 4-year probe by feds.   A press release by a U.S. Attorney says the defendants obtained hundreds of jerseys from retail outlets and then scuffed them up to make them appear to have game-used wear and tear. The jerseys were then resold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The buyers included trading card companies, which cut up the jerseys and insert threads into cards, transforming them into higher-priced collectibles.


October 26, 2011
Julius Erving’s NBA Championship Ring, Ali’s Frazier Trunks Up for Auction.   Several items from the personal collection of Erving, who was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 following 11 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and five in the American Basketball Association, will be up for online bids by SCP Auctions beginning Oct. 28, the auction house said in a news release.


October 26, 2011
Early Bobby Jones’ golf medals, Walter Hagen’s 1925 PGA Championship medal at Heritage auction.   A stunning collection of rare and historic golf memorabilia, much of if hailing from the Philadelphia Private Golf Collection, is expected to bring in more than $500,000 when it is offered on Nov. 11 as part of Heritage’s Vintage Sports Signature® Auction.


October 25, 2011
Sports fan given ball from 1920 World Series.   Linda Root's great aunt, Edna Opal Jameson, worked for Cleveland's general office for 41 years as both a secretary and ticket agent. She acquired a number of Indians memorabilia over the years, among them the 1920 ball.


October 25, 2011
The National Baseball Hall of Fame's research center keeps the records of our national pastime.   The A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center contains more than 3 million documents, newspaper clippings and an individual file on each of the 17,000-plus men who have played one Major League Baseball game. The center also has files on most Negro leagues and women's leagues players, and most major league owners, umpires, broadcasters, executives and baseball personalities. It also contains more than 500,000 photographs.


October 25, 2011
Professional baseball's first world championship in 1903 featured 2 players from the small town Albany NY Region.   Game 1 was played Oct. 1, 1903. There was no radio broadcast; there wouldn't be one for 18 more years. Family heirlooms still survive.


October 24, 2011
Expert poring over long-lost Philadelphia A's records.   Accounting ledgers and films from the 53 years Connie Mack's Athletics spent in Philadelphia - items historians had long believed were gone forever - showed up on eBay earlier this year.


October 24, 2011
The Greatest Photographs in Sports History.   Are these photos in your collection?


October 24, 2011
Auction of sports memorabilia will raise money for Dan Wheldon trust fund.   Driver Graham Rahal has reached out to his friends in the racing and pro sports worlds to stock an online auction that will raise funds for Dan Wheldon's wife and children. The auction begins Monday, Oct. 24, on eBay, which has waived all fees, and Auction Cause of Los Angeles. All the proceeds go to the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund.


October 22, 2011
First Look: 2012 Topps Opening Day Baseball Cards.   Opening Day is 165 days away but if you can’t wait that long, you can pick up Opening Day — from Topps – on March 7.


October 22, 2011
2011 Crown Royale Football (40 Must-See Images).   In what is sure to be an encore performance fit for a king, Crown Royale Football returns to the market next week boasting royal improvements to the insert lineup, overall product design, Rookie Silhouettes RCs and box configuration that are sure to be universally cheered by the unique product’s loyal collectors.


October 21, 2011
PSA/DNA Introduces Embedded Hologram Technology   An unprecedented advancement in Letters of Authenticity -- an embedded-in-the-paper hologram -- now is being used by PSA/DNA Authentication Services.


October 21, 2011
Red Sox Want You to Own a Piece of Misery.   Forget the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Own a piece of the Collapse of the Green Monster. Let’s slice up the Titanic while we’re at it. Any ticker tape available from the 1929 stock market crash? How about a ticket stub from "Little Folkers."


October 21, 2011
Topps Readies World Series Commemorative Card Set.   The lone fully licensed manufacturer of MLB trading cards unveiled its plans for a World Series commemorative team set on Wednesday, just hours before the first pitch of Game 1 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.


October 20, 2011
BBB: World Series souvenirs a bad investment.   Unlike World Series memorabilia from decades ago, today’s trinkets won’t appreciate in value, the St. Louis Better Business Bureau said. “Anyone who thinks that stockpiling 2011 World Series pennants or souvenir beer mugs is a plan for early retirement will be sorely disappointed,” said Michelle Corey, BBB president and CEO.


October 20, 2011
Earliest Known Ty Cobb Uniform Offered by Heritage.   The grey flannel Detroit Tigers uniform worn by the iconic Tyrus R. Cobb in 1922 for Tigers road games headlines the largest ever Heritage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction, taking place Nov. 10-11.


October 20, 2011
Did collector unearth Thomson history?   Where is the jersey Thomson was wearing when he stepped in to face Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds? In the six decades since Thomson hit the Shot, nobody has claimed to know his jersey's whereabouts. Until now.


October 19, 2011
Bobby Orr’s Team Canada jersey for sale.   Orr is ticked that his 1976 Canada Cup jersey — the white one he wore when Team Canada beat Czechoslovakia in the final — is up for auction.


October 19, 2011
Arthur Rhodes gets a World Series ring, win or lose.   Rhodes was with the Texas Rangers until they released him Aug. 8. It appeared his career might be over. It certainly seemed his best chance to reach a World Series had slipped away. But three days later the St. Louis Cardinals signed him.


October 19, 2011
Now This Is A Collection!   See the video of a Florida collector now in the Guinness Book of World Records.


October 18, 2011
Doctor peddled prescription drugs to feed sports memorabilia habit.   Prosecutors believe Sinclair was dealing drugs to pay for a massive collection of sports memorabilia — walls lined with binders full of trading cards dating back to 1909 signed by sports legends, baseballs signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, dozens of jerseys and hockey pucks signed by such greats as Maurice Richard and Bobby Orr and a gold 1959 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring. One part of the basement was turned into a locker-room with signed jerseys hanging in the individual stalls. Underfoot were hockey sticks fashioned together like hardwood flooring.


October 18, 2011
Topps launches virtual community Topps World.   Created by digital development creative agency MCM Net, the Topps World has taken six months to complete, incorporating real time interactivity, 3D avatars, a chat facility and multiplayer games.


October 18, 2011
Panini Readies High-Eng Cut Autograph Product.   Panini America‘s Americana line has been a hit-per-pack product before — but with this new line its apparent goal is to be a cut above the rest. And that happens with a cut in every single pack.


October 17, 2011
Consigners Have Problems Getting Paid From American Memorabilia.   American Memorabilia's Financial Problems Continue.


October 17, 2011
Upper Deck Champions, auto greatness.   Upper Deck shows some preview images of the upcoming Parkhurst Champions.


October 17, 2011
The Coolest Sports Award You've Never Heard Of.   Mickey Mantle kept his belt, other recipients had the jewels taken out of the belt and made into jewelry for their wives. Some belts were sold at auction.


October 16, 2011
2011-12 Pinnacle Hockey Canvas Creations.   Beginning in late November, hockey collectors will have the opportunity to appreciate some of the most gifted superstars in the NHL in bold new hues through a unique insert punctuating 2011-12 Pinnacle Hockey.


October 15, 2011
The Top 10 Knicks Memorabilia Ever Sold At Auction.   The New York Knicks' history is flooded with many NBA legends, and memories. From Bill Bradley, Patrick Ewing, and Willis Reed to two NBA titles, MSG, and Walt Frazier's glorious suits, it all adds up to one undeniable fact, this franchise boasts memories to last a lifetime. And apparently it also means Knicks collectibles can also fetch a pretty penny.


October 15, 2011
Williamson's Boston Red Sox Ring ring from '04 Series for sale.   According to Brian Graves, co-owner of Everything But the House, World Series rings from the mid-20th century typically sell between $20,000 and $50,000, though Lenny Dykstra's ring from 1986 fetched more than $56,000 in 2009.


October 15, 2011
A Million Dollar Hockey Stick?   CNN talks with the owner of a very old – said to be one of the first – hockey sticks ever made. And he thinks it could be worth millions.


October 14, 2011
Lebron James First Football Cards Are Here... Sort Of.   In all likelihood, these cards won’t be appearing in the company’s forthcoming 2011 Absolute Memorabilia and 2011 Certified brands (the design templates, respectively used for the cards). But if they did, collectors could expect to pay somewhere between $500 – $1,000 for each hypothetical hit, according to Beckett Senior Market Analyst Rob Springs.


October 14, 2011
Baseball Legends Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson Back Together Again.   25th Anniversary Reunion in Times Square to Benefit Ronald McDonald House.


October 14, 2011
Looking Back: Fleer Pro-Visions, A Toxic Industrial Spill Of Imagination.   Until the early '90s, sports cards were relatively normal. When the folks at Fleer finally snapped, they snapped big-time, and the result was magical rainbow-priest Tony Gwynn, Natrone Means falling out of an airplane, and other horrors.


October 13, 2011
Peter Nash, a sports memorabilia dealer, losing his lawyers in a money dispute.   The lawyers represent Nash and his wife, Roxanne, in a lawsuit filed last year in Somerset County, N.J., Superior Court by collectors Robert Fraser and Lisa Koch-Fraser. The couple alleges that Nash interfered in their plans to auction off a 1912 Red Sox World Series trophy at Fenway Park in 2008. Team officials pulled the plug on the auction when Nash said he owned 45% of the trophy and threatened to sue the Sox if the sale proceeded.


October 13, 2011
This collection’s a ‘Great One’.   Shawn Chaulk claims he has the biggest collection of Wayne Gretzky memorabilia in the world. There’s not many who would argue the point.


October 13, 2011
Photos Set to Steal the Show in 2011 Gridiron Gear Football Game Breakers Insert.   While the attractive base set for 2011 Gridiron Gear Football will be vertically oriented, the 30-card Game Breakers insert flips that notion on its ear with a deft horizontal twist that showcases to stunning effect some essential football card photography.


October 12, 2011
Steiner caught in ‘fake’ document dust-up.   A state appellate court yesterday found that Steiner Sports Marketing “submitted a fabricated agreement” with the trial court containing a one-year non-compete clause -- in an attempt to keep a former employee from jumping to a rival company.


October 12, 2011
Blogger Shows Off His Card Find at Goodwill.   The junk wax era is alive and well at local thrift stores.


October 11, 2011
Topps Makes Allen & Ginter Available as Complete Set.   For the first time ever, Topps is offering its popular Allen & Ginter Baseball line in complete set form, but with a twist!


October 11, 2011
On the Production Line with 2011 Absolute Memorabilia Football.   Enjoy the video . . .


October 11, 2011
Dick Perez Takes His Immortals Ditital.   Some of the baseball card world’s most memorable paintings — and hundreds more — are now available at your fingertips as Dick Perez has taken his Immortals book digital.


October 10, 2011
Pink breast cancer awareness gear to be auctioned by NFL.   Breast cancer awareness month always brings the pleasure of seeing various National Football League stars in pink. Sunday's games featured players and coaches in pink hats, gloves and pink shoes.


October 9, 2011
Al Davis' Legacy Not Reflected on Many Cards.   The controversial owner of the Oakland Raiders and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died on Saturday. He was 82. A maverick owner whose mantra was “Just win, baby,” Davis built a franchise with an iconic silver- and- black-laced image — one that won three Super Bowls and four conference titles.


October 8, 2011
The 8D Network - A Sports Auction House and A Community for Athletes and the Charities They Support.   The company's inaugural auction includes such headline items as the jersey worn by Chris Chambliss when his home run won the 1976 American League pennant for the Yankees; Vida Blue's 1971 American League Most Valuable Player award (only one starting pitcher has won it since), and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's 1971 San Francisco Giants flannel jersey, a season in which the Giants won the N.L. West title.


October 8, 2011
Jeter's Game-5 Home Run Miss Causes Memorabilia Man’s One Million Dolloar Heartbreak.   While Alex Rodriguez struck out to end the game, it wasn’t the out that Brandon Steiner anguished over most. That one came in the eighth inning when Jeter hit a long fly ball to right field. It was caught on the warning track. Not only would a home run have given the Yankees the lead, and maybe the series, but a superstar player generating a memorable moment is an easy sell. “If Jeter hits that home run, you can’t even imagine what that would’ve meant to us,” Steiner said.


October 7, 2011
Fans Can Get Branded Bats From Baseball Movies.   "I was certain [Louisville] Slugger had to have done something like this at some point during their 125-year history," said Sanchez in the latest issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which explores collecting movie memorabilia. "Turns out they hadn't." And that's how Reelbats.com was born.


October 7, 2011
Red Sox, Yankees brass to help Vt. farmers.   There will be an auction of memorabilia donated from over 50 Major League Baseball players and Hall of Famers and a raffle.


October 7, 2011
Should Upper Deck and Panini scale back the number of licensed NHL products on the market?   The author and hobbyist believes that the market is on the road to collapsing underneath its own weight. There is simply too much of everything, and only the NHLPA can do something about it.


October 6, 2011
Dennis Schrader's "Little Cooperstown" Baseball Cache Gets Guiness World Record.   Schrader's collection may not include the infamous Boston Red Sox's Bill Buckner booted ball during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series now for sale on eBay for a cool $1 million, but it does comprise the most comprehensive and coveted collection of autographed baseballs on the planet.


October 6, 2011
From a scary moment, a Red Sox family learns of the good in a Yankee.   On Opening Day at Fenway Park on April 8, the lives of two third baseman - Chavez of the Yankees, and LeBel of the Springfield Rifles 8-10 team - became intertwined after Chavez' foul ball in batting practice hit LeBel flush in the right eye.


October 6, 2011
T206 Wagner, Top Shelf Vintage Cards Populate Memory Lane’s ‘I Own It Now’ Catalog.   There are plenty of cards and artifacts in the catalog that would qualify as a “headliner”, but whenever a T206 Honus Wagner card is available, it has to take center stage. Memory Lane is offering a PSA 2 (Good) example at a set price of $850,000. The hobby’s ‘holy grail’ card is considered by most to be the most important sports collectible in the world.


October 5, 2011
Buckner ball up for auction.   The prize souvenir from the 1986 World Series will go on eBay this month with a US $1-million price tag, put up for auction by the Grammy-nominated songwriter who once bought it from actor Charlie Sheen.


October 5, 2011
Bruins get their Stanley Cup Champion rings.   The Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup ring symbolizes the team's 6th NHL Championship, celebrating each player that participated in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals and the dramatic game seven victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver on June 15. The ring also pays tribute to the rich legacy of one of hockey's "Original Six" franchises through well-known symbols and events from the team's history.


October 5, 2011
Mile High Card Co. Auction Now Live: Check Out the Rare Singles.   The auction is packed with scarce cards.


October 4, 2011
Celebrity autographs forger pleads guilty in Missouri.   A Missouri man who peddled more than 1,200 record album covers and sports memorabilia items with forged signatures plead guilty to fraud charges in federal court on Monday.


October 4, 2011
Panini Peek: 2011-12 Limited Hockey.   2011-12 Limited Hockey will pack quite a wallop batting cleanup in the 2011-12 Panini America hockey lineup. To be sure, the higher-end offering will deliver some unique new twists (including pieces of game-used hockey pucks and nets) when it releases December 14.


October 4, 2011
Early Look at Upper Deck 2011-2012 NHL SP Game-Used.   With a new base card design, Upper Deck has released preliminary images for 2011-12 NHL SP Game-Used, which is due out in January.


October 3, 2011
Breast Cancer Awareness Comes to Packs of Panini Football Cards.   Athletes wearing pink sports equipment to promote breast cancer awareness has been relatively common at times in the last few years. But now, thanks to Panini America, it’s coming to football cards.


October 2, 2011
$40,000 and Climbing for Rare Baseball 'Tin' Item on eBay Auction.   WhatSellsBest.com is reporting bids have soared past $40,000, and are still climbing for a rare antique Tobacco Tin, featuring an image of baseball legend Ty Cobb.


October 1, 2011
Topps to Release Cards Next Year With Gold.   The company recently unveiled the design for its flagship card set to arrive next February, and it's one that sets a new standard with real gold -- the stuff that set a new record high at $1,922 an ounce earlier this month.


October 1, 2011
Upper Deck Authenticated Offers High-End, One-of-a-Kind Collectibles.   Recently the company launched “Suite One-of-One” offering the public one-of-a-kind collectibles from top athletes like LeBron James, Derrick Rose and others, but now the company has added some compelling new items that are sure to have people talking.


September 30, 2011
More Trouble for Peter Nash - The Hip-Hop Artist Turned Sports Memorabilia Dealer.   A New York judge has ruled that Peter Nash, best known as "Prime Minister Pete Nice" of the '80s group 3rd Bass, is in contempt of court and could be arrested if he continues to ignore an order to provide tax records and other financial documents to a New Jersey sports memorabilia auction house.


September 30, 2011
Rare Public Signing This Saturday with Blake Griffin.   Griffin will appear at Orange County Sports Cards in Anaheim, Calif., this Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. (PST), presenting fans and collectors with the rare chance to meet one of the most popular and talented athletes on the planet.


September 29, 2011
Ultra rare Babe Ruth card a treasure that appeals to many.   For a collector, it's a unique treasure worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is the first Babe Ruth card, and fewer than a dozen are known to be in existence.


September 29, 2011
Topps Finest UFC Red Refractors.   For UFC, their first year with Finest has produced some very nice secondary sales for the top card that have already been pulled, but much like thier baseball brand, it is the red refractors that are leading the way. Serial numbered to only one for each base card and insert, the red-hued cards are among the most desirable cards in any sport.


September 29, 2011
The Oklahoma Sooners are Getting Their Own Set From Upper Deck.   The set will be filled with recent stars such as quarterback Sam Bradford and running back Adrian Peterson. But UD is also digging into the steep history of the Sooners by including running back Steve Owens and defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon, who died on Sept. 4.


September 28, 2011
Does This Video Prove That Bidders Overpay During Live Auctions?   A video from Auction Kings on Discovery shows a live auction where attending bidders paid more than 3x the high range of the appraisal.


September 28, 2011
Finding Treasure at Estate Sales.   Readers at the Collectors.com Message Board Discuss How to Find Items at Estate Sales.


September 27, 2011
Championship rings serve as status symbol, career validation.   Fans Love to Collect Championship Rings Too.


September 27, 2011
First Look: 2012 Topps Heritage.   Just like in 1962, the calendar will fall and replacing the wood-bordered cards will be a colorful multi-image release with colorful fronts, bright cardboard stock and even more colorful card backs (at least compared to 1962).


September 27, 2011
Panini America Insert Inspection: 2011 Gold Standard Bullion Brand Logos Signatures.   In addition to a superstar-laden checklist featuring the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson and Troy Polamalu, each of the 20 rare cards in the Bullion Brand Logos Signatures insert includes an autograph and a brand logo patch taken directly from one of that player’s game-worn jerseys.


September 26, 2011
Double Standard: Dual-Signed Stunners to Appear in 2011 Gold Standard Football.   Panini has planned for the premiere edition of 2011 Gold Standard Football later this fall. The set will have stunning Double Standard dual-signed inserts that brings to market some of the most potent penmanshipped pairings in recent memory.


September 26, 2011
The Exclusive Panini America 2011 NFL Player of the Day Autograph Set.   We’re now just days away from kicking off the Panini America 2011 NFL Player of the Day promotion in more than 500 hobby shops nationwide. The 12th annual installment of the highly successful promotion that generates football foot traffic and excitement in your local hobby shop returns better than ever in 2011. And one of the main reasons why is the exclusive 16-card autograph set that will be distributed as monthly prizes across the country.


September 26, 2011
New Book - Autograph Hell, The Truth About Collecting Is A Must Read.   Charles Irion hit’s the nail right on the head with the subtitle, It Doesn’t Have To Be Real, It Just Has To Be Authentic. Motivated to write Autograph Hell, when his prized autograph of first president George Washington turns out to be a fake, Mr. Irion explores an industry he describes as troubled and fraught with frauds, fakes, and forgers.


September 24, 2011
Memories you can touch.   Hjalma Johnson has a collection of sports artifacts that have transformed his sprawling Dade City office into a small museum.


September 24, 2011
First Look: The Exclusive Panini America 2011 NFL Player of the Day 18-Card Set.   The 2011 Panini America NFL Player of the Day hobby shop promotion, begins its 12th consecutive season as one of the most successful hobby shop initiatives of all time.