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November 30, 2013
2013 Panini Black Friday HOF Autos Continue to be Amazing
Black friday usually presents a big opportunity to buy your gifts for the year, and Panini has taken this time to offer some great cards as part of their 2013 Black Friday packs. Aside from the normal (and usually hideous) autographs that are usually part of this set, Panini is also offering cards signed on card by the 2013 HOF Class. Aside from the fact that on card autographs like this are rare, these actually look pretty incredible.

November 30, 2013
Louisville's Chane Behanan cleared in ring scandal
Behanan was cleared of having any involvement in the auction of his 2012 Final Four ring on a sports memorabilia site.

Louisville players were given light gold rings with a large diamond centered in ruby red and surrounded by a circle of smaller diamonds for advancing to the NCAA national semifinals.

November 29, 2013
Corny or cool? Leaf puts cornstalks into cards
Leaf Trading Cards revealed on Wednesday its newest creations — baseball cards with cornstalks from the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa. They will be found in holiday bonus packs given to distributors.

November 29, 2013
Chane Behanan's Final Four ring found on auction site; was it stolen?
University of Louisville basketball player Chane Behanan’s 2012 Final Four ring was removed from auction Wednesday morning by Grey Flannel, a leading sports memorabilia seller, at the Behanan family’s request.

“We have been informed by Chane's mother that this NCAA Final Four ring was indeed stolen from the Behanan family,” Grey Flannel’s website reads. “This lot has been removed from the sale. Please place no bids.”

November 28, 2013
MLB, NHL, NBA, CLC Get Massive Judgment in Fake Memorabilia Case
The lawsuit against 893 websites that allegedly sold counterfeit goods using the plaintiffs' trademarks has ended. The Northern District of Illinois ordered that each defendant pay statutory damages of $2 million.

The massive judgment was not the plaintiffs' only goal. They wanted those 893 websites shutdown. And they got that, too.

November 28, 2013
Tom Brady FINALLY Signs For Panini
His hobby value is pretty much the top of the mountain, and it shouldnt come as a surprise to anyone. To think that he doesnt sign that often is relatively crazy, especially considering how important he is to the hobby.

November 28, 2013
National Hockey Card Day returns to the U.S. for third straight year
The day is slated for January 18, 2014 in Canada and the United States. Upper Deck has promoted this day throughout the last several years to get hockey fans into hobby shops across North America.

The U.S. set will contain 21 cards with 11 rookies. Collectors will get a free pack of cards when they go to a participating hobby shop, and can get the 21st card with a $10 purchase of an Upper Deck product.

November 27, 2013
Snead's 1949 Masters trophy valued at $100,000
The 1949 Masters trophy awarded to Sam Snead will lead a sale of golfing memorabilia at Heritage Auctions on December 6-7.

The Masters trophies did not exist at the time of Snead's victory - they were produced a number of decades later and presented retroactively. A recent sale saw a trophy presented to Snead for his 1946 Open victory realise $263,000.

November 27, 2013
Showtime's '60 Minutes Sports' Armen Keteyian on high end sports memorabilia (VIDEO)
Tune in alert for Showtime as Armen Keteyian explores the lucrative world of sports memorabilia on the next 60 Minutes Sports.

November 27, 2013
Card Set Review: 2013 Topps Archives Football
Paralleling the approach that Topps used in its 2012 Topps Archives Baseball set, the 2013 Topps Archives Football set depicts players on four different vintage Topps cards designs: 1959, 1976, 1985 and 1986. In this 200-card base set, there are exactly 50 cards of each card style, which means that each team typically has one or two players who appear on each of the four designs.

Many longtime stars – from Roger Staubach to Joe Namath – are included in the various styles throughout the set.

November 26, 2013
TV News Investigates: Buying fake autographed memorabilia
They bought half a dozen autographs and put them to the test. The investigation uncovered how easy it is for crooks to take your Christmas cash.

November 26, 2013
Online auction offers a day with Derek Jeter
All proceeds, minus Christie's out-of-pocket sale expenses, will benefit Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. The opening bid is $90,000. It includes lunch for four with Jeter. The winner also gets four seats in Jeter's luxury suite during a Yankee game; and an autographed, game-used glove.

November 26, 2013
World Series 'obstruction' base up for auction
Act now if you want to pay at least four figures for a soiled totem of semi-obscure umpire-judgment calls.

November 25, 2013
2013 Topps Chrome Superfractors Already Living Up To Their Reputation
Topps Chrome has been on the market for a few days, and already, the big hits are garnering more attention than they have all year. One would expect that the Superfractors would be a crown jewel for any collector, but with a weak class, its odd to see some of them sell for as much as they are.

November 25, 2013
Topps Chrome Football full of photo variations
2013 Topps Chrome Football is back – and with it, photo variations. A total of 55 players, 30 veterans and 25 rookies, appear on variations.

The variation photos should look familiar. The same poses were used on variation cards in 2013 Topps Football. Base Rookie Variation cards fall at a rate of 1:340 hobby packs. For veterans, it’s every 283 packs.

November 24, 2013
Signs of Black Friday: Panini America Peeks More Autos Coming to Promotional Set
Panini shares some of their upcoming cards.

November 24, 2013
Family’s love of collectibles turns into a family business
Chuck Whisman’s home was filled with trading cards and memorabilia. But everything has been moved into Whisman’s new card shop in Lancaster, Pa. – VSM Sports Card Outlet, which opened in August.

November 23, 2013
The Four Colors of Babe Ruth
The 1933 Goudey set consists of 234 cards and is flanked by numerous Hall of Fame players. These cards were inserted into packs of Goudey bubblegum. Babe Ruth has the honor of having four cards in the set.

November 23, 2013
Few Fans Are Buying A-Rod's Story ... Or His Cards and Jerseys
Recently, a limited edition 2007 autographed A-Rod card sold on eBay for $34. A 2000 autographed A-Rod card with a swatch of a game-used Seattle Mariners jersey sold for $40. The prices were on par with other autographed A-Rod cards these days, which now fetch about one-fourth the price of similar Derek Jeter collectibles.

November 23, 2013
Topps Inks Autographed Card Deal With Mark McGwire - Does Anyone Care?
Though McGwire has a storied history with Topps, with his first appearance in 1985 as a member of Team USA, he has never signed autographs for the company’s products.

Collectors will be able to find McGwire’s autographs in Topps first 2014 product – Topps Baseball Series 1. McGwire will also sign for the company’s first high-end release of the year, Topps Tribute.

November 22, 2013
Don Newcombe's Dodgers jersey to see $70,000 at Julien's Auctions
Newcombe is the only player to have won the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards during his career, as well as the first black pitcher to start a World Series game.

November 22, 2013
Red Sox Beards Being Auctioned For Charity & the Weirdest Sports Memorabilia Ever
Is this the most bizarre piece of sports memorabilia to be auctioned? That's basically impossible to answer. However, here are a few possible contenders.

November 22, 2013
Harlan Werner Ali Collection Headlines Julien’s Auction
The Harlan Werner Muhammad Ali Collection, along with the official Baltimore Orioles lineup card from Game No. 1 of Cal Ripken Jr’s historic 2,632 consecutive playing streak are amongst selections being offered in Julien’s Auctions one-day sale to be held Dec. 6 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

November 21, 2013
Negro Leagues museum to play bigger crowds in Baltimore
The county is putting up $125,000 to build displays on three floors and expects to open the museum in January.

November 21, 2013
Bears auctioning uniforms to benefit tornado relief effort
The Bears announced an online auction from which proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to aid with critical needs of families impacted by the tornadoes.

Among the items being auctioned: uniform parts worn by Bears players during Sunday’s 23-20 overtime win over the Ravens on a muddy and sloppy Soldier Field. Included are the jerseys of Julius Peppers, Alshon Jeffery and David Bass and the uniform pants of Matt Forte, Kyle Long, Brandon Marshall, Jordan Mills and Josh McCown.

November 21, 2013
Dick Perez: Brushes With Greatness
“Whether they realize it or not, every sports artist owes a debt of gratitude to Dick Perez,” said Khyber Oser, a writer and consignment director for Legendary Auctions.

The auction house is offering 26 lots featuring Perez artwork in a sale than ends Nov. 21 – a trend that will continue throughout 2014.

November 20, 2013
Take home Hawks’ home ice
The team saved some of the United Center ice it played on during the Stanley Cup run and is selling vials of it melted — for $99 a pop — with the proceeds to benefit Blackhawks charities.

November 20, 2013
The impossible Puig checklist
Topps saw a void and filled it until it is now a 15-story high pile of dirt. There are Puigs cards in virtually every pack, and there will be many more to come.

November 20, 2013
2014 Topps Archives Baseball To Include 60 Days Of Bounty Prizes
To celebrate the launch of 2014 Topps Archives Baseball, Topps will be digging deep into its archives to look for unique and valuable prizes to give to collectors. The prizes will include exclusive cards, vintage cards, uncut sheets, autographed memorabilia, Topps gear, unique Major League cards and items, and other pop culture treasures.

November 19, 2013
Former Sooner Baseball Player Reunited With 1951 Championship Ring
Former Sooner Baseball Player Reunited With 1951 Championship Ring

A ring commemorating an Oklahoma Sooner National Championship in baseball from 1951 is back with its owner after being lost for decades.

November 19, 2013
Marshall accepts 1970 plane crash victim’s memorabilia
Memorabilia from the past found its way home to Marshall University.

A framed Marshall jersey, proudly displaying the number 82, and a faded football team photo were donated Monday to the Foundation Hall.

November 19, 2013
Collect Auctions Preview: Clearly a ‘Case’ for Collectors
The sale runs Nov. 17 through Dec. 5, and has many marquee pieces. There are unopened product and Milwaukee Braves regional sets, and a very rare 1975 Topps Baseball cello unopened case.

The 1975 unopened case houses 15 boxes with 24 packs per box for a total of 360 packs. With each pack containing 18 cards, the case holds a total of 6,480 cards. The set is best known for rookie cards of George Brett and Robin Yount.

November 19, 2013
Upper Deck gives Gretzky collector a big surprise
Most Wayne Gretzky collectors know Jeffrey Griffith.

The Anaheim resident is one of the top Gretzky collectors and literally wrote the book on it – which can be seen at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Griffith has about 5,200 unique Gretzky cards with about 15,000 total pieces. Upper Deck decided to add one more autograph to Griffith’s collection while at the 2013 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto. It was a personalized signed Gretzky oversized card with an inscription

November 18, 2013
Panini America’s Salute to Service Bolstered By Broncos Tribute, Camouflage Prizms
The Camouflage Prizms are among the coolest of all Prizm parallels and are holding their own on the secondary market as far as base parallel cards go.

November 18, 2013
First look: 2013-14 Sereal KHL Sixth Collection
The new set will come out in January with 20 different types of cards for collectors. Each box will come with 34 packs with five players in each pack. Each box will come with four hits and 10 parallels.

Last year’s KHL cards featured many NHL players who were overseas during the lockout. Sereal is bringing back highlights from last season to have cards of Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Bobrovsky again.

November 17, 2013
Are Low Quality Products To Blame More Than A Low Quality Rookie Class?
There's something going on over the last few product releases that's very concerning, especially considering that 2 out of the three cost $150 per box and over.

Aside from the fact that the rookie class continues to be one of the most unimpressive classes of recent memory, there are very few people opening the products from what it seems.

November 17, 2013
First look: 2014 Bowman Inception baseball cards
Topps unveiled the first looks at and the preliminary information for the second run at the higher-end, hits-only prospecting line on Friday, and it’s one that will include some new features as well.

Set to arrive on June 18, it will include with boxes per case with each box including just five cards. Each pack will include four autographs and one autographed Relic.

November 16, 2013
Browns' 1946 championship trophy found in North Carolina
A trophy from the Browns’ first-ever football championship, paid for by the 38 players on that 1946 team coached by Paul Brown, has made the long journey home.

The trophy was discovered about nine months ago in Raleigh, N.C., in the garage of a home owned by Gary Cole, the grandson of former minority owner Daniel Sherby.

November 16, 2013
Steiner Sports hosts Mariano Rivera Farewell Collection Auction
Rivera, the long-time New York Yankees closer, has teamed Steiner Sports Memorabilia for an auction to raise money for a charitable foundation.

However, it’s not just Rivera’s game-used gear collectors can find. Rivera spoke to a number of athletes to have them donate items including Ichiro, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson.

November 15, 2013
After fire destroys a collection, ‘Legendary Fan’ is rebuilding
The University of South Carolina regards Jimmy Smith as a “Legendary Fan.” He was presented a plaque declaring his elite status in 2009 during the Gamecocks’ football game with South Carolina State. That plaque was lost in a fire, along with a treasure trove of sports memorabilia, when Smith’s real estate office on Highway 17 burned earlier this year.

November 15, 2013
Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Major League Baseball, as we know it today, was changed forever during a game back in 1884, when a 17 year old skipped work to attend a Louisville Eclipse game in the old American Association.

Pete Browning, the Eclipse star, broke his bat that day. John A. “Bud” Hillerich, 17, approached him after the game to invite him to his dad’s woodworking shop – because the young Hillerich thought they could make a better bat for Browning.

November 15, 2013
Kids Continue to Be a Primary Marketing Focus for Upper Deck Trading Cards
Upper Deck’s Marketing team has been busy running a variety of promotions dedicated to engaging the future of the hobby over the last few weeks in particular. Upper Deck believes it is absolutely critical to look at new ways to involve the youth of today in all the fun aspects of the hobby and the company believes strongly these initiatives will help to develop the next generation of collectors.

November 14, 2013
Things Fans Pay Stupid Amounts of Money for
Sports fans can be more than a little intense at times. At least that should be the case if they're doing it right. After all, the word fan is short for fanatic, which is defined as a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal.

A person like that isn't always going to be completely sensible, or even rational, when it comes to supporting their favorite team and/or athletes. Particularly when it comes to how they spend their money.

November 14, 2013
T206 Sherry ‘Magie’ Error, 1929 Kashin Publications Set Featured in LOTG Auction
The Fall, 2013 auction from Love of the Game Auctions will close Saturday, Nov. 16, and there are many highlights worth checking out before bidding closes.

November 14, 2013
Select hockey makes triumphant return to the hobby
Panini America has brought the Select hockey cards brand back to life in what the company calls “easily one of the most anticipated new hockey releases of the year.” Released last week in advance of the Fall 2013 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, the 2013-14 Select hockey card series features a wonderful mix of hobby hits from rookie cards to autographs to memorabilia cards.

November 13, 2013
Ballboy selling MJ's Flu Game shoes
Michael Jordan’s “Flu Game” is still considered one of the most fabled performances of Jordan’s legendary career, and it may not have been possible at all had it not been for one attentive ballboy who supplied His Airness with applesauce throughout the game and got to keep Jordan’s shoes as a reward.

November 13, 2013
Widow Robbed Of Husband's Sports Memorabilia
When Linda Williams husband, Earl Williams the 1971 MLB National League rookie of the year passed away earlier this year she was devastated. Things took a turn for the worse however when just days after his passing she noticed that some of his baseball memorabilia, money clips, bracelets, coins and an entire jewelry box had gone missing from the family’s home.

November 13, 2013
PSA Introduces New Holders With Increased Security Features
At first glance, the new holders developed by PSA might look exactly like the familiar holders PSA has used for decades. But in addition to now adding a hologram on the back of the inserts, a major yet subtle change to the holders themselves will provide improved safety and security for the PSA and PSA/DNA-certified collectibles they house and protect.

November 12, 2013
Championship ring collecting
Want to Collect Rings? Here’s How to Get into the Game at Any Level

Do you feel that collecting championship rings is beyond your budget? Not true – the financial hurdle might be lower than you think. There are numerous ways to collect rings that won’t crush your savings.

November 12, 2013
Ali robe, Owens gold medal available in sport auction
A gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and a robe worn by Muhammad Ali before defending his world title in a 1976 heavyweight fight are among available items in an online auction.

November 12, 2013
Stan Musial auction nets $1.2 million
Hundreds of bidders, now own pieces of Stan Musial's life after an online auction of his possessions. Officials with Heritage Auctions of Dallas said Monday that winning bids for the monthlong auction totaled $1.2 million, far more than expected. Items ranged from game-worn jerseys to World Series rings to Musial's legendary harmonicas.

November 12, 2013
Upper Deck Giving NHL Cards to Military Veterans’ Kids
On this Veteran’s Day, Upper Deck has announced the company is working with the charity Defending the Blue Line. This charity has a mission of ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. The organization provides free hockey equipment and access to hockey camps at no cost to participants. And to help these young hockey aficionados develop a greater love for the game and NHL players, Upper Deck will be donating more than 6,000 packs of new NHL cards to the charity to be shared with kids in the program during the holiday season.

November 11, 2013
JH Dugan baseball cards make $143,500 at Heritage Auctions
The complete set of 12, which were previously unknown to the hobby, sold for $143,400. Named after the Rutland, Vermont advertiser that funded the cards, the project stalled in its infancy and just this original proof set of cards exists.

November 11, 2013
Upper Deck honors dealer who passed away
Upper Deck recognized a longtime dealer Mel Wolff who passed away recently. Upper Deck did it by what it does best – making a trading card of him.

November 10, 2013
Mazeroski hits homer with memorabilia auction
More than 200 pieces of Pittsburgh Pirates history owned by Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski took in more than $1.7 million Saturday at a Louisville auction house.

Mr. Mazeroski was on hand at the 10th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Live Auction in Louisville, where items including the 1960 World Series uniform worn during his Game 7 walk-off home run fetched a total of $1,709,892. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the 1960 Game 7 uniform was bought by a buyer representing a client with "strong ties to Pittsburgh."

November 10, 2013
George Brett and the Autograph Hound
It's people like Brandon Farrens that give other collectors a bad name.

November 10, 2013
Video highlights from the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo
11 Hockey Hall of Fame honoured members are in attendance throughout the weekend, including mega stars Bobby Hull (Friday), Mario Lemieux (Saturday) and Guy Lafleur (Sunday). Ten of the 11 were part of the Stars of the Game segment while one (Pierre Pilote) was on hand signing his newest book.

November 9, 2013
10 best baseball museums to beat season-ending blues
The 10 must-see baseball museums on this list can help fans of all ages get through the baseball-less winter months.

November 9, 2013
Jesse Owens' Olympic gold medals to go up for auction
One of the four gold medals won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is to go up for auction later this month. The whereabouts of the other three remain unknown, so SCP Auctions, the Orange County auction house conducting the online sale, expects this one to go for as much as $1 million.

November 9, 2013
1954 Dodgers Signed Ball has Quite a Story
Memory Lane will auction Joseph Davis’ nearly pristine 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed baseball that includes six members of the Baseball Hall of Fame he met in the team locker room that summer.

November 8, 2013
Championship ring found in thrift store drawer
Championship ring found in thrift store drawer

When Paul Henry walked into a Boulder Goodwill store, he said his intention was to buy a piece of furniture.

November 8, 2013
Erika Salumae's gold medal up 108% at Graham Budd Auctions
Salumae represented the Soviet Union at Seoul in 1988 and was the first athlete from Estonia to ever win gold at the Games.

She went on to break 16 world records over the course of her career - winning the Soviet national championships 16 times, and the World Championships twice.

November 8, 2013
Wax Packs Brings The Fun Of Baseball Card Collecting To 7" Vinyl Releases
The basic idea is that you can get a "pack" with a single random 7" record or a "box" with 5 different records, one guaranteed to be on "rare color vinyl," plus a collectible download card.

November 8, 2013
Steiner Offering Deacon Jones Collection, Rivera Farewell Collection
The dazzling quartet of lynchpin collectibles includes: Deacon’s 1980 Hall of Fame ring, his rare 1966-67 Rams defensive playbook with strategies from the gridiron coaching icon George Allen and his 1968 and 1969 Most Valuable Player trophies. There are a total of 24 artifacts from the Deacon Jones collection registered.

November 7, 2013
Red Sox World Championship Ring Can Be Yours For $25,000
Red Sox World Championship Ring Can Be Yours For $25,000

Boston’s Boys of Summer will be getting a brand new 2013 World Series rings to commemorate their worst-to-first triumph. If you have bling envy, you can get yourself to the LBC Pawn Shop in Somerville’s Davis Square MA. Because for a mere $25,000 you can buy a genuine, only slightly used, 2007 Red Sox World Series ring!

November 7, 2013
1923 William Paterson hockey card set brings $99,000 to Classic Auctions
Most of Borque's collection was sold in the auction, containing the finest examples from almost every pre-war hockey card set, approximately 95% of which hold the number one position on the PSA Registry.

November 7, 2013
Take a Tour of Michael Jordan’s Illinois Home That's Up For Auction
Located just about half an hour north of Chicago, the 15-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion sprawls over seven acres and boasts five fireplaces, a wine cellar with room for 500 bottles, a home theater, a card room and a cigar room with a walk-in humidor. There’s also a lush outdoor living space complete with a kitchen and an infinity pool.

November 7, 2013
First look: 2013 Leaf Ichiro Immortals Collection baseball cards
If you’ve been waiting patiently for Ichiro Suzuki baseball cards, you now have your high-end chance with 2013 Leaf Ichiro Immortals Collection.

Unveiled by Leaf Trading Cards on Wednesday, the product will include four base cards and one autograph per box when it arrives in early December. A suggested retail price was not announced, but dealer cost from Leaf is $550 per box and only 300 hand-numbered boxes will be released.

November 6, 2013
Bill Rayburn Brings to Life Replica Baseball Bats from Past
His replica 1800s bat company fills orders and produces artisan baseball bats that represent different periods of America’s favorite pastime. Rayburn makes a little piece of baseball history every day.

November 6, 2013
Upper Deck Adds Amazing Content to Exquisite Collection Basketball
When Upper Deck creates a product like Exquisite Collection Basketball, the company’s premium basketball release of the year, the Product Development Team is tasked with creating items that have considerable “Wow” factor. These drivers help make it an exciting break for collectors knowing they have the prospect of pulling some of these major cards.

Such is the case with Upper Deck’s 16 signature cards in the set. These one-of-a-kind collectibles are presented in a booklet style trading card format and include some of the greatest players to ever play the game.

November 6, 2013
First look: 2013 Topps Heritage High Number baseball
Topps released the first glimpses at the second-year version of the throwback-style update set on Monday with two notable youngsters among those on the checklist — Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig and Miami Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez, who will be included in the online-exclusive update set.

November 5, 2013
Panini Flawless costs $1,800 per pack
A pack of basketball cards in your hometown mom and pop corner shop would set you back a couple bucks in 1993. Two decades later, a major shift in the industry has created a niche market for high-end, premium trading cards. Panini America, one of the industry leaders along with Topps-Bowman, just took whatever bar had been previously set and shoved it up to the heavens.

November 5, 2013
Blackhawks share Cup with Walter Reed patients, staff
The Blackhawks visited with wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. They mingled, signed autographs and took pictures with the veterans, including a few single- and double-amputee hockey players that participate in the Wounded Warriors program.

Following the visit, the Blackhawks left Walter Reed to travel to the White House, where they were honored by President Barack Obama. They brought with them four of the wounded warriors, including double-amputees Marine Cpl. Patrick Brown and Army Capt. Mark Little.

November 5, 2013
1939 Play Ball card set sells for $203,000 at Goldin Auctions
The set, comprised of 161 cards, opened for bids at $50,000 but rocketed to a final price of $202,826. The #1 all-time finest graded set on the PSA registry, it has an overall GPA of 8.71. Included in the set are two Gem Mint 10-graded cards, as well as Mint 9 examples of the two key cards of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.

November 4, 2013
Having a Ball: Panini America Returns Cool Memorabilia to 2013 Toronto Fall Expo
One of the most appealing aspects of Panini America’s Toronto Fall Expo wrapper-redemption program every year is the inclusion of fun player-used memorabilia cards that are both uniquely entertaining and collectibly scarce. For next week’s 2013 Toronto Fall Expo, that lineup includes massively proportioned swatches of a game-used Los Angeles Lakers basketball, player-worn head gear, jerseys and sweat-soaked towels from some of the top NHL and NBA rookies of the 2013-14 season.

November 4, 2013
Panini previews cards for Fall Expo packs
Panini America has revealed how collectors can get exclusive 2013 Toronto Fall Expo packs for next weekend’s show. Panini has included cards of rookies from all four major sports numbered to 399, Cracked Ice parallels, Tools of the Trade memorabilia cards, Player Sketch Cards and plenty of autographed variations.

November 3, 2013
Houston Astrodome sale features the turf, lockers
Nostalgic fans started lining up around 5 a.m., three hours before the sale was set to begin at the adjacent Reliant Center. Organizers ran out of Astroturf pieces at 11 a.m. and ran out of physical seats that had been removed from the Dome by 2 p.m., forcing buyers to receive receipts for seats to pick up next month.

November 3, 2013
2013 Absolute Jumbo Patches Are the Cream of the Crop
The patches are always quite large, rarely disappoint, and can fetch hundreds of dollars for the best quality examples.

November 2, 2013
So who all gets a World Series ring?
Of course, the players and coaching staff do, but who else? The auther sheds some light on this.

November 2, 2013
Panini Announces Wrapper Redemption Featuring Damian Lillard Rookie Cards
Panini has created 400 Lillard autograph memorabilia Rookie Cards from their hottest 2012-13 brands. The 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year will, in fact, be featured on coveted RPAs using last season’s National Treasures, Preferred Silhouettes, Gold Standard and Select designs.

November 1, 2013
One Collector Still Honoring Dodgers Pitcher Johnny Podres
In 1955, Podres won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award after beating the Yankees twice, including a 2-0, Game 6 shutout that gave Brooklyn its one and only World Championship in franchise history.

Pat Salerno Jr., has the world’s most extensive collection of Johnny Podres memorabilia.

November 1, 2013
2013 Absolute Football is Live With Lots of Disappointment
Absolute is about as stale as it gets, at least in terms of the content that many collectors are doomed to pull out of their few boxes that they open. At $150 or so dollars per box, there are more reasons NOT to open this stuff as there is to rip into a box. With such a weak rookie class, a product that is already lacking in value becomes a barren wasteland of crap that no one should touch.

November 1, 2013
First look: 2013 Panini America’s pastime baseball
The next high-end baseball card release from Panini will arrive in December with Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig as well as long-time stars and retired legends in the fold.

Each 10-card pack will include three autographs, two memorabilia cards, a booklet card and two other cards numbered to 125 or fewer copies. National Treasures rookie cards will be included for Puig, Manny Machado and Wil Myers, among others.

October 31, 2013
New questions about authenticity of "Little Cooperstown" autographed baseball exhibit
When Dennis Schrader needed a pair of "experts" to authenticate the autographs, he didn't choose from any of the top sports memorabilia experts, authenticators, or auction houses in the world ... or even Tampa Bay. Instead, he reached out to a collector who said he hadn't spoken to Schrader in a decade.

October 31, 2013
Own It Now Sale Headlined by Ruth Ball, Anson Cardboard Beauty
More than 1,400 lots of vintage sports and non-sports cards, sets, autographs and more will be available for outright sale beginning Nov. 7.

October 31, 2013
First look: Upper Deck’s Edmonton Oilers Collection
Upper Deck is creating a set strictly for Edmonton Oilers fans. The collection will feature 10 packs per box with 10 cards in each pack. Each box will have three autographs, two manufactured patches and five rainbow foil parallels.

October 30, 2013
After 25 Years, Lance Alworth Reunites with Stolen Super Bowl Ring
After 25 Years, Lance Alworth Reunites with Stolen Super Bowl Ring

Alworth’s 1971 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring is recovered by the San Diego Sheriff 25 years after it was stolen.

October 30, 2013
Business selling Notre Dame memorabilia expands
A business near the Notre Dame campus specializes in selling rare Fighting Irish merchandise. Because the team has done so well over the past couple years, the shop has had to expand to meet the need.

October 30, 2013
Signed “Stat” Balls Now Available for Six NBA HOFers
Inkredible Inc., a company owned by Top 50 player Nate Archibald, signed six NBA HOF players to exclusive contracts. These contracts guarantee that the players will not sign any other “stat” balls for a period of one year.

“When my fellow colleagues and I saw how many forgeries of our signatures were on the market, we decided it was time to take matters into our own hands and offer authentic autographs that we could have exclusive control over,” Archibald said. “We wanted to come up with an item that wasn’t available anywhere else in the world, so we created our own.”

October 29, 2013
$50-100 Thousand expected for Victorino ball
SCP Auctions, a company based in Laguna Niguel, California, is auctioning off the ball in an online auction. It will open to registered bidders November 20, and end on December 7, at scpauctions.com.

October 29, 2013
Long-time sports memorabilia collector becomes fraud victim
Carl Myer was prosecuted in federal court on mail fraud charges and is serving a two-year prison sentence now. Myer was also ordered to pay more than $65,000 back.

October 29, 2013
A Trophy Thief Is On The Loose
In less than 18 months trophies and memorabilia valued at nearly $1 million were stolen from three museums and a country club in New York and New Jersey by what the authorities say is probably the same male suspect. The thefts have caught the attention of the F.B.I. and antiques dealers, have broken the hearts of horse racing and golf enthusiasts, and have prompted theories ranging from the common street crime variety to complex schemes worthy of “The Sopranos.”

October 28, 2013
GBSCC’s November Show Just Around the Corner
Among those making an appearance are Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Paul Molitor, Rickey Henderson, Rod Carew, Tim McCarver, Pete Rose, Ray Borque, Frank Malzone and Hope Solo. The show will run Friday from 12-7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

More than 300 dealers will be setting up. In fact, dealer space is sold out for this event, with a waiting list in place. SGC will be grading and slabbing at the show, with PSA and JSA also having booths.

October 27, 2013
Gehrig Bat Nears $150K, Play Ball Set at $118K With One Week Left
In baseball, October (and sometimes into November) is when the big games are played. So it’s appropriate in its October Legends auction that Goldin Auctions is offering some amazing artifacts and card sets.

October 27, 2013
Astrodome yard sale, live auction set for Nov. 2
Fans of the Astrodome will have the opportunity to own a piece of the building’s history when a limited quantity of seats, AstroTurf, furnishings, concessions equipment, and other memorabilia go on sale.

October 27, 2013
BGS & Babe Ruth: Collector discusses finding The Bambino in her first wax box
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he interviews Stacy, a collector from Georgia, about a pretty big card she pulled from her first wax box.


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