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December 31, 2012
Retro makes a comeback in football
Today’s retro cards have a broader focus than the cardboard classics of the 1800s and early to mid-1900s. Current products are now also being modeled after 1980s and 1990s cards, with companies trying to tap into the collectors’ childhood hobby habits, the sets we grew up on.

December 31, 2012
High Priced Memorabilia - Can The Record Growth Continue?
The readers at Net54baseball.com discuss how high-end memorabilia prices have soared.

December 30, 2012
Sports Memorabilia Fraud On The Rise Again
Fake autographs on eBay are more prevalent today than during the FBI Operation Bullpen sting a few years ago. It seems that this new generation of fraudulent sellers have forgotten how many people the FBI put in jail during their investigation.

The industrys leading autograph authenticator, PSA DNA, claims that only 33 percent of more than 10,000 Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan autographs it scrutinized were real. That means more than 6,600 of the 10,000 signatures PSA-DNA sampled were forgeries.

December 30, 2012
Pete Rose on deck for TLC
All-time hits king Pete Rose will soon be making his debut in a nationally televised reality show partially filmed down the street from the museum where he still has no plaque.

December 30, 2012
Questionable bidding activity with large eBay Sports Memorabilia seller - Probstein
Have the readers at net54baseball.com discovered one of the biggest sports memorabilia dealers on eBay shell bids?

December 29, 2012
How to spot a fake autograph
Paul Fraser has been involved in autographs for 31 years - so here are some Top Tips to ensure your collection is as genuine as it is impressive...

December 29, 2012
Most-Forged Autographs Include Babe Ruth, Elvis
According to a new report by PSA/DNA, as many as 60% of the Babe Ruth autographs they verify turn out to be fakes. As PSA/DNA one of the world’s leading memorabilia authentication services, the organization cautions collectors that the percentages of fakes out in the wild could well be even higher. This is because the autographs it verifies are often from already-savvy collectors.

December 29, 2012
Former Braves' player sends woman letter, jersey
Susie Chesser, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, received an autographed rookie card, signed jersey and letter from former Atlanta Braves player Dale Murphy. What makes this story even better is that the package had been mistaken for a gift that Chesser purchased for her husband. When it came in the mail, she wrapped it, and it sat under the tree until Christmas Day.

December 29, 2012
Immaculate Reception press pass up for auction
The Immaculate Reception is a moment in sports that fans won’t ever soon forget. Now, a collector will be able to own a special piece from that game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders.

December 28, 2012
Collecting the 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders Set
The year was 1911 and the World Series opponents and their managers were the same as in 1905: The New York Giants, led by the stocky and fiery John McGraw, versus the Philadelphia Athletics, with the fungo bat-thin gentleman at the helm, Connie Mack.

December 28, 2012
Notre Dame fan selling piece of football history
Now that Notre Dame has returned to the national title game -- and, perhaps, its former glory -- Larry Rodts believes the time is right for him to profit from selling his 9-foot-by-9-foot piece of blue carpet with a gold Notre Dame logo on it that was used inside the locker room at Notre Dame Stadium.

December 27, 2012
Sporting News Babe Ruth Hits $89,250 to Highlight Memory Lane Auction
A 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth card from a newly graded complete set topped Memory Lane’s recent “The Find” Auction. The card, part of a complete set consigned by a Midwestern family that had passed it through generations, sold for $89,250, including the buyer’s premium. Graded PSA 5, the card features Ruth as pitcher with the Boston Red Sox. This variation was blank-backed.

December 27, 2012
Awesome and Affordable Andrew Luck and RGIII Autos Are Not Hard to Find
Even though there are only a handful of licensed autos out there for under 100 bucks, many of these cards are less than, or relatively equal to the price of a box. Here is your guide.

December 27, 2012
Yankees Fans can Now Purchase Retired Numbers Plaques Hand Made
These hand-made wooden plaques are designed to resemble the originals located in the Yankee Stadium Monument Park. These replica Retired Number Plaques would look impressive in any Yankees fan’s den or man-cave.

December 26, 2012
The Top-10 Stories of 2012-Mastro Indicted; Halper Behind NYPL Heist; PSA Exposed on Cobb; HOF Scandal Continues; Spence and PSA in FBI Probe & More
As the year winds down and we move forward into 2013 its time to look back at the top stories covered by Haulsofshame.com in 2012.

December 26, 2012
2012 Panini Crown Royale May Be the Worst Release of the Year
There are few redeeming parts of Crown Royale, especially with the continued invasion of the big white boxes behind every sticker used. This year, there is not a single card that even looks close to being well designed.

December 25, 2012
2012 Auction Review of the Sports Memorabilia Market
2012 has been a big year for sports, and important memorabilia flooded auctions as a result.

December 25, 2012
The Baseball card industry grows up
It's been close to 20 years since the author had attended a card show, so he decided to check out the Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show in King of Prussia, Pa., in early December.

December 24, 2012
Panini America Returning Rookie Stallions to 2012 Contenders Football
The last time a Rookie Stallions insert had a presence on the football card landscape, the year was 2002, the set was Playoff Honors and the lead horse in that massive 50-card chase was either Ed Reed or Brian Westbrook.

December 24, 2012
Watch out - T206 Fakes on eBay.
A reader on Net54baseball.com points out an eBayer selling bad cards.

December 23, 2012
Will one-card Topps packs leave collectors flush?
Starting in the early days of card production and running at least into the mid-1980s, Topps would offer, on a seasonal basis, repackaged and bargain priced cards and assorted confections starting with Halloween, then changing the mix at Christmas before coming out with something around Valentine's Day

December 23, 2012
How Does 2012 Topps Strata Measure Up to the Hype?
This product is built very similarly to Topps Platinum and Topps Finest, in that the bigger players in the product are ridiculously hard to pull. With so many receivers at the premiere, it can feel like a never ending sea of lower tier guys, but that is more than made up for by the fact that each card is so cool looking.

December 22, 2012
Hot items at NFL auction to support “Newtown Support Fund”
The bidding is open until January 7th, and all funds raised will go to help the Newtown, CT Support Fund. So if you would like the chance to snag up some amazing NFL collectibles and help out a great cause go check it out.

December 22, 2012
First Look: 2013 Topps Big League Minis
Topps announced that it’s bringing MLB to the packaged vinyl figures area with 2013 Topps Big League Minis — a collection of 28 3-inch vinyl figures that are packaged like cards. The blindly wrapped collectibles niche has been one that has grown in the last few years via non-sports properties.

December 21, 2012
Fraudster Yankee memorabilia peddler busted for selling fake Babe Ruth glove on eBay gets easy sentence
Irving Scheib, 50, was trying to sell a fake Babe Ruth glove for $200,000 on eBay. But the imposter was busted by a suspicious broker and now must pay a $25,000 fine and serve two years of probation.

December 21, 2012
Beckett Certified Appraisal launches
This new service will have the Beckett Price Guide analysts research sales data and market trends to give values to cards such as those with low print runs, show exclusives or graded cards with a low population report.

December 21, 2012
Sound Advice on Building a Solid Collection of "Investment Grade" Cards
The experts at net54baseball.com share advice on how to do this.

December 20, 2012
The Immaculate Interception
How one man nabbed the most coveted piece of NFL memorabilia from the clutches of history.

December 20, 2012
Topps Strata Football Hits Shelves Dec. 21
The highly anticipated release of Topps Strata Football is this Friday (Dec. 21), just in time for the holidays and the heat of the NFL regular season.

December 20, 2012
The Worst College Football Trophies
Ironically, winning schools will be taking these turds home.

December 19, 2012
Adrian Peterson’s Success Leads To More Fake Rookie Premiere Autos
There are so many fakes out there that Beckett stopped grading these cards.

December 19, 2012
Greg Bussineau Wraps Up 2012 With a $1.1 Million Sale
Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities has announced the successful completion of its Fall 2012 catalog/Internet auction event. Based on preliminary sales results, the auction generated total prices realized of $1,154,520. There were 4,760 registered bidders, 489 active bidders and 261 different winning bidders. A total of 839 lots were featured, of which 834 (99.4 percent) sold. There were 5,731 bids placed, for an average of 6.9 bids per lot.

December 19, 2012
Book Review: ‘Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide'
Author Ron Keurajian's cautionary tale serves as the backdrop for one of the most accurately detailed reference pieces the sports collectibles market has ever seen. His ability to clearly communicate the complexities of handwriting analysis makes this an ideal tool for collectors.

December 18, 2012
Charlie Sheen Wants Babe Ruth Autograph Back From Zac Efron After Drunkenly Giving Away Baseball
Sheen gave the baseball — bought for more than $2.5 million — to Efron and then, the next morning, was feeling a little regretful about that decision.

December 18, 2012
Upper Deck Gives Back to the Military through Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude is a charity Upper Deck has been partnering with for years. The charity's purpose is to mobilize volunteers to put together care packages for members of the U.S. military serving abroad. One of the organization’s new programs will be putting together care packages to veterans.

Upper Deck loves the idea of thanking members of the military with care packages and has donated tens of thousands of packs of trading cards to Operation Gratitude over the years, most recently on Veteran’s Day. To be able to provide servicemen and women with a little piece of home through Upper Deck trading cards.

December 18, 2012
Unique Multimedia "Card" Features NFL Legends
When is a trading card not a card? I think there are several answers to that question and while this new twist from KEEPR certainly looks cool, I wish the price point was more like $29.95 instead of it's on sale price of $59.95 (Regularly $64.95). If it were, I'd be a buyer. What do you think?

December 17, 2012
PSA Authentication Services - A Net54baseball.com Reader Illustrates How Inept PSA Is.
PSA authenticated an autograph on an alleged contract signed by heavyweight contender Oscar "Ringo" Bonavena. Another PSA/DNA certified autograph shows zero resemblance whatsoever. Does PSA/DNA add false value to non-authentic items? Do they claim to perform a service that they don't actually perform?

December 17, 2012
An Investing Home Run? It's Possible.
Enthusiasts say sports art offers a twofer: nostalgia and a good return on your money.

Fazzino's 2006 " Derek Jeter" originally sold for $2,000, and prices for this print on the secondary market (eBay and sports-art dealers, mostly) recently have neared $5,000. Not a bad return on investment.

December 17, 2012
2012 Leaf Memories Plays the Right Nostalgic Notes
Because Leaf is currently without an MLBP license, they are operating under circumstances that should be classified as a loophole. As a result, they have found amazing ways to make this set about as cool as it could be.

December 16, 2012
The Best of 2011-2012 Hockey Cards
All the hockey products for 2011-12 season are out. Collectors have ripped hundreds of packs, watched countless video and scoured the Internet for cards. There’s just one thing left to do – decide on the best products of the year.

December 15, 2012
Topps, U.S. Olympic Committee Extend Partnership for 2014 Games
The U.S. Olympic Committee and Topps announced the continuation of their exclusive partnership for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

To celebrate and share the incredible stories of Team USA athletes, Topps released its first Team USA collectible card product prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Every hobby box – 24 packs per box and 10 cards per pack – included two autograph cards, one relic and one commemorative relic, such as medals, pins, coins and patches.

December 15, 2012
First Look: 2013 Topps Archives Baseball Cards
Each 24-pack hobby box will include two autographs inside along with a selection of inserts and base cards all featuring nods to the past. The Fan Favorites autographs will be reproductions of past base card designs, while a triple autograph design will modify the 1987 Topps look, and the Relic set will feature the 1960 design.

December 15, 2012
Panini Peek: 2013 Triple Play Baseball
It’s no stretch to say that Panini America’s 2012 Triple Play Baseball was one of the most enjoyable, affordable, fun-for-all-ages trading card releases of the year. With its entertaining mix of colorful illustrations, wearable Eye Blacks, temporary tattoos and stickers, Triple Play reemerged this season with a frolicking, fervent flair all its own.

December 14, 2012
Analyzing The Hall of Fame Heist With Some Help From Mutrie’s Men of Gotham
Recently auctioneer Huggins & Scott sold two more documents believed to have been stolen from the Herrmann archive written by HOFers Joe Tinker and Fred Clarke. Both of those letters were previously offered and withdrawn from a Heritage auction in April of 2010.

December 14, 2012
Babe Ruth's earliest pinstripes sell for $183,500 at Grey Flannel
The earliest known pair of Babe Ruth's New York Yankees pinstripes have sold for $183,500 at Grey Flannel Auctions' online sale. Ruth wore the flannel pants on the opening day of the 1921 season.

December 14, 2012
Revisiting the Polo Grounds Through Artifacts
A collector shares is stories of acquiring sports memorabilia from the three long-gone New York Baseball Stadiums: The Original Yankee Stadium, Ebbets Field, and his favorite, the Polo Grounds.

December 13, 2012
Former Bills Coach, Marv Levy hosting the Gridiron Greats Charity Auction
The Gridiron Greats Charity Auction benefits the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, a non-profit organization based in Chicago that provides financial grants and “pro bono” medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. Levy will host the auction remotely from Chicago, where he currently lives.

December 13, 2012
Artist James Fiorentino Makes a Lasting Impression
Many of his pieces have been displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and all are highly prized collectibles in and of themselves. In addition, he’s acquired many other valuable and unique items through his contacts with ballplayers and other athletes.

December 13, 2012
2012 Absolute Memorabilia Takes Steps Forward and Steps Back
Starting with the RPM cards that have been the staple of this product since 2006, they could not be more of a visual disaster. Not only did they switch back to a vertical orientation, but they cropped the player picture at the top of the card to make everything unbalanced in where your eye is drawn.

December 12, 2012
Ty Cobb game bat auctioning currently for $41,781 at Grey Flannel
Graded Game-Used 9.5 by PSA, the bat displays many ball marks, stitch impressions and cleat marks on all sides of the barrel as testament to its heavy usage. A dark stain of tobacco juice can be seen on the barrel, evoking a true sense of being present at one of Cobb's legendary performances for the Detroit Tigers.

December 12, 2012
Mike Eruzione's 'Miracle on Ice' Jersey and Stick Going Up for Bid
Heritage Auctions will feature those items, along with Eruzione’s jersey from the gold medal game against Finland, in a high-end sports memorabilia sale early next year.

December 12, 2012
Baseball All-Star Game statues up for auction through Dec. 20
Many teams and All-Star Game Status from different years are in this auction. Bidding starts at $500 on each.

December 11, 2012
Bill Mastro is still buying cards on eBay
Mastro’s empire collapsed in 2009, when he shut down his Mastro Auctions in the midst of an FBI investigation into fraud and shill bidding, but the disgraced memorabilia king is still bidding on baseball cards on eBay, a tipster tells us.

Mastro gets nothing but positive feedback from the people he has done business with on eBay. “Super fast payment,” says one, which will undoubtedly come as a shock to consigners who struggled to get paid long after Mastro closed the doors to his Illinois auction house.

December 11, 2012
When good autographs go bad
Fading signatures on Sweet Spot cards are common knowledge, and an example of what happens when companies don't put enough advance planning into their project.

December 10, 2012
Triple Threads Bringing Huge Money Despite Lack of Unique Content
Each of the top rookie can have 3 or 4 versions of their autographed triple relic auto, with different die cuts spelling out different things. Add in booklets and it can even be 3 or 4 more on top of that. There are 4 printing plate auto 1/1s and an additional couple of true 1/1 non printing plates per card.

That means Griffin and Luck can each have 25 to 30 1/1s just by themselves. Yet, for some reason, these cards are still selling for huge amounts.

December 9, 2012
Fan turns passion for New York Giants into impressive variety of collectibles
Every one one of his pieces is authenticated, and he’ll offer a money-back guarantee that include authentication fees if something is found to be counterfeit. But it would be hard to believe any of that exists in his dining room, considering the numbered certificates and tags from reputable autheticators such as Steiner Sports, PSA-DNA, JSA, and Absolute Authentic Autographs. And when he buys something outside those domains, he has his own handwriting analyst.

December 9, 2012
Pop-Up Home Run: Throwback Insert Adds Power to 2012 Golden Age Baseball
Pop-Ups inserts are coming to 2012 Golden Age Baseball. From Curly Howard to Red Grange to Ava Gardner to Seattle Slew to Jack Johnson to Yogi Berra to Bobby Jones. Collectors will be blown away by the photography, by the functionality, and by the fun.

The throwback thrillers will fall roughly two per box when Golden Age releases on December 19.

December 8, 2012
Upper Deck All Time Greats Looks to Build On Last Year’s Success
All Time Greats is the first real high end set to cross over between sports, and for the most part the concept was a great one. They managed to have enormous success last year in Basketball, mainly due to the fact that Panini had and still has no idea what Basketball collectors thrive on. This led to a vacuum on super high end products, and All Time Greats stepped in nicely to clean up.

December 8, 2012
Your Turn: What Do You Think Is They Key To A Good NBA Product?
This Kobe Bryant sold recently for $1,546 on eBay without a single piece of memorabilia or an autograph in sight. That got Beckett thinking; what is the key to a good NBA product these days? They want to know, for the next issue of Beckett Basketball and its Your Turn page, what you think is the key to success with an NBA product.

December 8, 2012
The 25 Craziest Sports Items Available on Ebay
There are few categories on eBay that offer as much variety, intrigue and downright strange items than those of and about sports. From rare autographed jerseys to Steely McBeam pillows, eBay isn't lacking crazy sports...stuff...people want you to pay actual money for.

December 7, 2012
Upper Deck Corrects Print Run Eror on Letterman Cards in All-Time Greats
The Letterman cards were not numbered properly, and are actually rarer than it states on each card.

The cards were numbered to the entire print run of the full name and not the individual letter cards. For example, Troy Aikman’s last name has six letters. However, each Letterman card is numbered to 60 when in fact each should be numbered to just 10

December 7, 2012
Panini Peek: 2012-13 Select Basketball
A proud, powerful name from the hobby’s distant past is about to make its presence felt in a whole new arena. Spoiler alert: The Select brand is crossing over to basketball — and it will do so with a huge assist from Panini America’s wildly popular Prizm printing technology.

December 6, 2012
1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth Rookie Coming to Robert Edward's Spring 2013 Auction
1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth Rookie Coming to Robert Edward's Spring 2013 Auction

One of only ten known 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth cards has been consigned to Robert Edward Auctions' spring 2013 sale.

December 6, 2012
Larsen perfect game uniform auctions for $756,000
The jersey was the one worn when Don Larsen pitched the only World Series perfect game. The Bronx Bombers' pitcher retired all 27 batters he faced in game 5 of baseball's 1956 World Series.

December 6, 2012
Sale of 1929 N.Y. Yankees Team-Signed Ball to Benefit Prep School
Bidding ends Dec. 13 for the ball that includes signatures of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and former owner of the Yankees Jacob Ruppert, who was just announced as one of the newest member of the Hall of Fame. There are a total of 20 signatures signed with black steel-tip fountain pen. The ball was authenticated by JSA.

December 5, 2012
Tracking Vintage Baseball Card Values
Vintage baseball cards have been a great investment. Vintage baseball cards have been a lousy investment. Both statements are true – it all depends what cards and what periods you examine.

December 5, 2012
Is Panini Bringing National Treasures to Baseball?
The high-end National Treasures line that has been in the Donruss/Playoff and now Panini America portfolio for some time with football and basketball just might be headed to the baseball diamond soon.

December 5, 2012
Panini America Highlights Two Super-Rare Legends in 2012 Cooperstown Baseball
These two previously unannounced inclusions honoring Hall of Fame legends Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig were randomly inserted across the Cooperstown production run at a rate of one every 9,600 packs; roughly one in every 400 boxes or so.

December 4, 2012
Investigation Shows $500k In Rare Letters Looted From MLB Commissioner’s Files At Baseball Hall of Fame.
What's striking about the current files is the absence of letters written by the most valuable Hall of Famers who had also written letters. Somehow, it is those extremely rare and valuable letters that are now missing from the Hall’s current file and have surfaced at auction over the years selling for tens of thousands of dollars.

Case in point is one of the rarest Hall of Fame signatures in existence–Vic Willis. A thank you letter written to Frick by Willis was sold in a Mastro Auction in 1999 and today would be estimated with a value in the range of $30,000 to $40,000. That letter features a pencil notation with the players last name in the upper left-hand corner of the document, just like many of the letters still housed in the files.

December 4, 2012
Developer of sports memorabilia museum hopes to score big.
The space at Score! cost $2 million to develop, and the memorabilia is worth much more. It is on loan from halls of fame and private collectors.

December 4, 2012
Holyfield vs Tyson gloves bring $35,200.
The results of the sale were undermined by Holyfield's decision to remove some of the most important items at the last minute, including his bronze medal from the 1984 Olympics.

The auction house's Darren Julien told World Boxing News: "Evander destroyed his own auction. It did just under $1m, but had he supported it and not pulled the key items it would have done $3m - $5m. Bidders were very upset that he pulled the key items. He's his own worst enemy."

December 3, 2012
Ozzie Smith's Gold Gloves sells for $519,203 at sports memorabilia auction.
The December 2 auction also featured two World Series rings that were given to him by the Cardinals following their victories in 2006 and 2011. They sold for $42,448 and $51,364, respectively, alongside 100 other items Smith had consigned.

December 3, 2012
Panini Cooperstown Fills a Gap in the Collecting Landscape.
Cooperstown Baseball is the first product since 2007 SP Legendary Cuts to be built entirely on retired players. This includes not only the base set, but autograph and memorabilia checklists, inserts and parallels as well.

December 2, 2012
Ali, Ruth items sell at auction.
Two pairs of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves used during fights each sold for $385,848. They were used against Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964, and for his first bout against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971.

A Babe Ruth team sweater from around 1922 sold for $250,642, Oscar Robertson's NBA MVP Award from 1963-64 for $177,632 and a Robertson 1960 U.S. Olympic team jersey for $121,324.

December 1, 2012
The Truth - The cat is now out of the bag.
While it has long been suspected by many hobby elites that the card had been altered to earn it's grade of a PSA 8, (which was also the first card ever graded by the company) the cat is now out of the bag.

Knowing that the ugliness of a trial would ultimately do more harm than good, Mastro changed his plea after being indicted several years ago for this and other charges including, "routinely defrauding customers, rigged auctions and inflated prices paid by unwitting bidders."

December 1, 2012
Bazooka Joe and pals laid off as Topps discovers kids don't like comics.
After years of dispensing horrendous jokes (and bland pink gum) to unsuspecting children, the decades-old character, who has starred in promotional comics distributed with bubble gum by Topps Co. since the 1950s, has been forced from his job.

December 1, 2012
Sale of T206 Old Mill Blue Back Begins Dec. 3.
This auction features another amazing array of sports and non-sports items that caters to every level of collector and investor. Whether you only want to spend a few hundred dollars or several thousand dollars, the selection of quality items has a little something for just about everyone.

November 30, 2012
Former sports collectibles king Bill Mastro, known for Honus Wagner card, will plead guilty to fraud.

Mastro will acknowledge at the February hearing that he altered the world's most valuable trading card, a Honus Wagner T206 that has fetched millions of dollars in a series of high-profile transactions, including a 1991 sale for $451,000 to NHL legend Wayne Gretzky and former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall.

November 30, 2012
Hot Hall of Fame Doc At Clean Sweep; Swiped NYPL Photos At Legendary? Guinness Book Endorses Collection Full of Fakes; Keurajian Book Covers Black Market.

Clean Sweep Auctions has already sold several letters believed to have been stolen from the National Baseball Library in Cooperstown, NY, and with the offering of Lot 490 in its current auction ending December 13th, it appears that history is repeating itself.

November 30, 2012
A Babe Ruth Signed Ball With a Visual Story.
Incredibly, the ball carries not only the certification of PSA/DNA, but is also accompanied by actual video of the ball being signed for the original owner – a young boy who approached the Babe at Yankee Stadium in the summer of 1929. It is perhaps the only Babe Ruth autographed baseball documented by actual video of the event itself.

November 29, 2012
Under Construction: A 1955 Ebbets Field Model.
Under Construction: A 1955 Ebbets Field Model.

Master ballpark modeler Steve Wolf is building a masterpiece, just in time for the 100th Anniversary of the opening of Ebbets Field.

November 29, 2012
Henrik Lundqvist's mask fetches $66,000 in auction.
Lundqvist's popularity, combined with the drive to raise money for superstorm Sandy relief, resulted in the New York Ranger star's headgear becoming the most expensive goalie mask in sports auction history.

November 29, 2012
Steiner to Host Mega Charity Event to Celebrate Its 25-Year Anniversary.
From Dec. 3-5, Steiner Sports will host athletes in two-hour increments at its corporate office in New Rochelle, N.Y., throughout business hours. As part of his appearance, each athlete will pair up with a top salesmen and make calls to Steiner’s VIP customers. In addition, each athlete will promote a special limited-edition holiday item.

November 29, 2012
Topps Five Star Football Box Will Also Be A Display Case.
Five Star Football was a popular high-end release when it came out in 2010. While it's not scheduled for another couple of months, Topps did release news on Five Star.

Collectors always look for ways to showcase their collections from buying frames to making their own displays. With Five Star Football, Topps is taking out some of the hassle.

November 28, 2012
Was It Wrong For Jamaal Charles To Ask Peyton Manning For His Autograph After Playing Against Him On Sunday?
After the Kansas City Chiefs played the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles decided that he wanted to get Peyton Manning‘s autograph for his mom. So, he tracked Manning down in the parking lot, asked him for his John Hancock, and walked away with a big smile on his face. No big deal, right? Wrong.

November 28, 2012
Sporting News Set Hits Auction Block on Friday.
Another attic find will hit the auction block, this time, through Memory Lane.

It’s a high-grade set of 1916 M101-5 blank-back cards, a 200-card release that includes the likes of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Jim Thorpe. The cards, which were originally released as a marking promotion for The Sporting News, open on auction on Friday with bidding running until Dec. 15.

November 28, 2012
Auction nearing end for Ozzie Smith memorabilia.
The leading item, his career set of 13 Gold Glove Award trophies, is currently going for a mere $113,932 dollars. Other top items include his World Series rings from the St. Louis Cardinals championships in 2011 and 2006, which are currently going for $29,233 and $21,962 respectively.

November 27, 2012
Muhammad Ali's Frazier gloves to pack a punch in Angelo Dundee auction.
Dubbed the "Fight of the Century", Muhammad Ali's famed bout against Joe Frazier is perhaps the most memorable match in boxing history - and now the gloves Ali wore for the historic fight are to be sold on November 30 in California.

November 27, 2012
Topps Rolls Out its 54th Annual Rookie All-Star Team.
The Rookie All-Stars will each have a trophy on their 2013 trading card in Topps Baseball, with Series One due out in early February.

The Topps Major League Rookie All-Star team began in 1959 with Willie McCovey being the first of 18 future Hall of Famers named to the squad.

November 27, 2012
NHL lockout wreaks havoc on memorabilia and licensing deals.
Even if a deal is reached immediately, licensees would still miss the vast majority of holiday sales and then be faced with the daunting task of having to reclaim shelf space at retail in January and February—the worst months of the year for most retailers.

November 26, 2012
The $420 Baseball Card Gamble.
2012 Topps Five Star Baseball is one of the most ambitious high-end baseball products that Topps has ever released. When you buy a single pack you get only six cards. Is the gamble worth the reward?

November 26, 2012
From Black Friday to Black Football: Images from Panini America’s Upcoming Release.
Here's a peek of Black Football...

November 25, 2012
Steiner Auctions Jerseys From Operation Hat Trick.
From Saturday's game to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, Steiner Sports is hosting an auction for the exhibition jerseys. Most jersey start at $100, but Lundqvist’s starts at $500 and Stamkos and Richards’ jerseys both start at $300.


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