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May 23, 2015
A look at the sports memorabila business with collectable expert Michael Osacky
A look at the sports memorabila business with collectable expert Michael Osacky

Rick Kogan talks with Baseball in the Attic’s Michael Osacky about his background in vintage baseball cards and sports memorabilia; the thrill of tracking down rare items, and the business of buying, appraising and selling sports treasures.

May 23, 2015
How to Spot the 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Football Variations
How to Spot the 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Football Variations

So, yes, the player images differ but unless you're able to remember a lot of photos, the Seat/Sec method is much easier to keep tabs on.

A total of 47 2015 Panini Contenders Draft College Ticket Autographs have variations. In addition to the base versions, these variations get the full parallel treatment as well.


May 23, 2015
First look: 2015 Topps Update baseball cards
First look: 2015 Topps Update baseball cards

Topps unleashed the first look at 2015 Topps Update on Thursday and one big detail that jumps out at one is this — the base set will consist of 400 cards, which is the largest checklist for the release in years.

The base set also will revisit the MLB All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby in a lineup that has seven types of parallels per card — Gold (/2,015), Snow Camo (/99), Black (/64), Pink (/50), Rainbow and 1/1 Platinum and printing plates.


May 22, 2015
New Jersey man finds century-old baseball card treasure inside wall of home
New Jersey man finds century-old baseball card treasure inside wall of home

Trying to get rid of a family of raccoons living in a crawl space in his home, a homeowner came across a find of a lifetime.

Along with five Babe Ruth baseball cards, Torres found cards depicting other Hall of Famers like Casey Stengel, George Sisler, Ty Cobb, and many others. There were also cards of famous boxers like Jack Dempsey and Jess Willard, presidents including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and Hollywood celebrities of the twenties like Diana Mayo, Pauline Curly, Harold Lloyd, and Hoot Gibson.


May 22, 2015
Heritage Auctions Nets $8.3 Million in Latest sale
Heritage Auctions Nets $8.3 Million in Latest sale

Heritage had impressive results Dallas, May 14-16, with its $8.3 million Sports Catalog Auction.

The three-day, extended-bidding format auction stunned hobby veterans as a deluge of world record prices was realized. Another record set in the auction by Heritage, the hobby’s largest sports auction firm, as more than 1,000 different bidders were winners in the three-day event.


May 22, 2015
First Look: 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault
First Look: 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault

Repacked memorabilia products have been growing in popularity as of late and Leaf Trading Cards is about to get in on the action with 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault.

Loaded up with a strong and broad selection of memorabilia from a variety of genres, there will be 10 items inside each box and it has a suggested retail price of $1,250. Releasing in August, some of the pulls could include actual worn wardrobe pieces from movies and televisions shows, signed jerseys and even autographed trading cards.


May 21, 2015
Roger Bannister to auction ‘4-minute-mile’ shoes
Roger Bannister to auction ‘4-minute-mile’ shoes

The running shoes used to set one of the greatest milestones in sports history are going up for sale.

The lightweight leather spikes worn by Roger Bannister when he broke the 4-minute mile in 1954 will go on the block on Sept. 10 in London at Christie’s auction house. Christie’s said Wednesday the shoes are expected to fetch between $47,000 and $78,000.


May 21, 2015
SCU Go-Live Report: 2015 Topps Tier One Baseball
SCU Go-Live Report: 2015 Topps Tier One Baseball

When Tier One first came out, Five Star still hadnt brought a set that featured high end content with on card autos. It was one of the first products to try to get autographs to the forefront of the theme of the set, and it actually didnt do all that much for me. The set was repetitive and had a lot of junk autos.

Since that time, the set has evolved, more known now for the Bat Knob cards more than anything. Its a pretty nice set these days.


May 21, 2015
Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Spectra
Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Spectra

Basketball card collectors had better put on some shades as 2014-15 Panini Spectra is about to hit store shelves and the cards inside each box are going to dazzle thanks to the etched opti-chrome technology that Panini America used to make them.

Each box will contain eight cards and seven of them will feature autographs, memorabilia or a mixture of both. Earlier today, the company gave a sneak peek of some of the cardboard treasures headed into packs and their sample break showed a strong mix of players from the past and present along with a blast of color.


May 20, 2015
Famed NFL Coach Bud Grant Creates Twitter Account Just to Invite Public to Garage Sale
Famed NFL Coach Bud Grant Creates Twitter Account Just to Invite Public to Garage Sale

The 88-year-old Pro Football Hall of Fame coach created a Twitter account with the help of friends to promote his famous garage sale. This is the second time he’ll host the sale, at which he sells sports memorabilia, trades old stories and signs autographs.

Last year, Grant attracted an hour-and-a-half-long line of people waiting to meet him.


May 20, 2015
Dave & Adam’s to Open Huge Mega Store
Dave & Adam’s to Open Huge Mega Store

The huge superstore, set to open in early June, is bit more than 46,000 square feet and will be unlike any sports memorabilia shop ever seen.


May 20, 2015
Famous four minute mile stopwatch sells for $31,000
Famous four minute mile stopwatch sells for $31,000

The lot starred in a May 18 sale of sporting memorabilia at Graham Budd Auctions in London, exceeding an estimate of $12,430 by 150%.


May 19, 2015
Ohio State selling gear, memorabilia from championship run
Ohio State selling gear, memorabilia from championship run

The athletics department is holding an online sale now through the end of May that includes game-worn Buckeye football jerseys -- home and away -- from the 2014 season.

They are also offering the alternate "chrome" helmets they have worn a few times over the past seasons, but those will set you back a bit as the bidding is set to start at $1,500.


May 19, 2015
Rickey Henderson Rookie Tops $30,000
Rickey Henderson Rookie Tops $30,000

Buoyed by a record-shattering price of just over $30,000 for a 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RC PSA 10, almost three times the previous record, Mile High Card Company’s Spring Elite Extra Innings Auction made headlines in the hobby.


May 19, 2015
2015 Topps Heritage ’51 Collection Baseball Cards
2015 Topps Heritage ’51 Collection Baseball Cards

Although 1952 Topps Baseball gets all the love and attention, it's technically not the first full-fledged product for the sport from the card maker. That distinction goes to 1951 Topps, which is more of a game than a traditional card set. However, 2015 Topps Heritage '51 Collection Baseball goes back to where it started.

It's done as a premium factory set that also includes some inserts and an autograph.


May 18, 2015
On the Radar: 2015 Topps Chrome Football
This looks like the end: With Panini taking over the NFL license next year, Topps Chrome will likely unable to be made in the same capacity as it will be this year, thus forcing 2015 to be the brand’s farewell tour.


May 18, 2015
First Look: 2014-15 Panini National Treasures
Containing 10 cards per pack, there is a heavy focus on autographs and memorabilia with eight of those highly sought-after pieces being found inside. As always, Rookie Patch Autographs are expected to be a major part of this collection and with a strongly-hyped freshman class, the competition will be tight for big names.

There are five different types of these cards to collect, including horizontal versions that contain a Logoman patch piece. The pieces on each card are large and often eye-catching as well.


May 16, 2015
1949 Bowman Baseball Cards
It might not be the most attractive set of cards ever produced, but that's easy to overlook once you delve into the 1949 Bowman Baseball checklist. Featuring several big-name rookies and even more key early cards, the set has plenty of star power.

The 1949 Bowman Baseball set has 240 cards. Leading the way as far as rookies go are Hall of Famers Duke Snider and Roy Campanella.


May 16, 2015
Fathead and Upper Deck Partner to Make Legendary Sports Icons REAL.BIG.
The two companies and their affiliates have reached an agreement to bring three of sports most famous athletes to the bedrooms, offices and man caves of fans around the world. NBA great Michael Jordan, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, and golfing superstar Tiger Woods will now be available as Fatheads.


May 16, 2015
Weighing The Risks and Rewards of Investing In Today's Vintage Baseball Card Boom
The vintage baseball card industry is booming more than ever, setting all-time records every few months. So what’s going on?


May 15, 2015
2015 Topps Tier One Baseball Cards
2015 Topps Tier One Baseball is for those looking for autographs and memorabilia cards with relatively clean designs. If you're looking for something different in your baseball cards, you'll want to look elsewhere. Boxes come with three cards: two autographs and one relic. Every fourth pack comes with a second relic.


May 15, 2015
Islanders Selling $20 Vials of Melted Ice From Nassau Coliseum
The New York Islanders are selling melted ice from their final game at Nassau Coliseum, at a cost of $20 per 1/2-ounce vial.

The Islanders are taking orders and packaging the vials at the team store located in the arena in Uniondale, New York, spokesman Kimber Auerbach said in an e-mail Thursday.


May 15, 2015
Leaf reveals 2015 Greatest Hits original content
With 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits basketball expected to hit store shelves in June, collectors were not only anticipating a fantastic shot at pulling either a Michael Jordan autograph or 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card, but there was also the promise of some original content to add more value to packs.

Leaf Trading Cards has revealed that each pack is set to contain one limited autograph card and the 18-card checklist includes several legends, cult heroes and young stars. No card is limited to more than 65 copies and there will be parallel versions that include 1/1s.


May 14, 2015
You can strike out by swinging blindly with sports signatures
At auctions, it’s “caveat emptor” — let the buyer beware. If you think you’re knowledgeable enough to just step up to the plate and buy an autographed, collectible item without any kind of certificate of authenticity, then more power to you.


May 14, 2015
Love of the Game Auctions in Great Meadows to auction Lou Gehrig bat
It is one of fewer than 20 known game-used examples, according to PSA ProBatFacts. As such, this PSA/DNA-certified 1929-31 Hanna Batrite R2 measuring 35.5 inches and 37.5 ounces, graded GU 8.5, represents a rare, historically significant piece that already is garnering significant attention.


May 14, 2015
Hit Show ‘Strange Inheritance’ Brings the Backstory to Family Heirlooms
Fox Business Network’s hit TV show Strange Inheritance tells some amazing, down-to-earth, real-life stories about some extraordinary discoveries and hand-me-down items.

What makes the show different from an Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers or Storage Wars is there was an incredible history to the item, to the person who collected it.


May 13, 2015
Hinging on History: The 1955 Topps Double Headers
Issued in penny packs with a single card and a slab of gum and patterned after the distinctive and innovative 1911 Mecca Double Folders T201 set, the 1955 Double Headers stand nearly 5 inches tall when “open.”

The cards usually came from the factory perforated, that is with a “hinge” or “fold” running side-to-side about one-third of the way from the top. Unfolded, they commonly show an illustration of a player swinging a bat or throwing a ball. When folded, the cards often feature a pitcher following through on his delivery or a player crouched to snag a grounder. The player on the card back shares the bottom part of the legs and feet with the athlete on the front. A snapshot of each player’s stats appears on the reverse side, as well.


May 13, 2015
Tom Brady’s Hobby Legacy
Brady might take a small hit in this new age of “what have you done for me lately” collecting, which is insane in its own right. As mentioned above, with the fact that he just won a Super Bowl, this should be one of his brightest hobby moments, regardless of the mob bearing torches and pitchforks in the over-sensitive media.

Here is an idea of what is going on right now.


May 13, 2015
PSA 8 Bowman Mantle, Mays Rookies Hit Record Prices at Memory Lane
High-grade rookie cards continue to escalate in price. Add some star power to those cards, and prices skyrocket. Exhibit A: The recently concluded Memory Lane Spring Break Auction.


May 12, 2015
Super Bowl Rings Shine in Goldin Auctions’ 2 Million Dollar Sale
Five Super Bowl rings available in the 2015 Goldin Auctions Opening Day Auction were among the highest priced items in the auction that closed in the early morning hours of May 10. In addition to setting several record prices, Goldin Auctions generated $2 million in sales from 12,000 bids on 1,400 lots of sports, entertainment and historical memorabilia.


May 12, 2015
Ichiro Suzuki Autographs in 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball
It's interesting to note that Ichiro isn't pictured in a Miami Marlins jersey, his current team. Rather, he's shown as a Seattle Mariner, his first MLB team.

During his time with the Mariners, Ichiro had an exclusive deal with Upper Deck for autographs. In recent years, the outfielder has signed cards for both Leaf and Panini. Leaf even did the high-end 2013 Leaf Ichiro Immortals Collection set that focused on his career up to that point.


May 11, 2015
Is This The Beginning of the Bryce Harper Era?
In 2011, pending his call up to the Majors, Harper became the top prospect. Over the next few years, he had his ups and downs, but never really lived up to the hype.

That's all changed this year, as his play in recent weeks has been some of the most productive games in MLB history. Check out some of his recent prices.


May 11, 2015
2015 Topps Valor Football preview
Topps’s artistic take on the the warlike qualities represented on the football field, Valor, returns for 2015 with a new batch exceptional looking designs. 2015 Topps Valor Football will include four hits per box, including an autograph and an auto relic.

The base set is made up of 100 veteran or retired players plus 50 rookies, including number one overall pick Jameis Winston. Speed parallels will land one per hobby pack to go along with six additional levels of numbered parallels: Strength, Courage, Discipline, Glory, Valor and Heart (#’d 1/1).


May 9, 2015
First Look: 2015 Super Break Box Breakers Edition
One of the most wonderful things about collecting trading cards, autographs and memorabilia are those rare moments when a collector uncovers an incredible jaw-dropping treasure.

With next week’s release of 2015 Super Break Box Breakers Edition, the thrill and chase for some of the hobby’s most coveted items can be found in one place as there will be at least 10 premium items in each box, including “The Bar” – a one-of-one piece of original artwork coupled with rare signatures which have been graded, slabbed and secured by Beckett Grading Services and James Spence Authentication.


May 9, 2015
Figuring Out Realistic Prices
How do you price a card that is so uncommon that there are very few sales to determine a fair rate?


May 8, 2015
The Secret Agents at Every Major League Baseball Game
Meet the MLB Authenticity Police, the guys who covertly prevent you from getting ripped off.

For many collectors, photographs provide sufficient evidence that an item is real. If any home run ball were to go up for auction, a collector could go through the painstaking process of photo-matching and make sure it's the right ball (comparing the auctioneer's image of the ball to others taken that night). Collectors can also pay an authentication service to do this for them.

Often, professional authenticators will go to even greater lengths to prove a piece of memorabilia is real by X-raying it, or by doing extensive research into its origins. But most of those systems are ultimately flawed. Photos can be altered, videos can be edited, and home run balls can be swapped and faked. Once that ball leaves the playing field, it's effectively worthless, unless you can prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that it's the one. For the past 14 years, the MLB has been trying to do just that.


May 8, 2015
Clean Sweep Presents: Selee Cut, Ruth Ball, Roberto Bat and More
The top lot is a cut signature of Frank Selee, one of only seven Selee signatures known to exist, according to JSA. Selee was the manager for the Boston Beaneaters (1890-1901), Chicago Orphans (1902) and the Chicago Cubs (1903-05). He died in 1909 at age 49 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Bidding is already past $7,000 at the time this was published.


May 8, 2015
Will Ferrell To Be Featured On Baseball Cards Released By Topps
Ferrell recently made history by suiting up for 10 Major League Baseball teams and playing every position during a single day of spring training. The actor/comedian will be recognized for his incredible accomplishment with a series of baseball cards released by Topps.


May 7, 2015
Bud Grant is on Twitter -- and his garage sale is back
A year ago, Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant welcomed hundreds of people to his house in Bloomington, Minnesota, for a three-day garage sale that doubled as a chance for Vikings fans to rub elbows with the greatest coach in team history. Grant, who marked his 87th birthday during the event, promised the sale would be his biggest, and last.

A year later, not only is Grant planning to celebrate his 88th birthday with another sale, he's taking to Twitter to announce it.


May 7, 2015
SCU Go Live Report: 2014-15 Immaculate Basketball
This card set feels more complete than Flawless, especially considering the difference in price points. This year's set looks to be another in a line of nice products.


May 7, 2015
Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces
One week from today, a fan favorite returns to card store shelves with the release of 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces. While many collectors are excited about seeing new artistic renditions of some of the biggest names from hockey’s past, present, and future.

Through its Facebook page, Upper Deck has come through with a preview of some of the big hits to be found inside packs and with every piece of memorabilia being game-used and every autograph being hard-signed, Masterpieces may once again become a hobby sensation.


May 6, 2015
Baseball Bat Used To Defend Home Turns Out To Be $100K Lou Gehrig Gamer
Fewer than 20 Gehrig bats are known and this particular Hanna Batrite professional model is among the rarest models in the baseball memorabilia industry.

Based on previous auction results, the bat is estimated to bring about $100,000 in an auction held by Love of the Game in late July and early August. Gehrig’s game-used bats rank among the hobby’s five most desirable for collectors, according to PSA, the leading authentication company, sharing that distinction with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson.


May 6, 2015
Minnesota Priest Gets Pope Francis Autographed Baseball
There a few things in life as rare as a baseball autographed by the Pope.

A priest, who collects papal memorabilia, can now add this prize to his collection. Just last week while in Rome on a business trip, the priest applied for a special ticket to meet Pope Francis. He had been turned down three times before, but this time, he finally got his wish. The priest says he has autographs from every pope since 1623.


May 6, 2015
New BGS 10 Black Label Stirs Up Old Conflicts
The subjective difference between many grades holds no bearing with most, as some collectors stake hundreds or even thousands of dollars for that difference. Well, now they have a new level of mint to chase. BGS has since released the all pristine Black Label graded card.

In case you are wondering, instead of just grading a card as a Pristine 10, a black label card is a pristine card that has all 10s in the subgrades. It adds another level of the chase for some people, and many of these cards are getting some ridiculous prices as a result. I understand the need for collectors to display the vanity that makes our hobby what it is, but this just seems excessive.


May 5, 2015
Looks like A-Rod’s 660th home run has 80% discount
When Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th home run in 2007, his reputation was still unblemished by evidence that he had used steriods. The ball was sold at auction for $105,000.

On Friday night A-Rod hit his 660th home run, tying with all-time great Willie Mays for 4th on the record list. What’s that ball worth? Looks like it’s taken an 80% haircut. Friday’s ball might fetch $15,000 to $20,000 on the market, according to Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions, the California auction house that sold A-Rod’s 500th home run ball.

A-Rod memorabilia has plunged in value after he was suspended for a full season for steroids use. His return this season has gone better than many fans expected, but the demand for his memorabilia has yet to recover, according to experts.


May 5, 2015
Elite Extra Innings Auction Underway With Gem Mint Beauties
Coinciding with the roll-out of a newly designed, state of the art website, Mile High Card Company has launched its Spring 2015 Elite Extra Innings Auction, which concludes May 14. In addition to the normal array of moderately priced items, some of the hottest and most exclusive cards in the hobby will be offered.


May 4, 2015
Collecting It All: An Overview of Basketball Card Production
The three premier sets (1948 Bowman, 1957 Topps and 1961 Fleer) are pricey and challenging. You could pay $20,000 or more for the three sets in Near Mint and only add 218 more cards to your collection.

If you collected every regular Topps set starting in 1969 when Topps resumed issuing basketball cards, you would have 2,169 cards through 1980. You would have the bulk of vintage basketball cards at relatively affordable prices. You would not have had to chase high series cards or a plethora of “single” prints.

You would have to shell out some bucks for rookie cards of Jabbar, Erving, Maravich and others, but their cards are available.


May 4, 2015
2015 NFL Draft: Top Picks and Hobby Outlook
Now that the draft is over, it seems as though the year is ready to start. With the top picks now aligned with their teams, we can finally get a good idea of what the value looks like for the main players of the year. Although some were going to be obvious, there were a few very big surprises. Here is a breakdown of where I think things ended up hobby wise.


May 4, 2015
Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at 2015 Prestige Football
Each hobby box of 2015 Prestige Football (eight cards per pack, 24 packs per box) will deliver three autographs, one Rookie Jumbo Patch card, one foil-etched Jumbo Draft Pick box-topper, 24 Rookie Cards, four Rookie Photo Variations and 13 additional inserts from a lineup that includes Franchise Favorites, NFL Shield, Road to the NFL, Draft Big Board, Blue Chip Recruits, Draft Picks, Prestigious Picks and Super Bowl Heroes.


May 2, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps Triple Threads football cards
Topps recently revealed the first glimpses and the basic details for the 2015 version of the product, which will arrive on Nov. 18 with the latest draft picks in their pro uniforms and a selection of notable veterans.

As with recent releases there will be two types of packs found in Triple Threads boxes. Version 1 will contain a triple Relic limited to no more than 36 copies along with a rookie auto Relic limited to no more than 99 copies, two parallel cards and three base cards. Version 2 will include an autographed triple Relic, two jumbo Relics, one parallel and three base cards.

The base set will consist of 100 cards each with seven parallels — Purple (/TBD), Emerald (/199), Gold (/99), Ruby (/50), Sapphire (/25) and 1/1 Onyx and printing plate parallels.


May 2, 2015
Topps to offer phenomenal cut auto booklets in 2015 Five Star Baseball
Legendary Lineups Cut Signature books will contain eight cut signatures from some of the best starting lineups in baseball history. Topps hasn’t announced the full checklist, but they are using the 1961 Yankees as an example. This would include Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Roger Maris from the year he hit 61 home runs.


May 1, 2015
Review: 'The League of Outsider Baseball'
Graphic artist Gary Cieradkowski created the "Infinite Baseball Card Set" after his father died before the 2009 World Series.

The cards were an homage to their shared passion for the game and, especially, to their fascination with obscure players: those who toiled in the Negro Leagues, the minor leagues and in foreign lands, with names like Mysterious Mitchell, Buzz Arlett and Apau Kau.


May 1, 2015
On the Radar: 2015 Topps High Tek Football
Topps has had a lot of success as of late with products being brought over from Baseball. One of the biggest surprise successes of last year was High Tek baseball, which brought some very interesting concepts to the calendar in a reboot of a set from a long time ago.

High Tek combined lots of parallels, on card autos, and acetate together, and the collectors went nuts over the cheap packs and cool looking cards.


May 1, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps Valor football cards
Back again for another season, 2015 Topps Valor offers visually-striking cards. Topps recently released details about the 3rd edition of this product and each 20-pack box is slated to contain a strong array of hits along with plenty of non-memorabilia inserts and parallels.

Signed cards will drop once per box and the excitement starts with Valor Autographs which have five levels of scarcity for over 40 different rookies and veterans.

While all of the parallels will be numbered, it has been noted that the Discipline edition is limited to 25 copies and the Heart version is a one-of-one. Hobby boxes will be the home of three other types of inked cards and Alliance Autographs (Dual /10, Triple /10, and Quad /5) lead the way with more than one player featured on each.


April 30, 2015
Rare $1,200 Derek Jeter baseball card and tens of thousands of dollars snagged in Brooklyn bank safety deposit box heist
A rare 1993 Upper Deck rookie card of the famed Yankees superstar — issued before he got into the big leagues — was among a treasure trove of sports memorabilia taken from a safety deposit box during a daring break-in at a Brooklyn bank, a police source said Wednesday.

Other cards were stolen too.


April 30, 2015
Ed Lucas: 60 Years of Yankees Home Openers in His Sights
Ed Lucas clearly remembers seeing the large No. 8 beneath the criss-crossed chest protector straps on the back of Yogi Berra’s pinstriped uniform. It was 1947, the Yankee catcher’s rookie year.

Nine years later, after losing his sight in a freak baseball accident, Lucas went to Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, beginning a streak of home openers that reached 60 straight on April 6, when the Bronx Bombers began the 2015 campaign against the Toronto Blue Jays. Without question, it’s the blind Emmy award-winning journalist’s favorite day of the year.


April 30, 2015
Mickey Mantle's 1965 contract could exceed $15,000
Mickey Mantle's 1965 player's contract for the New York Yankees is among the highlights of a sale at Goldin Auctions in New Jersey on May 9.

Other lots in the sale include a humidor presented to Babe Ruth by the city of Boston in 1919.


April 29, 2015
Molson Stanley Cup Replica Rings Get Ringing Endorsements
Molson launched its promotion on March 23 in Ontario with more than 600,000 specially designed Stanley Cup rings available across the country. The rings were free inside specially marked cases of 24 Molson Canadian beer.


April 29, 2015
Mantle Bat, Jersey Each Top $225K in SCP Auctions’ Spring Sale
Mickey Mantle’s first Hillerich & Bradsby professional model bat from an order placed in 1950, possibly his first bat ever used as a Yankee, sold for $242,209 to top the bidding in SCP Auctions’ 2015 Spring Premier which concluded early on April 26.

A game-worn and autographed Mantle 1952 New York Yankees home jersey was next in line, selling for $227,856. In total, the auction of more than 1,300 sports memorabilia items brought in $4.1 million.


April 29, 2015
Jameis Winston Among Prospects Cashing In Before NFL Draft
Winston will soon be signing a very lucrative deal to play pro football, but the likely top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30 doesn’t have to wait until the ink is dry on his new contract to start making money.

Winston and other top prospects are already cashing in on opportunities off the field, ranging from promotional appearances to product endorsements to licensing deals.


April 28, 2015
Jim Brown's rookie contract and many other amazing sports items sell at SCP auction
Brown's contract was one of more than 1,300 sports-memorabilia items at the auction house's 2015 spring premier that brought in $4.1 million.

A pair of Mickey Mantle items accounted for almost half a million of the winning auction bids. Mantle's first Hillerich & Bradsby professional-model bat from an order placed in 1950 sold for $242,209. A game-worn, autographed Mantle 1952 New York Yankees home jersey went for $227,856.


April 28, 2015
2015 Bowman Release: Prospecting’s Biggest Day of the Year
People love Bowman because its the first crack at the top rookies, many of whom are still years away from their big league debut. Its also a big chase for the top hits, as many of the most valuable baseball cards of the last 10 years have come from this or similar products over the year.


April 28, 2015
10 Must-Have Cards From the T207 Set
Since the T207 set has never been a collector favorite, it is easy to overlook many of the cards in the set. Beyond the obvious Hall of Fame players, rarities and variations, here are 10 cards from the T207 set which deserve continued attention from collectors.


April 27, 2015
Honus Wagner Rare Card Sells for $1.32 Million at Robert Edward Auction
The famous T206 Honus Wagner card has become the baseball card to own because it's one of the rarest collector's items. On Sunday, one of the few remaining was sold for $1.32 million at Robert Edward Auctions.

Legend has it that fewer than 200 cards of the Hall of Fame shortstop were produced because Wagner was not happy with the card's producer the American Tobacco Company and the smoking message it sent to children. Wagner, however, smoked and endorsed cigars, leading some to believe he was merely upset with not being paid for his image.


April 27, 2015
Michael Jordan’s Game-Worn Nike Air Ship Was Sold For $71,553
Unbeknownst to many, the historic pair of Nike Air Ships were owned by Khalid Ali, a 15-year old ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1984-85 season.

The buyer wishes to remain anonymous. The highest price paid for game-worn Jordan sneakers were the infamous Air Jordan 12 BRED during the “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA Finals that sold for $104,765.


April 27, 2015
College student becomes baseball player for day
For the third time in as many years, a collector of baseball cards became a member of a minor league baseball team for a day.


April 25, 2015
The Giants are raffling off a 2014 World Series ring for charity
Last weekend the Giants received their 2014 World Series rings during a pregame ceremony at AT&T Park.

One lucky fan will also get a chance to own a 2014 World Series ring. The Giants are raffling off one championship ring, with the proceeds going to charity.


April 25, 2015
Roger Brown's daughter 'heartbroken' over auction
A collection of items from Brown's career are being auctioned this week by Worthridge Auctions. A postcard, a program, a jersey and the Hall of Fame enshrinement jacket are among the items up for sale. Potential buyers can bid on Brown's items through 8:30 p.m. Saturday.


April 25, 2015
Collect call: 2015 Topps Museum Collection baseball
The 2015 Topps Museum Collection baseball set is definitely high end, with a hobby box ranging in the $180 to $210 range. With four one-pack mini-boxes in each hobby box, a collector is shelling out nearly $50 per pack. Is it worth it?

There are five cards per mini-box. Topps is promising that every hobby box will contain an on-card autograph, an autograph relic, one quad relic card and a jumbo relic. Mike Trout is on the cover of the hobby box and on each mini-box, too. That’s a nice enticement, too.


April 24, 2015
Sports Memorabilia Site Provides Searchable Price Database of Over $1 Billion in Auction Sales
Price Realized bills itself as “the sports card and memorabilia industry’s first and only comprehensive price database and research service,” the idea being that if you’re going to invest tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, you’re going to want to know where that particular piece of memorabilia has been, what’s happened to its value over a period of time, and compare it to other items which might interest you.


April 24, 2015
On the Radar: 2015 Topps Dynasty Baseball
Last year, Topps put a lot of eggs in the high end basket with the first edition of Dynasty baseball. It was a huge risk due to the enormous price tag on the boxes, which only contained one card. However, once people actually saw the ridiculous cards that were coming out of the product with high frequency, the cards caught a bit of hobby fire.


April 24, 2015
Gypsy Queen gets jumbo wall art treatment
This year’s edition of Gypsy Queen, which arrived last week, has been given the online wall art treatment as Topps has unveiled the Gypsy Queen collection on Topps.com.

There are 599 different print options and one set offering in this one — all from the fifth edition of the retro-styled line.


April 23, 2015
Are Topps First Pitch Baseball Cards a Boon or an Embarrassing Blunder?
In February, Topps released 15 cards commemorating first pitches. First, there’s the indisputable truth that most first pitches are less than impressive.

The 2015 First Pitch series from Topps is perhaps too far into left field (no pun intended).


April 23, 2015
Jim Brown’s Rookie Contract Past $12,000
“Jim Brown’s 1957 Rookie contract has to be one of the most important pieces of Jim Brown memorabilia known and is certainly among the most significant football related documents in existence,” said SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler.

One record that hasn’t fallen is that Brown remains the only player in NFL history to average more than 100 yards per game over an entire career. Now Brown’s 1957 rookie contract with Cleveland is now on the auction block at www.scpauctions.com with bidding scheduled to close April 25. A featured item in SCP Auctions’ online Spring Premier, it could fetch as much as $35,000.


April 23, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps Dynasty baseball cards
Topps Dynasty will be returning in 2015. Last year, the brand’s debut marked the most-expensive single-card pack of baseball cards in Topps history as the company dubbed it as “the most carefully curated subject list in trading card history” and the “most-premium Topps product of all time.”

This year, every pack will once again include an autographed patch, cut auto, autographed dual Relic or a cut auto dual Relic when it arrives on Nov. 4.


April 22, 2015
Topps exhibit at Louisville Slugger Museum
Baseball meets Batman in the latest special exhibition at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The attraction has teamed up with Topps, the legendary card maker, to create the first-ever retrospective of Topps® trading cards.

The show runs through Oct. 4, said public relations director Matthew Willinger.


April 22, 2015
1916 Weil Baking Babe Ruth card to surpass $120,000?
The cards were produced by the H Weil Baking Company in New Orleans during the early 20th century and are among the most sought after in the world.

Heritage comments: "The D329 Weil Baking brand is scarce. For the entire series, SGC has graded a total of only 247 cards. Of those, only 13 grade as high with six grading higher.


April 22, 2015
Draft picks sets helped shape hobby we know today
Back in 1991, this first card from Classic Four Sport was a talking point for an emerging niche of sports card collecting — draft picks sets. Back then, we often had to wait a year — or at least later in the year — to see our newest teams’ newest stars on cards, so a card like this was something dramatically different.

The fact that this card had the No. 1 picks from the four major drafts all in one place, all on one card? That might still be considered magical — and Classic pulled it off. A year later, with the company backing the arrival of Shaquille O’Neal, the game was changed and draft picks were truly a force and an option for collectors to seriously consider.


April 21, 2015
Denny McLain disputes right to sell 1968 memorabilia
The autographed baseballs Denny McLain used to notch the final outs for his 28th and 31st victories in 1968 are up for sale at GoldinAuctions.com.

McLain says the person selling the balls — and neither side would identify him by name — doesn't have the right to sell them. The former Detroit Tigers ace referred further questions to his attorney, Barry Powers.


April 21, 2015
Winston signs autograph deal with Topps
Topps announced Monday that it reached an autograph deal with the former Florida State quarterback. The 2103 Heisman Trophy winner will be feature throughout all of Topps 2015 products, including its flagship football set.

Winston’s card debut will be in Bowman football, which will be released in June.


April 21, 2015
PSA Raises Security With Hologram in Holders
An embedded PSA security hologram has now been added to the red insert labels used in PSA card, ticket and pack holders to give buyers and sellers even more confidence in PSA-certified collectibles.

“PSA is introducing a new, embedded hologram on the face of every PSA encapsulated label to further enhance the security features found on our certified products. The hologram is actually part of the insert label paper, similar to the hologram feature we already incorporated into PSA/DNA Certificates (COAs) and Letters of Authenticity (LOAs),” said PSA President Joe Orlando.


April 20, 2015
Muhammad Ali Liston robe valued in excess of $200,000
The robe worn by Muhammad Ali into the ring against Sonny Liston in 1964 is to provide the headline lot of a sale of sports memorabilia at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on May 14-16.

Heritage comments: "The gloves that Cassius Clay was wearing as he claimed his first of three World Heavyweight Championships commanded $836,500 in our February 2014 Platinum Night auction, a record-setting figure that serves as the best possible yardstick by which to measure the value of the offered garment.


April 20, 2015
Tebow returning to the NFL
Tebow will sign a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, according to reports. Fox Sports first reported the story.

There are 1,965 cards in the Beckett Online Price Guide, including 569 autographed and 36 rookie cards. Total value is $39,441.82.


April 18, 2015
105 personal items of Tony Gwynn up for auction
The provenance of these items is of the highest order, including a game-used bat, the ball from his 1500th career hit, and his Aztecs basketball jersey. All of these priceless pieces used to hang or be displayed in Tony's home.


April 18, 2015
2014 Exquisite: Upper Deck Football’s Last Stand?
Last week, amid the drama of National Treasures and the simultaneous release of Five Star, Exquisite Football was also released. It is likely going to be one of, if not THE last licensed CLC football product from Upper Deck, something that is going to sadden a number of people who loved the brand.

The brand may not be done for good, but maybe just not sticking around in the same way.


April 18, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps High Tek baseball cards
Topps revealed the basics and first teasers for 2015 Topps High Tek, a follow-up to the popular autograph-focused brand that returned last year after several years on the sidelines.

This time around, Tek will once again include an autograph in every box along with one parallel card when it arrives on Oct. 14. Every 12-box case will now include an insert card limited to no more than 50 copies.

On the autograph front, there will be three types of sigs to chase — High Tek autos, Bright Horizons and buybacks from past Tek sets made from 1998-2000. Horizons will have Red Orbit parallels limited to five as well as 1/1 Black Galactics. The Tek autos will have six types — 1/1 proofs and Black along with Red Orbit (/5), Clouds (/25), Gold (/TBD) and Tidal (/TBD).


April 17, 2015
The strange saga of John Rogers
After first buying up several high-profile collections of sports memorabilia, the Little Rock entrepreneur hit on the idea of talking big-city newspapers out of their predigital photo archives.

Today, Rogers faces more than a dozen lawsuits, which together seek something north of $90 million. First, sports collectors who bought what they thought were original items from Rogers began crying “fake.” Then a series of people Rogers did business with started suing him over unpaid bills. Finally, the FBI raided his place, and he was tossed out of the business, a receiver appointed to make sense of the mess.


April 17, 2015
First look: 2015 Bowman Chrome baseball cards
The basic set will include 200 veterans and rookies each with eight types of parallels — standard Refractor, Purple, Blue, Green, Gold, Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 printing plates. A preliminary checklist and production volumes for these numbered cards were not announced.

Chrome rookies will be signed 0n-card with the same rainbow, except Purple. Production volumes are the same as the standard cards, though largely unannounced. Dual autographs will pair a prospect and a veteran and be limited to only 25 copies, while a Red (/5) and 1/1 Superfractor version also will exist. Back once again will be Bowman Black and high school All-American cards from past events.


April 16, 2015
Harry Kalas World Series Ring Among Items Up For Auction
Hunt Auctions will be holding the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies Memorabilia Live Auction on Thursday, April 16 at Citizens Bank Park. Among the items up for auction in the event is the 2008 World Series ring presented to legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas.

Hunt listed the pre-sale estimate for the ring between $50,000 and $75,000.


April 16, 2015
Aaron Hernandez NFL memorabilia is hot on eBay amid murder conviction
Sports memorabilia dealers and collectors, eager to cash in on the former tight end's conviction of first-degree murder, have rolled out a spread of Hernandez-branded goods with their inventory not likely to grow.

More than 927 items connected to the ex-New England Patriot star are listed on eBay as of Wednesday afternoon — in comparison to the 448 listed for current Patriot's tight end, and Super Bowl champion, Rob Gronkowski.


April 16, 2015
Topps notes Jackie Robinson Day with new sets
Sixty-eight years ago, Jackie Robinson changed Major League Baseball forever and today every person in uniform on every roster will wear his No. 42.

Topps is placing its focus on the Hall of Famer and social pioneer as well by releasing two sets of cards and a series of oversized prints available now only on Topps.com.

A standard set of the cards with silver lettering is limited to only 99 serial-numbered cards with a price of $29.99. A deluxe set, one with gold lettering, is limited to only 42 serial-numbered copies and includes five bonus cards — a set of Cardboard Icons prints showing Robinson’s Topps cards from 1952 to 1956). It carries a $99.99 price tag.


April 15, 2015
Babe Ruth's 1933 will being put up for auction
A Babe Ruth will from December 1933 is being put up for sale by SCP Auctions.

The nine-page document includes the player's ''George Herman Ruth'' signature and the signature of three witnesses. SCP said it has a letter of authenticity from Ruth's grandson, Tom Stevens.


April 15, 2015
Goldin Auctions: Where Rockefeller, Disney, Mantle and Ruth Come to Play
In what is quite possibly the company’s most eclectic auction ever, the 2015 Goldin Auctions Opening Day Auction features more than 1,450 lots of sports and historical memorabilia from such legendary figures as John D. Rockefeller, Babe Ruth, Walt Disney, Mickey Mantle, The Beatles, Ted Williams, and even Michael Jackson. The auction is live at www.GoldinAuctions.com and closes on May 9.

For baseball collectors, five key items being offered include: a 1914-15 Babe Ruth/Ty Cobb signed baseball, a 1941 game-used ball from the historic game when Ted Williams became the last player to bat .400, Mickey Mantle’s 1965 player contract and a newly discovered collection of 1910-11 M116 Sporting Life trading cards.


April 15, 2015
First Look: 2015 Score football cards
The key to the set will be like years past, including a lower price point with a ton of base cards. Each box will have 24 packs at 12 cards per pack. Boxes will deliver one autograph or memorabilia card on average.

This year’s base set includes more than 400 cards with 100 rookies. Rookies fall up to three per pack. Once again the product will have several parallels indicated by a different color border. These are Showcase, Gold Zone, Artist’s Proof, Red Zone, First Down, End Zone and Gem Masters, numbered to 99 down to one.


April 14, 2015
Aaron Hernandez Jail ID For Sale
The person selling Aaron Hernandez's official jail I.D. card from Suffolk County jail in Mass. says eBay has shut down the auction...

So he's moved it over to Craigslist.


April 14, 2015
2014 National Treasures Debacle: Learning from History
Despite Panini telling people that they are SURE the missing Teddy Bridgewater and Odell Beckham Rookie Patch autos and booklets are in the product, evidence from message boards, group breaks, and ebay show that something is going on.

There are a lot of theories, but nothing has been solidified as of yet.


April 14, 2015
Bowman Set Breaks, High-End Singles in Memory Lane’s Spring Break Auction
The phrase “spring break” might conjure up images of college students, sandy beaches and non-stop parties, but this year it means a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire some of the best vintage baseball cards from two important sets.

Memory Lane is putting the finishing touches on its “Spring Break Auction,” which will feature the sale of individual cards from two of the highest quality Bowman baseball sets ever put together. The auction begins April 25.


April 13, 2015
Baseball cards becoming popular again among Kansas City kids
The baseball card collecting hobby, which was once thought of as dead, is making a bit of a return for youngsters in the Kansas City metro area.

While their parents may have collected the baseball cards of Royals greats George Brett and Bo Jackson, today’s newer generations of baseball fans are compiling a checklist that includes Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and even Gardner, Kan., native Bubba Starling.


April 13, 2015
Which Do You Prefer? The Early Autograph Returns of 2014-15 Preferred Basketball
No matter how you prefer your NBA autographed trading cards, you can bet that Panini America’s upcoming 2014-15 Preferred Basketball will have a little dose of on-card brilliance just for you.

Unique die-cuts, fancy foils, signatures horizontally at the top, along the bottom, in the middle, and vertically along the right or left side of cards radically redesigned for 2014-15.


April 12, 2015
LeBron James Leads NBA All-Star Jersey Auction
In the wake of the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, fans were able to bid on game-worn and event-worn jerseys from the biggest names in the sport and some of the prices for them soared to impressive heights.

With eight different items reaching final bids of over $10,000 over the past few weeks, collectors and fans were willing to place high bids for a piece of history and the most expensive turned out to be the white Eastern Conference jersey worn by Cleveland’s LeBron James during the first half of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game hit $35,620 after 27 bids. Even King James’ warm-up jacket was a hot commodity as it garnered a bid of $10,095 before the gavel dropped and his shorts went for $6,125.


April 11, 2015
2014 National Treasures Football: Where Are Missing Rookie Autographs?
If you havent been online since the release of 2014 National Treasures Football, you have missed a considerable reaction to a group of missing cards that have yet to surface. As of 3pm on 4/10, some 3 days after the first cards from the set hit eBay, there have been zero Odell Beckham and Teddy Bridgewater rookie patch autos or booklet autos listed for sale or posted on a public forum.


April 11, 2015
The Relic contained in this Chris Davis Museum Collection card is from a specific game and season
This year’s edition of Topps Museum Collection arrived in hobby shops today with every pack containing some type of hit — an autographed card or a Relic of an MLB player.

This particular card was pulled by a collector, and it includes a nameplate from a black game-used bat from Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis embedded into it — but that’s not why it carries extra appeal to me. It’s a nameplate of a black Louisville Slugger M356 model that Davis splintered at the handle when facing Jon Lester during the bottom of the fourth inning on March 31, 2014, in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. How do I know this? The MLB Authentication sticker tells me just that.


April 10, 2015
Bidding on Rare Honus Wagner T206 Baseball Card Breaks $1 Million at Robert Edward Auctions
Dubbed by the auction house as "The Oceanside Wagner." the card has had only two owners in the 106 years since it was printed in 1909.

According to the auction house, the card was found in a basement of a house in Oceanside, New York, "alongside hundreds of other 1910-era tobacco cards."


April 10, 2015
Heritage Auctions Expanding its New York City Location
The addition of more office space on the building’s 15th floor will free up street-level floor space to expand public displays of historic collectibles from Heritage’s 39 different auction categories, including sports memorabilia, rare coins, comic books, entertainment and music memorabilia, books and manuscripts, wine, luxury handbags and fine and decorative art.


April 10, 2015
Topps releases 1952 Tribute jumbo team sets
The famed 1952 Topps set is back — in jumbo team set form — via the latest online offering from Topps.

The 2015 Topps 1952 Tribute team sets were unveiled by the company on Thursday, and they’re the latest in oversized cards and wall art offered only on the company’s website. This time, the standard team sets are limited to only 99 copies and are available for 18 teams. A Legend version is limited to only 49 copies and includes a card of a past star for 18 MLB teams.


April 9, 2015
SCP Auctions’ Sale Now Live: Wooden Sweater, Mantle Gamers, Athlete Collections and More
SCP Auctions’ “Spring Premier” is now open and runs through April 25. Top lots include Michael Jordan’s 1984 game-worn and autographed Nike Air shoes, Jimmie Foxx’s 1934 U.S. Tour of Japan uniform and 1933 American League MVP Award, John Wooden’s circa 1970’s UCLA Basketball coach’s jacket and Mickey Mantle’s 1952 New York Yankees game-worn and autographed home jersey.

Player and estate collections abound as well in this online auction, as the personal memorabilia of the late Tony Gwynn, along with NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and 1972 World Series MVP Gene Tenace are also being featured. Part 3 of the esteemed Delbert Mickel Estate Collection of important baseball jerseys is also among the highlights.


April 9, 2015
SCU Go-Live Report: 2014 National Treasures Football
Yesterday was quite the day for product releases, and judging by the level of hype surrounding all three products, I think we are in for an interesting go of it. National Treasures is the first of the big releases to hit eBay in mass, so I am going to start there.

From what we have seen in the previews, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about it, but there are some massive reasons to be beyond frightened as well.


April 9, 2015
First look: 2015 Topps Supreme baseball cards
Topps revealed the next edition of Topps Supreme and the hit-based product’s 2015 edition will arrive in September with potentially more punch than ever in its brief history.

Each pack of 2015 Topps Supreme will include just two cards — both autographs — and there will be 20 packs per case. The company promises “bigger and bolder cards with more 1/1 unique hits and colossal pulls that collectors have come to love with the Supreme brand.”


April 8, 2015
Local museums celebrate Cincinnati's baseball heritage
Anyone's who's watched Dave Concepcion backhand a grounder or Eric Davis take a cut at the plate knows that baseball and art are not exclusive.

So it is that Cincinnati's museums will celebrate the game – its art, its artists – before the All-Star Game comes to town this summer.


April 8, 2015
Treasures Abound at Fanatics Sports Spectacular in Chicago
The three-day Fanatics Authentic show was a success, with about 8,000 collectors attending and about 50 autograph guests appearing. Signers included Joe Montana, Carlton Fisk, Peyton Manning, Pedro Martinez, Colin Kaepernick, Mike Singletary, Julius Erving, Randy Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, George Gervin, Dale Murphy, Brian Urlacher, Rick Barry, Dave Parker, Jim Otto, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Jim Rice, Bob Lilly and Joakim Noah, among others.

On Friday, the show featured autograph appearances from about 20 signers for “A Tribute To Notre Dame,” including Lou Holtz, Ross Browner, Vagas Ferguson, Chris Zorich, Allen Pinkett and even Rudy Ruettiger.


April 8, 2015
National Treasures Redemptions Ready to Go
Panini’s 2014 National Treasures Football arrives Wednesday, and the company announced there are a few redemption cards in the product. But many of these redemptions will be ready to fulfill immediately.

These cards include some of the top 2014 rookies such as Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Eric Ebron and Marqise Lee, and superstars such as Deion Sanders, Brett Favre, J.J. Wat and Russell Wilson. Panini shared many images of these cards as proof they are ready to send out.


April 7, 2015
Many baseball cards drop in value, some skyrocket
For middle to lesser grade cards, cards that used to sell for a certain price, really the prices have dropped a little bit, because people understand now that they're not as scarce.


April 7, 2015
Got $90K? Kris Bryant Holy Grail baseball card on eBay
Beckett announced that a customer from Delaware, Ohio pulled the highly-coveted Kris Bryant Bowman Chrome Superfractor autograph and one of Neuhart Card store owners hopped on a plane, traveled to Dallas and hand delivered the card to Beckett's official grading team.

Aside from Bryant being one of the top prospects in the game and insane 2015 spring training production, the card is serial numbered 1/1 with a one-of-a-kind gold surface design. Plus, Topps-Bowman's Chrome autographs are recognized within the hobby as a baseball player's true rookie card.


April 7, 2015
Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE
One of the most-loved hockey card brands is back again as a stand-alone release once again this season and 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE reaches store shelves on April 15.

Upper Deck provided collectors with an extensive look at some of the big hits that will be found inside, including the returning UD Black content that are seeded once in every box. There are also five different tiers of serial-numbered Ice Premieres rookie cards limited to as little as 99 copies each for big names like Johnny Gaudreau, Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Drouin.


April 6, 2015
1909 T206 Honus Wagner Card Pacing To Become Most Valuable Baseball Card Of All Time
The most recent purchase — made by Ken Kendrick, owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks — registered a record-setting $2.8 million, but history shows that each new sale supplants the last, and this latest one could be a doozy.

That’s because after just seven hours on the auction block, the latest 1909 T206 Honus Wagner was up to $1.02 million — with three weeks to go, according to CBS New York.


April 5, 2015
Big Week Ahead – Releases of 2014 National Treasures and 2014 Five Star
This is one of the biggest weeks in the hobby coming up, with two of the biggest products of the year coming out this coming Wednesday. These two products have become the biggest releases for the high end space, with each having some massive hits in the course of the breaks.


April 4, 2015
Albuquerque New Mexico man’s $100,000 baseball collection stolen
The victim collects baseball memorabilia and knew something was amiss when his Babe Ruth autographed baseball was missing from its hiding spot. Only two people knew where he hid it: his wife and his daughter.

James Bennett called police to report his missing collection, about $100,000 worth of cards and memorabilia. He also reported the name of a possible suspect: Michelle Ortiz, his daughter. Detectives believe Ortiz stole the items and sold them to a man she found through Craigslist. That person, in turn, posted items on Ebay.


April 4, 2015
What That Box of Baseball Cards In Your Attic Is Worth…
Ever wonder if that box of baseball cards has any value? Or maybe you have another piece of sports memorabilia. Nick Diglio welcomes Michael Osacky, owner of Baseball in the Attic and contributor to Parade Magazine, who answers similar questions from listeners.


April 3, 2015
Rare Pirates baseball card expect to auction for over $1 million
According to CBS Pittsburgh, an extremely rare baseball card from 1909-1922 features Honas Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates is expected to sell more than $1 million. It is the most valuable baseball card in the world and known as the “Oceanside Wagner.”

It is reported that the original owner of the card sold the card for more than $700,000 after he found it.


April 3, 2015
First Look: 2014-15 Panini Preferred Basketball
Collectors that love booklet cards and limited autographs have flocked to Panini America‘s Preferred releases in recent years and the popular brand will be returning to store shelves this season with plenty of ink and memorabilia from a heavily-hyped rookie class and the biggest stars from the past and present.

With a street date of June 17, each box of 2014-15 Panini Preferred Basketball will contain three autograph cards limited to 99 copies or less in addition to one booklet card. Expect to find plenty of tough-to-chase parallels in addition to new concepts that are sure to get some hobby love.


April 3, 2015
First Impressions of the New 2015 Topps Bunt App
Topps Bunt combines fantasy baseball with card collecting in a digital arena. The game is an absolute blast, and yesterday, they released their build for the upcoming 2015 season.

As expected, there is already a pretty active secondary market for the cards.


April 2, 2015
How To Not To Lose Your Shirt At A Baseball Card Show
Oddball sports memorabilia offers the chance for a big score because there are no price guides for dealers to consult as there are for baseball cards. Knowledge is power.


April 2, 2015
Mets bullpen car sells for $112,500 in auction
When it comes to collectibles, it’s hard to beat owning the bullpen car for your favorite team.

A New York Mets bullpen car sold for $112,500 at a Sotheby’s auction on Thursday, around four-to-five times what the auction house estimated its worth to be. The car is one of two bullpen cars owned and operated by the team.


April 2, 2015
Tony Gwynn memorabilia to be sold by SCP Auctions
The memorabilia collection of one of baseball’s greats is headed to the auction block next week.

SCP Auctions will have more than 100 lots of awards and memorabilia for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn up for sale beginning Wednesday. Gwynn died June 16 at age 54 after a long battle with cancer. A part of the money from the actions will go to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, which is based in San Diego.


April 1, 2015
Rod Woodson’s personal memorabilia to be auctioned
Pro Football Hall of Fame member Rod Woodson has decided to auction off some of the personal memorabilia he’s collected over the years. SCP Auctions will sell off game-used jerseys, AFC Championship rings along with awards and trophies on Wednesday April 8 at scpauctions.com.

The auction will feature nearly 70 lots of Woodson’s most prominent items including dozens of game balls from his playing days at Purdue as well as his 17-year pro career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders, various MVP awards and his NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team trophy which he was awarded in 1994.


April 1, 2015
2015 Upper Deck Football
This will be the last licensed version of Upper Deck football to be produced. That’s not saying it wont continue in some way in thew future, but for right now, this is it. I remember back in 1991 trying to rip through Upper Deck packs with my allowance to pull the triple exposure Joe Montana card, and every year since then, I have always cracked a few packs of the product. Now that the cards are live, its very bittersweet.

The main thing that Upper Deck has always done well is the photography for the set. Their photo choice has always been nothing short of dynamic, and this year is no different. Each card has a cooler photo than the next, and as a connoisseur of fine game shots, this product is always a treat. Although I dont think this is as strong a look as it was in 2014, the base still looks pretty good.


March 31, 2015
Major league bling: A look at the World Series ring tradition
By the time he was done, Lou Gehrig owned so many World Series rings that he turned them into a craft project. The Yankees legend attached them all to a single bracelet, along with other gems from his playing career, and presented it to his wife.

The modern-day Giants might not catch the Iron Horse when it comes to rings, but they're stuffing their jewelry boxes just fine. They will put another ring around the Posey on April 18, when Buster, Madison Bumgarner and other members of the championship team receive their World Series hardware in a pregame ceremony at AT&T Park. The ritual has become so popular that the Giants have turned them into a marketing strategy, offering "Ring Ceremony Six Packs" as part of their 2015 ticket-plan options.


March 30, 2015
2014 Topps Supreme football
There are some nice autographs and patch cards, along with book cards and dual relic book cards. It’s a high-end product that can be very rewarding.

Veteran autograph cards, numbered to 50 or less, include greats from the past, such as John Elway, Ronnie Lott, Dan Marino, Deion Sanders, Jerome Bettis, Bo Jackson and Mike Singletary. Current stars like Tom Brady, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and Vincent Jackson also have autograph cards. Rookie autos include names that should be familiar to collectors by now — Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Odell Beckham Jr., Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel. Those cards are numbered to 125 or less.


March 30, 2015
Is Kris Bryant the Next Big Thing?
If you havent been following along with Spring Training, you are missing some fireworks set off by the newest rookie phenom Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs. Hitting home run after home run has made a significant statement as the Cubs battle their way to opening day.

Bryant has been among the top prospects in the league for a number of years, collectors have been on the bandwagon for a while. However, since the bombardment began, his prices have gone through the roof.


March 28, 2015
Mantle Gems: 1952 Jersey, First Bat and POY Award in April Auction
In 1952, one year removed from a bumpy injury-marred rookie season, Mantle began to emerge from the shadow of a now-retired Joe DiMaggio and earned his first of 14 consecutive All-Star nods as he hit .300 and belted 23 home runs.

The jersey is breathtaking in its presentation, enhanced all the more by the bold, oversized vintage Mantle autograph on the front left tail. Is difficult to overstate the magnitude of a signed and game-worn Mickey Mantle Yankees home jersey from 1952, however we feel safe in classifying it among the finest artifacts known from arguably the most beloved figure in modern baseball history.


March 27, 2015
NJ Attorney General rejects TV reporter’s fake-memorabilia claims against Bergen prosecutor
The state Attorney General’s Office confirmed that it has closed an inquiry into a complaint by a local TV station that Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli lied to county freeholders in securing a no-bid contract for an authenticator to help him auction off seized baseball memorabilia that the reporter says he knew was bogus.


March 27, 2015
Relic Cards Reign Supreme in 2014 Topps Supreme Football
If you like patches, multi-color swatches and unique game worn NFL gear, 2014 Topps Supreme Football might be right up your alley.

The price point of this product certainly makes it one of those high-risk, high-reward value propositions. At about $85 a box, you are getting one (1) hit. I'd like to see two (2) hits at the price point with one of them being a guaranteed patch autograph for that kind of coin.


March 27, 2015
First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP
Last year, the long-established brand returned as a stand-alone product and it is back again with some of the features that made it a summertime hit. Expected to reach store shelves on August 5, it will be the first place that collectors will be able to find a redemption card (seeded 1:960 packs) depicting the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft – who many expect to be Connor McDavid of the OHL’s Erie Otters.

There will also be an autographed version (1:10,250) that may prove to be one of the most desired pieces of cardboard on the market before the puck drops again in October.


March 26, 2015
Detroit Public Library to crooked Chicago auctioneer: Return our baseball photos
Convicted fraudster Doug Allen hasn’t quite grasped the concept of borrowing, the Detroit Public Library says.

It was OK for the 51-year-old Chicago-area businessman to take two historic baseball photos worth more than $20,000 from the library. But he was supposed to give them back — not sell one and keep the other, the library says.


March 26, 2015
Collectors slug it out over rights to Babe Ruth home run bat
The bat Babe Ruth used to swat his first home run of the 1924 season is at the center of a legal tug-of-war involving memorabilia collectors from several states.

The latest challenge came yesterday when a team of New Jersey collectors who say they paid $650,000 for the bat last year filed a federal lawsuit seeking a judge's order naming them the rightful owners of the Babe's Hillerich & Bradsby R2 model bat.


March 25, 2015
Craig Colquitt Loses Steelers Super Bowl XIII Ring at Bar
Colquitt is asking for help in getting it returned and he's offering a generous reward.


 

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