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August 21, 2014
Mo'ne Davis: First Little Leaguer to grace cover of 'Sports Illustrated'
Mo'ne Davis: First Little Leaguer to grace cover of 'Sports Illustrated'

Brandon Steiner, owner of Steiner Sports, a leading sports memorabilia company in New York, said he would pay Mo'ne at least $25,000 to autograph between 500 to 1,000 items and estimated she could make up to $100,000 on the deal.

Steiner knows the penalty for selling merchandise, and he said he wouldn't make the offer because it could jeopardize Mo'ne's eligibility to play college athletics.

August 21, 2014
John Lackey traded a Babe Ruth autograph for a uniform number
John Lackey traded a Babe Ruth autograph for a uniform number

Pat Neshek happens to be one of the game’s most dogged memorabilia collectors. So Neshek traded his number to Lackey for the Ruth ball.


August 21, 2014
First Look: 2015 Topps Tribute baseball cards
First Look: 2015 Topps Tribute baseball cards

Topps released the first images of 2015 Topps Tribute on Wednesday, a hit-per-pack high-end brand that the company promises will be “revamped to incorporate your feedback, suggestions and ideas” while including the “same upper-echelon technology the has made Tribute a collecting staple.”

Like past years, it will include three autographs and three Relics per six-pack box when it arrives on Feb. 19.


August 20, 2014
Cleveland Shines in Return Engagement
Cleveland Shines in Return Engagement

National board member Rick Giddings said VIPs were up 85 percent to years past and the five-year lapse since the last time the show was held in Cleveland helped boost numbers.


August 20, 2014
First Look: 2013-14 Panini Flawless Basketball
First Look: 2013-14 Panini Flawless Basketball

Back for another year, 2013-14 Panini Flawless will once again offer up 10 cards per pack and the results are expected to be jaw-dropping once again – and so, of course, is the price they are expected to sell for.

Each pack is actually a small padded briefcase that will contain six autographed cards, two Jumbo Prime memorabilia cards and two Jewel base cards. Every single card is numbered to 25 or less and they are expected to be chased heavily.


August 19, 2014
Lucky Collector Pays $300 For A Game-Used Sports Jersey Worth $8,000
Lucky Collector Pays $300 For A Game-Used Sports Jersey Worth $8,000

No part of the sports memorabilia industry may pose more challenges than jerseys. For every gamer, there are thousands upon thousands of inexpensive replicas for sale at flea markets and thrift shops. Counterfeits abound, as well. Some have fake autographs; others, phony wear and tear.


August 19, 2014
Babe Ruth autograph fetches $8,625 in online auction
Babe Ruth autograph fetches $8,625 in online auction


August 19, 2014
Gehrig Watch, Manziel Jersey Leading the Pack at SCP Auctions
Gehrig Watch, Manziel Jersey Leading the Pack at SCP Auctions

SCP Auctions’ Mid-Summer Classic online auction is less than a week away from concluding and the top lots so far include Lou Gehrig’s 1928 New York Yankees World Championship wristwatch at $73,205 and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s game-worn and signed Texas A&M Aggies’ home jersey from that epic season at $24,200.


August 18, 2014
Rare Indiana baseball items going on display
Rare Indiana baseball items going on display

The collection of Indianapolis attorney Scott Tarter explores Indiana's contributions to America's national pastime.

The History Center says Indiana was the site of the first-ever major league baseball game and has been home to five major league teams, including the Indianapolis Hoosiers, who won the 1914 Federal League pennant.


August 18, 2014
2012 Contenders Robert Griffin III Autos Called Into Question
2012 Contenders Robert Griffin III Autos Called Into Question

Some hardcore collectors of Robert Griffin III are claiming that there is a part of the print run from his 2012 Contenders autograph that are signed by someone else.


August 16, 2014
Jim Brown countersued over 1964 Cleveland Browns championship ring
Jim Brown countersued over 1964 Cleveland Browns championship ring

Jim Brown wanted his day in court. Be careful what you wish for.


August 16, 2014
2014 Bowman Chrome Football is BACK!
2014 Bowman Chrome Football is BACK!

2009 was the last time Bowman Chrome was its own set, although it did make subset returns in Topps Chrome in 2010 and 2011


August 16, 2014
Inside the College Football Hall of Fame playground in Atlanta
Inside the College Football Hall of Fame playground in Atlanta

Often ignored for nearly two decades in South Bend, Ind., the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta represents today's game and media world while respectfully giving a nod to the past.

The National Football Foundation's decision in 2009 to move the Hall of Fame into the deep South symbolizes how the sport has changed demographically and through television.


August 16, 2014
First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey
First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

Expected to arrive just in time for the holidays, 2014-15 Black Diamond from Upper Deck should be one of this season’s most talked-about releases.

Since the 1996-97 season, the brand has been quite popular with collectors and in recent years, it has delivered the hottest rookies along with some excellent hits that have made an impact on the secondary market.


August 15, 2014
Sports Collector Pulls Babe Ruth Autograph From Pack Of Cards
Sports Collector Pulls Babe Ruth Autograph From Pack Of Cards

Greg Gehman, pulled an authentic Babe Ruth autographed out of a pack of Topps baseball cards at VSM Sports Card Outlet in Lancaster, PA.

The autograph cut was inserted into a framed baseball card and was pulled from a pack of 2014 Topps Museum baseball cards, which Gehman purchased for $55. The card is estimated at $8,000 to $15,000.


August 15, 2014
Brady Blade keeps memory of Pirates’ 1960 World Series alive in his basement
Brady Blade keeps memory of Pirates’ 1960 World Series alive in his basement

Blade, has built his collection over 20 years. It’s unique in its specificity; every item is associated with the 1960 World Series.


August 15, 2014
First look: 2015 Topps baseball cards
Topps released the first glimpses and basic details for the 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball card set on Thursday, a base set that is the largest for the company in years with 350 cards in the initial release.


August 14, 2014
Upper Deck Puts Legendary Hockey Players on Display in 2013-14 NHL® Ultimate Collection
NHL® Ultimate Collection is always a favorite with serious collectors and the 2013-14 version will definitely have fans fired up.


August 14, 2014
$9 million claim against O.J. Simpson up for auction
Seventeen years after Ron Goldman's mother won a $9 million wrongful death judgment against O.J. Simpson, she is auctioning off the rights to the unpaid settlement.


August 13, 2014
Family in court fight over historic baseball photos amid fraud probe
Mary Brace sold the collection to wealthy collector John Rogers for $1.35 million, but a lawsuit filed last month alleged that Rogers defaulted on the contract, failing to pay an $85,000 installment that was due April 1. The suit seeks an injunction to stop Rogers from selling any more images until it's hashed out in court.

Meanwhile, FBI agents raided Rogers' home and offices in Little Rock in January as part of an ongoing investigation out of Chicago targeting fraud in the lucrative but often shady world of sports memorabilia.


August 13, 2014
Are Digital Cards the New Frontier of Collecting?
If you arent familiar with Topps Bunt, the digital trading card app on iPhone and Android, its time to familiarize yourself with it. Its a game that combines elements of Fantasy Sports with card collecting, and it is taking off this year with new content designed to create value in cards that arent actually tangible.

This might be something that has potential to expand the hobby more than any other medium.


August 12, 2014
Former Mastro Auctions president Doug Allen facing 12 years in prison for memorabilia fraud
Hoping for a reduced sentence, Allen agreed to cooperate with the government after being indicted him on 14 counts of fraud in July 2012.

Allen then told business associate John Rogers, who is under investigation for making false statements, that Allen was wearing a wire and that agents had asked logistical questions about the Roger's home. But Rogers began wearing his own wire for the FBI and he recorded Allen instructing him on how to evade investigators' quesions.


August 12, 2014
“Antiques Roadshow” comes across $1 million in 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia
The TV show appraised $1 million worth of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia during their taping this past weekend in New York City. The collection, which included signatures and rare baseball cards from Boston Red Stockings players, is the largest sports memorabilia find in the 19-year history of the show.


August 12, 2014
Rory McIlroy's Open Championship Golf Ball Sells for $52,000 at Auction
Green Jacket Auctions bought the ball off Lee Horner, and auctioned it.

Horner grabbed the ball after McIlroy victoriously chucked it into the gallery at Royal Liverpool’s 18th hole.


August 11, 2014
RG III: 'Honor' to get fans' autographs
Robert Griffin III took off his cleats and could tell by the look on the two fans' faces they were expecting something that wasn't going to happen. He didn't want to give the two cancer survivors his cleats. He wanted their autographs on them.


August 11, 2014
Yasiel Puig Signs Exclusive Deal With Fanatics Authentic
The current lineup, consists of more than three dozens items, ranging from signed ball and hats to jerseys, photos and more.


August 11, 2014
Prospecting Johnny Manziel – Hold or Sell the Hottest Rookie in the NFL?
Manziel is easily the hottest rookie we have seen in a long time


August 10, 2014
SCP Auctions Currently Featuring Second Part of Newport Sports Museum Collection
The auction runs through Aug. 23, is filled with marquee items, from Lou Gehrig’s 1928 N.Y. Yankees championship wristwatch to a Johnny Manziel game-used and signed jersey from 2012 and Catfish Hunter’s 1974 Cy Young Award.


August 10, 2014
First Signers Named For 2014 Fall Expo
In the aftermath of the 2014 National sports Collectors Convention, hockey collectors from all over the world are beginning to gear up for the 47th Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, Ontario.

Held twice annually at the Toronto International Centre, early details have surfaced regarding some of the guests that will be appearing over the course of the three-day event which takes place from November 7 to 9, 2014.


August 9, 2014
Hoboken resident is vintage baseball card buyer
In 1952, there may have been no better investment one could’ve made in the United States for five cents than buying a Topps baseball card pack and keeping it closed. Today, that unopened pack would be worth between $10,000 and $15,000.


August 9, 2014
Steeler swamped with requests for autographs
The post office at the small college where the Pittsburgh Steelers hold training camp has been swamped with mail since wide receiver Antonio Brown vowed on Facebook to autograph anything fans send him.


August 9, 2014
Football is BACK: NFL Preseason Hobby Points of Interest
We are about four weeks away from the kickoff to the 2014 NFL season. Starting now, here are some players to keep an eye on.


August 8, 2014
Bidding on Babe Ruth Ball Stops Short
Pre-bidding reached $95,000 but no bids were placed once the auction moved to the floor, stopping the item from reaching its $99,000.


August 8, 2014
Panini America Adds Key Autos to Final 2013-14 NBA Products
Panini has secured new autograph deals with several marquee names who’ve been glaringly absent from certified-autograph checklists for years, including Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Manu Ginobili, Oscar Robertson and Chris Webber.

These on-card autographs will benefit more than just 2013-14 Flawless Basketball, however; many will also be featured in 2013-14 National Treasures Basketball and 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball, too.


August 7, 2014
Honus Wagner's memorabilia finds new home
The Historical Society of Carnegie is helping keep alive the memory of Honus Wagner, one of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ all-time greatest baseball players, with a new, redesigned exhibit space devoted to the Hall of Fame shortstop who called Carnegie his home.


August 7, 2014
Set Overview: 1908-09 Rose Company Postcards
The Rose Company (TRC) of Philadelphia, Pa., manufactured and distributed postcards early in the 20th century.

The baseball postcard series is designated PC760 in the American Card Catalog.


August 7, 2014
Beckett Auctions Puts Pieces of Hobby History Up For Bid in August
The August 2014 Sportscards & Memorabilia Auction is loaded up with some true treasures that are sure to get some serious attention from collectors around the world. Among the highlights are 21 different bat barrel relic cards that have been consigned and each card is a one-of-one.

Unique memorabilia cards of some of baseball’s greatest names are up for grabs, including a dazzling 2006 Upper Deck Epic Four Barrel featuring Hall of Fame home run hitters Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews.


August 6, 2014
Former Mastro Auctions executive Mark Theotikos pleads guilty to mail fraud
Theotikos acknowledged that he had participated in a shill bidding scheme with auction house founder Bill Mastro, former president Doug Allen and other conspirators to fraudulently jack up prices between 2001 and 2009, according to the plea agreement made public on Tuesday.


August 6, 2014
Unearthed ‘Chesapeake Wagner’ to be auctioned in fall
The 1909 T-206 Honus Wagner card has been called the “Holy Grail” of sports memorabilia. There are between 50 and 100 in circulation, and a Wagner graded PSA 5 sold for more than $2.1 million at an auction during the spring of 2013.

A Wagner card that was once owned by hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky once sold for $2.8 million, but it was later discovered that the card edges had been trimmed by memorabilia dealer Bill Mastro, who admitted last year that he altered the card.


August 6, 2014
How The Biggest Baseball Card Scam In History Could Be Yours for $30,000
This Lajoie card numbers only about 100, compared to about 60 for the Wagner. Last year Robert Edwards sold an example graded mint for $118,500.Huggins and Scott’s example is graded “authentic” because it was trimmed, so it’s estimated to bring about $30,000.


August 5, 2014
Engaged couple scammed eBay buyers with bogus sports memorabilia
PayPal and eBay alerted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in April that the couple were using a fake identity to make the sales beginning in 2008.


August 5, 2014
Need some stadium lights? A scoreboard? Candlestick cast-offs heading to auction block
An online auction will give everyday fans a chance to pick up some not-so-everyday items from the stadium before it is shuttered for good.


August 5, 2014
Shoeless Joe Jackson signature achieves $42,000
Autographs from Jackson are exceptionally rare as he was illiterate and took great pains to avoid signing his name whenever possible. His wife signed the vast majority of autographs on the market.


August 4, 2014
Joe Namath and The Most Valuable Super Bowl Ring in Existence
Joe Namath and The Most Valuable Super Bowl Ring in Existence

Namath let fans this weekend handle, wear, and take selfies with the most valuable Super Bowl Ring in the World.


August 4, 2014
How Brandon Steiner Bought Yankee Stadium
Steiner Sports Marketing is a $50 million organization with 100 employees. In addition to PR, marketing and speaker placement, it was Steiner and his organization who forged the Yankee/Steiner partnership that allowed him to buy the original Yankee Stadium and use the bleachers, the wood, the equipment and even the dirt to create sports memorabilia his organization could sell.


August 3, 2014
World Premiere: Panini America Delivers a Weekend Peek at 2014 Flawless Football
The high-end brand that created a North America feeding frenzy with its basketball debut last season will make its gridiron debut in the late-September/early October window, complete with many of the spectacular designs, legends and on-card brilliance that graced the hardcourt version.


August 2, 2014
Former Mastro Auctions president Doug Allen to plead guilty in sports-memorabilia fraud case
Allen, who founded Legendary Auctions immediately after Mastro Auctions went out of business in 2009, will become the third executive from the defunct company to plead guilty to fraud.


August 2, 2014
SCP Auctions Announces ‘The Chesapeake Find’ of Wagner, Other T206s
In addition to this largely unknown specimen of the hobby’s most legendary card, this astounding hoard of more than 3,500 raw T206s includes Plank as well as multiples of rarities such as Magie, Demmitt, O’Hara and others. Dozens each of Hall of Famers such as Cobb, Mathewson, Young, Johnson, et al., are represented, including more than 50 different Cobbs. Rare backs and print variations abound.

SCP said these cards will be featured as part of the company’s Fall Premier Auction.


August 2, 2014
2014 Bowman Platinum is a Rare Bust For Topps Design
Collectors are soon going to be facing a similar situation in football come 2016, especially as Panini tries to build out a huge calendar to make up the money spent on licensing.


August 1, 2014
Muhammad Ali’s Gloves From ‘Fight Of The Century’ Against Joe Frazier Auctioned For $388,375
The gloves from the 1971 fight were sold to an anonymous bidder for $388,375 by Texas-based Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The duel, which became famous as the "Fight of the Century," was held in New York's Madison Square Garden and was the first of three fights between Ali and Frazier, who is also known as “Smokin' Joe.”


August 1, 2014
Even After 25 Years, Pete Rose’s Ban From Baseball Is Money in the Bank
Signing for money has been at the core of Rose’s livelihood, and lifeblood, since he was banned from baseball 25 years ago.

For years now he has appeared four days a week, in five-hour shifts, at a memorabilia shop in a Las Vegas. An autographed ball costs $99, a bat $200, a jersey $40. Items are also bundled and sold in packages. It’s not unusual for Rose to move more than $10,000 worth of merchandise in a day.


August 1, 2014
Signed Ticket From Gehrig's Last Appearance Sells For $95,600
The ticket and the 1971 Fight of the Century gloves were among the highlights from Heritage Auctions' sale.Gehrig's rookie contract sold for $358,500. A 1927 New York Yankees signed baseball sold for $143,400, and Babe Ruth's 702nd home run ball sold for $191,200.

The auction house said more than 60,000 tickets were sold to Gehrig's last game, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Only two tickets are known to have survived. Of them, only the mezzanine box ticket had Gehrig's autograph.


July 31, 2014
9 things to know about what's at the National Sports Collectors Convention
The opening, sneak-preview night of the National Sports Collectors Convention drew at least 6,500 sports fans and collectors Wednesday to the I-X Center.

Hundreds of dealers displayed everything from open boxes of cards to game-used equipment. Since baseball plays a prominent role at the show, from cards to items to former players, here are nine things to know about the annual convention.


July 31, 2014
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to sue Julien's Auctions over Bruce Lee poster
Abdul-Jabbar originally agreed to sell 400 items from his personal collection through Julien's Auctions, but decided not to part with some of the memorabilia, causing the arrangement to fall through.

However, he says Julien's is now attempting to sell the collectibles he had consigned against his will. Among the items is a Bruce Lee-signed Game of Death poster, as well as a McDonald's "Top Faces of Black History" award and memorabilia from his basketball career.


July 31, 2014
Legendary New York Jets QB Joe Namath to Appear at 2014 Panini VIP Party
Namath, the Super Bowl III champion, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and author of one of the most consequential guarantees in sports history, be in attendance Saturday night to interact with and engage Panini VIP Party attendees, creating lifelong memories in the process.

Namath will join Wilkins, Glavine, Canseco and more to create the most star-studded Panini VIP Party guest list yet.


July 30, 2014
The National is Here: Your Guide to Giveaways, Displays and More
This year’s event at the I-X Center in Cleveland has some new attractions, namely a 12,000 sq.-ft. case break pavilion, but the 35th annual National Sports Collection is brimming with giveaways and things to gawk at all five days of the show’s run from July 30-Aug. 3.

The following is an overview of the major announcements leading up to the event. For information regarding the autograph pavilion, CLICK HERE. For complete information on show hours, tickets, autograph guests and general show details, visit www.nsccshow.com.


July 30, 2014
Baseball Greats Tom Glavine, Jose Canseco Confirmed for 2014 Panini VIP Party
The 2014 Panini VIP Party slated for Saturday night in Cleveland just keeps getting better and better. On Tuesday afternoon, Panini America officials confirmed that Tom Glavine, one of baseball’s newest Hall of Famers, and Jose Canseco, one of the games most endearing power hitters, have been added to the guest list for Saturday’s third annual extravaganza.


July 30, 2014
First Look: 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Basketball
Panini America made a major splash among collectors with the debut edition of Immaculate Basketball last season and due to its tremendous success, it will be back on store shelves yet again in 2013-14.

With each six-card box being loaded with five autograph or memorabilia cards, there are plenty of big hits to go around and many popular collections are set to be a part of the encore. One type of card that is sure to be getting some serious attention are from the Sole of the Game insert collection which will be featuring the tread from the game-used sneakers of many top stars.


July 29, 2014
Manziel-worn jersey could be worth $100,000
SCP Auctions told ESPN.com on Monday it has verified that the maroon home jersey is the one worn by Manziel when he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

“This is his only game-used jersey from his college career that has come to market,” said SCP vice president Dan Imler, would not identify the jersey's owner.


July 29, 2014
Game-used Ted Williams jersey goes for $137K in auction
This wasn't the only item of note when it came to MLB memorabilia in the Lelands auction that closed on July 25. There was a handwritten letter by Cy Young in which he discussed how he approaches certain hitters that went for $12,947. Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane's 1929 World Series championship ring was sold for $45,380 and a collection of checks signed by Stan Musial were sold for $15,666.


July 29, 2014
The True Stories Behind the Cards
Sometimes the action depicted on a card, like this 1965 Topps No. 134, does not correlate with the information on the card describing the scene. That’s where the card detectives come into play.


July 28, 2014
Collect call: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter
The base set this year is 300 cards, with an additional 50 short prints. The SPs fall about one every two packs, and the hobby box I opened was right on the average as it yielded 12 cards. I also pulled 126 base cards.


July 28, 2014
Pair of Impressive Collections Coming to Auction
Goldin Auctions has announced the sale of the “Hobest” Eddie Murphy Collection, dating back to 1912, and SCP Auctions will offer the circa 1893 cabinet photos from Cy Young’s personal collection.


July 28, 2014
Gallery: This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaques
Coming soon to the long-collected and often-autographed Hall of Fame plaque postcards are these six players as released Sunday by the Baseball Hall of Fame.


July 27, 2014
Toughest jobs in sports: Baseball card shop owner
The market for rare vintage cards remains as viable as ever today among serious collectors willing to invest hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but newer cards don't inspire the interest from either kids or casual baseball fans that they once did.


July 27, 2014
Panini America Returning Live Redemption Trade-Up Program to the 2014 National
The unique initiative will be conducted live at the Panini America booth and will afford those collectors in attendance holding multiple outstanding redemption cards FOUR MONTHS OR OLDER AND ALREADY PENDING IN THE PANINI AMERICA REDEMPTION SYSTEM the opportunity to trade them in for a card or cards of higher value.


July 26, 2014
Lelands said ring was not stolen
Jim Brown’s 1964 NFL Championship Ring Pulled From Auction

Legendary Browns running back, Jim Brown’s 1964 Championship ring has been PULLED OFF THE AUCTION BLOCK amid allegations the ring was stolen from him in the 1960's.


July 26, 2014
35th National Sports Collectors Convention: Five days of cards, autographs, memorabilia
The convention is expected to draw 40,000 to 50,000 attendees during its five-day run in Cleveland, with ticket sales expected to be the best ever in the history of the 35-year event, according to its executive director.


 

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