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July 30, 2014
The National is Here: Your Guide to Giveaways, Displays and More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.


July 26, 2014
Ultra High-End Exquisite Collection Golf Releases Just Before the National
Ultra High-End Exquisite Collection Golf Releases Just Before the National

Upper Deck’s 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf is a super-premium golf card set with each pack of cards containing five autographed cards. Retailers have been pre-selling 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf with an average price of at least $600 per pack.


July 26, 2014
Bat barrel nameplates: The sweetest spot of game-used lumber and rarest of bat cards
Bat barrel nameplates: The sweetest spot of game-used lumber and rarest of bat cards

There’s just one spot on a game-used baseball bat that says it all — and it makes for some of the most-impressive game-used cards possible.

It’s the nameplate on a bat barrel, that sweet spot of real estate on a slugger’s most-vital weapon when it comes to success in the national pastime. Aside from perhaps the bat knob, which can sometimes make for prime cards with personal touches that stand out, the barrel is, without question, the best piece of a bat to make cardboard.


July 25, 2014
You can bid on Michael Jordan's NBA-record-setting $33 million 1997-98 contract with the Chicago Bulls
You can bid on Michael Jordan's NBA-record-setting $33 million 1997-98 contract with the Chicago Bulls

There never seems to be any shortage of Michael Jordan-related memorabilia on the collectibles circuit.

The latest item to hit the market is Jordan's actual contract for the 1997-98 season, a one-year deal in which he led the NBA in scoring for the 10th time, took home his fifth NBA Most Valuable Player award, beat the Utah Jazz to win his sixth and final NBA championship ... and got paid an NBA single-season-record $33 million to do it all.


July 25, 2014
Massive High-Grade Collection Bought by Memory Lane
One of the highest quality collections of iconic sports cards in the hobby has been acquired by Memory Lane and will be offered at auction and private sale. Stretching from the 19th century through the early 21st century, The Rocky Mountain Collection showcases over 300 marquee cards in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and boxing.


July 25, 2014
Special 2014 Donruss Baseball Rated Rookie Promotion Coming to the National
The first 50 collectors who bring and open a hobby box of 2014 Donruss Baseball to the Panini America booth during each day of the National will receive a three-card National Rated Rookie Wrapper Trade-In pack featuring the aforementioned three cards with a special “National” stamp.

The promotion will take place starting at 5 p.m. each day of the show, beginning with Wednesday’s Sneak Peek night; it will be limited to the first 50 collectors each day and collectors will be limited to redeeming one box per person.


July 24, 2014
Lelands said ring was not stolen
NFL’s Jim Brown sues New York City auction house over 1964 championship ring

In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court, the Hall of Fame running back and former Cleveland Browns team member claims the ring was stolen from him in the late 1960s and that Leland Collectibles has ignored his demands for its return.


July 24, 2014
Everything You Need to Know About Panini America at the 2014 National
From wrapper-redemption details to the exclusive Panini VIP Party to special Tools of the Trade Basketball and Donruss Rated Rookie Baseball promotions and seemingly everything in between, keep reading to find out every last detail you need to know to be ready when the I-X Center opens its doors to collectors from around the country next Wednesday at 4 p.m.


July 23, 2014
Hobby Flashback: 1937 Card Collectors Bulletin
Jefferson Burdick (1900-1963) has been known as the “Father of Card Collecting” for good reason. He was a one-man whirl of hobby activity starting in the 1930s when he began looking for ways to disseminate what he knew about card collecting to attract others into the hobby. The months of January through April 1937 were particularly fruitful for Burdick and the card collecting hobby.


July 23, 2014
Amazon Partners with Upper Deck for Exclusive Autograph Cards for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention
Fans taking part in Upper Deck’s popular wrapper redemption program at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention are in store for a special surprise!

To help celebrate Upper Deck’s 25th Anniversary and Amazon.com’s increased support of the sports collectibles category with their specialty online store, the two companies are partnering for a special promotion. Randomly inserted into Upper Deck’s wrapper redemption packs are four Amazon.com exclusive autographs limited to 25 copies from four of the best players in each of the four core sports.


July 22, 2014
Pennock Glove, 1955 Heisman Trophy Among Gems Offered from Helms Foundation in SCP Auctions Sale
More than 850 top-quality lots will be up for bid, including nearly 300 items from the coveted Helms Athletic Foundation/LA84 Collection. The Helms Athletic Foundation was a sports organization founded in 1936 by W.R. “Bill” Schroeder, a private sports memorabilia collector, and Paul Helms, the owner of the once famed Helms Bakery in Los Angeles, which was the “official baker” of the 1932 Summer Olympic Games.

Schroeder started collecting various sports artifacts in 1932 with the dream of one day sharing them for public viewing. His vision became a reality when Helms agreed to sponsor the venture in 1936.


July 22, 2014
Rory McIlroy's Open ball worth $10,000 says auction house
Green Jacket Auctions is offering $10,000 to the new owner of the ball thrown by Rory McIlroy following his victory in the Open yesterday.

The champion threw the ball into the crowd after the 18th hole - meaning one lucky fan may have hit the jackpot.


July 21, 2014
75 years of history and home runs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Besides holding 75th anniversary events, this year the Hall also has a special display remembering the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth's big league debut.


July 21, 2014
Sports Memorabilia Dealer John Rogers Sued for Missed Payment
Mary Brace alleges that Rogers breached the June 2012 contract by which he purchased the negatives by missing an $85,000 payment that was due on April 1 and that she is still owed $765,000.


July 21, 2014
How High Will Values on Rory McIlroy Rookie Cards & Collectibles Soar?
Many believe Rory McIlroy is a once in a generation type of player who could ultimately give players like Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus a run for their money in terms of all-time major victories, but only time will tell. He is certainly off to an amazing start though and with that comes increased interest in his authentic signed collectibles produced exclusively by Upper Deck.


July 20, 2014
Staffer’s Patriots Super Bowl Ring Sells For $39,000
The Super Bowl XXXVI ring was produced by Jostens. It’s 14 carat white gold with 42 diamonds totaling 2.61 carats.

It bears the name “Donaldson” for Shane Donaldson. Donaldson worked three seasons with the New England Patriots’ team website and newspaper.


July 20, 2014
Twitter Hints At Panini NFL Exclusive in Near Future – Could This Be the Hobby’s Worst Nightmare?
Yesterday on Twitter, rumors surrounding Panini obtaining the NFL exclusive were posted from a few sources. Although they are yet to be verified, its worth discussing the potential that Topps could be out of an NFL license for the second time since 2010.


July 19, 2014
Gehrig's 1928 Yankees watch to sell at SCP Auctions
The watch that Lou Gehrig won with the 1928 New York Yankees will make a star appearance at SCP Auctions' Mid-Summer Classic sale, which opens for bids on August 6.

The watch last sold at Heritage Auctions in 2011, where it made an impressive $155,350.


July 18, 2014
Mastro Auctions executive Mark Theotikos expected to plead guilty to wire and mail fraud
The indictment alleges that Theotikos, Doug Allen and company founder Bill Mastro routinely defrauded customers by rigging its auctions through shill bidding.


July 18, 2014
Auctioner turns a passion into a payoffs
David Kohler, president and chief executive of SCP Auctions, holds a 1977 Julius Erving NBA All-Star Game MVP basketball at his office in Laguna Niguel. An autographed Nolan Ryan Angels home jersey (1973) and autographed Hank Aaron Braves home jersey (1967) sit on mannequins in the background.


July 18, 2014
Panini Reveals Tools of the Trade Update Memorabilia Cards For Release at The National
Panini America has made their first new cards of LeBron James in a Cavaliers uniform and, fittingly enough, they will be released in Cleveland at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention later this month.

What makes this card that much more special is the fact that it will feature a piece of a game-used jersey he wore during his previous tenure with the club.


July 17, 2014
Ali memorabilia up for auction through Lelands
A number of Muhammad Ali items, among them an unused ticket to the 1964 fight against Sonny Liston when Ali was still known as Cassius Clay, are poised to fetch thousands of dollars in Lelands' 2014 Spring Catalog Auction.


July 17, 2014
Collect call: 2014 Bowman Inception baseball
Bowman Inception baseball returns for its sophomore season, and it’s once again a marriage made for higher-end collectors who like rookies and prospects.

A hobby box includes one pack of five cards, and even though it hovers around the $100 mark, there are four autographs and one autograph/relic card. All are on-card signatures except for the auto/relic, which is a sticker. How valuable the hits are depends on your collecting habits. If you’re looking for established stars, there is at least one insert that caters to that taste (1989 Bowman is Back Silver Diamond Refractors). Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the youth movement, because Bowman excels in this category.


July 17, 2014
Upper Deck Ready To Celebrate 25th Anniversary at The National
Upper Deck has released some early details about the exciting events and activities that will be taking place at their booth at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and it will be a celebration fit for marking the company’s 25th anniversary.

From July 30 to August 5, Upper Deck will be keeping collectors in attendance busy. For those hitting the show floor on the opening day, there will be a special party to show appreciation to dealers in attendance, but VIP attendees aren’t left out of the fun as there will be a special six-card VIP set available. They will also have a chance to win one of three packs of 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf.


July 16, 2014
Lou Gehrig's glove sells for $287,000 at All-Star Fan Fest
Memorabilia collectors flocked to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game FanFest Tuesday as unique items fetched top dollar.


July 16, 2014
Photo Variations Add Rare Rookie Chase to Panini America’s 2014 Prestige Football
Panini America’s 2014 Prestige Football has been live for all of six days now — but that’s more than enough time for astute collectors to discover the existence of rare photo-variation SSPs of 10 top rookies in the set: Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Eric Ebron, Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, Marqise Lee, Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Teddy Bridgewater and Tre Mason.


July 16, 2014
PSA to Give Away Diamond Stars ‘Cards That Never Were’ at National Convention
Sponsored by Historic Autograph Company (www.historicautographcompany.com), the PSA-certified fantasy cards will be given to new and renewing Gold and Platinum level PSA Collectors Club members while supplies last. PSA will also display a complete set of original 1934-36 Diamond Stars cards that ranks No. 1 on both Current Finest and All-Time Finest lists on the PSA Set Registry.


July 15, 2014
Babe Ruth Auction a Home Run for Collectibles Market
Sports memorabilia is the clear winner in the collectibles market. It tends to attract wealthier buyers, and as such, can sustain hits to the economy.


July 15, 2014
A Rare and Valuable Lou Gehrig Baseball Mitt Is A Holy Grail
One of the most desirable Lou Gehrig pieces is a very rare, high-end mitt he endorsed. This store model sells for between $10,000 to $15,000.


July 15, 2014
10 Most Expensive Baseball Cards (check your grandpa's shoeboxes)
To celebrate the MLB All-Star Game at Target Field Tuesday, here is a look at the 10 most expensive baseball cards in the collecting market.


July 14, 2014
Hobby All Stars: Topps Takes Big Advantage of Baseball’s Midsummer Classic
There are many collectibles that are created for the Fan Fest that happens during the whole week.


July 14, 2014
On Eve of Packout, Panini America Provides First Look at 2014 Elite Football RCs
Rookie Cards RCs (numbered to 999 or less) honoring Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, Jadeveon Clowney and other members of the spectacular 2014 NFL Draft Class arrive on the market July 23.


July 14, 2014
First Look: 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Hockey
With the end of their hockey line looming, Panini America is looking to go out with a bang instead of a whimper.

The highly-touted release of 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey has already created some buzz in collector circles due to the line’s success in other sports. Set to release on August 27, 2014, each pack will contain eight cards and it breaks down into two base cards or parallels, one booklet card, one printing plate, one Rookie Autograph Patch card, one Autographed Memorabilia card and two additional hits that are sure to capture the attention of hobbyists.


July 13, 2014
Babe Ruth Contract Auctions For More Than 1 Million Dollars
The $1.02 million winning bid Saturday night represents the highest price ever paid for a sports contract, surpassing the record previously held by the document that sent Ruth to the Yankees, which sold for $996,000 in 2005.


July 13, 2014
1966 World Cup winners' medal to auction with $50,000 minimum bid
A FIFA World Cup 1966 winners' medal presented to England trainer Harold Shepherdson is among the highlights of Nate D Sanders' July 31 sale, with a starting bid of $50,000.


July 13, 2014
Babe Ruth bat sells for $214,000 but home run ball flops in Baltimore auction
A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger failed to land a new home.

The auction, held at the Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore a day after the 100-year anniversary of Ruth's first major league game, featured 200 items related to the home-run king.


July 12, 2014
College Football Hall of Fame Announces Aug. 23 Opening
The Hall also revealed its new logo and Chick-fil-A’s lead sponsorship of the new College Football Hall of Fame. The attraction will officially be called the “College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.” Tickets and memberships will be available beginning Aug. 1 for purchase through the Hall’s newly-launched website, www.cfbhall.com.


July 12, 2014
First Look: 2014-15 NHL Artifacts
Traditionally released early in the season, Artifacts once again will offer up a strong mix of autographs, memorabilia and rookie cards along with an extensive array of parallels that are sure to have player collectors on the hunt.

The average 10-pack box is set to include one Auto or Auto-Mem card, one multi-player memorabilia card, two single memorabilia cards, one Rookie Redemption card, one parallel numbered to 99 copies or less and four subset cards (numbered to 999) or a Ruby Parallel (numbered to 499).


July 12, 2014
LeBron James Going Home Helps His Cards
A ton of cards that had lost some luster are now relevant again, which is a huge deal. Over the course of 2003 until the end of their license, Upper Deck produced close to 1,000 different James autographs under their exclusive deal. Those cards just became the most important ones in basketball.


July 11, 2014
Auction features game-used Ted Williams jersey, Willie Mays bat
The latest sports memorabilia auction on Lelands.com has some pretty nice items for die-hard baseball fans who enjoy historic collectibles.


July 11, 2014
MLB All-Star Game: Baseball fans can have memorabilia appraised at FanFest
Hunt Auctions is holding an appraisal fair at the Major League All-Star FanFest that begins today and runs through Tuesday, in conjunction with the All-Star Game in Minneapolis. The Exton, Pa.-based auction house is offering free appraisals to fans bringing in memorabilia to the event.


July 11, 2014
Babe Ruth Relics on Full Display at National Convention, Courtesy of Memory Lane
Ever wondered what it would feel like to hold Babe Ruth’s bat? Fans will get that chance each day during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, to be held July 30-Aug. 3 at the I-X Convention Center.

Memory Lane Auctions will have a genuine 1932 Ruth game-used bat at its booth inside the I-X Center. Between 11-2 p.m. July 31-Aug. 2, visitors will be able to stop by and hold the giant war club. Cameras are welcome.


July 10, 2014
Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract part of Baltimore auction
Goldin Auctions estimates that the 125 items to be auctioned off could fetch as much as $10 million. Ruth’s contract is already up to $370,000 in online bidding.


July 10, 2014
A Tale of the Yellow Back: 1968 Milton Bradley Set
After decades of collecting, with more than 40 total Brinkman/Cox cards and 3,300 Milton Bradley cards, it’s time to tell the full story behind this set.


July 10, 2014
Upper Deck Gives Collectors a Sneak Peek at 2014-15 Young Guns
Now heading into its 25th season, the traditional hockey set from Upper Deck has a long and storied tradition which is rarely matched in the trading card industry.

Traditionally released in early November, 2014-15 Upper Deck Hockey Series One is set to feature many top rookie performers on shortprinted Young Guns cards. Two members of this year’s crop have been revealed through a post on the company’s blog.


July 9, 2014
Lelands said ring was not stolen
Lelands Says Jim Brown’s 1964 NFL Championship Ring Was Not Stolen

Jim Brown’s 1964 NFL Championship ring could be heading to court.


July 9, 2014
Historic Babe Ruth ball to be auctioned
The memento is the No. 1 item of 126 that will be up for bid Saturday in Baltimore at an auction commemorating the 100th anniversary of Ruth’s debut season in the major leagues.


July 9, 2014
1933 Goudey Lajoie Hits $46,000 in I Own It Now Sale
One of the rarest post-World War I baseball cards changed hands for $46,000 as Memory Lane wrapped up its Summer I Own It Now catalog sale. The 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie card, graded PSA 7 (Near Mint) was one of dozens of high grade and rare vintage baseball cards offered.


July 8, 2014
Jim Brown Claims his 1964 Championship Ring Was Stolen And Wants It Back From Auction House
Jim Brown Claims His 1964 Championship Ring Was Stolen And Wants It Back From Auction House

His 1964 ring, shown above, is currently in an auction that ends later this month. The bidding, with the buyer’s premium is just shy of $40,000.


July 8, 2014
Shopper Pays $1 For A Babe Ruth-Signed Letter Worth A Small Fortune
Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions, met a woman in Los Angeles who makes her living purchasing estates. She had paid a $1 for a scrapbook filled with letters which celebrities had written to an Elk Lodge Leader, presuming they were replicas.

Turns out they weren't replicas.


July 8, 2014
Upper Deck and Hockey Hall of Fame Combine for Cool Summer Promotion
The two organizations have special game-used memorabilia cards featuring many of the best goaltenders in the sport today. There will be one for each team.

Naturally, treasures like these will not be available in packs and instead are given out to the first 1,000 paid guests each specific day during the promotion.


July 7, 2014
Lou Gehrig's Yankees cap could make more than $200,000 in Cleveland
Gehrig is thought to have worn the hat during the legendary 1934 Triple Crown campaign, which would make this one of the most significant pieces of memorabilia associated with the star.


July 7, 2014
Carmelo Anthony’s Olympic bronze medal sold at auction
The medal won by Anthony at the 2004 Athens Olympics has been auctioned off for $14,080. The buyer’s identity was not revealed.

It was the only time the American men didn’t win a basketball gold medal since professionals were permitted to compete in the Olympics.


July 7, 2014
Panini Shares Details on 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention Set
From an industry-leading wrapper redemption program to case breaks and player appearances at the company booth to Panini Authentic to that major attraction known as the Panini VIP Party, there’s a lot to preview between now and late July.


July 6, 2014
Amazing Discovery Found in the Hobby - The “Volunteer Collection”
It’s being referred to as the “Volunteer Collection”, as it comes from Knoxville, TN – home of the Volunteers.

Dating back decades ago, one collector began his journey of assembling an extraordinary collection of vintage Hall of Famers.


July 6, 2014
Collectors show no love for gloves
Denny Esken says he could never figure out why sports memorabilia collectors give such short shrift to baseball gloves.

He's selling two of his most prized possessions on July 12. One is a glove Mantle used during the 1966 season, the last year the Yankee superstar played the outfield. Goldin estimates the mitt could go for $200,000 or more.


July 5, 2014
Paper ticket stubs bow to digital age
The ticket stubs are physical representations of memories, of games won and lost, of records set and time spent with friends and family, and like many other objects -- photographs, books, compact discs and, yes, even newspapers -- they are starting to disappear in the digital age.


July 5, 2014
Muhammad Ali's Joe Frazier gloves to exceed $500,000?
The gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in his legendary first bout against "Smokin" Joe Fraizer in 1971 are expected to reach in excess of $500,000 at Heritage Auctions on July 31.

Referred to as The Fight of the Century, the bout took place in New York's Madison Square Garden with support for each fighter split down ideological lines - supporters of Ali (due to his refusal to fight in Vietnam) were left wing and anti-war, while Frazier's supporters were (by default) conservative and pro-war.


July 5, 2014
Beckett Auctions readies its first case break
Beckett Auctions is proud to announce its first case break auction, which will take place this Wednesday (July 9) and will feature 2014 Prestige football cards from Panini America.

Beckett Auctions is currently auctioning off the case break by team through its eBay store at http://stores.ebay.com/Beckett-Media-Store.


July 4, 2014
‘Michael Jordan era’ Chicago Bulls ring from 1993 NBA Championship winning team for sale on eBay
Listed as a “Chicago Bulls issued ring to a high level member of the Bulls” from the “Michael Jordan era”, the piece of jewellery is priced at US$29,923 from a seller going by the name of “fattnatt”.


July 4, 2014
Newly released letters show Gehrig's perseverance
On the 75th anniversary of Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech, a large group of selected letter exchanges between the "Iron Horse" and his doctor, Paul O'Leary, have been made available to the public for the first time.

The purchaser of the letters, sports memorabilia collector James Ancel, and the Rip Van Winkle Foundation, which oversees the Gehrig estate, agreed to let ESPN share the pieces of history.


July 4, 2014
Highland Mint Produces Derek Jeter Coins, Benefiting Turn 2 Foundation
The first coin released in the series is the Thank You Coin, featuring Jeter’s signature. It retails for $2, with 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of this coin benefiting the Foundation.

The collector’s coins will continue to roll out during the season, ultimately totaling 10 coins. Later in the season, a digital campaign will be launched to give fans the opportunity to vote on which of their favorite Jeter moments will be honored on one of the coins.


July 3, 2014
Signed Lou Gehrig glove could fetch $200G at auction
David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, which is selling the glove and a photo on behalf of Henderson, said he's confident it is Gehrig's signed glove but can't prove he used it in a game, though he likely did. Hunt said they couldn't find the exact glove among the photos of Gehrig, but found images of very similar mitts Gehrig wore in the 1930s.


July 3, 2014
Babe Ruth Keepsakes Up For Grabs On 100th Anniversary Of Bambino’s MLB Debut
There is no other sports paraphernalia that people go more crazy for than baseball — and no other player are fans more in awe of than Babe Ruth.


July 2, 2014
LeBron's 'cramp game' Finals jersey nets $50K at auction
Maybe the winning bidder -- identified only as j****n -- is trying to reenact Crampgate with his or her buddies, because the $50K paid for LeBron's jersey was apparently just the start.

J****n also won auctions for the Game 1 jerseys of Tim Duncan ($20,770); Kawhi Leonard ($14,020); Tony Parker ($11,020); Dwyane Wade ($10,770); Ray Allen ($5,770); Chris Bosh ($5,770); Shane Battier ($2,820); and Chris Anderson ($1,851).


July 2, 2014
Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Game-Used No-Hitter Baseball Up For Auction
The bidding for Kershaw’s ball starts at $10,000 on MLB.com, and the money will go to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.


July 2, 2014
Ex-rapper sings the blues in court
Peter Nash, one-time rapper and now a controversial baseball historian with a checkered past, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal tax fraud. He will be sentenced on Aug. 26.


July 1, 2014
Lou Gehrig-signed ticket from retirement game up for auction
Heritage Auctions says more than 60,000 tickets to the game at Yankee Stadium were sold. Only two are known to have survived.

Of the two, only the mezzanine box ticket was signed by Gehrig. It's estimated to bring over $100,000 at the Aug. 1 sale in Cleveland.


July 1, 2014
Buyer Beware: How To Spot Baseball Autograph Forgeries
“The vast majority of Hall Fame autographs are forged,” claims Ron Keurajian, author of the indispensable reference guide,Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs.

When it comes to pre-World War II autographs, Keurajian believes that 90 percent of the Hall of Famers are not real, particularly those of immortals such as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, and Cy Young.


July 1, 2014
Panini America Bringing Game-Used Blades to 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey
The 13-card Treasured Steel checklist will include both base (limited to five) and autographed (limited to only one) versions.


June 30, 2014
Rare baseball collection comes to Texas campus
In 1993, Randy Kaplan met President George H.W. Bush, igniting an interest that would become his lifelong passion.

Kaplan owns a collection of baseballs signed by famous world leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev. His collection is on display at the LBJ Presidential Library until December.


June 30, 2014
At Fan Expo, baseballs signed, sealed, delivered after $1,200 bid
The auction winner outbid the 20 or so live bidders and numerous others who had placed bids online beforehand to win his wife a framed shadowbox display of a baseball field with nine balls signed by each of the 2001 Diamondbacks starters in each position on the field.


June 29, 2014
Panini previews Elite football
Panini America released information and images about its Elite football product earlier this week. Not surprisingly, Johnny Manziel graces the box top of the upcoming set, which hits the shelves on July 23.

Panini is promising four autograph of memorabilia cards per hobby box, with at least two rookies guaranteed. One of those autographs will be a rookie card. Panini is also putting acetate autographs in several forms, including in the Inscriptions subset.


June 29, 2014
Bill Belichick game-worn hoddie sells for $4,404
While many would consider it pretty gross to own a piece of cloth drenched in Belichick DNA, a pair of Jim Harbaugh’s pants was sold by the San Francisco 49ers'.


June 28, 2014
Is New Jersey's Ken Goldin on his way to becoming the Babe Ruth of sports memorabilia?
Goldin Auctions (goldinauctions.com) is offering 1,350 items for online bids, including 200 items connected to Babe Ruth that range from the first (practice) ball hit into the seats at Yankee Stadium and the Bambino’s 1919 contract with the Boston Red Sox.


June 28, 2014
Boxing Hall of Fame Celebrates 25 Years
The International Boxing Hall of Fame celebrated its 25th anniversary June 5-8 in Canastota, N.Y. It opened in 1989, and celebrated its first class in 1990. That amazing first class included Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, Carmen Basilio, Joe Frazier, Archie Moore, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano, just to name a few.

There are three living members of that first class: Ali, Jake LaMotta and Bob Foster, but unfortunately, none of these three living members were in attendance for the 25th anniversary celebration. The new class of 2014 was fitting for a 25th anniversary celebration, with Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Joe Calzaghe highlighting one of the finest induction classes in recent years.


June 28, 2014
Topps signs Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig to exclusive autograph deal
The second-year star outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers has signed an exclusive autograph card deal with Topps, the company announced on Friday.

He joins Bryce Harper as a Topps-only signer. Puig appears on a total of 977 different baseball cards in the Beckett.com database (click here for a checklist or OPG) with 207 of those autographed. The total value of Puig’s cards, excluding rarities, is more than $35,000.


June 27, 2014
Topps Announces Plans for National Convention
Topps will be running a number of programs at its booth this year at the National Sports Collector’s Convention in Cleveland, to be held July 30-Aug. 3. Once again, look for wrapper redemption, box redemption, Pack Wars and, for the first time, case breaks at the Topps booth.


June 27, 2014
2014 SPX: Building on a Legacy With A Solid Year
A midst all the hype surrounding the release of Bowman and Hot Rookies, not much has been said about SPX, which may actually be the best looking of the three products due to being fully licensed by the NCAA. As a fan of UD’s stuff, I'm impressed.


 

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