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February 28, 2015
1951 Ollie Matson College Gamer Coming to Auction
1951 Ollie Matson College Gamer Coming to Auction

In the fall of 1951, Ollie Matson did everything right. As the punishing, 220-pound senior running back for the University of San Francisco, Matson – a 6’ 2” African-American – led the nation in rushing (1,566 yards) and scoring (21 touchdowns, 126 points), guiding the Dons to a perfect 9-0 season.

February 28, 2015
Is Andrew Luck Football Cards’ Brightest Star?
Is Andrew Luck Football Cards’ Brightest Star?

Coming out of college, Andrew Luck was one of the highest rated draft prospects of all time. Not only did he have the tools to be the top pick in the draft, but many people believed he had more of a trajectory towards a top QB in the NFL. Although the top QB title still belongs to league MVP Aaron Rodgers at the moment, Andrew Luck could be the hobby's brightest star.


February 28, 2015
First Look: 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football
First Look: 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football

Each pack includes four autographed cards featuring on-card signatures. There are three base Silver autographs and one parallel in each pack. Parallels include Red numbered to 149 or less, Black numbered to 25 and Gold numbered to 10.

The checklist features 100 different 2015 rookies. Upper Deck Inscriptions is scheduled to release March 11.


February 27, 2015
A sports collectibles store becomes a part of Houston memorabilia
A sports collectibles store becomes a part of Houston memorabilia

Larry Dluhy, who in 1979 opened what was considered to be Houston's first full-time sports trading cards store.

This week, Dluhy will close the final outpost of Sports Collectibles of Houston, which at one point included five stores in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Dluhy's business mirrors the ups and downs of the baseball card industry. He was among the first of a handful of entrepreneurs who set up shops in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the hobby grew from a rite of passage for kids into a billion-dollar industry.


February 27, 2015
NFL To Bring Hall Of Fame Exhibit To Union Station in Kansas City This Summer
NFL To Bring Hall Of Fame Exhibit To Union Station in Kansas City This Summer

The "Gridiron Glory" exhibit is a self described "best-of" collection of the full Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. More than 200 items like former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway's jersey and vintage film footage of Super Bowls past will fill the exhibition.

It will also have Chiefs specific memorabilia like Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt's Super Bowl rings, and even the Super Bowl IV Lombardi trophy that the team won in 1970 right after the American Football League and the National Football League merged.


February 27, 2015
Hey, kid: Know what that Alex Rodriguez autograph is worth now?
Hey, kid: Know what that Alex Rodriguez autograph is worth now?

Rodriguez's reputation as a repeat doping offender has also severely sullied another element of the Yankee slugger's brand — the value of his memorabilia.

Compared to prices it used to command, the stuff is worth pennies on the dollar now.


February 26, 2015
Sandy Koufax Dodgers Jersey Sells for 580K And Other Highlights From Biggest Sports Auction Ever
Sandy Koufax Dodgers Jersey Sells for 580K And Other Highlights From Biggest Sports Auction Ever

Platinum Night realized almost $9.9 million in prices, smashing last year’s record of $7.1 million.


February 26, 2015
Kansas City Autograph Hound Says George Brett 'Will Give You An Earful'
Kansas City Autograph Hound Says George Brett 'Will Give You An Earful'

At first, he would arrive 30 minutes before the game and watch the players stretch. After they stretched, players would come greet fans and sign autographs. Roth was hooked. He began to arrive two hours before games to watch batting practice, then seven hours early to catch them arriving at the stadium.


February 25, 2015
First Look: 2015 Diamond Kings baseball cards
First Look: 2015 Diamond Kings baseball cards

After a decade-long break, the standalone Diamond Kings brand of baseball cards is back and it’s bringing with it one of the biggest names in sports history.

Panini America revealed the first glimpses at a revisited DK set on Tuesday as 2015 Diamond Kings is set to return in late April packing two autograph or memorabilia cards in every 12-pack hobby box. But among its biggest inclusions? Diamond Kings will mark the first appearance of Babe Ruth in a Panini product.


February 24, 2015
Vince Lombardi’s sweater fetched $43,000 at auction after couple paid 58 cents for it at Goodwill
Vince Lombardi’s sweater fetched $43,000 at auction after couple paid 58 cents for it at Goodwill

Rovell reports that the sweater was donated to Goodwill by Ann Wannamaker, whose late husband, Bill, coached with Lombardi at Army. The company that handled the auction is donating $4,000, the amount it would have received in commission from the buyer, to Goodwill.


February 24, 2015
Memory Lane Introduces Million Dollar Catalog in Latest I Own It Now Sale
Memory Lane Introduces Million Dollar Catalog in Latest I Own It Now Sale

Over $1 million worth of vintage and rare sports cards and sports memorabilia is up for grabs as Memory Lane opens its first I Own It Now catalog of 2015 today. In all, 526 lots have been consigned to the sale, highlighted by a complete, graded set of 1935 National Chicle Football.

The first set featuring all professional football players, the National Chicle issue includes a NM/MT Bronko Nagurski, one of the most famous – and scarce – sports trading cards ever made. The set of 36 cards is priced at $175,000, but as with all lots in the I Own It Now concept, potential buyers can wait until Thursday, Feb. 26 to see if the item is still available and make their own offer.


February 24, 2015
First Look: 2015 Topps Triple Threads baseball
First Look: 2015 Topps Triple Threads baseball

It will arrive on Sept. 16 with the familiar two-pack box format and, like in past years, there will be two types of packs. Version 1 will include three base cards, two parallels, a Triple Relic and a Unity auto Relic. Pack Version 2 will include three base, two parallels, one signed Triple Relic and a Unity Relic.

Each 18-box case, which is split into two mini cases, will include a 1/1 auto Relic and an Triple Auto Triple Relic limited to no more than 36 copies.The base set will consist of 100 cards of players from the past and present — each with seven parallels as well as printing plates. They are Amethyst (/325), Emerald (/250), Amber (/125), Gold (/99), Onyx (/50), Sapphire (/25) and 1/1 Ruby cards.


February 23, 2015
Jeffrey Maier's infamous glove sells for $22,705
Jeffrey Maier's infamous glove sells for $22,705

It's definitely one of those moments that will live forever in baseball lore. If Maier doesn't reach over the wall on Jeter's eighth inning fly ball and literally steal it from Baltimore Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco, the Yankees may have never tied Game 1 or gone on to win in extra innings.


February 23, 2015
Harvey Martin’s 1977 Super Bowl ring sells for $71,000, but son claims it was stolen
Harvey Martin’s 1977 Super Bowl ring sells for $71,000, but son claims it was stolen

The Super Bowl XII ring that once belonged to Dallas Cowboys defensive great and South Oak Cliff High School product Harvey Martin sold for $71,700 at auction Saturday — two days after his family tried to stop its sale in Dallas County court.


February 22, 2015
Herb Brooks' 1980 Olympic hockey gold medal ring sells for $113K
Herb Brooks' 1980 Olympic hockey gold medal ring sells for $113K

Sports memorabilia auction house Heritage Auctions put up a number of Herb Brooks-related items from the late U.S. head coach’s hockey career. From Olympic warmup jackets to NCAA championship rings to Team USA laundry bags to his personal passport, there was seemingly something for every kind of collector.

The biggest item to sell was a ten karat yellow gold ring presented to Brooks commemorate the team’s gold medal in Lake Placid.


February 22, 2015
Ali, Liston Memorabilia get $1.1 Million at Auction
A rare century-old signed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston fetched over $1.1 million at an auction in New York City.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the gloves sold for $956,000 and the photo brought in over $179,000 on Saturday.


February 21, 2015
Are the Yankees Devaluing Their Legacy?
This week, with the announcement that the Yankees are retiring the numbers of Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Bernie Williams, and honoring each of them plus Willie Randolph with Plaques in Monument Park, certain individuals -- I will not name and shame, but they know who they are -- have suggested that the Yankees are "devaluing their legacy."


February 21, 2015
NFL Rookies Ink Deal With Upper Deck for First Football Cards
Upper Deck sprang into action after the college football season concluded to sign trading card and autograph deals with the top projected football draft picks who may become the next great superstars in the professional ranks.

Upper Deck says it will the first trading card manufacturer to deliver fans collegiate licensed rookie autograph cards of top prospects like Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Melvin Gordon III, Todd Gurley, Sean Mannion, Ameer Abdullah, Amari Cooper, Brett Hundley, Bryce Petty, Davante Parker, Dorial Green-Beckham, Jaelen Strong, T.J. Yeldon and many more.


February 21, 2015
Beckett Auctions lands Texas t-card find
A collection of more than 60 rare tobacco and caramel baseball cards has been unearthed by a Texas collector with the cards graded via Beckett Grading Services in advance of a Beckett Auctions sale that launches next month.

The find includes several rare Hindu Red-backed T206 cards along with many big names from baseball’s past — many are the only or highest-graded cards to be encapsulated by BGS, the grading division of Beckett Media. Also included in the find are a pair of 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards.


February 20, 2015
NFL employee fired after Deflategate football memorabilia scam
Mike Kensil’s aim when he stomped from the Gillette Stadium press box down to the sidelines during the AFC Championship game was to ensnare the Patriots in a football-doctoring scandal.

What the NFL’s VP of Game Operations blundered into instead was a memorabilia scam. Run by an NFL employee. In which said employee (as-yet unnamed) took game-used footballs that were going to be donated to charity so he could hawk them and pocket the money.


February 20, 2015
Players from 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team cashing in with Miracle on Ice merchandise
Eruzione isn’t the only member of the Miracle on Ice team who has put jerseys, sticks and other equipment up for sale.

The memorabilia began to trickle into the marketplace about five years ago, and auction-house executives say there is great demand for the pieces among collectors who are willing to pay big bucks for a key event in American hockey history.


February 20, 2015
SCP Auctions to Offer Second Part of Helms Athletic Foundation/LA84 Collection
The Helms Athletic Foundation was a Los Angeles-based 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, which was the “official baker” of the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. The Helms collection ran the gamut of sports artifacts, from medals and memorabilia, to trophies and awards.

It was once considered the most complete sports library in the world.


February 19, 2015
Century-old baseball cards bring $225,000 at auction
Some of baseball’s biggest names helped boost the price of the second batch of century-old baseball cards to $225,000 at an auction Wednesday night in Biddeford.

The “Portland trove” attracted nearly 100 people bidding in person and more than 1,500 on the Internet and telephone.


February 19, 2015
They bought what? Strangest sports memorabilia purchases
Here's a gallery of interesting sports memorabilia purchase over the years.


February 18, 2015
'Miracle' mementoes: Olympic belongings of late coach Herb Brooks on auction block
From the whistle he used to push players in practice to the 10-karat ring he received for Team USA's gold medal, close to 40 lots of Herb Brooks memorabilia will be auctioned off this weekend on the 35th anniversary of the semifinal victory over the Soviets that's widely considered the biggest upset in sports history.


February 18, 2015
Gene Tenace auctioning off memorabilia
The 50 lots include four of Gene Tenace’s six World Series rings, his 1972 World Series trophy and 1972 World Series MVP plaque.


February 18, 2015
Breaking Down Theories on Diminishing Returns
Product shelf life has taken hit after hit over the last few years, to the point where even good products have a shelf life less than 2 weeks.

It used to be that when a new set hit, the cards would hold up well. They would start high, but only drop 20-30% over a long period of time. In today’s hobby, cards can drop 30% over the first week alone, and sometimes end up at 40-50% of their first day value. That is a sharp drop off from what we are used to seeing.


February 17, 2015
The Mickey Mantle rookie card that wasn't
Here's the story of how the purported sale of a Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card in 2006 led one Utica man to become Oneida County's No. 6 most wanted fugitive.


February 17, 2015
Feller’s museum memory to live on
Feller’s memory will live on at the new city hall, where selected artifacts from his time in Van Meter will remain on permanent exhibit without charge, said the city administrator, Jake Anderson.

Most of the museum collection will be displayed at Progressive Field, the home of the Cleveland Indians, in accordance with Feller’s wishes.


February 17, 2015
First Look: 2014 National Treasures Football
One of the most anticipated football card products every year is ready for its ninth release. Since 2006, National Treasures has built an incredibly strong brand. In fact, in the February issue of Beckett Football, we ranked the 10 current strongest brands in the hobby, considering things such as name recognition, innovation, secondary market strength and overall influence. National Treasures ranked No. 2.

Just some of the highlights include more autographed patch rookie cards, team-oriented cards, booklet patch autographed cards, several different pieces of memorabilia including logos, NFL shield and laundry tags. There are also 75 different cut signature cards of NFL legends. Other on-card autographed cards include Notable Nicknames, Jumbo Colossal Jersey Number Patches, Colossal Brand Logo Signatures and NFL Shields.


February 16, 2015
Unconventional Cards: 1976 Motorola Release
When it comes to baseball cards and 1976, the conversation often centers around the regular and “Traded” Topps sets, and perhaps some Kellogg’s 3-D or Hostess collections thrown in for good measure.

But another baseball product from the year of the United States’ bicentennial has started to get a bit of a buzz in recent years. It comes compliments of a former giant in the TV production business, not a network that made the shows but a company that, for decades, manufactured televisions – Motorola.


February 16, 2015
Meet the Redskins fan who paid $1,522 for RGIII’s used cast
Rich Bruno probably took Robert Griffin III’s dislocated ankle harder than most Redskins fans. By Bruno’s recollection, the quarterback’s injury early last season left him on the ground, in the fetal position, sobbing.


February 16, 2015
Jeffrey Maier’s glove hits auction via Heritage
The glove that New York Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter‘s home run in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series is now up for sale via Heritage Auctions.

The catch made 11-year-old Maier a hero to Yankees fans after he nabbed the ball from the front row of the right-field stands in the field of play just above Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco. The homer tied the game.


February 14, 2015
The Most Interesting Hobby Rookies of the Last 10 Years
The NFL is as much about rookies as any other sport in the hobby. So much of the product calendar is about the class, that much of the licensing for the league is built around it. When a good rookie class happens, the NFL hobby is in a good state. If the rookie class is bad, like it was in 2013, good bye. Here are some of the rookies that I have found the most interesting.


February 14, 2015
Elemetal readies next round of T206 legends
Elemetal, a Dallas, Texas-based company that has fused precious metals along with sports cards, has its second subject in its line of T206 Silver Bar Baseball Greats series and it’s Young, the legendary pitcher who won 511 games in 22 seasons before he was one of the first inductees to the Hall of Fame in 1939.

It’s the second offering from the company, which launched its series with a Honus Wagner one troy ounce .999 pure OPM silver bar combined with a rendition of the famed tobacco card — all encased in a tamper-proof case — back in December.


February 13, 2015
First Pricing: 14-15 Panini Gold Standard Basketball
Beckett first pricing for 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard basketball is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in their football database.


February 13, 2015
More Fake Yankee Championship Rings Show Up at Auction
More Fake Yankee Championship Rings Show Up at Auction

We were alerted to the two fake Yankee rings currently in the Legendary Auction by someone on the net54baseball.com championship ring forum.


February 12, 2015
You can buy a Hall of Famer’s 1987 Twins World Series ring
Carlton, 42 at the time, had a dismal season, going 1-5 with a 6.70 ERA, and was left off the postseason roster, according to Hardball Talk. But even though he didn’t contribute to the Twins seven-game World Series win over the St. Louis Cardinals, he was still awarded a World Series ring – and it could be yours.


February 12, 2015
Five Tips For Collecting Vintage Baseball Cards And Collectibles Like A Pro
Most people who love buying and selling vintage baseball artifacts as much as John Cherpock does collect their memories.

I asked Cherpock, who’s in the financial business, to recommend baseball treasures that cost less than a new sports car and that stand to appreciate in coming years. He also shared with me his strategy for making the most from auctions.


February 12, 2015
Brooks’ Miracle On Ice Memorabilia Up For Bids
As we approach the 35th anniversary on one of the most monumental upsets in hockey history, the Miracle On Ice, Heritage Auctions is bringing some key pieces of memorabilia from Team USA coach Herb Brooks.

Among the treasures going up on the auction block are Brooks’ personal whistle, stopwatch and sweatsuit that he wore during the 1980 Winter Olympics in addition to a collection of his personal notes on the players he led to glory and a ring he received commemorating the landmark victory. The items were consigned by the family of the late coach and they cover much of his Hall of Fame career.


February 11, 2015
Joe Jackson Signed Photo, Ali Gloves, Bresnahan Collection: Platinum Night Auction Ready to Dazzle
“Heritage has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for unearthing rare and important sports memorabilia for years,” said Chris Ivy, director of Heritage Sports Collectibles, “but this February 2015 Platinum Night auction represents the largest and most significant offering of ‘fresh” material in hobby history. Opening the pages of our auction catalog is like stepping into the sports version of King Tut’s Tomb.”


February 11, 2015
San Francisco Giants selling World Series lockers via MLB Auctions
The Giants are auctioning off their players’ clubhouse lockers complete with a sample World Series nameplate for each one. A total of 38 lockers are up for grabs in the sales, which have more than five days remaining via MLB Auctions.


February 11, 2015
DiMaggio 1942 season jersey makes $169,500 at Goldin
Goldin commented prior to the sale: "It is a minor miracle that any jersey, let alone a DiMaggio jersey, has survived from the 1942 season. Wartime rationing severely restricted sports supplies and uniforms were recycled and used up more frequently than during the depression years.

"Condition-wise, the jersey exhibits heavy use. Remember, Joe DiMaggio played every single game of that 1942 season and this jersey reflects his dedication to the game.


February 10, 2015
Scott Norwood AFC Championship Rings to Hit Auction
Scott Norwood AFC Championship Rings to Hit Auction

Buffalo Bills fans and championship ring collectors can now own Scott Norwood’s actual Bills championship rings.

SCP Auctions will be auctioning Scott Norwood’s 1990 and 1991 AFC championship rings that were awarded to him when he was the Bills kicker.


February 10, 2015
Lombardi-worn sweater purchased at Goodwill
Sean McEvoy, who purchased the sweater at Goodwill, first contacted the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which asked him to donate the sweater.

He then called Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The sweater was authenticated by Heritage and will be put up for auction on Feb. 22.


February 10, 2015
Panini Reveals NBA All-Star Game, New England Patriots Card Sets
In addition to housing some cool displays of trading cards and authentic autographed memorabilia of today’s biggest stars and all-time greats, Panini america’s sprawling booth at The NBA House at Skylight at Moynihan Station in Manhattan will also be the only place to get a special set of 2015 NBA Hoops Basketball cards made exclusively for NBA All-Star 2015.


February 9, 2015
Jamal Lewis’ Super Bowl Ring Sells For Nearly $51,000
A Super Bowl ring belonging to Jamal Lewis is causing big buzz online on Sunday, because it has just sold in an auction for big bucks. The Jamal Lewis Super Bowl ring that sold in an auction, according to ESPN, wasn’t one that Lewis received for playing in the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII game, since Jamal Lewis wasn’t a part of that game, but it was an honorary ring that Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti gave to former Ravens legends like Lewis.


February 9, 2015
Rare Shoeless Joe Jackson autograph photo may bring $100,000
Sharon Bowen thought her late husband was a bit crazy for buying a scrapbook filled with black and white photos of Cleveland ballplayers from the early 1900s — but not anymore. It turns out that book held what may be the only autographed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson, the Holy Grail of baseball signatures.


February 8, 2015
Autograph Elite: Which Players are Must Have for Any Collector?
Cards happen to be the best and easiest way to get autographs from my collection, so here we are. That being said, there are a few players whose autographs are among the best in each of the major sports. Think about popularity, value, and performance, and that is what I am calling the modern autograph elite. Some of these you might not agree with, and others might not be easy to get. Here are my choices that every collection should have.


February 7, 2015
Topps Commemorates 50 Cent’s Awful First Pitch
On May 27, 50 Cent threw out the first pitch before the New York Mets took on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field.

Based on his effort, it may have been the first time that he threw a baseball in his life. The pitch went nowhere near home plate and, instead, flew wide left. If you have never seen 50's failed attempt, check it out here.


February 7, 2015
Topps’ latest art line is Black & Gold jumbos
The first Topps baseball wall art offering of 2015 is something we’ve seen before — and we may not see it for long.

It’s 2015 Topps and the Series 1 Black & Gold Edition won’t last long as 303 cards from the set that arrived Wednesday have been blown up to 10-by-14 size on card stock and they’re much, much rarer than anything you’ll find in a wax pack.


February 6, 2015
Savvy Collector Is Banking Big On Babe Ruth "Rookie Card" And Honus Wagner Bat
If your stock broker told you to buy Apple or Microsoft in the 1980s, you’d get an idea what it’s like to discuss buying baseball cards and memorabilia with John Cherpock, a veteran collector.


February 6, 2015
Faking It: Are these autographs real?
Every year, one of Canada's biggest sports memorabilia shows takes place in Toronto. It features booths where autographed memorabilia can be authenticated - for a price. Armed with sports photos with deliberately faked autographs, Rick visits the show to find out just how sharp-eyed some authenticators are.


February 6, 2015
How to Spot Fake Vintage Yankee World Series Rings
How to Spot Fake Vintage Yankee World Series Rings

Irv Lerner, the self titled, “Ring Man” polluted the championship ring hobby with plenty of fake rings over his long and disastrous career. He made plenty of vintage fake Yankee rings and here’s how you can avoid getting ripped off.


February 5, 2015
Gene Tenace Collection Coming Courtesy of SCP Auctions
SCP Auctions is proud to present the “Gene Tenace Collection” in its 2015 Spring Premier, which is scheduled from April 8 through April 25. Boasting more than 50 lots covering many of Tenace’s career highlights, the collection includes game-used milestone baseballs, his 1972 full-size World Series trophy, four World Series rings (two each as a player and coach) and his coveted 1972 World Series MVP plaque.


February 5, 2015
First Look: 2014-15 SP Authentic Hockey
For over a decade, the SP Authentic brand has been an institution for hockey card collectors and Upper Deck has released some preliminary details about this year’s edition that is expected to his hobby store shelves in May.

Loaded up with three signed cards in every box, those busting packs are going to get at least one of the perennially popular Future Watch Autograph rookie cards in addition to potentially pulling some of the other big hits the brand has become known for. Many of the players in the base set will have a Limited Auto Patch parallel that is split into three tiers that are limited to as few as 10 copies each. However, the bigger draw for many hobbyists are the Future Watch Auto Patches. A traditional SP Authentic feature since 2002-03, they will feature on-card signatures and are expected to be numbered to 100 as in previous years.


February 5, 2015
Topps' 2015 Series 1 set opens with Jeter card
Spring arrived a little early at Topps' Manhattan headquarters on Wednesday, where the company unveiled its anticipated Series 1 set for 2015. It includes the final card for Derek Jeter, who is shown joyously leaping after his final Yankee Stadium hit and has been listed as the set's first card.


February 4, 2015
1942 Joe DiMaggio jersey at $90,000 in online sale
Bidding on a 1942 Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees jersey stands at $90,000 in Goldin Auctions' latest online sale.

The lot is one of the oldest DiMaggio jerseys known to exist and the only surviving specimen from the legendary hitter's 1942 wartime season.


February 4, 2015
$3 Million Claim for a Babe Ruth Bat
An Arkansas sports memorabilia dealer duped a collector into handing over a 1924 Babe Ruth home run bat with promises of $3 million that never came through, the collector claims in court.

The lawsuit is the latest claim against Rogers, a North Little Rock businessman who faces at least five other multimillion dollar fraud and contract cases involving high-end sports collectibles.


February 4, 2015
Vintage Inserts Take Hold in Card Collecting Community
Inserts’ popularity fluctuated in the 1960s and early ’70s, as they do now, due to factors ranging from attractiveness to difficulty in completing the set.

Many collectors who’ve completed the typical 2½-by-3½-inch base sets of cards are looking for new challenges, especially as baby boomers have grown in numbers and purchasing power. Add the fact that many vintage inserts boast low-population numbers in high grades because their production volume was dwarfed by the base cards, and it’s the perfect storm for these issues to take off.


February 3, 2015
Auction House Sues Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for $584,000
Julien's Auctions, which specializes in celebrity memorabilia, claims it entered the consignment agreement with Abdul-Jabbar and Iconomy in October 2012, to consign 400 pieces of sports memorabilia, worth around $10 million, for an auction in June 2013.

Under the terms of the deal, Julien's agreed to make a nonrefundable $300,000 donation to Abdul-Jabbar's Skyhook Foundation and to reduce its sales commissions from around 25 percent to an "unprecedented" 7 percent, in return for the defendants' promise not to take back any of the items being consigned, according to the complaints.


February 3, 2015
Faking It - Sports counterfeiting revealed
With the billions of dollars generated annually though game tickets, merchandise and memorabilia, it should come as no surprise that counterfeiting has become a major issue.

In 'Faking It,' a special TSN/CTV W5 co-production that begins Thursday on SportsCentre, Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead investigates how some sports memorabilia is not be what it seems, how fans are being taken in by fake tickets, and how bogus team jerseys from China make their way to Canada.


February 2, 2015
Muhammad Ali exemption letter to beat $50,000?
Muhammad Ali's 1966 letter to the US Draft Board requesting religious exemption from the war in Vietnam is to auction at Heritage with a minimum bid of $50,000.

The lot is among a series of high profile pieces of sports memorabilia that will cross the block in New York on February 21-22.


February 1, 2015
Feds Have Seized 326,000 Pieces of Fake Sports Memorabilia Since Last Super Bowl
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that its crews have seized more than 326,000 pieces of fake sports memorabilia and other counterfeit items since the last Super Bowl. In all, it's worth $19.5 million.


January 30, 2015
‘Bad Bill': A Card History of Bill Dahlen
In recent years, collectors have shown a heightened interest in the cards of Bill Dahlen, who remains a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame.

Dahlen, a tempestuous figure who was one of the most dynamic shortstops of his day, was one of 10 retired players who completed their careers prior to 1947 who were considered for election by a special panel which convened in Cooperstown in 2012. Though Dahlen was not elected then, he may be in future year. Dahlen’s many merits as a player invite consideration of his vintage cards.


January 30, 2015
Breaking Down Some of the Best Products of 2014
Here are some thoughts on where the companies got it right. The writer judges most of his feelings about a set on looks, but also realizes that a box break is also a factor. We have had some nice products so far, and this is the time to call them out.


January 29, 2015
Sports memorabilia and owning a piece of history
You may have heard that there is a big football game this weekend. Millions will be watching; but what makes events like this special is the feeling you have a part of it.

Todd Rewakoski of PHG Sports is here with some great memorabilia and to talk about what makes these things valuable.


January 29, 2015
1910 Turkey Red Silks Lead Sports Offerings at Philip Weiss
The sports sale part of the auction will be highlighted by a collection of circa 1910 Turkey Red Cigarettes Tobacco Silks baseball cards, other early tobacco cards, complete Topps and Bowmans baseball card sets from the 1950s through the ‘70s, items signed by Babe Ruth, other items from Hall of Famers, signed baseballs and bats, sports photos from a lifetime collection and many non-sports cards.


January 29, 2015
Panini Super Bowl Private Signings List
Super Bowl XLIX is gearing up with media days, the NFL Experience and tons of activities around Glendale, Ariz. As part of the celebration, Panini announced the return of the Super Bowl Private Signings Autograph program that debuted two years ago.

For a limited time only and while supplies last, customers will receive one Super Bowl Private Signings Autograph for every qualifying purchase made on Panini America NFL card products at iCollectPanini.com. Every one-card pack is guaranteed to include either a randomly selected Private Signings autograph card or an autograph memorabilia Rookie Card.


January 28, 2015
Babe Ruth home run bat valued in excess of $160,000
A Babe Ruth home run bat is to cross the block in Heritage Auctions' February 21-22 sports collectibles auction in New York with an opening bid of $160,000.

The bat, which Ruth used to hit the 59th and final home run of his legendary 1921 season, is described by Heritage as a "massive forty-seven ounce war club". "It's unquestionably the most significant Ruth home run bat to cross the hobby's auction block since the one that launched the first home run at Yankee Stadium in 1923 commanded $1.3 million over a decade ago, the heaviest known, and the only example in private hands accompanied by the Babe's own signed letter of provenance." according to the auction house.


January 28, 2015
Football that started Deflategate could be worth $50,000
The sports auction house Lelands.com has released estimated values for various pieces of possible Deflategate memorabilia, beginning with the intercepted football that supposedly sparked the scandal, which Lelands says could fetch as much as $50,000 at auction. Any of the other 10 under-inflated footballs could be worth as much as $10,000.

Meanwhile, Tom Brady's AFC title game jersey could be worth up to $20,000, the ski hat he wore during his press conference addressing Deflategate could be worth $5,000, and D'Qwell Jackson's helmet from the game could garner a $2,500 bid.


January 28, 2015
PSA/DNA Tagging Super Bowl XLIX Items
The NFL again will use PSA/DNA Authentication Services to certify all footballs used in the Super Bowl. Many of the game-used Super Bowl footballs are sold by the NFL through charity auctions.

About 120 footballs are expected to be used in the game in the game between New England and Seattle at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona.


 

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