• 27 Jan
    2014

Collectibles of the XXII Sochi Winter Olympics

The upcoming Winter Olympic Games, scheduled to begin on February 7, provides collectors with a host of collectible opportunities, some of which are available now. The host city of Sochi, Russia, situated on the coast of the Black Sea, also offers a wealth of collectibles accessible by attendees, athletes and their families. You can get […]

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  • 1 Jan
    2014

Want an Autograph? Know Your Collector’s Etiquette

I have written before about best practices and proper etiquette for acquiring through-the-mail autographs, but what about acquiring autographs in person? There are many different schools of thought on the proper dos and don’ts when it comes to in-person autographs, and many of them are specific to the venue and circumstances in which they are […]

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  • 15 Nov
    2013

Stan ‘The Man’ Musial Collection Garners Top Dollar at Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions recently completed their annual fall, Sports Collectibles Signature Auction, to the tune of $7.7 million. Highlighting the event were items from Stan “The Man” Musial’s personal collection. Musial, a Hall of Fame baseball player, spent his entire 22-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. His time spent in the Major Leagues spanned three […]

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  • 15 Nov
    2013

Upcoming Legends Auction Retells the Story of JFK and Camelot One item at a Time

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this month, several high-level auctions of personal, campaign and presidential items associated with his time at the White House have recently been conducted. Even personal effects of Lee Harvey Oswald have been auctioned. Now comes the Kennedy-Hollywood connection. John McInnis Auctioneers is […]

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  • 11 Nov
    2013

Baseball Hall-of-Famers Mazeroski, Musial Auctions each Realize $1 Million-Plus

Baseball collectibles auctions always generate interest, but this last weekend, two auctions in particular were the focus of the sports memorabilia world as items belonging to a pair of Hall-of-Famer went on the block. First, at the 10th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Live Auction in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, more than 200 pieces […]

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  • 2 Nov
    2013

Collecting on Steroids: The Effect of PEDs on the Sports Memorabilia Market

The issue of steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs certainly isn’t new to sports. Athletes from the worlds of cycling, boxing and the Olympics have fallen victim to the allure of easy success through the use of PEDs. The recent lawsuit filed by Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees against Major League […]

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  • 23 Oct
    2013

Oswald, Pollock, Houdini Featured in October Sale

LYNBROOK, N.Y. — A handwritten letter by JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a copy of “LIFE Magazine” from 1949 signed by artist Jackson Pollock and an 1848 Peter Force printing of the Declaration of Independence will headline a 700-lot auction slated for Oct. 24. The sale, held by Philip Weiss Auctions, will start promptly at […]

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  • 24 Sep
    2013

It’s Time to Sell Your Sports Collection… Now What?

There are many reasons and numerous potential life-changing events that may provide the catalyst for selling your treasured sports memorabilia collection. Financial hardship, college tuition, home downsizing, the healthcare or death of a loved one are all regularly occurring circumstances that cause people to liquidate. This leads to big questions and overwhelming decisions like, “Where […]

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  • 12 Sep
    2013

Ringside Collectibles: Boxing Memorabilia Packs a Punch

Pugilism: (pu·gi·lism) The skill, practice and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.—Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. The sport of boxing has a long and divisive history. Dating back to the ancient Greek Empire, it was honored as an Olympic sport. Boxing or prizefighting, as it is also called, gained popularity first in England and then the in […]

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  • 6 Sep
    2013

NCAA Football: Collecting Your Alma Mater

Whether you’re a fan or alumni of THE Ohio State University, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the USC Trojans or you plan on engraving “Roll Tide” on your tombstone, few sports develop the long-lasting and deep-seeded rivalries that exist throughout college football. With the 2013 season having just kicked off, here is a look […]

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