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Sports Collectibles News & Notes: Home Renovation Yields Baseball Treasure

Imagine gutting the basement walls of a dilapidated home only to find a long lost treasure. We’ve heard these stories before: the guy who found an Action Comics #1 while restoring a Minnesota house or the rare Babe Ruth poster found while demolishing another Minnesota House. This time, though, the find was in Connecticut. Plantsville, […]

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Spring Training Means One Thing to Collectors: Chasing Autographs

Autograph collecting is a tradition whose history has been well documented years before the concept of an organized baseball pre-season training regime took hold at the professional level. However, for both baseball fans and collectors, the phrase “pitchers and catchers report” signifies the start of a baseball season that—from beginning to end—encompasses nearly nine-months. Spring […]

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58¢ Thrift Store Sweater was Vince Lombardi’s, could net $20,000 at Auction

I thought I had made a good thrift store sweater deal when I turned a $2 purchase into a $60 sale. Well, compared to a Tennessee couple, my little score is chump change. Sean and Nikki McEvoy, shopping at a Goodwill in North Carolina, found an old West Point sweater and paid 58 cents for it. […]

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Novelty, Sentimental Value make Santa Claus Trading Cards and Sets worth Collecting

By Rob Bertrand Santa Claus is an iconic figure the world over and, as such, has been used to market everything from laundry detergent to Coca-Cola. It should come as no surprise, then, that he, too, has been paid the ultimate tribute by being immortalized on cardboard. Through the years, Santa has been the subject […]

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Travis Ishikawa—Who?—Collectibles Skyrocket in Value, Availability after Heroic Homer

Well, that didn’t take long. Travis Ishikawa, a 31-year-old journeyman baseball player for the San Francisco Giants who considered retiring earlier this year because it seemed he was going to be trapped in the Minor Leagues, belted a most dramatic home run last night, breaking a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth to […]

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Outdoorsman Revolver Owned & Used by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to Cross Block

FAIRFIELD, Maine – A Smith & Wesson cased revolver belonging to—and used by—First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is one of many firearms to come up for bid at the Outstanding Firearms Auction to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on Oct. 7-9. The revolver was a prized possession of Roosevelt, America’s “First Lady of the […]

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Hallowed Relics of the Gridiron on Display at New College Football Hall of Fame

In just a couple of weeks, large portions of the country will joyously shout out many of the following phrases, while many, many more will have no idea what they are talking about: “Roll Tide!” “Hook ’em ’Horns!” “Fork ’em, Devils!” “Gig ’em, Aggies!” “Go Big Blue!” “Go Dawgs!” “Geaux Tigers!” “Fight On!” “Sparty On!” […]

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Babe Ruth’s First Major League Contract with Earns a Cool Million at Centennial Auction

The Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction concluded its first session this past weekend and Ruthian collectors made their mark, spending $3.6 million for the first 100 or so lots, including a cool one million dollars for the Great Bambino’s 1918 contract to play with the Boston Red Sox. The auction, which is being held at […]

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Prospecting and the Evolution of Rookie Card Collecting

Collecting baseball cards of your favorite rookie players has changed drastically over the last several years. Today, a player’s first officially licensed trading card may be produced years before that particular player ever steps foot onto the diamond for an MLB team. This fact has created a niche in the hobby called prospecting: collecting early […]

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LeRoy Neiman’s Marilyn Monroe Portrait on DiMaggio-Signed Baseball Nets $96,000

I met Joe DiMaggio once, when I was 17. A friend of mine was DiMaggio’s third cousin, twice-removed or something like that, and he invited me to a DiMaggio family barbeque that Joltin’ Joe was going to attend. At the time, in the mid-’80s, DiMaggio was better known as “Mr. Coffee” to kids of my […]

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