• 17
    Mar

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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  • 17
    Oct

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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  • 15
    Jul

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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  • 10
    Jun

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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  • 20
    May

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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  • 1
    May

Great Finds: Rare Babe Ruth Poster Found in Wall of Demolished House

If you have an old house in Minnesota, start tearing down those walls… they seem to have very valuable items used as insulation up there. The word has come down from St. Paul that a rare poster of Babe Ruth was found during the demolition of an old house there. The 88-year-old poster is up […]

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  • 14
    Apr

Auction House seeking Great Bambio Memorabilia for Babe Ruth Centennial Auction

Babe Ruth. No other name in all of sports, or Americana, for that matter, can transcend generational divides the way he does. It seems that no matter when one was born, chances are, you are at least familiar with the name if not intimately aware of his great dominance and impact on the sport of […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Sports Collectibles News & Notes: More Trouble for ‘King of Sport Memorabilia’

In a previous article, we reported on the legal issues that the former CEO of MastroNet Auctions, Bill Mastro, has found himself mired in for much of this past year. Charges he was facing ranged from alleged shill bidding, wire fraud and card doctoring. While the previous legal proceedings related to these charges all took […]

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  • 7
    Mar

Rare Cuban Baseball Card Set and Ephemera Leads in Hake’s Online Auction

YORK, Pa. – With an immense array of items that fall under one of two headings: either “I had one of those!” or “I’ve never seen that before – anywhere!” Hake’s Americana & Collectibles has opened the bidding on its Auction #211, with one particular lot—a complete set of Cuban baseball cards from the 1920s—expected […]

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  • 24
    Feb

Iconic Sports Memorabilia Reach Impressive Numbers at Platinum Night Auction

This past weekend concluded one of the highest profile sports collectibles auctions in recent years. Held in New York City and hosted by Heritage Auctions, the Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction event featured historic collectibles tied to some of the biggest names in sports. In total, 143 different lots closed with the staggering total of […]

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