Baseball traces its beginnings to the mid-19th century. By the turn of the century it had become America’s national pastime. The superstar has always been the key element in the game. Baseball greats were popular visitors at banquets, parades, and more recently at baseball autograph shows. Autographed items, especially those used in an actual game, command […]
Muriad cigarettes issued the first true basketball trading cards in 1911. In 1933 Goudey issued the first basketball cards found in gum packs. The era of modern hoop basketball trading cards dates from 1948 when Bowman created the first set devoted exclusively to the sport. By the 1950s Topps, Exhibit Supply Company, Kellogg’s, Wheaties, and other […]
The first basketball game was played on a regulation 94-foot by 50-foot court in 1891. James Naismith, physical director of the Y.M.C.A. College, Springfield, Mass., originated the game. Early basketball collectibles relate to high school and college teams. Professional basketball was played prior to World War II. However, it was not until 1949 and the […]
Drugs, Baseball, and Collecting
With recent news of the Mitchell Report accusing 86 baseball players of using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, people have been talking about the players and the sport, but what is going to happen to the value of cards and memorabilia?
Golf roots rest in 15th-century Scotland. Initially a game played primarily by the aristocracy and gentry, by the mid-19th century the game was accessible to everyone. By 1900, golf courses were located throughout Great Britain and the United States. Golf collectibles divide into four basic groups: (1) golf books, (2) golf equipment, (3) items associated with […]
2007 NFL Preview
Sunday night, the New Jersey Football Giants and the Old Browns/New Ravens each lost a slew of players to injury, adding to the ever-growing list of pre-season casualties, leaving many of us wondering, what happens when a franchise player gets injured during these meaningless exhibitions.<
For the first time in ten-odd years, my end of summer will not be punctuated by the coming of football training camp. For the first time, my August will not be defined by two-a-days, the odor of mildewed socks, and post-practice dips in the ice bath.