Notes: Wagner, Mantles Closing at Auction; Topps NOW Talk; Don West

Some big ticket cards head for the auction finish line; some tips on buying in a hot market; a chat with Topps about NOW cards and more.

Ruth Contract, Docs Establishing Baseball Commissioner at Auction

The focus on historic baseball documents shifts to two items–an early Babe Ruth contract with a moral’s clause– and one that established the role of MLB Commissioner.

Jaw-Dropping Buffalo Bills Collection Donated to Museum

Greg Tranter has been collecting Buffalo Bills memorabilia and cards for over 50 years. Now, he’s giving it all to a museum–and a big check, too.

Lakers to Auction Kobe Court Panels; Hold Signed Ticket Raffle

The Lakers are selling the signed hardwood panels from Kobe Bryant’s last game and raffling autographed commemorative tickets to aid their kids charity.

Kidney Issues Don’t Keep This Hobbyist Down

Dealing with years of kidney dialysis has made for some challenges but Frank Mogier still enjoys promoting shows and collecting.

Thief Breaks Into Iowa Card Shop in Daytime

A brazen thief broke into a shop late Saturday afternoon and stole thousands of dollars worth of cards.

Notes: Namath RC Record; Elite Cards Update; Dave Bing’s Stuff; Koufax Signs

A huge price for a high-end Joe Namath rookie card; an online price guide has some news; Dave Bing’s kids sell his stuff and Sandy Koufax signs for Fanatics.

1969 Nabisco Team Flakes Kept Kids Crunching

The 1969 Nabisco Team Flakes baseball cards aren’t flashy but they’re inexpensive and somewhat hard to find, especially in high-grade.

Steiner, Berra Family In Licensing, Memorabilia Deal

Steiner Sports will have exclusive rights to market Yogi Berra’s name and likeness–and sell off remaining items from his personal collection.

2016 Topps Dynasty Baseball Preview

Full-color photos are back on 2016 Topps Dynasty Baseball, with the one card per pack product due for release this fall.

Topps Will Bring Football Brands to Digital Deal

They won’t be making physical cards but Topps designers will be utilizing familiar brands for the Huddle app with a new NFL and NFLPA contract now in place.

‘Laws of Baseball’ Documents Sold for $3.26 Million

The sale represents the most ever paid for a set of baseball documents. Items from the Don Drysdale estate also helped push the total tally to $7.2 million.

Topps Changes Distribution for 2016 Finest Baseball

Set for release in just four weeks, 2016 Topps Finest Baseball may not be coming to your local shop.

Lelands Opens Olympic Division

Lelands has hired a long-time Olympic memorabilia expert to head a new division of the company, focusing on the Winter and Summer Games.

Tracking Jake Arrieta’s Most Watched Cards

Having pitched his second no-hitter in 17 starts, Jake Arrieta cards will take a step forward. We’ve got a look at which ones are attracting interest from bidders.

Lightning Selling 2015 Stanley Cup Finals Jerseys for Charity

Over two dozen jerseys worn in the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are on the auction block.

Early Baseball Docs, Koufax Jersey Climbing at Auction

An important set of documents establishing modern baseball rules, an early Koufax jersey and items from Don Drysdale’s career are on the line this weekend.

Grand Jury Considers Ohio Man, Mom Over Bogus Autograph Claims

A county prosecutor said last year he was hoping to nail the two main organizers of a fake autograph scheme that took $2 million from online buyers.

Dream Team Doc Selling Memorabilia

Dr. David Fischer took care of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team. Now, he’s selling some of the memorabilia he obtained during their run to gold.

Bird-Magic Rookie Card Raises Profile of 1980-81 Set

Uniqueness is definitely the theme of the 1980-81 Topps Basketball set.