Business/Industry News

News stories related to the business and industry side of the sports memorabilia industry.

Wagner, Ruth, Mantle Top Sellers at REA

A record-setting price for a low-grade T206 Honus Wagner card and five other cards bring more than $100,000 at Robert Edward Auctions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trevor Story Signs Autograph Deal with Topps

The hot start to Trevor Story’s big league career has landed him a private signing deal with Topps with baseballs, jerseys and other items set to be inked.

Full Steam Ahead on Topps’ Digital Expansion in Florida

Business and government leaders are on board with Topps making Orlando the permanent home for further development of its digital apps.

Cracker Jacks, ’52 Mantle, Clemente Cards Join Rare Ad Poster at Auction

There will be some 1914-15 Cracker Jack cards with the newly discovered poster in Mile High Card Company’s auction launching Monday.

DNA Pens to Be Used at Cooperstown Signing

An autograph signing during Hall of Fame induction weekend will include players signing with a special pen that’ll provide a permanent authenticity record.

Piazza Jersey Sold for Record Price; Will Go on Display

Mike Piazza’s home run jersey from the first game in New York after the 9/11 attacks has been sold to minority owners of the Mets who’ll put it on display.

NFLPA, Panini Create Football Index

Panini America isn’t ignoring the monetary element of its football cards, teaming with the NFLPA for a quarterly “index” of hot players.

Topps NOW Tally in Week One: 6,425 Sold

MLB’s trading card partner generated over $64,000 in sales in the first week of its 2016 Topps NOW print-to-order program.

Chantilly, Toronto, San Francisco Shows Draw Signers

Madison Bumgarner barely had time to shower after his big day. Joe Montana was in a neck brace and hockey cards draw crowds at three big sports card/autograph shows.

Old Yankee Stadium Seats Nearly Sold Out

The supply of bleacher seats, singles and seat pairs from the demolition of Yankee Stadium in 2009 is getting smaller, according to Steiner Sports.

1857 Laws of Baseball; Drysdale, Koufax Memorabilia Kick Off Bidding at SCP Auctions

Bidding for the 1857 ‘Laws of Baseball’ documents, the Don Drysdale collection, an early Sandy Koufax jersey and hundreds of other items is underway.

TOPPS NOW Turns Daily Highlights into Baseball Cards

The 2016 baseball season will play out through TOPPS NOW, a new program that will turn moments and milestones into cards that have a 24-hour sales window.