Sports Memorabilia Industry News

Industry news from the world of sports collectibles.

US Attorneys: Allen’s Conduct “Reckless and Obstructive”

The government is seeking a 57-month sentence for former Mastro Auctions President Doug Allen over shill bids and putting FBI agents at potential risk.

Maryland Man Admits to $2.5 Million Fake Autograph Scheme

A five-year online scam unraveled when investigators say they caught Josh Shores selling cheap counterfeit jerseys made in China–with phony autographs.

Super Bowl MVPs and their Rookie Cards

From Bart to Brady and beyond, we’ve got the complete list of Super Bowl MVPs and their first appearance on football cards.

Upper Deck Partners with COMC on ePack Program

Upper Deck introduces its new e-Pack website for hockey cards that has both digital and physical card elements and involves COMC.

The True Value of Physical Collections

In an increasingly digital world, voluminous physical collections of publications, paper items and other memorabilia should be treasured, not trashed.

Upper Deck’s New $15,000 Box of Cards

2015 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Master Collection actually comes in “rich mahogany”. Find out what else 200 box owners will get for their money.

California Rep’s Bill Focused on Bogus Autographs

A California assemblywoman has introduced state legislation she hopes will help combat fake autographs…and Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is lending a hand.

Interest in High Grade Icons Still Hot

The stock market may be struggling but the bulls are still running the vintage baseball card world with a new year already bringing new records.

Cranston Sports Collectors Show Returns for 40th Event

The Super Bowl was only ten years old when Tom McDonough started the Cranston Sports Collectors Show. This year, the big game turns 50 and the show hits 40.

Graded Ken Griffey Jr Rookie Card Tally Now Over 100,000

What’s an Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card worth? It depends on the grade. We break down the numbers encapsulated by the three main services.

9th Edition of Graded Card Price Guide Released

The newest edition of the Beckett Graded Card Price Guide is out with price updates and checklists for all four sports.

Memorabilia, Autograph Show Part of NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Cards, memorabilia and autographs will be part of the inaugural 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl FanFest in southern California next month.

Goudey Advertising Signs, Mantle Mother Lode Part of MLI Auction

The number one rated basic collection of Mickey Mantle cards joins hundreds of other vintage cards, early World Series programs and a vintage packs.

Prosecutor: Autograph Scam Ran Five Years; MLB Interested

Those involved in an Ohio-based fake autograph scam stayed in business for nearly five years before police and the FBI closed in on what had become a seven-figure enterprise.

Brady, Crosby, Curry Among PSA/DNA “Most Dangerous Autographs”

A few active superstars join some old favorites on PSA/DNA’s annual list of ‘most dangerous’ sports autographs.

5th Guilty Plea in Huge Bogus Autograph Scheme

Another man from northern Ohio has pleaded guilty to playing a role in what’s been described as a huge phony autograph scam.

1952 Mantle Listing Pulled Over ‘Authenticity Concerns’

Bidding was well into six figures before the auction for a card listed as a PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle was pulled for further review.

NFL, Panini Make Exclusive Football Card Deal Official

After winning the NFLPA license last year, Panini now has a full NFL exclusive starting in April, leaving Topps with only a digital card license.

Topps Touts Biggest Buyback Program in History

Topps is promoting its 65th anniversary buyback program, which will put two cards from past releases into each box of 2016 Baseball.

New Vintage Hockey Collector Book Offers Prices, Info

First published nine years ago, a new edition of the Vintage Hockey Collector is out, dispensing knowledge– and prices.