Sports Memorabilia Industry News


Industry news from the world of sports collectibles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Panini Player of the Day NBA Includes Promo Packs, Prizes

Panini brings its Player of the Day promotion to basketball with prizes for pulling the right card and a chance to spend the day with an NBA player.

Top 10 Topps Football Cards of All-Time

With the clock ticking down on a long history of production, here’s a list of our picks for the top 10 vintage Topps football cards ever made.

Mysterious 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Kris Bryant Autos Surface

The 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Kris Bryant auto saga takes yet another turn as previously unknown parallels appear on a single grading submission.

‘Sports Detectives’ Aims to Solve Memorabilia Mysteries

Smithsonian Channel will air six one-hour episodes of Sports Detectives, which aims to uncover what happened to some historic sports memorabilia.

Team Attorney Helps Stop Dodgers Clubhouse Thefts

A Dodgers attorney browsing eBay ran into some items he knew shouldn’t be for sale and helped set up a trap to catch the thieves.

Bryce Harper Talks Cards, Famous Folks and More

The 2016 Topps Baseball cover boy talks about collecting, his brushes with other famous athletes and a new Nats’ promotion that’ll turn him into a Chia Pet.

Rare Weil Baking Babe Ruth Card Brings Big Price

A six-figure sale of a 1916 Babe Ruth card highlighted Memory Lane’s I Own It Now catalog.

Steph Curry’s Rookie Cards Are the New NBA Gold

As the records pile up, Steph Curry basketball cards are among the hottest in the hobby. Trace the history of Curry on cardboard and get links to some of his best.

Upper Deck Offers Future e-Pack Release Dates

After debuting with Series 1, Upper Deck offers more information on the e-Pack program including some future release dates.

Manning to Sign Career Inscriptions for Fanatics

His playing days now behind him, Peyton Manning will do a new autograph signing with Fanatics, this time with his career highlights. They say sales are up 1,200%.

Million Dollar Find in a Paper Bag

A southern family cleaning out great grandpa’s estate discovers a stash of seven rare Ty Cobb cards after almost throwing them away.

Autograph Faker Pleads Guilty; Gov’t to Seek Restitution

Joshua Shores made good on his promise to plead guilty in an online scheme to sell fake jerseys and autographs. Prosecutors say they’re seeking restitution.

NSCC to Honor Late Founder Mike Berkus

The center stage at the National Sports Collectors Convention will be named for the man who helped build the show into a massive national event.