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National Proves There’s Still Nothing Like a Big Show

2014 National Sports Collectors Convention IX Center

The National Sports Collectors Convention makes you wonder if collectors are hankering for a few more big events.

Editor’s Blog: Recent Newspaper, Magazine, TV Coverage for the Hobby

Topps 2015 hobby box

The sports card industry gets a little attention from newspapers, a magazine and TV outlets.

Rookie Card Values of the ‘Greatest Living Players’

Willie Mays rookie card

Spirited debate over the voting for the four greatest living players led us to look at rookie card values of the final selections–and those who were in the post-game discussions.

Notes: Sy Berger’s Family to Attend Honor

Sy Berger

An honor for the late Sy Berger this weekend. The info, plus the story of a couple of historic baseball pieces, Max Scherzer’s charity autograph program and more.

Notes: Rings Stolen in Toronto; Craigslist Trouble in Cleveland

Stanley Cup ring Montreal Canadiens

Two valuable championship rings were stolen in a Toronto burglary, two brothers from Cleveland are accused of a memorabilia scam… and more in the Notebook.

Notebook: SI Catches Up With Crazy Card Photo Subjects

Mickey Hatcher 1982 Fleer

Traveling to meet and re-photograph some of the guys who appeared on those nutty cards of the past? Sounds like fun. It’s one of the stories in the Notebook.

1953 Topps Mickey Mantle on the Rise

Mickey Mantle 1953 Topps

Major price increases in the last couple of years have collectors holding higher grade 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle cards feeling good.

Editor’s Blog: How to Buy Old Baseball Cards Cheap

1950s baseball cards

A few tips for adding some great cards to your collection while keeping an eye on your bank account.

Notes: Ferrell and NSCC Autos; Posey Talks Cards; Trout’s Gift

2015 Topps Series 2 Wrappers

Will Ferrell’s 2015 Topps Archives are hot, Buster Posey is the face of Series 2, the NSCC’s free autograph guests, a must-see video, boxing show…and more.

1973: Topps’ Business Draws AP Attention

topps old logo

An old article reveals the trading card business to be a much different place in 1973, but a growing enterprise with Topps providing cards for four sports.

Notebook: Utah’s Super Collector, Sox Garage Sale, ’51 Ticket Book, Wrong Rob

1951 New York Giants ticket book

A visit with a voracious collector, a trip to the White Sox garage sale, the Red Wings plan one, a cool item from a historic MLB season and more.

T206 Cards Caused Uproar Upon 1909 Release

T206 Red Hindu backs

Newspaper editorial writers came out with guns blazing as kids flocked to the cigarette packs containing what we know today as T206 cards.

Notes: Sports Detectives, Baseball Artist, Crazy Collection, LAPD Sets

Kirk Gibson 1988 World Series jersey

A new TV series hunts sports artifacts, artist Graig Kreindler makes national news, an Indy man’s huge collection, Conlon for the Hall… and police sets are back in LA.

Editor’s Blog Notes: PSA 10 Rookies at Auction

Walter Payton rookie PSA 10

A new crop of PSA 10 football cards, a Phillies fan outmuscles an older lady for a ball, players talk autographs, Floridians recall The Babe…and more.

Notes: Memorabilia Collected from Empty O’s Game; Brazen Burglary

James G. Howes Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The stands were quiet but nothing kept an MLB authenticator from his work at Camden Yards Wednesday. Plus ‘tunnel rats’ steal cards from a bank… and more.

Editor’s Blog: William Gardiner’s Amazing Goudey Sheets at Auction

Goudey 1933 uncut sheet

A 1930s youngster acquired a treasure trove of uncut Goudey Gum trading card sheets. Three, including one with three Ruths and a Gehrig, are at auction.

Editor’s Blog: Rare Find, NSCC Autographs, SI King, MJ Shoes, Wrigley Fan Barrier

Just So Tobacco Poster

A rare 19th century baseball card advertising poster unveiled in Ohio, plus show signing updates, a story on the king of signed SIs and more… in the Editor’s Notebook.

Editor’s Blog: Post’s “Rise and Fall of Baseball Cards”

cards

A Washington Post video may have you feeling embarrassed for even thinking about collecting baseball cards today.

Blog Notes: Donruss Co-Founder Dies, Montana RC Record, Game-Worn News

Joe Maddon jersey

The “Russ” in Donruss is gone; a big price for a Montana rookie, the Cubs push game-used gear for charity, a Padres garage sale and a $112,000 bullpen car.

Autographed Card Request Returned…20 Years Later

TTM autograph Shaun Van Allen

An Iowa collector gets a big surprise: a hockey card he’d sent away for an autograph in 1995 is finally returned.