Notes: Star-Trib on Berkus; Mantle Musings; Love to UD; Awful Autograph Story

His hometown paper writes about Mike Berkus; insight on the soaring 1952 Topps Mantle; Upper Deck signs an autograph deal with Kevin Love while Canada talks crummy autos.

Notebook: 1952 Mantle, T206 Plank at Auction

A GAI 7 1952 Topps Mantle and a PSA 2 T206 Plank are at auction, old boxes bring bucks, John Rogers is arrested, Yogi’s appraisal fair and a new book on electric football games.

Editor’s Blog: Iconic Cards Share Key Elements

Scarcity and name recognition only scratch the surface of what fuels interest and demand in the hobby’s top vintage baseball cards.

Collecting 1952 Topps Baseball Cards on a Budget

Finding creative ways to collect the ever-popular Topps debut issue without going broke.

Notes: Gretzky Jersey Brings $72K; Topps Chrome Update

Classic Auctions wraps a $1.2 million auction; Topps Chrome Update returns; Max Scherzer’s charity autograph program and 50,000 cards at auction.

Notes: Abandoned Cards, Building Sold at Auction

The Michigan building with an abandoned stash of cards sells at auction, Topps’ plans for a World Series champs set and David Robinson signs at a card shop.

Notes: Conlon, Cowboys’ Crook Caught?, Keith and Keith

Some pricey Charles Conlon negatives may be sold to satisfy debts, Dallas police nab a suspected thief, a World Series trophy sale and Keith O talks Topps.

Notes: Stolen Series Ring Recovered; Slugger Museum’s 1890 Colonels Exhibit

A former trainer gets his 1985 Royals World Series ring back after a burglary, a cool exhibit in Louisville and NBA player Matt Bonner’s collection.

Flashback: Topps Had Lots of Unsold 1957-58 Basketball

A newspaper article reveals some interesting facts about collectors and the hobby as they were 54 years ago.

Notes: Upper Deck Signs Robinson, Topps Product Notes, More

One of the NFL’s promising young receivers signs with Upper Deck, two stories on young collectors and updated news on some upcoming Topps products.

Notebook: Signatures for Soldiers Passes $5K as Players Step Up

One collector’s charitable autograph effort grows, a hobby name on the move, Wade Boggs checks in on a signed ball and a 1/1 Trout card draws big bids.

Griffey Jr. Dresses as His Rookie Card in New Macklemore Video

The new ‘Downtown’ video includes a couple Ken Griffey Jr. cameos including one that plays on his 1989 Upper Deck rookie card.

Notes: Big Prices for Those 70s Cards; Bossy Puck; Legal Roundup

Some high-grade 1970s baseball cards draw major bids; Mike Bossy gets his 50 goal puck back after 27 years and the FBI and government attorneys visit Arkansas.

Abandoned Sports Cards Inside Detroit Warehouse

Some urban explorers stumble across an abandoned Detroit warehouse with a forgotten stash of sports cards. We’ll let you guess when they were printed.

Editor’s Blog: Special Collector Meets Aaron Rodgers

Our recent story about 15-year-old Jake Cohen, a blind collector from Colorado, reached his favorite player and last week, he got to meet Aaron Rodgers.

Editor’s Notes: National Notes, MJ Fleer Pack to Re-Pack?

Plans underway for the 2016 NSCC, more notes from Chicago…and a newly sold Michael Jordan enriched 1986-87 Fleer pack could boomerang back to the hobby.

Editor’s Blog: Lights Out at the National

The final hours of the National Sports Collectors Convention included a visit from Mother Nature.

National ’15 News and Notes: Friday Edition

Kids and adults getting into the action at the National, the ‘hole in the wall find’ has a home and Brooks Robinson’s collection is consigned.

News & Notes from the 2015 National

Big sales, big inventory, big crowds…all part of the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago. Notes and more inside.

National Proves There’s Still Nothing Like a Big Show

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