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Editor’s Notes: Vintage Collection Stolen, Meeting Bobby Orr

Mickey Mantle 1969 Topps

An Illinois man loses his childhood collection to a thief, Bobby Orr goes out of his way to make an autograph seeker feel good and USA Today delves into the business of sports cards and high school athletes.

Editor’s Blog: Jerry Lucas Selling Collection, Post Cereal Book Discounts, 80s Kid Tries Cashing In

1961 Post Cereal Baseball Cards Book by Dan Mabey

News and notes from the Editor’s Blog including a chat with Jerry Lucas and discounts for SC Daily readers on the ultimate 1961-63 Post Cereal guides.

Editor’s Blog: College Programs Overreacting to Manziel? Big Gehrig Card Sale, Mastro Update

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News and notes from around the hobby including a question about whether colleges are overreacting to the Johnny Manziel autograph situation.

Editor’s Blog: NSCC Still Overwhelms

Mickey Mantle 1960 Post Cereal

No matter how many times you go to the National Sports Collectors Convention it’s hard not to be awed by the sheer volume of material in the room.  And calling it a ‘room’ seems inadequate.  The Stephens Convention Center is an airplane hangar for 767s.  It’s a cement floored foundry where the product and the […]

Editor’s Blog: The Stuff is Enough at the National

NSCC entrance

There will be more than 90 athletes past and present who get paid for showing up and scribbling autographs but the real stars of the National Sports Collectors Convention are out on the main floor of the convention center; the hundreds of vendors traveling from across the U.S. and Canada bringing sports history for sale […]

Editor’s Notes: Wagner Card For Sale at NSCC; Topps Goes to WAR, Puig Card Up…Then Down

PSA 2 Honus Wagner T206

There will be at least one T206 Honus Wagner for sale at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.  Bring your ID and your bank’s routing number.  The asking price is $1.2 million. Lelands announced Thursday it would be offering the Wagner card at the show, scheduled for July 31-August 3 in Chicago. The card is […]

What Some Won’t Do for an Autograph

Aaron Rodgers signs an autograph in 2012

Dozens of well-known athletes and entertainers were at Lake Tahoe over the weekend for the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament. Twenty years ago, it was a haven for autograph seekers but once word spread that you might be able to snare some free superstar signatures if you were pesky enough, the gates became […]

News & Notes: Collectors Talk Hobby History, Future; Halls of Fame too Quiet?, SLU Grading

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A roundup of mainstream media stories including Louisiana collectors at a show, a disturbing trend of low attendance at halls of fame and an SLU grading venture.

News & Notes: Fight Over Mantle Card Ends With Pregnant Woman Belted in Head

Ardmore

I’m not sure what kind of neighborhood this is, but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to live there.  Police in Ardmore, OK (that’s north of Dallas) were called out after a 43-year-old man attacked a pregnant woman who was trying to break up a fight between a couple of kids. The bizarre tale, police told […]

Editor’s Blog: Basketball Cards Helped Stock Original Cavs; Cool, Old Baseball Memorabilia

Len Chappell 1969-70 Topps

A book suggests the Cleveland Cavaliers relied at least a little on basketball cards to learn about potential picks in the 1970 NBA Expansion Draft.

Editor’s Blog: No Holiday Break for BBCE, Cubs & The National, Maravich Jersey Cut Up, Ripken’s Minor League Cards

July 4

How did you spend your Fourth of July?  Relaxing?  Eating? Watching fireworks?  Steve Hart and Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange were doing all of those things several hundred miles apart, but when you’re in the business of buying and selling baseball cards and a big opportunity comes along, there are no holidays. A call […]

Notes: LeBron’s Game 3 Jersey Sold, Upper Deck News, Chet Walker Sells HOF Trophy

2013 NBA Finals LeBron James game jersey

LeBron’s Game 3 Finals jersey sold for a lot less than his game 2 shirt. Upper Deck announces product release dates and Chet Walker sells his Hall of Fame trophy.

Editor’s Blog: Teen Collector Gets HBO Spotlight; Wagner Card on Display, Ronaldo Signs with ITG

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A few years ago we introduced you to Cam Perron, the Massachusetts teenager who developed a fascination with the living Negro League ballplayers.  It’s one of our favorite stories. What began as a few autograph requests turned into quite a mission.  Cam got some of them together for long overdue reunions and helped put a […]

Editor’s Blog: Let’s Cancel the Redemption Card Dance

redemption cards

They’re the bane of collectors who get lucky ripping packs. Redemption cards good for an autograph are still going unfulfilled or taking months, sometimes years, to redeem.

Editor’s Blog: Aussie Kids Love Cards So Much They’re Getting in Trouble

AFL cards/photo from eBay

In Australia kids still collect and trade cards at school. In fact, the social collateral they offer has caused some administrators to ban them.

Notebook: Robinson Glove Brings $373K, Court Updates, Rose Making Big $ in Vegas

Game worn glove Jackie Robinson

Steiner Sports sells Jackie Robinson’s glove, a judge says ‘no’ to Kobe Bryant, no sentence yet for Bill Mastro and Pete Rose rakes in Vegas autograph bucks.

Editor’s Blog: The Ones That Got Away: Collectors Reveal Opportunities Missed

T205 Joe Tinker

Opportunity knocked but for one reason or another, card collectors didn’t answer the door. Your stories about the ones that got away.

Notebook: Charges Dropped Against Dealer, Braves Game Worn Jersey Auction, FL Card Shop Profile, Collecting Secrets

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The hobby notebook includes an update on one of the six dealers who had been charged with fraud in connection with the sale of fake jerseys, a jersey auction from the Atlanta Braves, collecting tips from a mega collector, a chance to win a T206 Cobb and a profile of a Florida sports card shop owner.

Notes: 2013 Bowman Error, Auction Update, 1966 Philadelphia Football Pack Rip, Curtis Martin Signing

Unopened cello pack 1966 Philadelphia Gum football

Topps puts a Dodger pitcher in a league he didn’t play in, the Babe’s rookie and a ’52 Mantle soaring at auction, a phenomenal pack break of 47-year-old football cards and Curtis Martin signs autographs to help hurricane victims.

Notebook: Beat Up Cards, Autograph Dealer Hits the Road, Guerrero Gift

T206 Ty Cobb low grade

ESPN.com profiles a sports card blogger who loves beat up stuff, a North Carolina man ships over 1,000 cards to Pedro Guerrero and autograph dealer Chris Potter is preparing to visit 90 former players in his latest cross-country trip.