Panini Says Flawless Snafu a ‘Regrettable Mistake'; More Wrong Patches Surface

Babe Ruth Topps Call Your Shot

Some 2014 Flawless ‘game worn’ jersey patches were actually not, Topps is using the Babe’s name for its new contest, Manziel gets a baseball card and more.

Notebook: Suit to Stay in State Court, Piece of Forbes, Messi Signatures

Forbes Field arch

News and notes for mid-week digestion.

Editor’s Blog: In World of Cards, Performance and Life Events Trump All

2006 Topps Alex Gordon

The Alex Gordon Topps rookie snafu was no conspiracy and the whole story reminds us that popular cards in every sport can live, die and live again.

Notes: Oscar Taveras; Chicago Home Invasion; Spence-Winston; Series Memorabilia

Oscar Taveras auto 2014 Bowman Inception

A roundup of hobby-related stories as a new week begins.

Notebook: Arrests in Home Invasion, World Series Profits, Ruth Stub, Target Exclusive

World Series 1915 ticket stub

Police make arrests in that Ohio break-in. World Series memorabilia can be a great investment, Panini takes a basketball card product to retail only…and more.

Editor’s Blog: College Athletes and Autographs a Hot Topic

Jameis Winston autographed jersey

The brouhaha over college athletes and autographs keeps simmering. Gordie Howe won’t be making any more appearances and Trent Dilfer lends a hand to Panini.

Editor’s Blog: Junk Wax Game Invention, Neshek Talks Cards, UD Gives

Junk Wax Battle

The news and notes include a long-time blogger’s junk wax game, Pat Neshek’s collecting habits and Upper Deck honoring a dedicated young hockey player.

Notebook: Sneaky Ball Boy and Jeter Ball, APB for 1946 Uniform

Yankee ball boy

A ball boy’s fast hands preserve a game-used Jeter ball, Steiner’s Jeter catalog and an auction house hunts for an item it once sold.

Editor’s Blog: Old Plastic Sheets Now Plenty Sticky

PVC sheets

We take a look at a 35-year-old card set sitting in some old sheets, apparently containing PVC.

Editor’s Blog: Wagner Reprint=Big News (Apparently)

Wagner fake

How a fake Honus Wagner card became national news.

10 Keys to Being a Happier Collector

Being part of incredible promotions like Black Friday has made owning Mike's Stadium Sportscards a labor of love.

Feel you’ve lost some of that mojo? Hobby stressing you out instead of helping you chill? We’ve got ten ideas for keeping the fire burning.

Notebook: Rogers Sued for $14.2 Million; MLB Authentication; Storage Unit Tips

Brewers vs Yankees game used base

Unpaid loans have resulted in an Arkansas bank filing suit against Rogers Photo Archive, some great info on MLB authenticators and more… in the notebook.

Notes: Gehrig Watch Sells, Jeter HR Ball Brings $12K

Lou Gehrig Yankees Watch

Lou Gehrig’s 1928 World Series watch and one of Derek Jeter’s last home run balls are sold.

Editor’s Blog: Is The Game Program Becoming a Relic?

Wisconsin digital program

Another major college program is doing away with its game day program. Are those collectors items about to become obsolete?

News and Notes: The Price of Packs, Puig’s Deal, Yankees Memorabilia, Topps Vault

Fleer 1986-87 Basketball box

Some big bucks for old wax, Yasiel Puig has a new autograph deal, Walter Payton and Steiner, stuff from the Yankees clubhouse and more in our weekend notes.

Editor’s Blog: NSCC Wrap News and Notes

2014 National Sports Collectors Convention IX Center

A few notes and observations as the National Sports Collectors Convention bids farewell to Cleveland.

Notebook: Card Shop Business, Autographs in Cooperstown


Card shops and the industry today, former players sign autographs in Cooperstown and a story about young players’ autograph penmanship.

Notebook: SEC Autograph Hounds, PSA/DNA to BBCE, Baseball Card Wall


Collectors chase autographs at SEC Media Days, PSA/DNA is coming to the Midwest, Panini gets help from Kodak and see MLB Network’s Baseball card wall.

Editor’s Blog: Scouring eBay Pays Off with Pinkerton Cabinet Find

Ty Cobb Fred Clarke Pinkerton Cabinet 1911

Locating some rare 103-year-old Pinkerton Cabinet cards on eBay turned out to involve a little extra work for our guest columnist but it was worth it.

Editor’s Blog: Collector’s Quest, Disappearing Tickets, Shop Profiles

Baseball Card Exchange

The industry gets local media attention via two shops, a story on the dying breed known as the ticket stub, a collector’s quest for info on a special piece and more.