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Pujols Hits 500th Homer; Fan Returns Ball

500th home run ball Albert Pujols

Lucky for him, Albert Pujols’ 500th home run ball was snared by an Angels fan in Washington.

Topps All-Rookie Team Arrived in 1960; Boasts Hits and Misses

1960 Topps Bob Allison

A subset, which began more than 50 years ago and has continued to this very day is the Topps ‘All-Star Rookie Team’.  The company makes its selections after the season and those players are usually noted with a little trophy on the front of their card the following year. While there are some quirks along […]

Ruth Poster Discovered in Walls of MN Home Could Fetch Big $

Babe-Ruth-Poster-1926

A promotional poster for a 1926 Yankees exhibition game is discovered inside an old house in Minnesota. With Babe Ruth on the front, it could fetch big bucks.

Identifying the Common Plastics in Vintage Toys, Pins and Other Collectibles

1902 Celluloid baseball pin

Identifying materials is an integral part of collecting and authenticating vintage collectibles and memorabilia.

Hall of Fame Election Makes a Star Out of 1969 Topps #237

1969 Topps Bobby Cox

You’ll have to go back 45 years to find a Bobby Cox rookie card. Now, his Hall of Fame managing credentials have added another pricey star to the Topps set.

1939 Lou Gehrig Letter to Mayo Clinic Doctor Coming to Auction

Gehrigsig

A letter coming to auction from a dying Lou Gehrig reveals a jovial, upbeat, appreciative star inviting his doctor to the World Series.

Cubs to Sell Game-Used Memorabilia from 100th Birthday Game

Chicago Federal League uniforms

Federal League-style game-worn uniforms will be auctioned and the bases and balls from Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday game will be for sale.

Keep the Receipt: The Importance of Provenance in Collecting

1948 London Olympics middle distance runner Herbert Barter race worn number autographed by 45 Olympic team members, with Barte signed letter and photo of him wearing the same number. (Courtsey of  Michael Bowlby)

When it comes to buying cards and memorabilia, the word ‘provenance’ doesn’t mean it’s real. Good provenance, though, is vital and can pay major dividends.

Photo of the Day: Branch Rickey, Cardinals Manager

1921 Branch Rickey photograph

An original Branch Rickey news photo from 1921, shows the innovative Hall of Famer during his on field managerial tenure.

Johnny Pesky, Kid Nichols Items Top Fenway Auction

Pesky ring

Championship rings given to Johnny Pesky and a 19th century presentation bat awarded to Kid Nichols were among the items sold at auction over the weekend.

17-Year-Old Bob Feller’s Career Unfolds in Early Photo

1936 Bob Feller photograph

While most boys his age were worried about their next date, Bob Feller was striking out big league hitters.

Babe Ruth’s “First” Yankee Stadium Home Run Baseball Heading to Auction

Babe Ruth signed baseball

A baseball hit by Babe Ruth during Yankee Stadium construction and signed by Babe Ruth has been consigned for auction.

Another World: The Strange and Exotic Forms of Early Photographs

circa 1890 tintype of baseball star Cy Young, with the image on iron.

A look at the unusual forms of early sports and non-sports photography.

Collectibles Often Unkown: 1950 American Nut and Chocolate Co. Pennants

Amer Choc AL

If you see an old player pennant that looks like it may have been dipped in chocolate, you may have found a 64-year-old set from a confectionery company that’s still around today.

Vintage Photo of the Day: “Gee, Thanks Melvin!”

Mel Ott signing autographs 1929

He was the Mike Trout of his time. 20-year-old Mel Ott obliges young fans in 1929. It’s among hundreds on the auction block right now.

Collecting Hank Aaron 715th Home Run Memorabilia

Aaron 715 photo

From a 45 RPM record to a giant photo signed by the pitcher who gave it up, items associated with Hank Aaron’s big homer remain popular.

Past, Present Pirates Among Show Guests May 24

Current Pirates star Andrew McCutchen holds Bill Mazeroski's 1960 World Series jersey.

Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen and other current and former Pirates will sign autographs at a show in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 24.

Photo of the Day: Bill vs. Swede in the 1955 NCAA Tournament

Wade Halbrook-Bill Russell 1955 NCAA Western Regional

Two of the nation’s top big men meet prior to their clash in the 1955 NCAA Tournament: Bill Russell and the enigmatic Swede Halbrook.

Original T206s, Colgans Chips Fall From Pittsburgh Home’s Rafters

Tribune-Review photo

A Pittsburgh man doing some work inside the very old house he lives in stumbled upon a baseball card treasure forgotten for decades.

Fleer Photographer Recalls Career

From left: Chuck Solomon from Topps, Bob Bartosz of Fleer and Jack Wallin of Donruss at right in early 1980's photo (Bartosz collection).

The man who helped put Fleer on the baseball card map through his photos, both serious and zany, looks back on his career.