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News and Notes: Lawsuit Over Photos; NFL Player’s Stuff Missing; Burdick Letter

Little Rock

A lawsuit over a major collection of negatives, police hunt a thief in South Carolina, a Jeff Burdick letter is up for grabs, recalling Hoyt Wilhelm and more.

Upper Deck Plans NSCC Wrapper Redemption, VIP Set

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Cards are being readied as the Upper Deck National Sports Collectors Convention wrapper redemption program returns. They’ll also have a set for VIP buyers.

PSA Offering Diamond Stars ‘Cards That Never Were’ at NSCC

2014 Lou Gehrig

Some 1934-36 Diamond Stars ‘Cards That Never Were’ will be offered to PSA club members at the show and the top-rated original set will also be on display.

Notes: Signed SI King Profiled, Lelands’ Offers Reward $, Press Pass VIP Set, Hubbell’s Game on Air

Signed Sports Illustrated magazines

Forbes meets the King of Autographed Sports Illustrated, Lelands offers 7-figure rewards for vintage Indians jerseys and more in the weekend Notebook.

Montana Signs for Charity Ahead of ‘Final Game’ at Candlestick

Joe Montana signing

Joe Montana was signing autographs Wednesday–at a fire station in San Francisco.

All-Star FanFest Includes Card Show, Autographs

All-Star FanFest logo 2014

The 2014 MLB All-Star FanFest autograph schedule is heavy on Twins but expect some others to sign too, while a card show sets up shop in Minneapolis too.

Nash Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

Peter Nash

Former rapper, baseball historian and memorabilia buff Peter Nash pleaded guilty to state income tax fraud in New York this week; the latest in a string of legal setbacks.

Thinking About Insuring Your Collection?

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A licensed agent offers some more sports memorabilia insurance tips for those who want some protection from major losses.

Lionel Messi Signed Card from Prizm Sold for $13,899

Lionel Messi signed 2014 Panini Prizm black 1/1

A Lionel Messi signed card from Panini brings big bucks and we’ve got a list of the ‘most watched’ 2014 Prizm World Cup soccer cards on eBay right now.

Can Baseball Cards Make Metals Precious?

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Whether they have metal in them, on them or are made of it, metallic baseball cards put a more permanent spin on the cardboard concept.

Ohio Collector Claims Restoration Company Lost Huge Vintage Collection

Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas

A Cincinnati area man says his baseball card collection worth $300,000 is missing after a restoration company worked inside his home.

Teen Who Started Cards2Kids Awarded Scholarship

Cards2Kids founder John Makowiec accepts a $5,000 Upper-Deck scholarship.  Pictured L-R: Keith McDonough of Bleachers Sports Cards, John Makowiec and Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin.

John Makowiec, who organized a drive to put cards in the hands of kids who’d appreciate them, was given a surprise for his college fund by Upper Deck.

Neymar Jr. Auction to Help Bring Clean Water to Those in Need

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An eBay auction of Neymar Jr. autographs and a Paypal fundraiser will bring clean water to the soccer star’s home country.

Teen Battling Heart Condition Gets NHL Moment, His Own Hockey Card

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Make-A-Wish recipient Sam Tageson got to skate out with an NHL team and you’ll find him in an upcoming Upper Deck hockey card product.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Married to eBay

eBay Earnhardt car

Dale Earnhardt Jr. kicked an Amazon addiction to join eBay. He’s not only a collector, he’s got a sponsorship for his car and a charity deal, too.

Baseball Glove Art at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Sean Kane glove art Martin Dihigo

The extraordinary ‘glove art’ of Sean Kane, featuring baseball greats, is coming to the Negro Leagues Museum.

Microdots: Using Spy Technology to Security Mark Memorabilia

A microdots under the microscope

Collectibles can be invisibly marked with the same technology used by World War II spies.

NSCC Will Have Case Breaking Pavilion

2009 National I-X Center Cleveland

Case breakers will have a centralized place to call home at the 2014 NSCC.

NY Postal Service Supervisor Charged With Possessing Stolen Baseball Cards

US Postal Inspector

Prosecutors say John Bu sold cards a USPS colleague had stolen from the United States mail.

Babe’s Last Gift From Yankees, Koufax Jersey Top SCP Catalog Bidding

1965 Sandy Koufax Dodgers game worn jersey

Satchel Paige’s Hall of Fame ring and a 1965 Sandy Koufax game-worn jersey set new records in SCP Auctions’ sale, which also included a family heirloom from Babe Ruth.