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Notes: Ex-Topps COO Lands New Gig; Costas on Sy Berger

Ryan O'Hara

Ryan O’Hara is on the “move” again while Bob Costas talks Sy Berger and baseball cards with the MLB Network’s Hot Stove.

Report: Buyers at NJ Prosecutor’s Auction May Get Refunds

Bergen-auciton

Pressure from a TV station may have a Bergen County, NJ prosecutor offering refunds to those who bought what are likely fake autographs at his auction.

News and Notes: Joe DiMaggio Letter to Marilyn Monroe Fetches $78,125

Marilyn Monroe love letter Joe DiMaggio

Joe D pleads with Marilyn after she announces divorce, paper tickets on the way out, list of upcoming Topps releases and NFL programs from Dec. 7, 1941.

Notes: Big Cash for Vintage Rookies, Topps Case Breaks, Philly Show This Weekend

Nolan Ryan 1968 Topps

Some high grade rookie cards draw strong bids at Mile High, the numbers point to big price hikes in Nolan Ryan rookies, Topps offering case break slots and info on the Philly Show.

Tucked Away for Years, Glynn West Collection Comes to Auction

Signed Dizzy Dean baseball

Artifacts and records from a former minor league executive and manager dating back decades are hitting the auction block in Alabama.

News & Notes from Around the Hobby

Topps vending box

A T206 ‘Magie’ error card is on eBay, more claims against John Rogers, Reds Fest, missing vending cases and advice for building a collection.

Ruth, Gehrig Cards, Autographs Among Items Stolen in VT Burglary

Burlington VT

Valuable cards and a signed 1928 Yankees baseball are among the missing items as police look for a burglar who broke into a Vermont collector’s house.

Demand Grows For Odell Beckham Autographs After Legendary Leap

Autographed Odell Beckham photograph

Odell Beckham autographs and rookie cards have been hot sellers as he punctuates a strong rookie season with a catch for the ages.

Notes: All Sports Auction; Osers on the Move; Kareem Gets His Stuff, Dodger Talk

1957 Topps Clemente PSA 9

All Sports Auctions kicks off a new event, a father/son team join H&S, Abdul-Jabbar allowed to retrieve consignments and talking Dodgers cards with…the Dodgers Blog.

Updated: NJ Prosecutor Questioned Over Autograph Auction

Bergen auciton

How did some questionable autographs wind up being sold at a prosecutor’s auction? WPIX-TV’s report says it seems to involve a comedy of errors.

Notes: Collector Says Mastro Cost Him $300K; Home Invasion Arrest; Panini Signs Wall

Mastro 1933 Goudey Ruth

An angry collector chimes in on the Mastro case, a second man is arrested for a scary sports card home robbery
and Panini will put John Wall on its packs.

Give Them a Cup: 2014 Topps Rookie All-Star Team Released

Jose Abreu 2015 Topps

A tradition that dates back 55 years returns as the 2014 Topps Rookie All-Star team is announced. Winners receive the familiar ‘Rookie Cup’ on their 2015 cards.

Malzahn Sweater Auction to Benefit Managers on a Mission

Iron Bowl 2013 Gus Malzahn sweater

Gus Malzah’s sweater vest from the instant classic that was the 2013 Iron Bowl could sell for big bucks for a charity run by a group of student managers.

NFL Salute to Service Auction Benefits Veterans Programs

Salute to Service NFL Auction

The Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project will all benefit from the auction and other initiatives.

Vintage Buy of the Week: Ultra-Rare 1915 E106 Nap Lajoie

1915 E106 American Caramel Nap Lajoie

Acquired at the recent Boston show and part of a rare set issued by American Caramel Company, fewer than 25 graded E106 Lajoie cards exist.

Raw to Graded: Tips for Turning a Profit

Mickey Mantle 1953 Topps

Forbes’ David Seideman hopes his efforts at grading cards turn out better than they once did.

Testimony: 2009 Plane Crash Destroyed $2.4 Million Collection

Buffalo Plane Crash

Doug Wielinski lost his life in 2009 when a commercial plane crashed into the family’s Buffalo area home.

Notebook: Collector’s Letter to Mastro Judge; Turkey Red Football Sighting, T206 Silver Bars

US District Court Seal

A minority owner of an MLB franchise chimes in on the Mastro Auctions case, Topps takes Turkey Red to Target and info on a new T206-pure silver product.

Notebook: CU Stock Hits New High; Paul Rudd Gets BUNT Card; Canton Comes to MI

Paul Rudd Topps card

Collectors Universe stock hits a high, actor/Royals fan Paul Rudd teams with Topps, a big Pro Football HOF exhibit heads north and a Mickey Mantle…what?

Oscar Robertson: Basketball Card Royalty

Oscar Robertson autograph 2013-14 Panini Flawless

His first lines up perfectly with his greatest season but when it comes to Oscar Robertson basketball cards, don’t discount those modern era tributes.