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Notebook: Fan Returns Ishikawa’s HR ball; Giving Back in IL

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The man who caught the pennant-winning homer by Travis Ishikawa returns it and an Illinois man sells cards and memorabilia to help kids.

Hull of an Auction: Brett, Bobby Memorabilia on the Block

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Dozens of items from the collection of Brett Hull, including game jerseys, sticks and milestone pucks are on the auction block.

Overflowing with Cards, MO Man Gives Them Away

Tom Killian

Tom Killian’s collection was out of control and his ‘investment’ wasn’t so hot, but he’s getting a kick out of giving his cards to kids in hospitals.

Cards Stolen, Man Attacked in Ohio Home Invasion

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Police in Springfield, OH say they are looking for three men who barged into a man’s home, assaulted him and stole his baseball cards.

Report: Memorabilia Dealer Lost Exclusivity; Ratted on Gurley

Autographed Todd Gurley jersey JSA

It’s easy to find a Todd Gurley autograph on eBay and now the Georgia running back has been suspended as the NCAA investigates whether he took cash.

Remembering a Young Jeter’s First Card Show

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A North Carolina man recalls lining up a young Derek Jeter for a card show autograph session for less than you’ll pay for one signed item today.

Prison Time, Restitution Ordered for PA Man Who Ripped Off eBay Buyers

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Steven Norris is heading to prison and will have to pay back eBay buyers after he and his brother kept cashier’s checks or sent reprints of vintage cards.

Sports Card Photographer Recalls Working for Topps

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Owen C. Shaw was one of Topps’ go-to guys on the west coast during the 1980s and 90s but that was just part of what kept him busy.

Upper Deck Offers Prizes for Best ‘Man Cave’

Greg Faragher memorabilia room

Upper Deck is giving away autographed memorabilia from some big name athletes in its new Ultimate Man Cave contest.

Hollywood Actor Looks to Fund Movie With Baseball Card Plot

An Honest Thief

Tom Sizemore has the actors for An Honest Thief; he just needs a lot of contributors to fund a Detroit-based flick about a stolen baseball card collection.

TV Reporter Helps Collector With Topps Redemption

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A New York collector reached out to a consumer reporter for help ending an unfulfilled Topps redemption saga.

Long-Time Dealer Bill McAvoy Dies

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The owner of family-operated McAvoy Sports Cards had been in business for more than 40 years.

25 Years Ago, Aikman’s Star Was Still a Mystery

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Collectors prospecting for the next breakout NFL star would be best to take a lesson from a player who took a little while to become one.

Upper Deck, Goalie Team Up to Inspire MS Patients

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Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago, Josh Harding continues his NHL career and has teamed with Upper Deck for a new Inspirations hockey card.

All-Star Line Up For Autographed PCGS Baseball HOF Coin Inserts

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The Hall of Fame coins have been one of this year’s biggest hits with more autograph signers adding their names to the unique looking U.S. Mint product.

Notes: Vander Meer No-Hit Balls Consigned, Fake Holder, Cards2Kids, Rookie Card Guide

Vander Meer no-hitter baseballs

The final out baseballs from Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters are coming to auction. It’s just one of the stories in the weekend notebook.

Topps Power Players NFL to Launch With Season Openers

Russell Wilson Topps Power Players

The season opens a week from Thursday and Topps Power Players game will launch as well with prizes up for grabs.

Simmons and Browne at the National

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Grantland editor Bill Simmons returned to the National Sports Collectors Convention–this time with writer Robert Browne.

MiraCard: Social Media App for Sports Collectors

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Developers of MiraCard hope collectors will take advantage of features that put the hobby in your pocket.

Huge Collection of NHL Negatives Becomes Book

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A passionate collector has turned part of his remarkable accumulation of hockey photos into a new hardcover book.