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Topps Contest Winner Gets Contract, Meets Nolan Ryan

Tyler Badger Nolan Ryan

A Georgia college student won the 2014 Topps Heritage Minors ‘Make Your Pro Debut’ contest and spent the day with a minor league team and Nolan Ryan.

New Jersey Man Arrested for Dealing Fake Cards…Again

Andrew Mei

Prosecutors say Andrew Mei picked up where he left off last year, buying real cards, replicating them and selling the fakes to eBay buyers.

Set Break of the Month: 1911 Mecca Double Folders

Mecca Double Folders Walter Johnson

The 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders set includes Cobb, Matty, Big Train and other Hall of Famers. Burls Sports is offering a chance to own one for $49.99.

Notebook: Players’ Unions Report Licensing Fees, Upbeat Market News

MLB MLBPA licensees logos

The NHLPA and NFLPA report trading card license fees for 2014, a large dealer opens a third eBay store and some upbeat media reports on the hobby.

Cepeda Stays Active on Show Circuit

Cepedaautograph

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda is one of many former players who enjoy meeting fans–and making money–flying to autograph appearances.

Photo of the Day: Ruth’s 1928 Series for the Ages

Babe Ruth 1928 photo

A wirephoto showing Babe Ruth crossing home plate in the Yankees’ four-game sweep of the Cardinals is among more than 350 lots up for bid this week.

Baseball Cards of Players Who Overcame Obstacles, Afflictions to Shine

1940 Play Ball Tom Sunkel

Getting your own baseball card is hard enough but some players overcome a variety of physical and mental issues to earn a spot of the big league stage.

Autograph Dealers Who Pay GA College Athletes Could Face Fine, Jail

Autographed Todd Gurley jersey JSA

The Georgia State Senate is cracking down on dealers who chase college athletes and offer money for autographs in the wake of the Todd Gurley case.

Pittsburgh Penguins “Super Collector” Works The Angles

Penguins collector

Jeff Miller’s collection of Pittsburgh Penguins memorabilia starts with enough sticks to start his own hockey league.

Andy Warhol, Vintage Baseball Cards Part of New Exhibit

Andy Worhol Pete Rose

Some famous baseball-related works by Andy Warhol join a collection of vintage baseball cards in a free upcoming exhibit in Cincinnati.

Notes: Prospect Signing Boatload of Autographs

Nate Orchard

An NFL Draft prospect talks about the massive amount of autographs he’s signing for card companies; Topps delays 5-Star, MJ’s shoes, Hull’s mullet–and more.

Notes: Summit to Hawaii, Bryant to Panini, Library Has Issues With Allen

Hawaii

The Industry Summit is returning to its Hawaiian roots, Panini inks Dez Bryant and the Detroit Public Library says an embattled auction house exec sold one of Ernie Harwell’s old photos without asking.

Notes: Topps Translucent, Summit Opens, UD Dates, TV Story

Topps Translucent Football 2014

Topps teases another online exclusive called Translucent Football, shop owners flock to Vegas for the annual conference and a Canadian news outlet with a story on the hobby.

Notebook: LeBron’s All-Star Jersey Sells for $35,620; White Plains Show, Rare Signed Ball

New York Card Show

Big bucks for several jerseys worn in the NBA All-Star Game plus Info on a big weekend card show, the story of a great yard sale find and more.

Original 1939 American Card Catalog, Bulletin Issues Up for Bid

US Card Collectors Catalog Jeff Burdick

A rare original copy of the hobby’s magna carta and more than 30 early card collecting publications bound inside one volume are on the auction block.

Cooperstown Calling but Adrian Beltre Cards Still Get Little Respect

Adrian Beltre 1997 Bowman

A look at Adrian Beltre rookie cards, still undervalued as he closes in on a Hall of Fame worthy career.

Lauren Hill Gets Her Own Basketball Card

Autographed Lauren Hill Upper Deck card

College freshman Lauren Hill, who continues to fight cancer, is getting her own trading card from Upper Deck, with sales to benefit The Cure Starts Now,

Migratory Bird Foundation Seeks Return of Cobb Memorabilia

Ty Cobb Max Stein postcard

A Ty Cobb bat and other memorabilia is the subject of a court case in Michigan where a migratory bird foundation is suing a former director who sold it.

New Book Tells Tales of Autograph Baseball Collection

Pittsburgh Gentleman book

The Pittsburgh Gentleman was an auction house name for John Kirwan, who consigned a massive autographed baseball collection to auction 20 years ago.

He Shoots, He Saves: New Book Focuses on Hockey Memorabilia

He Shoots He Saves

Jon Waldman writes about collecting hockey cards, memorabilia and more in a new book that includes memories and memorabilia from NHL greats.