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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of the Day: Ruth and Ruppert

Babe Ruth Jacob Ruppert photo

Babe Ruth and Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert press the flesh in a Type One image that wound up on the cover of Baseball Magazine.

Chip Hilton Book Series a Throwback Collectible

fence-busters

Written by a hoops Hall of Famer, the long running Chip Hilton book series kept youngsters entertained years ago and are collector’s items today.

Collections of 2 Golfers Involved in Famous Masters Tournament Rule Decisions at Auction

1993 Tiger Woods signed Masters flag

Memorabilia from two men involved in some historic Masters Golf Tournament rulings has hit the auction block along with hundreds of other pieces of golf history.

Mark Wells’ 1980 Olympic Hockey Stick is Missing

1980 US Olympic hockey stick Mark Wells

A few years ago, 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey standout Mark Wells sold his gold medal to pay for medical treatments. The person who bought it flipped it for quite a profit at a major sports memorabilia auction not long ago. Now, the stick he had in Lake Placid that presented to his hometown in a […]

Vintage Electric Football Games Carve Own Niche

1967 Tudor Electric Football

Those vintage electric football games have some NFL history behind them and creating new models during the dawn of the Super Bowl era ensures market variety.

Space Age, Jets Push Electric Football Toward the ’70′s

1969 Joe Namath Electric Football game

The third excerpt from a new book on Electric Football takes us to the late 1960′s where the space race was in bloom and one toy maker landed a huge coup.

Museum’s Collection to be Sold at Auction

Newport Sports Museum collection

Thousands of items that were part of a southern California man’s sports memorabilia museum will be sold at auction this spring.

Silverdome Seats Being Sold; Auction to Come

Silverdome Seats

Dormant for several years, the former home of the Lions and Pistons is being parted out and Silverdome seats are already being pre-sold.