Editor’s Blog: Gigantic Old Signed Photo Collection, HOF Podcast, Heritage Auction Facts

So you think collecting autographs through the mail is a relatively new phenomenon?  Check out this story from the Mankato (MN) Free Press.  The most interesting part of the story is that it’s a collection owned by a municipality.

The photos and autographs collected by late local resident Fred Johnson were obtained over a 50-year period dating back to the 19th century.


Thanks to the power of the internet and podcasts, fans can now stay connected to Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum year-round through Cooperstown Conversations.

The Hall of Fame debuted its Cooperstown Conversations podcast last week at www.hofclubhouse.com/cooperstownconversations and at the Apple iTunes store. Subscribers to the free podcast will share in interviews with Hall of Famers, historic audio of the game’s biggest stars, analysis of the history of the National Pastime and news from the Museum.

The inaugural edition of Cooperstown Conversations features an interview with 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Bert Blyleven, along with a look at the history behind the annual Baseball Writers’ Association of America annual election. Subsequent podcasts will be released the first week of each month and feature interviews from the game’s biggest stars and legendary heroes.

For more information on the Cooperstown Conversations podcast, visit www.baseballhall.org.


Heritage Vintage Sports Collectibles sold over $16 million worth of memorabilia last year. “We’ve continued to see great material come through the door, of great quality,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Vintage Sports Collectibles.

Heritage runs auctions from a wide variety of collectible markets including coins, comics entertainment and history.  Counting all of them, Heritage posted a gross total of more than $806 million, a number that represents its best performance ever.

U.S. Coins continue to be the backbone of the company with the category registering $196 million.