Editor’s Blog: News and Notes

Ted Williams purchase agreementSCP Auctions is finalizing its next big catalog sale.  Among the items up for bid will be the purchase agreement between the Red Sox and San Diego’s Pacific Coast League team that brought Ted Williams to the majors.  Boston gave up two players and cash to get Williams’ iconic signature on the document in December of 1937.

A 1933 Goudey Lajoie, 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie card, the 1-1 PSA 10 OPC Gretzky rookie card and an assortment of Babe Ruth memorabilia are among the other highlights.


The trade of Carmelo Anthony has sparked interest in the New York Knicks but much of Melo’s Mile High memorabilia is being deeply discounted.

There were 1400+ Anthony items on Amazon.com as of Wednesday night, most all of which picture him in a Nuggets uniform.  Hopefully, they’ll still be more popular in Denver than LeBron’s stuff is in Cleveland.


Topps answered a fan’s Tweet Wednesday and confirmed that its Allen & Ginter brand will return for another go-round in 2011.


Shares of Dreams Inc saw unusually high trading volume on Wednesday.   Dreams is the parent company of Field of Dreams, Fans Edge, Pro Sports Memorabilia and Mounted Memories.  Approximately 93,661 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 22.32% from the previous session. The stock last traded at $2.67.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Dreams in a research note to investors on Friday, December 31.


Panini America is moving.  According to a post on the company’s Facebook page, the Dallas area company formerly known as Donruss is taking its operation just a few blocks away.


The card manufacturers have stepped up their social media efforts over the last year or so, but judging by the number of complaints on Facebook, it looks like redemption card fulfillment and customer service response are still a bone of contention for collectors.

If you’ve got a fan page that’s open for business, those types of issues are now in the open for all to see which is an interesting dynamic.  Responding quickly can make or break you.  Big companies have already found that out.  It ain’t just a promotional tool.