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Deron Williams got the better of him Monday night, but Jeremy Lin stuff is still scorching hot, especially when there’s a charity involved.

The jersey he wore on Friday, February 10, when he scored 38 points against the Lakers and really ignited the whole Linsanity craze, sold (along with a meet and greet and four VIP tickets to tonight’s Hawks game) for $42,388.  Proceeds benefit a Knicks’ children’s charity.

A game jersey and practice jersey from his days with Erie of the NBA’s Development League are on eBay now with the game jersey already bid up over $4,000.

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Opening invitation Fenway Park 1912A 1912 invitation to the dedication of Fenway Park walked into the Saugus, Massachusetts sports memorabilia shop owned by Phil Castinetti a couple of weeks ago.  The Boston Herald wrote about it here.

Complete with original envelope, it’ll be a nice match for the game ticket he already has.  An invitation cover was sold for $1100 via Hunt Auctions in 2009.

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Jerry Jones…sports collector?  The Dallas Cowboys owner reportedly bid over $1 million for Muhammad Ali’s 1965 boxing gloves worn in a bout with Floyd Patterson.  Apparently, though, his bid came in a little late and the winner was a UFC executive.  The mass confusion was reported by Yahoo Sports.

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Here’s a really nice story from Upper Deck about a card shop in Racine, Wisconsin that seems to treat its sports collectible business as just that–a business with actual customer service, promotions and hours that make it accessible to collectors seven days a week.

The shop is a bit of a rarity in that it’s owned by a woman.  Former bank worker Vera Maalouf sells more than just cards, but you can tell from the photos of this well kept store with plenty of room that it’s a place that mom doesn’t feel weird about taking her kids.

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Redemption card # 2 in the 2012 Topps Home Run Legends Prime 9 program is  Babe Ruth.

Every week (for nine straight weeks), Topps will announce a “Prime 9 Player of the Week”.  Collectors holding the corresponding Prime 9 Redemption card for that week can bring the card into their participating local HTA store and redeem it for an exclusive limited edition Topps Chrome Refractor.

Redemption cards can be found in 2012 Topps Baseball Series 1 Hobby packs (1:18) and Jumbo packs (1:5). Each card is denoted by a Week number (1, 2, 3, etc.).

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Featured exhibitor space for the 2012 Industry Summit is completely sold, representing a 200% increase over last year’s trade conference, according to organizers.

Nearly 20 manufacturers, suppliers and wholesale distributors – including first-time exhibitors Cryptozoic Entertainment, SportKings/In The Game, Onyx Authenticated, Sweet Deal, Great American Distribution and Peach State Sports – will host unique 20×15 displays during the March 18-21 event at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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