Editor’s Blog: Vintage Hockey Theft Solved, National Guests, Autograph Specials

You may recall the story of the Michigan man who went out for dinner with his family in a bit of a hurry and forgot to lock the doors of a car that held a collection of 1950s Parkhurst hockey cards.  The cards were stolen.

The owner contacted police and this time, there’s a happy ending–sort of.  Police made an arrest in the case and according to Livingston Daily, the man in custody has now admitted to the crime.

Cody Michael-Thomas Leonard, 20, pleaded guilty to felony breaking and entering a vehicle to steal property valued at $20,000 or more.

However, the arrest didn’t quite come fast enough according to the story.


The gloomy stories brought forth by the mainstream media about the “demise” of the baseball card hobby rarely tell the whole story.   The vintage card market is alive and well and if you know what you’re doing as a marketer, selling anything is much easier.  We hear Topps’ sales are doing fine and Cincinnati-based online retailer DeansCards.com reports they are having a record sales year in 2011.


Attendees at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago will have the chance to score free autographs from former Cubs Lee Smith, Bill Madlock and Don Kessinger.

Madlock and Kessinger will be signing at the Sneak Peek from 4:30-6:30 PM Wednesday August 3, while Lee Smith will sign from 4:15-7:15.

Olympic Gold Medalist Dick Fosbury, inventor of the high jump technique the Fosbury Flop, will sign from 4:30-6:30 at the Sneak Peek.

Madlock, Kessinger and Fosbury will also sign for VIPs from 3-4 PM at the VIP Reception.

All autographs will be one per person while time permits.

The show takes place at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

A major online sports memorabilia and apparel re-seller  is having a sale this month.  Here’s your info: Get 10% off any purchase of $75 or more at FansEdge. Use code: JUNTENFE.