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News & Notes: Alleged Card Counterfeiter Arrested, CBS Talks Memorabilia, FL Shop to Close

A Michigan man has been arrested for trying to sell counterfeit baseball cards on consignment.

Brian Elowsky

Brian Elowsky

Local media reports say Brian J. Elowsky, faces prison time and/or a $10,000 fine for trying to deal in phony cards featuring Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Sandy Koufax.

Michigan State Police say three victims have been identified, at least one from out of state.

We’ll add to the story with more details if we get them.


60 Minutes Sports, which is produced for air on Showtime, debuted a segment on the sports memorabilia industry this week.  CBS News also aired a 4-minute segment on one of its shows with reporter Armen Keteyian.  There’s not a ton of new information but when a network does anything on the industry, we try to show it to you so…here it is:

Topps 1975 Baseball Cello CaseThat 1975 Topps Baseball Cello case we wrote about awhile ago sold at auction last night.  It brought $66,569.79 for Collect Auctions.  A 1978 Topps Football Cello case sold for  $18,366.  Both originated with Fritsch Cards, which purchased them in the year of issue.


One of four 1977 Topps Walter Payton cards to be graded PSA 10 is being sold via eBay and the love for Sweetness knows no bounds.

With four days to go, bidding has already hit $3,000.  Follow it here.


A longtime sports card shop in Florida is shutting down and auctioning off its contents.

Lakeland Sports Cards, which opened in 1994, is owned by John and Anita Gaglione who are preparing to retire.

Boxes of unopened and monster boxes of singles, autographed balls, jerseys and helmets are among hundreds of items to be put on the auction block.  You can get a preview here if you happen to be within driving distance this weekend.

The auction takes place Sunday.

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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].