News & Notes: FBI to Return Some Items from AR search, NBA Exec Recalls Launch of Topps’ 69-70 Set

KATV image of FBI agents removing boxes from Rogers Photo Archive

KATV image of FBI agents removing boxes from Rogers Photo Archive

The FBI is planning to return some of the items confiscated during a search of Rogers Photo Archive last week, according to a media report in Little Rock, AR.

The Arkansas Times quoted Blake Hendrix, the attorney for collector/dealer John Rogers, as saying an undetermined number of items seized when agents executed a search warrant would not be held.

Agents involved in the unannounced search at Rogers’ home and business were from the Chicago office, according to this story in the New York Daily News, leading to speculation that it may be tied in with an existing case.


1969-70 Topps Connie HawkinsHow did Topps get into the basketball card business in the late 1960s?  Apparently, it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

Nick Curran, who was the league’s public relations director at the time, told a New England media outlet recently that Topps came to the NBA hoping to get back in the game, 12 years after its last set had been produced.

However, Curran says the photographers assigned to take pictures for the cards faced resistance from a couple of owners, who wanted money.

How did it end?  Read here.


Game worn Sammy Baugh Redskins jerseyA 1940’s Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins jersey was the top-selling item at Saturday’s Super Bowl Auction in New York.  The jersey sold for $46,000 via Hunt Auctions, which again held the event in conjunction with NFL Auctions.

A Peyton Manning jersey from this past season was the real star, though, bringing $33,000—more than twice the pre-sale expectation.  Manning wore the jersey in the Salute to Soldiers game earlier this year.

A 1958 NFL Championship ring sold for $40,250 while a 1960’s Jim Brown Cleveland Browns road jersey went for $34,500.