News & Notes: Museum Burglary, More Gretzky Goods, Cool Finds, Big E’s Bling

The Newport Sports Museum is closing and much of what’s inside is going to be sold at auction.  Some of it is already up for bid and the rest will go before the Newport Sports Museum Southern Californiaend of the year.

The southern California museum belongs to John Hamilton, a long-time collector who often used the museum as a backdrop for civic-minded events and gatherings where kids could learn about all kinds of things.

Unfortunately, burglars have struck the museum for the second time, according to this story in the Orange County Register.


Shawn Chaulk Gretzky memorabiliaWayne Gretzky super collector Shawn Chaulk, who sold off many important pieces of memorabilia from the Great One’s career last year, is parting with a few more things.

The Toronto Globe and Mail reported Tuesday that Chaulk was again consigning jerseys and sticks from Gretzky’s career including the jersey he wore when he set the NHL goal scoring record of 92 during the 1981-82 season.

Classic Auctions of Montreal will handle the sales.  Read the story here.


fingerless-ebay-glove-resizedYou’ve probably scoured garage sales or antique malls looking for sports memorabilia that’s cheap and undiscovered.  It’s still possible to score some deals, as evidenced by this story at, which chronicled the efforts of a few folks.


Sometimes, a child shall lead them to the goods.

Antiques Roadshow just carried a segment about a boy who loves going to auctions and other places where there might be sterling silver, glass or other noteworthy collectibles.

He recently came across an old painting in South Jersey and despite dad’s preference for leaving the area, they stuck around.

The video gives you hope for the next generation of collectors—whatever they collect.


FatLadyThe Big E is selling off some bling.  Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes is selling his 1978 NBA Championship ring and Basketball Hall of Fame ring through Nate D. Sanders.

Minimum bid on the 1977-78 Washington Bullets title ring is $100,000 while the Hall of Fame ring will go off at $45,000.

Bernard King’s Hall of Fame ring is also up for grabs.

1972 Topps Harmon Killebrew PSA 10————

The remnants of the world’s best 1972 Topps sets are being sold on eBay.  The set, which carried a PSA overall rating of 9.5, includes dozens of PSA 10 cards.  Some were scheduled to close Tuesday night, with more on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

See the listings  here.


The Baseball Card Exchange will host an autograph signing with legendary Chicago Blackhawk Tony Esposito, on Saturday, June 14.

The autograph signing will run from 12pm to 3pm.  Autograph costs range from $29-59.

The company’s retail outlet is located at 2414 US Highway 41, Schererville, IN.