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News & Notes: Ruth/Gehrig Signed Ball Paces Auction, Pricey 1986-87 Fleer Sets, Serious Man Cave

Ruth-Gehrig signed ballIconic Memorabilia closed out its final auction of 2013 on Sunday.  The top selling item was a Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig dual signed baseball which sold for $32,942.70.  A signed Martin Luther King Jr. letter in which he referenced the famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech sold for $27,455.93, a 1999-2000 jersey worn by Kobe Bryant in that season’s NBA Finals and signed by the future Hall of Famer went for $24,137.40.

A 1986-87 Fleer basketball set, with every card and sticker graded PSA 9, was sold by Huggins & Scott late last week.  The final price, with buyer’s premium, was $6,517.  And did you know there’s a fully autographed 1986-87 Fleer set on eBay?  You’ll need some serious disposable income for this one.  Check it out here.

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If you’re building a new home and have a nice collection, you need to show it off.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes us to the home of Bruce and Heidi Sowatzky who live in a suburb of the city.  When they built a new home, Bruce’s collection became the centerpiece for one of the rooms in the home.

He owns autographed baseballs from the top 100 home-run hitters in history; dozens of single-signed balls from Hall of Famers, 43 signed 500-goal NHL hockey pucks and that’s not all.  Check out the photos and the story here.

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Writer David Seideman stopped by the recent White Plains, NY show to chat with dealers and collectors about the hobby for a story that appeared this weekend at Forbes.com.   In contrast to the numerous vacuous stories that have appeared about card collecting being a ‘dead hobby’, it’s refreshing to see a mainstream national outlet that gets it.  It helps that Seideman is a collector.

Read his story here.

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].