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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.


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.


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   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.

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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].