Notebook: Rare Video Uncovered, Jackie Robinson Note, Ohio Show

In collector terms, it’s a ‘great find’.  The New York Times has uncovered a long lost video clip taken June 1, 1925 when Babe Ruth returned to the Yankee lineup after the ‘bellyache heard ’round the world’.

But not only are we treated to some fresh (and some close-up) images of him swinging the bat, a portion of the video is taken in front of the dugout and in the background is a man who made even more history that day–although no one was aware of it at the time.

Keith Olbermann, a noted collector and big fan of the game’s history, showed it off on his show last night on ESPN.  Watch below.


Ted Patterson started collecting when he opened his first pack of baseball cards in 1952.  He went on to become a sportscaster in Baltimore and is still working today.

He also never stopped collecting.

Patterson has cards dating back to the 19th century, game-worn gear, programs, vintage memorabilia and just about anything else you can think of.

The Baltimore Sun profiled a man who also has an amazing memory for baseball fact and figures as he prepares to attend his 41st consecutive Orioles opening day.


RR Auctions is selling a unique Jackie Robinson autograph.  This one goes beyond the traditional signature.  In fact, the autograph is only a first Jackie Robinson notename, but the nature of the piece goes beyond that.

It’s a short note written by Robinson to a fan who presumably sent a letter to him in 1958 asking about his biggest accomplishment in baseball.

Robinson, who had just retired from the game, wrote on a 5 ¾” x 3 ¼” card:

“I believe my greatest accomplishment was my ability to accept the racial abuse I did early as it was certainly not my nature to do so.”

You can see the listing here.


Vintage cards are where it’s at for some North Jersey card shop owners who stay busy attending big shows and dealing in vintage cards.  The Bergen Record has that story.


Strongsville showIt’ll be sort of a warm up for this summer’s National when the Ohio Sports Collectors Convention returns to Strongsville this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The three-day event is run by Paul Fusco and is very heavy on vintage cards and memorabilia.

The history of the show goes back a long way and many of the dealers who will be buying and selling are the hobby’s real veterans.

Lelands is co-sponsoring the event this year.

The News-Herald offers this preview, plus information on admissions and more.


The Milwaukee Brewers are getting serious about game-worn and game-used memorabilia.  They’ll have a new, larger Brewers Authentics kiosk on the first-base side of the field level concourse behind section 111 at Miller Park this year with game gear and autographs available for sale.

Game used baseballs will start at $35. Jerseys start at $150.  They’ll also have caps, helmets, locker name plates, bases and lineup cards.

The kiosk will only be open on game days.

Numerous other teams have special sections inside their home parks offering game-worn and game-used memorabilia.


Patrick Kane Olympic jerseyFor the next month, five sets of jerseys worn by the U.S. Olympic hockey team, at least one in each color, will be up for bid via MeiGray and NHL Auctions.

The men’s team wore seven jerseys during the Sochi Games.

The first auctions, a set of white jerseys and a set of white Throwbacks, have begun. These auctions end Thursday, April 3 beginning at 9 pm Eastern Time.

As of Wednesday night, a pair of Patrick Kane jerseys were atop the bid board.

Click here to see the listings.