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Ramblings: Reader Reaction

Rich’s columns, past and present, spur emails from old and new friends with questions and comments.

Ramblings: Ripken Recollections as Anniversary Approaches

Twenty years after he passed Lou Gehrig, Rich Klein recalls how Cal Ripken’s generosity–and his rookie cards–helped baseball heal some deep wounds.

Meeting Players Trumps Autographs at Show

David Seideman visits a show where at least some of the former players seemed cheery enough to meet fans and collectors who paid for autographs–but also a memory.

A Piece of the Game TV Looking for Memorabilia to Feature

Producers of the Emmy Award-winning reality series A Piece of the Game will be taping two new episodes this month and are looking for collectors with sports memorabilia that has a story to tell.  The show, which was recently picked up for national syndication on Fox Sports and Comcast Sportsnet, will tape at Chisox Bar & […]

Autograph Lineup Taking Shape for NSCC

More than three dozen autograph guests have been announced for this summer’s 35th National Sports Collectors Convention with more to come.

Mazeroski Collection Leads Results at Hunt’s Louisville Slugger Auction

Chris Levy takes us to the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum Auction where the Bill Mazeroski collection, including his game jersey, bronzed shoes and bronzed bat from the 1960 World Series was sold.

Sports, Entertainment Agency Launches Online Autograph Store

Creative Artists Agency, which represents numerous athletes and entertainers, has opened an store offering autographed photos, balls and memorabilia.

Cardboard in the Desert: A Soldier Remembers, Collects 1991 Topps Desert Shield

A U.S. Soldier stationed in Saudi Arabia during the operation that pushed Saddam Hussein’s troops out of Kuwait recalls the 1991 Topps Desert Shield baseball cards that are among the most popular and rare modern era issues.

A Grocery Cart, Dumpster, and a Police Officer: The Minor League Cards of Cal Ripken, Jr

An in-depth look at Cal Ripken minor league cards will take you back to the nights in 1980 when they were ballpark freebies.

Hidden Talent: Florida Man a Top Notch Sports Artist

John Prince was a very talented sports artist. It just took awhile to realize it.

Wanna Buy Cal Ripken’s Streak-Used SUV?

The vehicle Cal Ripken drove to and from Camden Yards while breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record is being sold for charity.

Elway Pumps Topps on Media Tour

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway has his hands in a lot of different pies, but Monday he was Mr. Football Card.

PSA Grades Autographs for New Packaged Product

A new venture has put certified, cut autographs three to a box with every player a current or former All-Star.

1952 Topps Mantle, Carlton Uniform Top Auction

A complete uniform worn by Hall of Famer Steve Carlton during his finest big league season was one of the major targets in Huggins & Scott’s latest catalog auction. The 1972 Phillies jersey and pants had been virtually untouched in the 38 years since Carlton wore it while winning the National League Cy Young award.  […]

Collectors Still Chasing the Truth About Ripken Card

Donovan Ryan was a kid in 1989, hooked by the scandalous controversy over the obscenity on the bottom of Bill Ripken’s bat in the now-famous 1989 Fleer card. It was definitely a word not to be used at the dinner table and for millions of kids his age, it only fueled an interest in baseball […]