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Steve Young

Of redemptions, the return of basketball cards, superstar jerseys and the Industry Summit.

1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie Brings $200,000

1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth

The sale of a high grade 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth, the first big league rookie card of the Sultan of Swat, has set a new bar.

In The Game Enforcers Box Break

Enforcers

Like the subjects in the packs, In The Game Enforcers is heavy on hits.

eTopps Program at Standstill

eTopps Strasburg

Topps is re-thinking its digital strategy, leaving collectors who bought eTopps to wonder what the future holds.

Top Selling Mickey Mantle Cards on eBay

1969 Topps Mickey Mantle white letters

Owning a 1952 Topps may be out of your budget, but what other Mickey Mantle cards have collectors been buying?

Five Great Mickey Mantle Cards on a Budget

1952 Bowman Mantle

Building a nice little collection of Mickey Mantle cards that represents his career well doesn’t have to be out of your league.

2011 Topps Lineage Box Break

2011 Topps Lineage

Our box buster digs the old stuff, so this new, throwback-themed product is A-OK with him.

Universities Try to Keep Athletes Away From Autograph Revenue

UGA

Big time college athletes are a magnet for those who sell signatures.

2011 Bowman Chrome Preview and Checklist

Bryce Harper Bowman Chrome autograph

When the season winds down, Bowman Chrome will crank up with a fresh group of prospects in the checklist.

2011 Topps UFC Title Shot Box Review

Lesnar Carwin

Topps tries to pack a punch into its latest MMA release.

2011 Bowman Frenzy Underway

Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman autograph card

Box and case prices are soaring. There’s a mad rush for an autographed rookie card. What is this, 2010?

Exquisite Basketball Cards Carved Niche

Exquisite Jordan James auto patch

Upper Deck’s Exquisite line defined the high-end hoops market during the last decade.

2011 Topps Triple Threads Sneak Peek

Hank Aaron Jason Heyward Auto Relic

Get a look at some of the top cards that will be lurking in this year’s upcoming Topps Triple Threads boxes.

2010 National Sports Collectors Convention Gave Baltimore Biggest Impact

Baltimore

Collectors, dealers and others who showed up at the National Sports Collectors Convention made a big impact on the city’s tourism trade.

2011 Topps Pro Debut Sneak Peek

Topps Pro Debut Baseball Triple A All Star Montero

Topps will issue just one series of its Pro Debut minor league set this year.

2010 Bowman Sterling Baseball Box Break

2010 Bowman Sterling box

Topps finishes off “last year’s” products with a big blast of Bowman Sterling.

2010-11 Donruss Basketball Review

Amar'e Stoudemire 2010 Donruss basketball

Panini offers a ride in the way back machine for one of its basketball card sets. What, no Don Mattingly rookie?

2011 Bowman Baseball Preview

2011 Bowman Auto Prospect Bryce Harper

Topps banks on Bryce to bring sales of Bowman to a boil. Will it work?

1955 Topps Hocus Focus: 2 New Cards Found

55 hocus focus

One of the quirkier sets of the post-War era has a couple of new additions to the checklist.

1914 Cracker Jack Set Brings Big Bucks

Cards from 1914 Cracker Jack set

A half million plus is what it cost for one bidder to reel in the best 1914 Cracker jack set in existence.