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Topps Diamond Giveaway Site Back Up

2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway

Topps’ Diamond Giveaway website returned live on Thursday, just five days before the redemption codes were to expire for 2011 Series One and Update.

News and Notes From In and Around the Hobby

Tillman shoes

An eBay seller shoots for the moon with Pat Tillman’s old spikes; the Cardinals are memorabilia collectors; the Brewers and Braun just say no, a 1992 Prince and Cecil Fielder ad for McDonald’s… and eBay is having a listing special.

Topps Series One Will Include Pujols, Reyes Short Prints

Albert Pujols 2012 Topps card 331

Topps has added a pair of short prints to its upcoming 2012 Series One set thanks to some graphic artistry.

Hostess Gave Collectors a Sweet Tooth in 1975

King Dons

Collectors had something besides bubble gum packed with their baseball cards more than 36 years ago. The 1975 Hostess set is still sweet.

Mickey Mantle and eBay Still Perfect Marriage

Mickey Mantle 1954 Dan Dee

More than 43 years after his last game, Mickey Mantle is still a smoking hot search on eBay. We’ve got the latest, most interesting sales figures and some info on the best time to buy…and sell.

Lakers Collection is Hoops Heaven

Game worn Jerry West jersey

You don’t have to be a fan of the team to appreciate the history behind David Kohler’s Lakers collection. Get a video tour of the shrine.

Up Close With Hockey Stick That May Be World’s Oldest

oldest hockey stick

A Canadian barber sold an old stick for less than $1,000 three years ago. It could bring seven figures to the new owner.

Editor’s Blog: Panini-Art Settle Suit; Conlon Party; Stolen Rare Photo on eBay?

Cobb sliding

Charles Conlon’s original photos and some works of art replicating five of the best will be on display at an invitation-only party in New York. Panini settles it’s lawsuit with Art of the Game and is that a stolen Al Reach photo on eBay?

ESPN: Pryor Had Autograph Deal

Pryor

In what would be another significant NCAA rules violation, Terrelle Pryor had a sweet gig signing autographs for a local dealer according to a new report.

Bidders Flock to Killebrew Rookie Cards

1955 Topps Harmon Killebrew

Harmon Killebrew’s friends and former teammates remember him while fans and collectors log on for a tangible memory.

Cops: Sob Story Wasn’t True; Red Sox Gear Hot

Holland, Jamie Pritchard

A Massachusetts district attorney says the case involving some stolen game-used Red Sox memorabilia involved a tale of sick kids that even convinced an auction house.

Leslie Jones Photo Archives Mesmerizing

LibraryPhoto

A huge and rarely seen collection of vintage baseball photographs from a long-time Boston photographer has fans and collectors excited.

MLB, NYPD Continuing Probe of Clubbie

Charlie Samuels

The former long-time clubhouse manager of the New York Mets is under investigation on two fronts, including the theft of game-used memorabilia from the clubhouse.

Editor’s Blog: Convict Card Caper, Store Raid

target

Some legal briefs involving a box cutter and ICE.

The Market for Medals

1968 Summer Olympics

A well-known athlete from the 1968 Summer Olympics hopes to turn his gold medals into classrooms…but the asking price doesn’t match the market.

Editor’s Blog: News and Notes

Ted Williams purchase agreement

More hobby tidbits to snack on including a historic baseball document, Carmelo and some card company talk.

2011 Topps Tribute Will Include Signed Pujols Rookie Card Buybacks

Pujols Bowman Chrome Auto rookie card

Topps marks the ten-year anniversary of the first Albert Pujols cards with a giveaway.

Vintage Babe Ruth Cards: Bargain Hunting

W522 Babe Ruth

Record-setting prices may scare some away, but you can still own Babe Ruth cards from his playing days for a few hundred bucks.

Willie Mays Book Signing Draws Wide-Eyed Fans

Willie Mays book

He hasn’t always been the most gracious card show guest, but Willie Mays seemed to have a hold on folks who showed up to have him sign his book.

GTS Distribution Buys Lou Brown Wholesale Division

A long-time sports card wholesaler is turning operations over to a larger company.