Ramblings: Why a Sport Rules a City and its Collectors

Why do some cities have a bigger collector base than others? Rich Klein says some of it has to do with the history of its pro sports teams.

VIDEO: A Look Inside the Cardinals’ Hall of Fame and Museum

Eight thousand square-feet of Cooperstown-worthy artifacts help tell the story of one of baseball’s greatest franchises.

Cornering the 1964 Topps Curt Flood Market

Our story on the premium prices for a certain 1964 Topps card led ESPN The Magazine’s Mina Kimes to a California man who’s crazy about Curt.

Photo of the Day: Branch Rickey, Cardinals Manager

An original Branch Rickey news photo from 1921, shows the innovative Hall of Famer during his on field managerial tenure.

Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary Will Include Nostalgia, Memorabilia

There’s a party in L.A. that doesn’t involve celebs or vices. We’ve got the lowdown on the Dodger Stadium 50th anniversary season.

Part of Cardinals Collection Hitting the Road

You won’t believe how much memorabilia the St. Louis Cardinals have accumulated thanks in part to their participation in major auctions. At the moment, there’s no place to show it off beyond the internet, so they’re sending some to the Clinton Presidential Library.

Cardinals’ Museum Website Showcases Team’s History

There’s no physical location yet, but the St. Louis Cardinals Museum is online with a brand new website full of memorabilia.

Skip Schumacher’s Rally Squirrel Card Helps Push Topps Buzz

The Cardinal utility man may not be in love with the idea, but Topps is getting some mileage out of the Skip Schumacher Rally Squirrel variation.

News and Notes From In and Around the Hobby

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.

Thome Auction Includes 600 Home Run Items, Abandoned Signed Cards’ Cap

Jim Thome presides over his annual benefit auction and dinner this weekend.

Complete 2012 Topps Baseball Series One Checklist

Get your click finger ready. We’ve got the final 2012 Topps Baseball Series One checklist, three weeks ahead of the debut of the season’s first baseball card products.

Price of Fame: Freese Autograph Jumps from Free to $75 After Series Heroics

Cardinals fans snapped up autograph tickets for the World Series champs’ upcoming appearance including David Freese autographs at $75.

Top 5 Vintage Sports Program Sales

From a century-old Rose Bowl program to a minty ’26 World Series program, eBay bidders have had a lot to choose from lately.

Collector Who Cornered Part of Pujols Rookie Card Market Opts to Liquidate

A collector with a passion for Pujols rookie card, bought nearly one-third of all of the slugger’s 2001 Donruss Elite and is now selling.

Fan Trades Freese Home Run Ball for Signed Bat, Ball

The David Freese home run ball landed on a grassy knoll, but there’s no conspiracy theory. The man who chased it down was already planning for it. Lucky for the Cardinals, he’s not the kind to cash in.

Rays’ Throwbacks Thumb Nose at History

Can you eliminate the coolest part of an old jersey and still call it a throwback? Apparently so. Collectors buying them…beware.

Cardinals, Royals Combine for Tornado Relief Auction, Events

Missouri’s two big league teams are joining forces to turn their interleague series into a fundraiser that includes items bearing a special logo and an auction of game-worn jerseys, game used items and autographed memorabilia.

Cardinals Winter Warm Up Includes Show, Autos, Game Used Gear

One of baseball’s most collector-oriented fan fests returns this weekend with Cardinals’ Winter Warm Up 2011.

Albert Pujols Continues to Drive in Collecting Dollars

Ten years after his first cards hit the market, Albert Pujols’ career and collectibles are hotter than ever.

Signed Babe Ruth 702nd Home Run Ball Brings $264,500

One of the Babe’s last blasts was the biggest hit in this year’s Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum Auction.