Local TV stations are always on the prowl for a good story. Sometimes they find one.
Unfortunately, though, the effort often comes up a little short.
You know, the usual stuff you find floating around. Ruth rookie, T206 Wagner and Plank, etc., etc.
We never really learned where he got them.
The station’s reporter went to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow where no one seemed to have a clue. And apparently the station couldn’t find one vintage sports card collector or dealer in one of America’s largest cities who could have solved the “mystery” in twenty seconds.
So….they put the story on the air and left viewers thinking that this kid had somehow run into hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cards for $150.
Supposedly, the station ran a follow-up story Thursday night that revealed (no way!) that the cards weren’t real after all.
Funeral services for Journalism will be held next Monday.
Hall of Famer Bob Feller signed so many autographs over the last 30 years or so that it’s rare to find a collector who doesn’t have one. It was kind of an inside joke in the hobby.
Feller’s life and career–and his willingness to meet and talk with fans–were no joke though.
On the list of the game’s best ever. War hero. Story teller. Baseball ambassador. You may not have agreed with everything he said, but you always knew where he stood.
We’ve been lucky to have him around for so long.
Now battling leukemia and other health issues at 93, he’s in hospice care, which generally means the end may be near. It has come quickly for a man who was remarkably active as late as last summer.
For many, Bob Feller may have been the only Hall of Famer whose autograph they could actually afford.
All of them will someday look like a bargain.
The third round of the NBA’s Opening Night jersey auction wrapped up Thursday evening. Dwight Howard’s Orlando Magic jersey topped bids at $8020. That’s the third highest price paid so far. No others went for more than $2900 in the latest batch of gamers.
LeBron James’ first Miami Heat jersey went for $14,600 last month and Kobe Bryant’s brought $10,020.
Plans are well underway for the 2011 Industry Summit, scheduled March 20-23 at Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Organizers say they’ve made several enhancements based on feedback after last year’s inaugural event, thanks to active planning and input from many industry leaders, including several new manufacturer representatives who will attend in 2011.
For more information go to www.regonline.com/vegas2011.
Panini has Bieber fever.
The company is taking a short break from its sports card releases to launch an official Justin Bieber trading card set, featuring 150 cards and 30 stickers, with 500 randomly inserted authentic autograph cards of the teen heartthrob.
Four nine-card puzzles can be arranged to create mini Justin Bieber posters. Special card sets are also available that include 12 Spellbound cards, 18 Downlowd cards and ten of what are called XXXOOO cards (hugs and kisses, get it?).
The Bieber cards are at Bed Bath & Beyond, f.y.e, Target, Toys“R”Us and Walmart stores nationwide, as well as in Justin Bieber’s online store http://www.bravadousa.com/justinbieber. Packs retail for $1.99 and include five cards and one sticker.
When asked about becoming the subject of a nationally collected card and sticker set, Bieber said, “It’s awesome; it makes me feel great. I always dreamed of being a hockey player and having my own trading card. I remember collecting hockey cards, so the idea that kids are going to enjoy my cards like I enjoyed my hockey cards is amazing.”
For a PG-13 rated chuckle, check out “Beyond the Cardboard”, a new video feature at JoeSportsFan.com. A “world renowned baseball card photographer” tosses out anecdotes on some random old cards.
It’s all a joke, of course but a pretty creative effort.