A few hobby-related nuggets from mainstream media sources and elsewhere…
The top assistant prosecutor in Bergen County, NJ, is being accused of making false statements in the awarding of a government contract.
WPIX-TV in New York reported last fall that the prosecutor’s office made those statements in an official document in order to secure a no-bid contract to hire Drew Max to authenticate hundreds of seized autographs. Those signed items, part of a case against pharmacist/collector William Stracher, had already been dismissed as fake by James Spence Authentication.
Now, a judge says Frank Puccio will have to answer for what he did.
TPC Sawgrass in Florida is trying to weed out adults it says are collecting autographs from golfers and then re-selling them. They’ve created a ‘Kids Corner’ where you have to be under a certain size to await the players.
While profiteering on signatures is a fact of life and some can be pushy, it’s a pretty silly idea to conclude that all adults are dealers, but this columnist for Jacksonville.com apparently thought it was a great move.
A 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente graded PSA 8 was sold on eBay Sunday night for a fairly sizeable sum.
The investment research site Seeking Alpha published an analysis of Collectors Universe on Monday. CU is, of course, the parent company of PSA and PSA/DNA. It’s a pretty upbeat picture.
The Kansas City Star took the pulse of the industry by visiting a couple of sports card businesses for a story that ran recently; one a local shop that’s been around for 26 years and the other a mail order business that sells vintage cards.
Ever find anything good at a garage sale or flea market? It’s that time of year and on our Facebook page, we asked and dozens answered.