Southern California collectors had a chance to celebrate the new season with a new event. The 2012 Baseball EXPO and Sports Memorabilia Road Show at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel was partly about equipment and other elements directly associated with the game, but there was a collector element. PSA was on hand to grade and authenticate and Memory Lane Inc. brought a collection of cards, including the T206 Wagner they have up for auction this spring.
You can read about the event and see some video here.
The New York Times wrote about the company’s new iPhone apps and skirted around the baseball card industry in this piece, which includes an extremely brief quote from your favorite editor (trust me, the better stuff didn’t made it into the story).
Actor Bill Murray threw out the first pitch in last Thursday’s Cubs’ home opener. He then autographed the ball and flipped it to Ryan Dempster. Normally, those will go into the ball bag for safe keeping–or into a player’s collection. Instead, though, Dempster used it to pitch to the game’s first batter without knowing it had been signed, “Good luck, Ryan.”
The Nationals’ Ian Desmond singled off the first pitch from Dempster and asked for the ball as a momento of Opening Day 2012. He was a little shocked to say the least when he looked at it in the dugout and saw the game used baseball had a bonus written on it.