The auction houses says it’s the best one ever to appear on eBay.
Bidding closes Tuesday night here.
Claims against Arkansas dealer John Rogers now exceed $18 million. According to Arkansas Business, two lawsuits have added more than $2.6 million to claims against the former shop owner who built a large business digitizing newspaper photo archives and selling the originals.
According to the publication, First Arkansas Bank & Trust “is pushing Rogers’ Sports Cards Plus Inc., Planet Giant LLC, Digital Stock Planet LLC and Photo Archives Partners LLC toward court-appointed receivership”.
Three years ago, a filing with the Arkansas Secretary of State indicates that Rogers used the photo archives of a large Oklahoma newspaper as security for a private debt but didn’t actually own the archive.
Read the Arkansas Business story here.
Big league teams are getting ready for their annual off-season fan fests. Reds Fest is this Friday and Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Hours are 3-10:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Redsfest has grown to more than 300,000 square feet of activities including autograph and photo booths with current and former Reds players, game-used and authentic memorabilia, autograph sessions and interactive games.
Over 80 current players and coaches, minor leaguers and broadcasters are expected to attend including Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier and Billy Hamilton. Many Reds Hall of Famers and alumni are expected including Ron Oester, Tom Browning, Eric Davis and Mario Soto. The updated list of scheduled attendees is available at reds.com/redsfest.
Baseball Card Exchange will be hosting a public autograph signing with Hall of Famer Frank Thomas on December 27. It’ll take place at the company’s Schererville, IN shop, southeast of Chicago from 1-2 p.m. Autographs will cost $79-99, depending on the item.
The store has held several in store signings since opening last year. Tickets are available on the company’s website.
Reading this little story made me long for the days of Topps vending cases. They limped away during the late 1980s but in the years prior to that, sorting those 500-count boxes into sets is how a lot of dealers spent the late winter months, hoping to get the jump on sales. There is still nothing quite opening a vending box that’s never been touched.
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