The hobby isn’t dead at one hot spot for collectors and dealers. Collectorsfest, held three times per year at the Empire Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, drew a good crowd according to this video from YNN. The show ran Saturday and Sunday.
A federal court judge in New Jersey has denied a motion by Robert Edward Auctions’ attorneys to dismiss a lawsuit filed by long-time collector Corey Shanus. The two are in a dispute over some 19th century baseball memorabilia purchased by Shanus ten years ago when REA president Rob Lifson worked for Mastro Auctions, which is now defunct.
REA claimed about a year ago that the lawsuit was “without merit”, but at least for now, it is going forward. The memorabilia in question was originally consigned by Peter Nash, also a long-time collector who lost a large judgment to REA in 2008. The auction company has been battling Nash ever since to get him to fork over what he owes them.
The New York Daily News has the latest play-by-play.
Those ‘memorabilia road shows’ are still turning up items from America’s closets, attics and garages. A Chicago area dealer set up shop a couple of hours to the north this past weekend and had several people bringing him things including a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle.
The Comets baseball came with the original box. The owner was still pondering what to do with the item, which may be short on value but long on history.