News and notes from sources around the country…
It doesn’t happen very often, but the U.S. Justice Department has dropped fraud charges against one of the six memorabilia dealers who were charged with fraud in 2011 over the sale of jerseys. Defense attorneys claimed witnesses – including three employees of the New York Giants — lied to federal agents and the grand jury that indicted Eric Inselberg.
Five other dealers pleaded guilty last year to selling fake game-used jerseys to card companies and others over a period of several years.
Read more in the New York Daily News.
The Atlanta Braves are holding an online auction of game-worn jerseys that will be worn in the team’s June 14 contest against the San Francisco Giants. The jerseys will be handed out by a selected player immediately after the game, but you don’t have to be present to win. However, each winning bidder will receive two tickets to the game and be taken on the field right after the game.
All jerseys will be authenticated and autographed. If you are unable or choose not to attend, the jersey will be mailed to you.
All proceeds from Jerseys Off Our Backs will benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Current high bids vary with Justin Upton’s jersey at $1,050 at present.
Click here to check them out.
Next time you’re on vacation near Daytona Beach, FL, you might stop by KnT Sports Cards. Owner Kyle Sheldon has spent his working life in and around sports and took over ownership about three years ago.
He’s got all kinds of customers, including one who finds his hobby box habit to be much healthier than some other things he’s tried.
“I like baseball … and it’s another addiction that doesn’t get me in trouble,” said Bob Werderists of Port Orange. “I’m a recovering drug addict and alcoholic.”
The story, which includes the obligatory references to all of the card shops that were around 25 years ago, is here.
That giant auction of Gretzky memorabilia we told you about last week all came from one guy. Shawn Chaulk didn’t build his amazing collection just by indiscriminately throwing money around. There was a method to his madness and he offered some pretty good tips on how to build a nice collection to the Canadian Press.
“When you’re in it for the enjoyment, you’re never going to pay more than you’re comfortable spending. Then you can spend with heart,” he said for the story that appeared in media outlets across Canada.
WhiteWhaleCards.com is extending the contest to win a T206 Ty Cobb until June 2. Any member of the baseball baseball card collecting community may enter the contest by uploading photos of their cards. They say the contest is being extended to make it fair for all users. Some experienced usability issues that kept them from adding cards to their collection.
WhiteWhaleCards.com is a baseball card social network that lets users share their collection with others and also features a community-editable Vintage Baseball Card Wiki Encyclopedia.