A large online sports card and memorabilia auction was halted Thursday night over a newly filed lawsuit.
Long-time dealer Bill Goodwin was conducting the final night of bidding in the inaugural auction for his new company, Heartland Sports Cards and Memorabilia. About 10:45 PM Eastern time, registered bidders received a notice indicating that the close had been postponed and bidding suspended because of a lawsuit.
Sports Collectors Daily has confirmed with an industry source that it was Beckett Media, the former owner of Goodwin’s old auction business, that filed the complaint.
“Earlier today, we we targeted in a lawsuit by another memorabilia company which we view to be malicious and unwarranted,” the email stated. “Rather than continue with tonight’s scheduled closing, we are taking a reasonable and prudent approach and suspending the auction.”
Goodwin said his company planned to honor bids that had been placed before action was suspended and resume the auction at a later date.
Goodwin sold Goodwin & Company to Beckett in late 2014 and worked in conjunction with them for some time, but the two have since parted ways. There was no immediate word on the specific nature of the complaint.
Huggins & Scott is delaying the start of its Spring Auction as the COVID-19 fight goes on. The company told customers today that “with consideration for events happening around the country, and after hearing from an array of consignors we have decided to move our May auction dates back two weeks. While we had hoped that the dates could remain the same and that we would all be in a better place today, it seems that our original game-plan was too optimistic.
“The May auction will now commence on Friday, May 15th with an end date scheduled for Thursday, May 28th. This will also allow for our consignment deadline to be moved to the 20th of April. Please feel free to contact us via email or give us a call if you would like to discuss any items.”
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He had just moved the shop there from North Providence and things had gotten off to a good start. It’s not his full-time job, so Lombardi is patiently waiting in hopes of getting things back up and running as soon as he gets the green light. He talked about the shop with the local newspaper.
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