Authenticated and graded 19th century coins stolen from the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski while he and his roommates were at the Super Bowl were tracked down after investigators used the certificate numbers given by PCGS, a sister company to PSA.
Two Proof Morgan dollars were taken in the burglary, both belonging to one of Gronkowski’s roommates. Because the victim retained the cert numbers, he was able to supply the information to investigators.
Foxborough, Massachusetts police didn’t have any leads in the case until Doug Davis, founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC), shared a tip he received through NCIC’s network. NCIC worked with local law enforcement, upstanding coin dealers, and PCGS to get the coins back.
That led to suspect Eric Tyrell, 28, turning himself into police. According to local reports, investigators say Tyrell tried to pawn the stolen coins and surrendered to police on March 27.
Collectable.com has released the 2.0 version of its sports auction finder app for iOS and Android. The app allows collectors to browse, search, and navigate the maze of sports auctions all in one place.
A more user-friendly interface, faster performance, upgraded wishlist matching and search capabilities, the ability to follow specific auction houses, and full support for iPhone X and the latest Android devices are part of the upgrade. Additional auction houses have been added to the platform as well.
“With the significant upgrades to our 2.0 app, Collectable is vastly improving how sports collector find items at auction and how auction houses reach and interact with new customers.” said David Yoken, CEO.
Collectable.com, Inc. is a company based in Boston, MA, and is composed of a team of long-time sports collectors with backgrounds in the tech industry.
Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins has been known to collect some items from his long career in pro baseball, but he’s not into displaying them all just yet.
Mauer reached 2000 hits on Thursday night but if it’s like most of his other memorabilia, you won’t find that baseball on display at one of his three homes.
— Twins Authentics (@TwinsAuthentics) April 13, 2018
“My parents have the MVP trophy [from 2009] and a couple other things,” Mauer told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “But I didn’t want to put stuff up until after I’m done playing.
“I have stuff, but I don’t have it out. It’s in storage boxes and stuff like that.”
Mauer says he has none of his five Silver Sluggers or three Gold Gloves displayed. He does have most of his milestone baseballs, thanks to the work of the Twins’ team curator.
When he reached 200 career doubles, he was asked if he wanted anything from the moment. “And I jokingly said, ‘Yeah, get me second base.’ I was just messing around. But the guys in Chicago actually gave me second base. It was kind of cool. I have that up at my parents’ house. I wish I would have done a little bit more of that. I don’t have a whole lot, to be honest.”