Glass plate negatives used by famed photographer Charles Conlon to print photos of early 20th century sports greats including Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb are being reunited with thousands of others from a seven-figure collection that’s now in receivership.
The negatives were being held by Doug Allen and others associated with Legendary Auctions, but will be turned over to the receiver for the insolvent sports memorabilia and photo archive business of Little Rock area resident John Rogers. Allen and his associates claimed a 65 percent ownership stake in the collection after investing $750,000 with Rogers for the collection a few years ago.
Allen is awaiting sentencing on fraud charges in connection with his time at Mastro Auctions while Rogers has been named in multiple lawsuits over unpaid debts. Claims against Rogers total in the millions and the Conlon Collection will likely be sold with proceeds split among the people he owes.
According to a story published Wednesday in Arkansas Business, an agreement was reached to bring those negatives back to Arkansas in preparation for satisfying creditors.
The personal World Series trophy given to Keith Hernandez after the 1986 Mets stunned the Red Sox is up for grabs…and it’s not “Just for Men”. Anyone can bid on the award he received while playing first base for Davey Johnson’s team.
The trophy, which could bring $50,000 or more, is up for bid via Goldin Auctions. Hernandez talked with ESPN about his memorabilia.
Dallas police have arrested a jail inmate in connection with the August theft of thousands of dollars worth of framed sports memorabilia from a storage unit.
Investigators say 40-year-old Benson Johnson broke into a storage facility and stole signed jerseys and helmets from Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, a signed Tim Duncan jersey, autographed
Pete Rose memorabilia, a robe signed by Muhammad Ali and some valuable area rugs.
There was very little physical evidence and the video tape of the incident did not provide much assistance. Police say after several weeks, the manager of Extra Space Storage received a tip about a person who may have been involved in the case. Using that information, a detective was able to track down a possible suspect.
Johnson was in jail on an unrelated charge and during a jailhouse interview, he told detectives he had sold a lot of the items to employees at an exclusive Dallas hotel. The majority of the stolen sports memorabilia was recovered there.
Long-time collector and television commentator Keith Olbermann loves the 1957 Topps set so much he owns two of them. He sat down with Topps for a fun chat about the set, how he got started as a collector, Chris Berman and other topics.
Olbermann is a consultant for Topps who was in the office to help plan the 2016 Heritage set.
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