An autographed, rookie year Michael Jordan game-worn shoe, tossed into the trash? It apparently almost happened in Milwaukee, where an old mall was about to be torn down some 18 years ago.
A basketball fan and shoe collector who happened to be the head of maintenance for the mall at the time, says he saved it from going out with the rest of the stuff before the mall was demolished.
Now, it’s on the auction block.
There’s more to the story, though, and you can read about it and catch a video in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
One of Lou Gehrig’s old caps also looks to be quite a windfall for one family.
Dating from 1929-1932, his widow willed it, along with and several other pieces of Gehrig memorabilia, to a friend in the 1950s.
The story behind the treasure trove of career and personal Gehrig momentos received some national attention Monday via this story in the Associated Press.
There’s another collecting-oriented TV show pilot in the works and again, they’re looking for avid collectors—as long as you have at least one really nice item in your collection.
The show is about the stories behind – and high values of – collectibles including sports memorabilia along with antiques, pop culture memorabilia, celebrity fan fare, etc.
The show was described to us as a “bit of Antiques Roadshow meets Price is Right meets Deal or No Deal. They’re looking for collectors who own individual items worth between $5,000 and $250,000.
They’ll be shooting in Atlanta March 14-16 with expenses paid. You can apply here.