Is a six-figure baseball card 'underrated'? If that card is the T206 Eddie Plank, it just might be. While the Honus Wagner card from vintage collecting's most popular set gets most of the attention inside and outside the hobby, the Plank card flies under the radar to those who haven't really studied it. Small headlines are generated when one comes to auction, but there are … [Read more...] about T206 Eddie Plank a Worthy Challenger to Wagner
Editor’s Blog: Where Did Those Fake Jerseys Go?
Government attorneys have extracted guilty pleas from three dealers charged last month with selling jerseys they claimed were game worn, but were actually just made to look that way. The question collectors are still asking, though, after reading our story and the plea agreements is 'what happened to the jerseys that were supposedly sold to the card companies?' If … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: Where Did Those Fake Jerseys Go?
Was Doc’s Sports Collection Acquired With Drug Money?
In Detroit, you don't have to look far to find a struggling family. Across the border in Windsor, Ont., there is evidence that life was much better for Dr. Colin Sinclair. He owned one of the best sports collections in the province. Vintage baseball cards, autographed baseballs from the likes of Ruth and Gehrig. Dozens of hockey sticks. Law enforcement authorities … [Read more...] about Was Doc’s Sports Collection Acquired With Drug Money?
Editor’s Blog: Gehrig’s Last Glove…Well Maybe Not; Ohio State Memorabilia Scandal
It was one of the most hotly contested items in the famous Barry Halper baseball collection auction. Now, though, the claim that a glove purported to be the last one ever used by Lou Gehrig is being called into question. A report by Dave Gob of MEARS, the Milwaukee-based authenticator, indicates that it wasn't possible for the glove sold in the auction to be the same one … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: Gehrig’s Last Glove…Well Maybe Not; Ohio State Memorabilia Scandal
Thieves Invade Agent’s Home; Swipe His Sports Memorabilia
The bad news? Thieves broke into an expensive Florida home owned by a Miami-based sports agent in the middle of the day. The good news? It's all caught on tape. No arrests have been made but police have a lot of visual evidence to work from as they try to figure out the identities of the two masked men walking around David Sugarman's home Wednesday. The two crooks were … [Read more...] about Thieves Invade Agent’s Home; Swipe His Sports Memorabilia
FBI Has Plenty of Tools to Uncover Fraud
They won't acknowledge or comment on an active investigation, but it's no secret the FBI is continuing to put the sports card and memorabilia industry under the microscope. Allegations of fraud are nothing new in the hobby, of course. Operation Bullpen cleaned up one major forgery ring in the 1990s. There's no doubt that hobbyists are probably a little safer today thanks … [Read more...] about FBI Has Plenty of Tools to Uncover Fraud
Pete Rose ‘Bat Rays’ Negative
The evidence that Pete Rose apparently corked at least one of the bats he used while pursuing Ty Cobb's all-time hit record sent collectors scampering to their memorabilia rooms in search of game-used Rose bats. Then, they headed for the nearest medical facility. A report on Deadspin.com earlier this month revealed that a California collector had x-rayed his PR4192 … [Read more...] about Pete Rose ‘Bat Rays’ Negative
Owner of Corked Rose Bat Discusses Find on TV
Most of us would rather not have X-rays. They usually signify the possibility that something is amiss. Stockton, California collector Bill Schubert is just fine, but his X-rays definitely show something isn't right. Schubert is the guy who has a bat used by Pete Rose that's filled with a long, skinny piece of cork, a strong bit of evidence that Charley Hustle was looking … [Read more...] about Owner of Corked Rose Bat Discusses Find on TV