Mike Acosta isn't old enough to remember when they were called the Houston Colt .45s, but he knows plenty about that era of Houston baseball history. The Astros' Authentication Manager wears a lot of hats in his job. He handles everything from making sure the team's bobblehead giveaways look like the players they're supposed to honor to authenticating game-used … [Read more...] about Astros Authenticator Has Hand in Everything
New Shop Opens in Phoenix Area
Not many people in the Phoenix area are actually from Phoenix. Many moved there from cold weather cities, or came with their parents who sought year-round sunshine. That means plenty of passionate sports fans. It's that demographic that sports memorabilia businesses in the area rely on to succeed. There aren't that many anymore, but you can add a new one to the … [Read more...] about New Shop Opens in Phoenix Area
Negro Leagues Museum Offers Unique, Rare Items
If you ever get to Kansas City, you can't call yourself a true baseball fan without visiting the Negro Leagues Hall of Fame and Museum. Like all museums, many of the displays are meant to be educational, but rest assured the Hall also has plenty of memorabilia that would catch the eye of any collector. Start with the oldest-known piece of game apparel from the first Negro … [Read more...] about Negro Leagues Museum Offers Unique, Rare Items
What’s in Joe Namath’s Closet?
Part of being a Topps' spokesman is doing a lot of interviews. That job fell to Hank Aaron earlier this year. Hammerin' Hank appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and did plenty of other guest spots on network and major market TV. Now, it's Joe Namath's turn. A few weeks back, we showed you his appearance on Letterman where he talked about popping out of bed to … [Read more...] about What’s in Joe Namath’s Closet?
Chicago Sports Memorabilia Always Percolating
by Diane Carter Several American cities rate high when it comes to sports fans and collectors--New York, Boston, Detroit and St. Louis to name a few. But, no list would be complete without Chicago positioned near the top as well. Whether it be the Cubs, White Sox, Bears or Blackhawks, fans fill the stands and Chicago sports memorabilia is among the most active in the … [Read more...] about Chicago Sports Memorabilia Always Percolating
Wanna Buy Penny Hardaway’s 1965 Ford Mustang?
Penny Hardaway had plenty of money after being drafted out of Memphis back in the early 1990s. Enough, apparently, to fix up at least one classic car. A 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback he once owned is now up for bid on eBay. According to the current owner, Desert Auto Sport of Phoenix, Hardaway spent $30,000 with 310 Motoring out of Los Angeles to get the car the way he wanted … [Read more...] about Wanna Buy Penny Hardaway’s 1965 Ford Mustang?
Iverson Takes Game Worn Gear, Autos to eBay
If you're looking for Allen Iverson memorabilia, it appears as if you can now go right to the source. The one-time NBA superstar, armed with plenty of raw talent but sometimes unable to fit into a team concept, has apparently partnered with someone to sell game-worn memorabilia and autographs via eBay. A Newport News, Va. seller with the ID IversonAuthentic3 is currently … [Read more...] about Iverson Takes Game Worn Gear, Autos to eBay
Seedy Autograph Element Talks Tough Online
One would think that with an FBI investigation apparently still going on, anyone dealing in fake autographs, doctored trading cards or other shenanigans would be nowhere near a computer. But one would be wrong. There are still plenty of fast buck artists working their way to wealth by passing off junk. The phony autograph trade is an easy one to get into and apparently … [Read more...] about Seedy Autograph Element Talks Tough Online
Take a Tour of Doug Flutie’s House, Memorabilia
Doug Flutie met his wife when both were teenagers. They're still together, living happily inside a comfortable but decidedly non-showy house in his hometown of Natick, MA. Flutie's football career took him from Boston to Canada to Chicago, San Diego and eventually back to Massachusetts. From the Hail Mary that made him a household name to MVP seasons in the CFL, some … [Read more...] about Take a Tour of Doug Flutie’s House, Memorabilia
2010 Topps Attax Football Review
by Rich Klein 2010 Topps Attax continues what has been a very successful program for the company. The game-playing model has attracted a pretty solid backing in the United States after its debut in Europe with Match Attax soccer cards several years ago. It’s also an inexpensive way of obtaining rookie cards and superstars. The combination … [Read more...] about 2010 Topps Attax Football Review