What began as a weekend celebration ended on a dismaying note for longtime California dealer/collector Don Del Mazzio. The last of his seven children was getting married in Las Vegas last weekend. But when Del Mazzio and his wife returned to their Anaheim Hills residence on Monday night, a terrible surprise awaited. Thieves had broken into their 10-room house and looted it, … [Read more...] about Police Hunt Thieves Who Looted SoCal Man’s Collections
Sunday marked the 19th anniversary of the birth of the Tampa Bay Rays. Three years later, in April of 1998, they took the field for the first time. Since then more than 400 players, managers and coaches have worn the team’s uniform. Jeff McKenney and his family have an autographed baseball from each and every one of them. It’s more than likely the only complete … [Read more...] about Rays Autographed Baseball Collection Like No Other
After years of trying to find a more permanent home for his massive collection of signed baseballs, Florida collector Dennis Schrader got the city of St. Petersburg, FL to give him some space. The city raised over a quarter million dollars to build Little Cooperstown, an exhibit dedicated to Schrader’s collection. Some of the biggest names in baseball history are … [Read more...] about Little Cooperstown Exhibit Opens; Are All of Those Baseballs Real?
More than a week after Hurricane Sandy crashed ashore on the east coast, residents are still dealing with widespread power outages, the destruction of homes and businesses and, believe it or not, another big storm heading in later this week. Sports teams and leagues are trying to rally to the cause with fundraising events and on eBay over 1,200 listings have been set up to … [Read more...] about eBay Auctions Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims
A remarkable collection of previously unknown autographed baseballs collected by the former general manager of a hotel where big league teams stayed for decades is heading for the market. Consigned to Hunt Auctions for its upcoming Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum event, the baseballs include hard to find players from the first half of the 20th century, single-signed … [Read more...] about Collection of Rare, Old Autographed Baseballs Consigned to Auction