Fans of vintage baseball photography are licking their chops over a new book featuring more photographs from the archives of Charles M. Conlin. Conlon turned out massive quantities of striking black and white images from the first half of the 20th century. His work has been the subject of books, baseball card sets and obsessive hunts by collectors looking for first … [Read more...] about The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs
by Rich Klein The concept of which products "work" in today's card world and which ones do not "work can sometimes surprise even the most experienced hobby veteran. While at this point, the first series of Topps Baseball is almost always going to be a hit for several reasons, one can never be sure of just about any other product. This year's version of Topps Chrome football … [Read more...] about 2011 Topps Chrome Football Box Break
Charles Conlon, the photographer who chronicled baseball’s development in the early 20th century, will have a showing of twenty of his major works at the Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry Street in New York City, on Monday evening, September 19. The invitation-only event will include five original works of art replicating the Conlon Collection by the celebrated photorealist … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: Panini-Art Settle Suit; Conlon Party; Stolen Rare Photo on eBay?
It only makes sense to take your business where the people are and there is no shortage of people in India. In an area less than half the size of the United States, 1.2 billion people live, work and follow sports. Not baseball, football, hockey or basketball. The game of games to the folks there is cricket. In March of last year, Topps announced a partnership with the … [Read more...] about Crazy for Cricket Cards: Topps Scores Huge in India
The studio where Tim Carroll creates some of the most unique sports card art in North America looks the same today as it did a week ago. Skies had darkened last Wednesday night. Winds blew. Thunder, lightning and rain crashed down. It was scary, but his home was largely untouched when the violent outbreak moved further east. The same can't be said for folks living just … [Read more...] about Card Artist Helping Tornado Victims
Andy Jurinko, who produced what many consider some of the best baseball art ever seen, died earlier this month. Jurinko's work was featured in several collecting publications over the years. He was best known for his depictions of defunct ballparks. Jurinko died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Manhattan, not far from Ground Zero. He painted more than 400 portraits … [Read more...] about Noted Artist Andy Jurinko Remembered
Part of the fun that comes with being a dealer of vintage sports cards and memorabilia is that you never know who is going to come through the door, stop at your booth during a convention or send you an email. Some are ready to sell or consign something good. Yet long-time sellers know it's the repeat customers who make it possible to count on a steady source of … [Read more...] about Food for the Monster: Dealer Counts on Clients for Fresh Listings
Many card collectors became familiar with Dick Perez when his artwork became the basis for the long-running Donruss Diamond Kings series in 1982. Along the way, he's gained legions of fans for his images of players from the 19th century to the present and became official artist of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This summer, he self-published a huge book that features over … [Read more...] about Dick Perez At Work
Leila Dunbar spent several years working on some of the biggest sports memorabilia auctions while employed by Sotheby's in New York. Now she's running her own appraisal company and doing some work for the Antiques Roadshow. "There’s a demand for the best of the best out there," she says. "Mediocre pieces, though, are easy to find, so the market for them has shrunk … [Read more...] about History a Big Part of Sports Memorabilia Appraisal
by: Ryan Friedman Do you ever wonder why or how the decision is made on why sports memorabilia auction companies end their auctions on a certain day of the week? Why Thursday night? Why is always ending in the evening? Well, there is actually some logic and past history to it. First, lets talk about closing days. Back in the 1980s and 90s, prior to the Internet and … [Read more...] about Auction Insider: Why Do Auctions End on the Nights They Do?