‘Sports Detectives’, the new show we told you about last month that attempts to track down some important–but long lost–pieces of historic memorabilia, begins its run next weekend.
The first episode airs Sunday, April 24 at 9 PM Eastern time on Smithsonian.
Former FBI agent Kevin Barrows and sports reporter Lauren Gardner travel the country on the hunt for Ali’s missing Olympic gold medal, Jim Craig’s Miracle on Ice flag, Dale Earnhardt’s first race car, and other items. While we can’t vouch for the content yet, the show appears to have strong production values as evidenced in the trailer that has been released.
Barrows appeared on CBS This Morning over the weekend to discuss the show. Although we wish someone would offer some valid proof of the “90% of memorabilia is fraudulent” line we seem to hear so often from folks on TV, you can check it out below (if you can’t see the video, click here).
Fox Business News began the week with a segment on last Friday’s sale of the September 2001 Mike Piazza home run jersey.
Goldin Auctions CEO Ken Goldin turned the jersey over to Skybridge Capital Managing Partner Anthony Scaramucci, who paid a record $365,000 for it.
Goldin indicated Monday that the Mets collector who’d originally consigned the jersey was hoping to get $25,000.
The jersey worn in the first game after the 9/11 attacks when Piazza lifted the city up with a dramatic homer, was pulled from an auction so it could be sold and put on a rotating display at the Baseball Hall of Fame, 9/11 Museum and the Mets’ CitiField Museum.
“It was a pleasure working together with Ken Goldin and Goldin Auctions to make this happen for the city of New York and to help keep the jersey where is has such strong meaning to so many people,” said Scaramucci.
Watch the video below.
The previous high price paid for a modern-day jersey was $303,277 for Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series jersey worn when he famously limped out of the clubhouse to pinch-hit and homered off Dennis Eckersley to win Game 1.