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Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt Weighs in on Autograph Collecting

Aug 10, 2009 |

Its been said that the first three-quarters of the 20th Century were the golden age for collecting autographs. Back then it was still possible to get a signature from a famous athlete in person, without paying a fee for the privilege, and even feel a bit of a bond with the man holding the pen. […]

Arena Football League Leaves Behind Cards as Part of its Legacy

Aug 07, 2009 |

It was only a few years ago that the Arena Football League was one of the hottest properties in sports. With its games televised on NBC and ESPN and celebrities like John Elway and Jon Bon Jovi as owners, some media outlets earlier in the decade speculated openly about whether the AFL, and not the […]

Topps Signs Exclusive Trading Card Agreement With Major League Baseball

Aug 06, 2009 |

The Topps Company landed a decisive blow against Upper Deck  earlier this week by signing an agreement with Major League Baseball that will give them exclusive rights to produce MLB baseball cards. The multi-year deal, which is expected to be officially announced later today, will take effect once the 2010 MLB Season begins next year. […]

FBI and USPS Question Dealers, Authenticators at The National

Aug 05, 2009 |

As in years past, the National Sports Collectors Convention attracted thousands of attendees from far and wide last week in Cleveland. But while most hobbyists may not have realized it, amidst the dealer tables and autograph lines there were also representatives of two federal agencies, gathering information for ongoing investigations into the seamy side of the […]

Artist / Collector Paul Lempa Combines Passions, Creates Sketch Cards for Topps

Aug 05, 2009 |

For anyone dreaming about turning a hobby into something one can actually get paid to do, Paul Lempa is living proof that it’s possible. Growing up, the Jersey City resident was into collecting sports cards and autographs not unlike other guys his age. But Lempa also liked to sketch his favorite athletes, and he drew […]

Sam Bradford Asked to Autograph Baby

Aug 03, 2009 |

Quarterback Sam Bradford has many more autograph requests ahead of him once his playing days are over at Oklahoma. He’s expected to be an early selection in the NFL Draft if he turns pro after his upcoming junior season, and after winning the Heisman Trophy in 2008, he’ll have a subset of football collectors chasing […]

2009 Topps Football

Aug 03, 2009 |

2009 Topps Football Release Date: Now Available Hits Per Box: 1 (Hobby), 3 (HTA Jumbo) Box Configuration: 36 Packs Per Box / 10 Cards Per Pack (Hobby), 10 Packs / 50 Cards Per Pack (HTA Jumbo) Product Information 2009 Topps Football features a checklist of 110 Rookies from this year’s NFL Draft Class. This is […]

Rapper, Auction Giant Embroiled in Bitter Sports Memorabilia Dispute

Jul 31, 2009 |

Baseball collectors and amateur historians may recognize the name Peter Nash from his book on 19th Century baseball players or from his dealings in memorabilia from the same time period. Anyone who’s been a fan of rap or hip hop music for at least 20 years almost certainly knows him better by another name. As […]

Autographed Memorabilia: How to Start Collecting

Jul 31, 2009 |

Having an extensive, interesting collection of autographed memorabilia from popular celebrities and people from history to share with your friends and family is a fun and satisfying  hobby. To begin collecting autographs, you should first decide which autographs you’re interested in collecting. Do Your Homework You don’t have to perform extensive research, but have an […]

Celebrating New MLB Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice, and Joe Gordon

Jul 30, 2009 |

The Baseball Hall of Fame has inducted its most recent class, and the two men elected for 2009 (along with Veterans’ selection Joe Gordon) took very different paths. All-time basestealing king and feared leadoff hitter Rickey Henderson made it in on his first try, while Red Sox power hitter Jim Rice had to wait until […]

Ohio Woman Shows Off Father’s Collection of Vintage Photos of Baseball Legends

Jul 30, 2009 |

Imagine having high quality photographs of some of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history, names like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby and Jimmie Foxx. For good measure, let’s say some of them are autographed as well. Ohio native Julia Whitaker doesn’t have to daydream about a collection like that, because it’s exactly […]

Ryan Howard’s Record HR Ball Subject of Dispute Between Fan, Team

Jul 29, 2009 |

Home run balls are some of the most treasured game-used collectibles one can obtain from a Major League Baseball game – especially when they come off the bat of a star player like Ryan Howard. Though they can be sold by enterprising fans lucky enough to be in the right place in the right time, […]

Mark Buehrle Cards, Collectibles for All Kinds of Budgets

Jul 28, 2009 |

The most common and affordable way to start a Mark Buehrle collection would be with his rookie cards, which come from products released in 2000.

T206 Honus Wagner Sells for Record High Price at Recent Memory Lane Auction

Jul 27, 2009 |

The T206 Honus Wagner, easily the hobby’s most recognizable baseball card, has returned to the headlines.  A copy of the famed card has been sold for a record setting price by sports collectibles auction house Memory Lane Inc. The card, which was graded a 40 (VG) by Sportscard Guaranty, sold for a whopping $925,000 – […]

2009 Donruss Gridiron Gear Football

Jul 24, 2009 |

2009 Donruss Gridiron Gear Football card set information, product reviews, and price comparisons.

Interview with Joe Rubinstein

Jul 24, 2009 |

The Cardboard Connection’s Jay Ghazaleh sat down with legendary Comic Book and Sketch Card artist Joe Rubenstein to talk about life, art, and the pursuit of Triple D’s.

Brian Kong To Appear at Upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention

Jul 23, 2009 |

Sports and Entertainment artist Brian Kong will be appearing at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention (July 29 – August 2, 2009, at Booth #1046 in the Corporate Section (Beckett Media) where he will be on hand to meet with fans and to discuss his upcoming projects. Collectors who place an order for $250 […]

Junk Hauler Finds Treasure Trove of Autographed Memorabilia in Abandoned Storage Unit

Jul 23, 2009 |

Here’s a piece of advice for anyone asked to help clear out stuff left behind in a storage unit: make sure you check to make sure there isn’t any valuable sports memorabilia mixed in with all of the junk. That lesson was driven home in a surprising way for Faisal Ansari, an Orlando-area man who […]

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