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Upper Deck Secures Exclusive Collegiate Sports Card License To Represent 200+ Colleges

Aug 17, 2009 |

The Collegiate Licensing Company, a division of IMG Worldwide, and The Upper Deck Company announced today a multi-year agreement on behalf of more than 200 collegiate institutions for Upper Deck to be the exclusive licensee in the collegiate trading card category. Collegiate trading cards, which feature former student-athletes in their collegiate uniforms, have been interspersed […]

Houston Family Takes MLB to Court in Baseball Card Repackaging Dispute

Aug 13, 2009 |

You’ve seen them before, either at the ballpark or a store: packs of 50 baseball cards with players from a single team, but from a wide variety of years and manufacturers, intended mainly for kids and casual collectors. You may even have wondered who put them together. For the last 11 years, a Houston family […]

Why Sports Card Exclusives Aren’t the End of the World

Aug 12, 2009 |

If the last part of this decade in sports cards can be defined by a single trend, it’s sports leagues signing exclusive deals with trading card manufacturers. The NHL was first, deciding to go solely with Upper Deck coming out of its 2004-05 lockout season. A more surprising announcement came this January when the NBA followed suit. […]

Bob Gibson Collection Helps Pace Legendary Auctions’ $1.75 Million Live Sports Sale

Aug 11, 2009 |

There’s no question that the U.S. economy is still in the doldrums. While some recent indicators suggest the worst of the current recession may be over, money is still tight for many people. Despite that reality, top quality sports memorabilia can still find willing buyers and realize high prices. That became clear the weekend of […]

Michael Jordan’s Popularity Soars Among Collectors as he Prepares to Enter the Hall

Aug 10, 2009 |

It’s hard to believe that Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest NBA player of all time, has been in retirement long enough to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next month. It doesn’t feel like Jordan’s been gone long enough to be enshrined because he’s still so visible. Turn on a television […]

Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009 a Relative Bargain for Collectors

Aug 10, 2009 |

The brand new batch of Hall of Famers inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past weekend includes several gentlemen with impressive credentials. The NFL’s all-time sack leader (Bruce Smith), it’s single-game sack king (Derrick Thomas), a former world’s fastest man (Bob Hayes), and arguably the greatest cornerback ever to roam the gridiron […]

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, […]

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