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Cali law has strong teeth, but a root canal beats COAs

Give California credit for trying. The state’s new law written to protect buyers of signed sports memorabilia now requires a certi cate of authenticity. If a signed item sold in the Golden State lacks a COA, the penalty is 10 times the cost of the item, plus court costs,...

Ali: ‘The Greatest,’ but not a ‘hero’ to everyone

Let’s be clear, Muhammad Ali was “The Greatest.” He brought speed, footwork and technical boxing tactics unlike any fighter ever. He brought great flair and flamboyance to the ring and was equally entertaining outside the ring. He was controversial in his name change,...

Pete Rose: Strong Buy, Accumulate

It’s impossible to link Pete Rose with O.J. Simpson. Right? Simpson played football and is in that sport’s hall of fame and also in jail. Rose played baseball, is neither in his sport’s hall of fame nor in jail. But we live in an age when “political correctness” is being...

Control the hounds?

Reggie Jackson, known for post-season bombs that dubbed him Mr. October, used F-bombs out of frustration toward an autograph hound during induction weekend in Cooperstown. He then apologized for his profanity. But Reggie had a point and perhaps the village of Cooperstown should...

Jenner’s Torch: Whatever floats your boat

If you’re looking to add to your Olympics memorabilia collection or if you just felt an Olympic torch is something you need to satisfy your eclectic tastes, you may want to consider bidding on a little item coming up through Heritage Auctions. It’s a 1984 Summer Olympics torch,...

Memo to Hample: Keep it. Enjoy it.

I recently retrieved my first-ever foul ball off the bat of promising catcher Tomas Telis. Yes, retrieved. The small whizzed off the bat at about a million miles an hour and ricocheted off a window and a couple of seats before rolling three steps away. No, I didn’t battle an...

Forgers surface in hot market

Kris Bryant, the heralded Chicago Cubs third baseman, is off to a good start on the field. He’s even a good signer for fans, though his penmanship leaves a lot to be desired. For enterprising autograph hounds, it’s a good time to take a profit. Sellers are making...

The Gurley Bill

Just when you thought state legislatures had plenty on their plates now comes a bill in the Georgia Senate that would make it a crime for sports memorabilia dealers to pay college athletes signing stuff. The Todd Gurley bill named for the Georgia running back passed the Georgia...

Price on Kearse ball no longer inflated

Do I hear a Steve Miller Band refrain playing in the background? Who-oh, take the money and run. When Seattle Seahawks fan Scott Shelton caught Jermaine Kearse’s touchdown victory throw, he soon found himself being offered $20,000 for the ball. He refused. What was he thinking?...

Seahawks fan should have taken the money

Do I hear a Steve Miller Band refrain playing in the background? Who-oh, take the money and run. When Seattle Seahawks fan Scott Shelton caught Jermaine Kearse’s touchdown victory throw, he soon found himself being offered $20,000 for the ball. He refused. What was he thinking?...
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