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What to do with 660?

While MetLife representative Michael Shuster is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame for catching a baseball, he might want to remember one thing. Alex Rodriguez is the fifth person in baseball to hit 660 home runs. Not the first. At age 25, he will be a hero in his own mind for...

Coming up short

One of the most common complaints collectors have with young players involves legibility. Either players have poor penmanship or they’re in a hurry, signing on the run, or they have an abbreviated signature. It’s not as if they’re signing an electronic pad at a grocery store;...

Cubs Authentics goes charitable

While Wrigley Field is embarking on a $375 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the team’s memorabilia group, Cubs Authentics, has decided to start selling game-used and other memorabilia to benefit charitable purposes instead of its own budget line. And with any luck and...

Babe Ruth-signed luncheon menu from ’39

A Babe Ruth-signed luncheon menu from the Upper Montclair (N.J.) Country Club sold for $2,831 at a Premier Auctions sale ended Jan. 29. The 1939 luncheon was held for the Wall Street Golf Association. Another top seller was a team-signed ball from the 1976 world champ Cincinnati...

Evans: ‘A Haven for scoundrels’

Josh Evans, founding owner of Leland’s, a leading memorabilia auction house in New York, told Forbes that Craigslist may be great for finding an apartment or unloading certain possessions, but if you’re looking there for sports memorabilia, be careful. Evans told Forbes columnist...

Recovered: Items from Safeco museum heist

SEATTLE — A week before Christmas, a thief broke into Safeco Field’s museum and stole bags of jerseys, bats and other gear, including items from the 1947 Vancouver Capilanos and a baseball used at a Vancouver Beavers championship game in 1908. Media attention of the theft and the...

UPDATE: Buyers of Bergen items offered refunds

Following Howard Thompson’s excellent report that addressed the auctioning of questionable autographed sports memorabilia in May through the Bergen County (N.J) Prosecutor’s office, Bergan County Prosecutor John Molinelli Dec. 20 offered dissatisfied buyers 30 days to...

Notes & Quotes

WOW! Kris Bryant Kris Bryant is about to make every memorabilia collector a Cubs fan. The top third base prospect, who hit .295 with 21 homers in 70 games with AAA Iowa was contacted by a collector via twitter about authenticating a signed bat he saw on eBay for $850. Clearly,...

The cost of loving memorabilia

TORONTO — Mike Wilson, 59, a broker at GMP Securities, has played host to hockey Hall of Famers and others who’ve spent hours admiring his 2000-piece memorabilia collection. And while he can appreciate the growth of an equity, he approaches memorabilia with a different mindse...

MLB, Yanks, Mets to donate replicas

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Commissioner Bud Selig has announced that Major League Baseball, the Yankees and the Mets are donating replica rings that stolen Oct. 8 from the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. No date has been given as to when the replicas will be delivered and...