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10th Best Class?

Sports on Earth columnist Anthony Castrovince ranks the 2017 induction class of Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines and the 10th best Hall of Fame induction class of all time.  Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short of making this class the first five-man...

HOF honor for Rose

TAMPA — For those of you who thought the words Pete Rose and “in the Hall of Fame” would appear in the same sentence without the words “not” or “banned for life,” this one’s for you. Pete Rose will be inducted in the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame on Feb. 18 at Tropicana Field...

Kobe ring better than the ‘apology ring’

There are souvenirs and then there are SOUVENIRS. With the end of the Kobe Bryant farewell tour, the collecting public now enters the era shrine building with signed photos, signed jerseys and signed basketballs. The product is plentiful in the foreseeable future. Then,...

Piazza jersey sells privately for $365,000

Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, Tony Lauto and filmmaker Oliver Stone reportedly have teamed up to purchase the Mike Piazza jersey worn on Sept. 21, 2001, when the soon-to-be-inducted Hall of Famer slammed the first home run in New York following the 9/11...

Home for Rules of Basket Ball opens in March

The home of James Naismith’s Rules of Basket Ball, purchased in 2010 by David and Suzanne Booth for $4.3 million, is expected to open in March. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Autographed sports memorabilia collectors are wading through treacherous waters. Be careful. Be patient. Be smart. Do your homework. The following advice is based on real experiences that, sadly, are occurring all too often. You may find these accounts entertaining, but you...

The Art of the Flip

Alan Gutterman, who has watched the sports and memorabilia marketplace for many, many decades, told David Seideman, Forbes contributor on such matters, that “there are more dealers trading with each other than collectors.” Well, it’s been that way for quite awhile now. Seideman...

“Hahaha”: Plastic Mayweather-Pacquiao tickets get $100-$230

The plastic, wear-it-around-your-neck ticket for the May 2 between Mayweather and Pacquiao was selling online between $100 and $230, according to a report by business sports reporter Darren Rovell. The ticket shown on his twitter feed carried a price of $2,500, so owners of...

Moneyman banks 48th win

Manny Pacquiao lost the pre-fight stare down and lost the fight in the ring as well. Floyd Mayweather connected on a higher percentage of punches; and the boxers won their auditions for Dancing with the Stars with a 12-round dance off. Pacquiao thought he’d won the fight. “He...

Daughter rips off daddy

Here’s one from the Desperate Times / Desperate Measures department. A daughter reportedly stole her dad’s Babe Ruth-signed baseball. Albuquerque police say Michele Ortiz, 32, and her husband, Abraham Ortiz, were charged for burglary and larceny of more than $20,000. The...
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