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Rob Lifson announces retirement

Sports memorabilia hobby pioneer Robert Lifson of Robert Edward Auctions has announced that he plans to retire in 2016 and will “pass the baton” to his consignment director, Brian Dwyer.

“I’m not going anLIFSONywhere right away. I’m still here,” Lifson blogged Jan. 21 on his website, but 2016 will be his final season in the auction business. “I still enjoy the field very much and may actually expand my involvement in some ways, as well as become more involved with other types of collectibles.” He said he has other creative and business ventures to pursue.

He said he is working on a book about hobby history stories. Among his personal collecting interests are political and Civil War memorabilia.

Dwyer joined Robert Edward Auctions in 2012 and said he’s pleased Lifson will remain with the company through the year. “We are pleased that Rob will be available to us to share his experience and expertise,” he said. The auction house, long-known for its huge total of lots and hefty, colorful catalogues, will continue its schedule of fall and spring auctions. The next sale, with 1,700 lots, will be in April.

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