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Lance signs SI covers

SI collector Scott Smith recently completed a signing with Lance Armstrong. Among the prominent items signed, as one might expect, are Sports Illustrated covers, his Sportsman of the Year Cover, three other SI covers, and all sorts of Tour de France yellow gear. . . . It’s nice...

Now he’s just Johnny Autograph

HOUSTON — Remember escape artist Johnny Manziel, the 2014 first round pick, Heisman Trophy winner known as Johnny Football? The wheeler dealer guy who showed the world he was money in the bank by raising his arms and rubbing his taunting little fingers together? Yep, the one who...

Christy Mathewson 1905 bat: $218,700

WEST BERLIN, N.J. — A 1905 Christy Mathewson game-used bat, signed and dated by John McGraw and other members of the New York Giants, sold for $218,700 in a Goldin Auction event that ended early Aug. 9. The sales price was twice the minimum bid. A Babe Ruth 1932 Yankees cap fell...

Mantle’s first Yankees bat: $242,209

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Cal. — A bat purported to be Mickey Mantle’s first as a member of the New York Yankees sold for $242,209 in an auction organized by SCP Auctions. The sale ended April 26. The bat was followed by a home Mantle pinstriped jersey from 1952, which sold fo...

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...

Berra bat from ’50s fetches $23,565

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — A game-used Yogi Berra bat, dated to the 1950s sold for $23,565 in an MEARS auction that closed April 4. The Louisville Slugger bat was signed. Other game-used bats fared well in the sale. A game-used bat from the late Ernie Banks sold for $8,256; a 1985...

Ruth ball hammers for $32,500

WATCHUNG, N.J. — A Babe Ruth single-signed baseball, circa 1940, sold for $32,500 in a Robert Edward Auction that closed Oct. 19. On item that did not sell was a 1946 Montreal Royals International League championship ring attributed to Jackie Robinson. It carried a minimum bid of...