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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...

Flashback: Vol. 18, No. 3 – Horse Fans Still Putting Money on Secretariat

First published in the December 2010/January December 2011 issue of Sweet Spot By Charles Kaufman Sports movies affect memorabilia collectors in many ways. Whatever this person accomplished in a moment or over a career is something collectors want to hold in their memories....

’79 Thurman Munson uniform: $45,000

WATCHUNG, N.J. — A  1979 Thurman Munson home Yankees uniform, jersey and pants, sold for $45,000 in a Robert Edward Auctions event that closed April 25.  The lot, among other Munson lots, came from the Yankee great’s family. Collectors of player contracts found abundant...

Gene Tenace Series rings for sale in April

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Gene Tenace 1972 World Series ring, MVP plaque and trophy come to the auction block April 8 in a sale organized by SCP Auctions. Tenace slugged four home runs, drove in nine runs and hit .348 in the seven-game series against Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine....

1944 Negro Leaguers album page: $27,500

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A 1944 album page signed by Negro Leaguers Josh Gibson, Jud Wilson, Ray Brown and Roy Campanella hammered for $27,500 in a Huggins & Scott auction. The sale ended early Feb. 13. A single-signed Eddie Collins baseball sold for $15,000. Among other items...

Red Pollard’s Seabiscuit saddle fetches $104,260

BOHEMIA, N.Y — Red Pollard’s Seabiscuit saddle sold for $104,260 in an auction organized by Leland’s. The sale ended Jan. 16. The legendary horse’s shoes from the unforgettable War Admiral match race and Santa Anita handicap sold for $35,311. A program from that duel at Pimlico...

Willie Mays ’67 glove: $13,317

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — Willie Mays’ game-used MacGregor glove from 1967 sold for $13,317 on 23 bids in a MEARS auction that ended Jan. 4. The sale took 23 bids. The glove was signed by with the notation, “My Gamer — Willie Mays — 1967.” Another glove in the auction was an Eddie...

Jimmie Foxx-signed ball sells for $13,288

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. — A single-signed Jimmie Foxx ball sold for $13,288 in an auction held by EAC Gallery. The sale ended the first week of November. A signed program from the inaugural 1939 Hall of Fame game, with signatures by Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Cy...

Meet, greet, sign

Sweet Spot features public autograph signings. If you want to promote an event, please email information to this website. NOVEMBER. 4-6, Santa Clara (972) 691-1715 Guests: Sebastian Janikowski, Marcus Allen, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, Jim Otto, Vincent “Bo” Jackson, Warren Moon, Ray...

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...