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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...

Brady’s stolen SB jerseys found

BOSTON — Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey was found March 19 with the help of a 19-year-old Patriots fan and collector. Dylan Wagner had sold an item to Martin Mauricio Ortega, a former executive with Diario La Prensa, a Mexican news organization, with credentials to the NFL...

Last Michael Jordan jersey fetches $173,240

WEST BERLIN, N.J. — A 1998 game-used Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey from his last regular season game sold for $173,240 in a Goldin Auctions sale that ended Nov. 15. The bidding rose to the hammer price in 17 bids. A pair of worn and signed Jordan game shoes from 1996 sold...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Hakeem’s litho $75,020

WEST BERLIN, N.J. — Hakeem Olajuwon’s personal lithograph of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players sold for $75,020 in a sale by Goldin Auctions. The sale ended early May 10. In other items Goldin auction, jewelry attracted pricing that more than tripled minimum bids. A New York Giants...

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....