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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....

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...

Signing off on Peterson? Vike, Rice taking hits

Oscar Wilde had it right. Or was it Aristophanes? Art does imitate life. Well, now we know they were only partially correct. Neither writer lived during the time of the National Football League, the 2014 edition, in which domestic issues are center stage. With apologies to...

FLASHBACK 1992: Action from Springfield

The tradition of collecting sports autographs is dominated by baseball. More than basketball, more than football, more than hockey. It must have something to do with the fan’s expectation of getting an autograph before or after a game. Player accessibility is a major...