Buyers beware: many alleged Babe Ruth autographs are bogus and many purported Elvis Presley signatures should be marked "return to sender." More than half of the signatures of some famous sports, historical and entertainment figures submitted in 2010 to PSA/DNA Authentication Services of Santa Ana, Calif., were judged to be fakes. You may be surprised to learn which celebs’ autographs are the most likely to be faked.
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The official white fleece winner’s blanket worn by Big Brown in the 2008 (134th) Kentucky Derby sold Dec, 9 for $3,630 in an online auction held by Grey Flannel Auctions. Auctioneer Richard Russek said the one of a kind historical item marks a brand new collecting area for sports fans since blankets worn by prize-winning horses are much rarer than modern-era baseball jerseys. "While a baseball player might wear many hundreds of jerseys in his career, a thoroughbred horse runs in only so many races, and there are only so many blankets or halters per race." Read More +
A black fedora signed by Michael Jackson is one of the keynote lots in Collect.com Auctions’ Sports & Americana Auction No. 6 closing Dec. 9, 2010. The auction offers 826 lots in categories including entertainment memorabilia, sports cards, game-used items and more than 100 license plates signed by sports figures and entertainers.
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A touching story of a Baltimore-area convent that inherited a T206 Honus Wagner baseball card moved the buyer to pay several thousand dollars more than the card’s market value.
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Sister Virginia Muller had never heard of shortstop Honus Wagner. But she quickly learned the baseball great is a revered figure among collectors, and the most sought-after baseball card in history. And thanks to an unexpected donation, one of the … Read More +
DALLAS – The School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore are about to receive a little divine love from the “Holy Grail of Baseball Cards.” A newly discovered T206 Honus Wagner card, left to the convent by the brother of … Read More +
OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A massive three-day weekend sale slated for Oct. 22-24 by Philip Weiss Auctions will feature hundreds of fresh-to-the-market lots of toys and toy trains, railroad memorabilia, Hollywood memorabilia, vintage dolls, antique advertising, coin-ops and more. Read More +
In an interview covering ocean liner memorabilia, theatrical producer Steve Hickson told me for most collectors in that category, their ‘gateway drug’ is the original Titanic flick. Read More +
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Cordier Antiques & Auctions’ Spring antique and fine art sale, May 22-23, offered a series of diverse collections ranging from military to autographs to unusual furniture. The 780-lot sale was held over two days in Camp Hill, Pa., across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. Read More +
Collectors dove into more than 700 aviation, astronaut and military autographs sold across 54 lots in Collectible Classics’ CC28 online auction Aug. 31. Licensed as a Pennsylvania auction company, Collectible Classics specializes in “collector-sized” affordable lots of sports cards, sports memorabilia and Americana. Read More +