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From Scott Fragale’s 7th Inning Stretch Blog:
Auction Industry Needs To Remember the Past

Are you familiar with Spanish philosopher George Santayana’s famous line: "Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it"? Well, don’t feel bad because it appears most involved in the sports memorabilia business never heard of it either.

I wasn’t really a collector until I took over the editorial reigns of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly about five years ago and since then my collecting habits would be modest at best. So unlike others who have been in the industry for decades, I don’t know all of the history that has shaped the hobby into what it is today. But one thing I have learned about the sports card industry Auction Business.jpgduring my time here is that too much of a good thing is almost always a bad thing.

When the hobby boom took off in the late 1980s and early 1990s, new card companies jumped into the fray and the existing card companies cranked out set after set until the supply far outweighed the demand. Everyone wanted a piece of the pie but when the smoke cleared, the hobby was left with an over-saturated market and millions of worthless cards. Collectors eventually figured this out and shifted their collecting focus from cardboard investments to pretty much anything else, as the heavily populated market had people leaving the hobby in much the same they would a burning building.

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Votto, Tebow And Mathews Leading The Card Market
Joey Votto continues to torment opposing pitchers with his sweet swing and is one of the main reasons the Cincinatti Reds are contending to win the N.L. Central with their rival St. Louis Cardinals. Votto’s outstanding season certainly puts him in MVP Tim Tebow contention, as he ranks among N.L. leaders in batting average, home runs and RBIs. Some of his cards that have been on the rise the past couple months include his 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft #44 jumping from $15 to $20. His 2002 Topps 206 #429 has more than doubled from $8 to $20 and his 2007 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autograph #JV jumps from $30 to $45. His 2008 SP Authentic Jersey Autograph #137 rose from $35 to $45 and his 2008 SPX Autograph #109 moves up from $40 to $50.

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One Day Left In Collect.com Auctions Internet Sale
Collect.com Auctions’ Internet Auction No. 3 will end tomorrow, Sept. 9, at 9 p.m. CST. If
Collect.com Auctions you would like to bid, please do so before 9 p.m. CST to be eligible for the extended bidding period. To register to bid, visit www.collect.com/auctions or call 888-463-3063.

There are some great deals to be had in this auction, as many of the minimum bids are at $50 or less. Some of the highlights include:

  • Roberto Clemente signed 1962 Post Cereal card
  • 1988 Pacific Legends near-complete signed set
  • 1933 Goudey Gabby Hartnett No. 202 PSA 5
  • 1959 Fleer Ted Williams PSA-graded lot of 26 with 14 PSA 6s
  • 1982-84 Topps vending boxes
  • 1968 Topps Joe Namath No. 65 PSA 6
  • 1981 Topps Joe Montana RC No. 216 PSA 8

Tons of other great pieces for all the major sports, plus entertainment, music and political signed items. Visit www.collect.com/auctions to learn more.



Feds Charge Pennsylvania Dealer For Unlicensed Memorabilia Sales

Federal authorities have charged an area sports memorabilia dealer with possessing hundreds of unlicensed jerseys and photos of various professional football, baseball and hockey teams.

Salvatore Argo, 35, of Mountain Top, who owned the Sports Scene retail store in theSports in Court Laurel Mall near Hazleton, was charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods or services following a raid at the store on June 5.

The raid, which went down just as Argo was preparing for an autograph session featuring several Philadelphia Eagles football players, resulted in hundreds of jerseys and photos being confiscated from the store and Argo’s home and vehicle.

The charges were filed under seal on June 7. Argo was arraigned on June 14 and released on his own recognizance.

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Preorders Available For SCD’s Ultimate Price Guide
For sports card collectors, this is the most wonderful time of the year – the new edition of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards is here! And if you preorder now, you will save 34% off the cover price – now that’s a deal!

Since values in the card collector market are ever changing, it is important for you to stay up to date. In 2011 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, you will find accurate pricing for over 1 million cards based on the most recent auction results. Get updated pricing for rookies and prospects such as Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Jason Heyward, Ubaldo Jimenez, Buster Posey, Mike Stanton, Austin Jackson, Starlin Castro, David Freese, Ike Davis and more!

In this NEW edition you will receive:

• Pricing on baseball cards issued between 1863 and early 2010—including 2010 Topps Series 1 & 2
• Over 10,000 photos to be able to easily identify cards
Thousands of price updates in vintage and modern cards
• An easy to use grading scale so you will know the exact value of all your cards

All of this can be yours for under $30. Includes all of the updates on vintage sets, along with the latest pricing on 2010 cards through June. Plus, this edition marks the return of Bob Lemke as the editor. Enjoy!

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The Headliners Of The Latest Pro Football HOF Class

It’s hard to imagine a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony getting much bigger than this.

At the top of this year’s class are Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s touchdown kings. One is the undisputed greatest wide receiver ever to play the game, the other a legendary running back who holds one of the most prestigious NFL records that won’t be broken anytime soon – if ever.

Smith and Rice were two of the biggest names in professional sports during their heydays – not to mention two of the most collectible. Both men were major parts of the sports card hobby’s boom period in the 1990s, when more sports fans than ever were buying cards. Five years after hanging up their cleats, both men still are among the most popular among card collectors.

"The two respective leaders in career touchdowns and yards gained for their positions put the two players on the pedestal of some of the most sought after and collectible football players ever," says Brandon Miller, Upper Deck’s brand manager for collegiate trading cards. "Every time Upper Deck releases new football product, collectors consult the checklist to find out what big names are included in the set. Emmitt and Jerry are historically two of the big staple names that UD has included to deliver value and drive products."

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