Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Memorabilia dealer selling fakes

Part 2 of my previous post.

Memorabilia dealer selling fakes

Here is a great investigative video about a memorabilia dealer selling fake items to unsuspecting fans. This is another reason to be very careful where you get things from. He was trusted by these people before this happened.

Autograph seeker meets Pete Rose … it does not go well | Off the Bench

This guy is seriously an idiot, so Pete Rose says he won't sign your ball and you throw it? I think Mr. Rose has every right to tell someone no he won't sign, but to act like a complete moron about it is ridiculous. This is why I don't particularly like to approach celebrities and sports figures in public.

Autograph seeker meets Pete Rose … it does not go well | Off the Bench

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Let's play family feud! Topic, sports memorabilia!

It does amaze me sometimes what happens to people when family members pass away and leave things behind. It makes me glad to be an only child sometimes. Just think what the holidays will be like for this family in the future.

Illinois family feud of autographed baseballs

Autograph Lineup for the Brickyard 400 annouced

Here is the lineup!!

Brickyard 400 Autograph lineup

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The thrill of an autograph

This is what it is all about.

Autograph thrills

Brian Wilson's beard gets a card

Yeah, I guess this beard thing is taking off.

Fear the beard?

The ultimate collector?

If anyone thinks they are a bigger collector than this guy I would like to meet them.

Ultimate collector

Are baseball cards still and investment?

Here is an article that appears to think you can still invest in baseball cards. For me, it is not an investment, it's a hobby and for fun.

10 tips to baseball card investing

A good perspective of collecting

I think this article is great. The owner of this shop is tuned in to what is going on and could be a good model for current and future business owners. Learn how to roll with the changes is the moral of this story.

Card shop owner keeps it going

Monday, July 18, 2011

Northport Historical Society has baseball card and memorabilia exhibit

Here is a cool little story about a historical society in New York who is putting on a speaking event and small exhibit on sports cards and memorabilia. Sometimes it is good to get away from what collecting is today and think about what it was before.

Northport Historical Society baseball talk

Friday, July 15, 2011

Jon "Bones" Jones won't sign your replica belt

Not a good way to market yourself and your sport. Pretty much telling the fans he doesn't care about them liking him at all.

Jon Jones won't sign your replica belt

MLB, souvenir balls and the fans

This article struck a cord with me personally. When I was younger, probably 10 or 12, I was at a Milwaukee Brewer game and had a foul ball hit toward me. As I reached for it and it hit my hands, a older man pushed me and snagged the ball from me, proudly holding it up after pushing a child to get it.

The other day I wrote about Christian Lopez and his returning the baseball to Derek Jeter for his 3000th hit. I thought it was a great gesture, some people seemed to disagree. I found another article supporting Mr. Lopez today. In the article it also mentions a fan from my hometown in Milwaukee who held a ball hostage for Chris Coghlan's first home run, stating he wanted "to get a slice". While I understand somewhat that they are millionares and have a life the majority of us will never know, but they are people as well.

Rich Franklin in person autograph

This is old, but I want to share anyway. A little over a year ago, Rich Franklin from the UFC signed autographs at the World of Wheels show in Milwaukee. Of all the in person autograph signings I have been to, he was probably the best ever. He took time to talk to all the people, take pictures, and sign anything you had. I printed out a few pictures and had them signed, and I also had my picture taken with him.

The great thing about Rich is that he was a school teacher before becoming a fighter and was as much a normal guy as me.

Will the NFL lockout effect the sports card industry?

I do think this raises an interesting point. Yet at the same time I feel it is a little bit of a stretch. While the rookies aren't in camp, aren't getting playbooks etc., they are still athletes. The people handling this guys aren't idiots either and they are making sure they are doing as much as they can during this period of uncertainty. As a "drop dead" date approaches for the NFL season to start on time, I think all will be well in the end.

Rookies, autographs and value

Rare Charles Woodson Autograph

This is something I didn't know, C-Wood has rarely signed for card companies.

Charles Woodsoon Autograph

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Christian Lopez gets probably every kids dream

Not only did he catch Derek Jeter's 3000th hit, but he is going to get his own Topps baseball card, I am jealous.

Christian Lopez Topps Card

George W. Bush Allen & Ginter Topps Autograph card

This is interesting that they got "W" to sign. My understanding is it is the first time a former President has done anything of this nature.

"W" Autograph cards

Brickyard 400 2011 Driver Autograph signing, biggest ever

Words can't describe this, I will do everything in my power to get one of these wristbands.

Brickyard 400 Autograph session

DC X Games Athletes Autograph signing July 27th

For all you X Games people in the Los Angeles area, here is a signing I would want to attend. Pastrana, McGrath, Mirra! Awesome!

DC X Games Athletes Signing

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The next level of sports cards?

Panini has brought out their HRX video trading cards. Is this the next step in collecting? For me, I have no interest, it's just another marketing gimmick. I have a love for just the plain old cardboard and chasing after it like I always have. Here is a Beckett article about the whole thing.

Panini HRX video sports cards

WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter at Timber Rattlers game

Hall of Fame wrestler Sgt. Slaughter will be at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game in Appleton Thursday as part of Military Appreciation Day. He will be available to sign autographs and take pictures.

Sgt. Slaughter at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Christian Lopez and the IRS

I must have a theme going here today with the IRS. I won't get into the political part of this, I just am spreading the story. I can save the other part for another blog on another day.

IRS wants their cut of Christian Lopez

IRS auction with sports memorabilia

Here is something I wouldn't mind being at.

IRS Auction with sports memorabilia

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How did you get started collecting sports cards?

Collecting cards didn't start the way it would for most kids I would think. My mom was the person who actually got the whole thing going for me. She was a huge Milwaukee Brewers fan going back to the teams start in the 1970's. I was born in 1979 and by 1982 when the Brewers went to the World Series I had already attended my first baseball game. In 1984 my mom bought some cards for me and set them aside in a shoe box for when I was a little older.

She purchased some Topps cards and some Fleer cards. When I was finally old enough to get a better understanding of collecting, my mom gave me the cards. In that box were two Don Mattingly rookie cards, and my love affair with collecting began.

Jeter, Lopez and a mistake?

I really disagree with this reporter. How is someone a schmuck for giving a ball back to someone for such a rare and amazing accomplishment? I think the schmuck is the one doing the name calling. I have a wife, a child, another child coming and bills to pay, but I still would have done the same thing Lopez did.

Jeff Edelstein obviously has something against Derek Jeter and the history of the game. While I agree Jeter perhaps could make a donation to his foundation or another charity, it still doesn't make Christian Lopez a schmuck. He obviously felt getting the luxury seats, meeting Derek Jeter and getting autographed sports memorabilia was worth more to him.

Something is only worth what someone will pay or wants in return, so don't be mad at Christian Lopez for getting what HE wanted.

Jeter, Lopez and a mistake?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Setting the record straight

This is a guy who is driven.

Setting the record straight

The art to an autograph

I found this to be an interesting read. I think it really says something about how you look at autographs you collect. I know a lot of the guys I have collected over the years have had pretty sloppy autographs, but there have been a few good ones.

Art of autographs

Babe Ruth autograph pull, wow!

I don't know that much could top this one for a great pull from a pack of cards.

Babe Ruth Autograph

Yankee fan makes the right choice with Jeter 3000th hit ball

As a collector and fan I think Christian Lopez did exactly what I would have done. His selfless act paid of to him in more ways than any amount of money he would have recieved for the ball. He will be sitting up front for the rest of the season, got to meet Jeter and get a bunch of signed memorabilia. On top of all this, he will just be recognized as someone who didn't participate in all the greed out there today.

Christian Lopez gives back to Jeter

Saturday, July 9, 2011

In person autograph signing with Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers

Today I attended an autograph signing at Waukesha Sports Cards featuring Rickie Weeks and Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers. There were quite a few people when I arrived at around 11:30am. Rickie Weeks was just finishing up signing and was taking pictures with a few people. I was there for Jonathan Lucroy though, the cost was $20 to get a mini helmet autographed. I had prepaid for my ticket, so when I arrived all I had to was ask for my ticket. There wasn't a line and I walked up and has Jonathan sign. I waited around for a little bit and when he had finished signing I asked for a picture. Overall it was a great signing and Jonathan was really interactive with all the people.

Appleton man's shrine to Wisconsin Sports

Sounds like this guy has me beat!

Wisconsin Sports Shrine

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Guide to FanFest 2011

MLB FanFest 2011

Here is a link to the event.

Hoarder or collector?

Looking at the picture in this article I can't decide if he is a hoarder or a collector. I do think Mike and Frank from American Pickers might want to pay this guy a visit though.

Hoarder or Collector, you decide.

A True Collector

I think this man really takes things to a whole new level when it comes to collecting.

1910 Honus Wagner, pfffft!

Don't throw away those sports cards Mom!

This is a great article about collecting. I think for the generation that grew up using cards to make noise on your bike, or have their cards thrown in the trash, this will bring back a lot of memories. One note, the author incorrectly spells McGwire as McGuire, and also likes to put rookie, from a rookie card, in quotes.

Mom threw away my sports cards!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

TTM, IP? What the heck does this stuff mean?

With all of today's texting, tweeting, abbreviations, and shortcuts you have to ask, what the heck does this stuff mean? Here is a list of common autograph collecting acronyms:

- ALS = Autographed Letter Signed (i.e. a hand-written letter)
- ANS = Autographed Note Signed
- AP = Autopen (machine-signed)
- AMQS = Autograph Musical Quotation or handwritten musical notes or a bar of music signed
- AQS = Autograph Quote Signed (hand-written and signed by same individual; poem verse, sentence)
- BCS = Business Card Signed
- BW, B/W or B&W = Black and White
- C = Color
- CISP = Color Inscribed Signed Photo
- CSP = Color Signed Photo
- COA = Certificate of Authenticity
- DS = Document Signed
- FDC = First Day Cover (issued by the Postal Service)
- HOF = Hall of Fame
- I = Inscribed or personalized
- IP = In Person
- IRC = International Reply Coupon
- ISP = Inscribed Signed Photo
- MOC = Member of Congress
- MOH = Medal of Honor
- PP = Preprint (autograph is part of the photo)
- RTS = Return To Sender (address unknown; not at this address; address incomplete etc.)
- SAG = Screen Actor's Guild
- SAE = Self Addressed Envelope
- SASE = Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
- SIC = Signed Index Card- SP = Inscribed Signed Photo
- SP = Signed Photo
- SPC = Signed Postcard
- STC = Signed Trading Card
- TC = Trading Card
- TLS = Typed Letter Signed
- TTM = Through The Mail
- UACC = Universal Autograph Collector's Club
- VV = Via Venue

I know a lot of people who collect know these things, but other's don't. Plus it is always good to get a refresher on things even for the most seasoned veterans.

Atlanta Motor Speedway to offer autograph drawing with ticket purchase

This sounds like a great idea. Two driver autographs if you win, Dale Jr. is on the list. This would be pretty huge.

Atlanta Motor Speedway autograph signing

Soup Nazi autograph signing

Ok, seriously, why can't this be near me! I would love to meet this guy. No soup for you!

Soup Nazi autograph signing

Tony Stewart autograph signing follow up

I posted the link to this yesterday about people camping out for Tony's autograph. Here is the follow up story about the signing and what the other part of Tony's appearance was about.

Tony Stewart autograph signing

Baseball All Star Auction

These are the things I would love to just go and window shop at.

All Star Auction

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Brickyard 400 Autograph Session Entire Field Invited

This sounds exciting in theory, yet I have my reservations. Once we get closer I will be looking forward to it, as I will try to get a wristband for the event.

Autograph Event at the Brickyard 400 2011

Hall of Famer Al Kaline appearance July 9th

Here is a chance to meet a Hall of Famer!

Tornado Relief Fundraiser Autograph Signing

To all St. Louis Cardinal fans and St. Louis Rams fans, check out the signing below for a good cause.

NASCAR fans are dedicated, especailly to Tony Stewart

NASCAR drivers tend to be very happy to do autograph signings in public, but their fans tend to be rabid to get those autographs. The story below is a prime example of this.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Upcoming Signings in the Milwaukee Area

Here are a few reputable places in the Milwaukee area:

Are card shops a dying breed?

I think this is an interesting article about the state of the hobby and how we go about doing it. My local card shop that I have frequented has slowly moved away from cards and more towards the memorabilia. To me it is sad, but at the same time with the overhead required to have any store front, you can't really compete with the internet and low overhard costs.

Sports cards and porn?

I took the bait, check this one out:

Story of a collector

I think this would sum things up for anyone who has collected before:

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fake Favre Autographs

This is a link to an old story about fake Brett Favre autographs. I believe shortly after this Favre began working with Jeff's Sports to get his own holograms and certificate's of authenticity.

A little about me

Greetings! Thanks for checking out my sports card and memorabilia blog. A little background about me; I have been collecting sports cards for over 20 years and collecting autographs and memorabilia for around 10 years. I personally like to get most of my autographs in person, or buy from a reputable shop locally.

I have bought, sold and traded cards for the last few years online and enjoy the experience. I am always looking for new and interesting things.

I try to get to autograph signings whenever possible, especially if they are free. For the right signature though, I will absolutely pay for it.

What I want to provide is my experience and my research so you can make great decisions about what you are buying.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Great video about sports memorabilia forgeries

I found this video I while ago and thought it would be good to share again. It just reminds us to all be very careful of who you buy from and where they received it from, regardless of any documentation they can provide you.