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Auction Watch: Signed game-issued 2010 All-Star jerseys hit block for charity by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

You might be accustomed to seeing the Major League Baseball All-Star Game workout jerseys in small pieces in packs of Topps baseball cards, but if you pay attention to the auction block and have the funds then you just might see one in your collection.

A second complete set of the 2010 Workout Day/Home Run Derby jerseys — each signed by the player it was issued to — is available on the auction block through Hunt Auctions and all 80 jerseys will be sold on Saturday during the company’s Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction in Louisville, Ky.

The proceeds from the sale benefit the Baseball Assistance Team, which helps pay expenses of former players who have fallen on hard times.

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At The National: As Cool as Iceman by Chris Olds

A limited edition McFarlane Toys figure of San Antonio Spurs icon George “Iceman” Gervin was for sale at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

It could be the first of a few charitable memorabilia projects coming from Babaie Promotions Inc. and Chris Olds caught up with its president, Alix Babaie to get all the details.

First Strasburg National Topps Heritage card sells for $869 in charity fund-raiser by Chris Olds

Update: The card sold for $869.

The first copy of the 2010 Topps Heritage National Sports Collectors Convention card of Washington Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg has hit the auction block benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes foundation.

The card, No. 1/999, is available on eBay right now.

The other 998 copies of the card will be available during limited times at the Topps booth during the NSCC, which starts next week in Baltimore, Md. There is a limit of one card per person per day if they open packs of cards at the company’s booth during the show.

The winner also will receive a VIP Pass to the National, which includes 12 free VIP celebrity star autographs, all promotional cards given to VIPs as well as entrance into the private VIP Party among other benefits.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Steve Nash’s game-used Los Suns jersey from Cinco de Mayo game hits auction block for charity by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Media

Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash might be best known right now for his gutsy on-court performance against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday where he scored 20 points with his right eye swollen shut.

But let’s not forget that he’s a two-time league MVP and one of those eccentric personalities that leagues are so desperate for — you know, ones that fans just can’t help but pay attention to. (Oh, and VitaminWater, anyone?)

And he’s also one of those players who is active within his community and with charity endeavors, and the latest from Beckett Select Auctions is one that’s already getting noticed.

It’s his game-used “Los Suns” jersey (and shoes) from the team’s game on Cinco De Mayo last week — a 110-102 victory in which he scored 19 points and had six assists — and the proceeds from the auction benefit The Steve Nash Foundation. After just a few hours on the block, it’s grabbed seven bids and is has topped $1,000 — an amount that won’t be that low for long as the fully certified jersey is linked to a specific memorable game in what could be a championship run in Phoenix. (Perhaps the only thing that could top it right now in significance? His bloody Game 4 jersey…)

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Vernon Wells hosts sports stars for charity event by Chris Olds


Toronto Blue Jays star Vernon Wells is expecting a large number of sports stars at The Vernon Wells Perfect 10 Foundation‘s inaugural gala and golf tournament next month in the Dallas area.

And he wants you to be there, too.

The event, which is set for Nov. 1-2 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas, Texas, and will raise money to support and protect homeless children in North Texas and to contribute to non-profit organizations for children.  On the event’s schedule are a silent auction as well as a live auction of sports memorabilia. Find more on the auctions by clicking here and here.

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What You Missed Yesterday: Tuesday, Oct. 6 by Tracy Hackler


Miss one day of Beckett Media’s unparalleled online coverage of the sports collectibles industry and you miss a lot. In fact, here’s what you missed yesterday, Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin Offers his Take on the State of the Industry
And the Exquisite Winner Is . . .
Box Busters: 2009-10 Upper Deck Basketball
Inside the Steiner Sports Vault
2009-10 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Checklist
Big Apple Comic-Con Wants You to Win Free Autographs
UFC Round 1 Redemption News: Huerta Out, Franklin In
Card Gallery: 2009 Donruss Certified Memorabilia Cards
Lenny Dykstra’s Treasures Command Top Dollar at Auction
Babe Ruth’s Bat Comes Up Short of Record at Auction
First Wave of Pink Memorabilia Hits NFL Auction Block

— Tracy Hackler

First Wave of Pink Memorabilia Hits NFL Auction Block by Tracy Hackler


The first wave of game-worn pink pigskin memorabilia from the NFL’s Week 4 games has hit the auction block. Judging by early bidding activity, the NFL, its players and teams are about to raise a lot of money for the American Cancer Society.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a pair of gloves worn by Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams in Denver’s thrilling 17-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys has already been bid up to $280 (22 bids) in less than 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the gloves and cleats Broncos receiver Jabar Gaffney wore in that game sit at $155 after 19 bids.

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