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Steiner Sports offers unique items in company’s first catalogue auction by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Imagine sitting in a seat from the original Yankee Stadium while watching a baseball game in the comforts of your own home.

You can think about everything that seat witnessed as it was part of a history that spans back into the 1920s.

No, not one of those hard blue seats that makes you numb after sitting for two hours.

You could own a huge fielding replica glove couch that sits six to eight people. The couch is 86 inches high and 115 inches across.

Hope you have room for this thing.

Just for good measure, you will also get a Yogi Berra signed game-model glove.

This is one of the lots up for bidding in Steiner Sports Collectibles first catalog auction, which ends November 17 and 18. The items can be viewed at SteinerSports.com.

See more photos  from various auctions after the jump.

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New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies players unveil Signature Series apparel by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball

Five members of the World Series champion New York Yankees and five members of the runner-up Philadelphia Phillies have designed their own T-shirts, caps and jerseys as part of a new Major League Baseball clothing line unveiled last week.

Players Choice Signature Series apparel brings a slightly different take to the baseball gear we’re all pretty familiar with but with a player-centric twist on the apparel made by VF/Majestic and Twins/Banner 47 with the assistance of the MLB Players Association.

That means the Swisher Salute, Nick Swisher‘s ritual acknowledgment of the Bleacher Creatures during their pre-game roll call, can appear on his jersey. That means Shane Victorino‘s status as “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” can be celebrated and noted. That means that Jimmy Rollins, who is from Oakland, can have Athletics colors — and more — on his Phillies jersey.

Oh, and Raul Ibanez can have a jersey with that more fan-friendly name on it … “Rauuuuuul.” (Yes, with six u’s.)

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Upper Deck reveals baseball SPs, two more “double take” variation players by Chris Olds

Upper Deck revealed on Friday that there are four rare retail short-prints to be found for its 2010 baseball card set and that there are two more “double take” players with photo variation cards.

The four SPs include Sarah Palin, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Pete Rose and a five-time world New York Yankeees champions card featuring Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. The Palin and Rose cards are found in packs in Walmarts, while the other two cards can only be found in packs at Target stores.

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Upper Deck signs New York Yankees pitchers Mariano Rivera & Andy Pettitte to autograph deals by Chris Olds

Upper Deck announced on Wednesday evening that it has signed veteran New York Yankees pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera to non-exclusive autograph deals to include their signatures in the company’s 2010 baseball products.

According to the Beckett database, Pettitte has signed just 137 different cards for inclusion in packs during his career — the most recent cards coming in 2005 Donruss products. Rivera, who notched his 500th career save this season, has signed 135 — his last certified autographs coming in this year’s Topps baseball set.

By comparison, Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who is an Upper Deck spokesman, has signed more than 1,000 different certified autograph cards during his career.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring signature cards of these two iconic players to collectors with our 2010 Upper Deck Baseball releases,” said Gabriel Garcia, Upper Deck’s baseball brand manager, in a news release. “Their achievements are legendary and we know it will mean a lot to bring the New York faithful closer to their heroes. We are also very excited about some of the multi-signed trading cards we will be able to bring to the market with Pettitte, Rivera and Jeter in particular.”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.



Team-signed New York Yankees memorabilia tops Steiner Sports’ new offerings by Chris Olds

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Want yet another way to quantify just how dedicated and passionate New York Yankees fans can be?

Look no further than Steiner Sports’ Yankees World Series collection, which includes several limited edition team-signed items from this year’s championship team.

Some might say they’re pricey — and they are — but without someone to buy them Steiner couldn’t sell them. There’s undoubtedly interest in those powerful pinstripes so much so that a $20 baseball above once signed by a team (how much does ink cost these days?) will run $3,499.

Here’s a rundown of what can be found in Steiner’s Yankees section:

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“The Baddest Bad Boy of them all” by ejahnke

There was a brawl last night in the WNBA.  Forgive me for laughing, I can’t stop.

The end of the L.A. Sparks-Detroit Shock game had all of the drama of Days of Our Lives.

It had been simmering for a while, and then with a few seconds left, the Sparks’ Candace Parker and Detroit’s Plenette Pierson started fighting.

There were bodies flying.  Lies were told.  People going to the hospital.  Punches thrown from behind.  Tears were shed.  Arrests could be made.  Lifetime suspensions are being tossed around in the rumor mills.

As a member of the late ’80s Detroit Pistons team known as the “Bad Boys,” Rick Mahorn was known for his hustle and hard work, as well as fearlessness (among other things).

Now, after Tuesday night’s “Malice at the Palace II,” all Rick Mahorn will be known as is a punk (not that he wasn’t already in certain NBA cities).

Just as the fight was really starting to get out of hand, Rick Mahorn threw Lisa Leslie down on the court.

The face of a 'peacemaker'

“I was trying to protect the whole game, the integrity of the game,” Mahorn said. “The WNBA is very special to me because I have four daughters. I don’t even raise my hand to them, and I would never push a woman.

That, sir, is a lie.  It’s on tape.

Don’t lie, good LORD, when will people learn to just tell the truth?  Fess up, and you will find that America is a very forgiving place.  Anyone heard of Andy Pettitte?

Even if he wasn’t trying to hurt Lisa Leslie, and I honestly feel he wasn’t, what would possess him to lie about it?  He pushed her!  I bet a WNBA game check that Leslie threw in a bit of extra flopping and sliding across the court, but the facts are the facts.

Rick Mahorn shoved a woman.  Period.

I know that WNBA games have ratings that are slightly better than the midnight-to-2am block on the Home Shopping Network, but still the cameras were rolling, Rick!

Stupid.

Then, as if beating up ONE girl didn’t satisfy Mahorn, he gets caught on camera appearing to rough-up another one.  This time it’s the Sparks’ assistant coach, Laura Beeman.

Mahorn: "Come here lady! Did YOU shove that girl to the ground?"

Then you have DeLisha Milton-Jones, who hits like a…well…she throws a punch, uh, that wasn’t really a punch…let’s see, ummm…

DeLisha hits like someone who probably never learned how to throw a punch.  (Whew!  I almost came off as a sexist jerk there.)

Even better, she did it from behind.  Trying to defend her fallen teammate Lesllie after Mahorn manhandled (no pun intended) her, Milton-Jones came up behind the Shock assistant coach and…attempted to cause bodily injury with her hand.  (Whew again!)

On an even stranger note, Cheryl Ford was rolled off in a wheelchair after the fight.  That sure makes it sound like it was a tough battle!

I had the sound down on my TV when I first watched this last night, so I initially thought she got shot by someone in the crowd,  this is Detroit after all.  BOOM!  She fell like a rock.  However, no shots were fired.

In fact, nothing happened to her at all, only adding to the drama.

Only in the WNBA can you get such fantastic action.  Only in the WNBA, or some bizarre Stan Lee-type parallel universe, can you hear Bill Laimbeer saying the word, “peacemaker” with a straight face.

“Rick Mahorn is known as a peacemaker, from even the brawl we had here with Indiana,” Laimbeer said. “He went out there to get people off the pile, and to get people to stop the confrontation. That’s who he is, that’s what he does.”

*cue obnoxious laugh track*

Bad Boys, indeed.

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This video is great…near the end (about 4:45 into it) they interview Lisa Leslie.  She starts off really talking to the reporter…and then she suddenly, near the 5:10 mark, she snaps into “athlete-talk,” with all the typical sound bytes that 99.9% of interviews consist of.

Classic.