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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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MLB now authenticating … game-used cufflinks? by Chris Olds

Game-used dirt, post-game championship champagne bottles, autographs, jerseys.

MLB’s authentication program has slapped those little code stickers on plenty of unusual things over the years and they’re not done yet.

The latest?

Cufflinks.

Those little pieces of game-used memorabilia that we’re all pretty used to in the memorabilia world embedded into baseball cards and other memorabilia pieces can now be found inside high-end cufflinks at cufflinks.com.

For the collector who has everything — except a pair of fascinating cufflinks — this might be the latest item to grab one’s attention. The game-used baseball links above are made of sterling silver and run $140 a pair — unless, of  course, you’re a New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox fan. Those carry an additional $10 premium charge.

Also available are stadium seat cufflinks, which have a piece of an authentic stadium chair built into the links — they’re $155 a pair for the Yankees, $230 for the Red Sox (Hey, the Sox won something in that rivalry!), $155 for the Cubs and so on.

Also to be found are logo cufflinks (without memorabilia embedded into them), tie bars and other gift sets as well.

See a slideshow of some of them after the jump.

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Observations from the 2010 NHL Winter Classic by Tracy Hackler

By Russ Cohen

BOSTON — The NHL hosted its third installment of the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, this time in Boston’s fabled Fenway Park following previous stints in Buffalo and Chicago. The original Heritage Classic was held in Edmonton, Alberta, so I’ve had a chance to experience this type of event in all of these cities and I have to say that Boston was the best one yet, speaking from a collectibles standpoint.

This year, when visitors entered the NHL’s Spectator Plaza (free to the public), which was located across the street from Fenway, there were freebies and live music all over the place.

Comcast gave away Winter Classic binoculars and Upper Deck had its P-Card station setup so fans could get a trading card made at no charge.

“The Winter Classic is a terrific event and we were thrilled to see all the fans out here,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s Hockey Brand Manager. “There were a lot of Flyers fans and, of course, the Bruins fans. Naturally, the print card station was a big hit. Fans came out and got a free trading card of themselves in a Flyers or Bruins jersey.”

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Upper Deck’s Role in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic by Tracy Hackler

This just in from Upper Deck’s Terry Melia:

The Upper Deck Company is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring several elements of the fast-approaching 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which is set to take place on January 1, 2010, at Boston’s Fenway Park. The League’s annual outdoor game, now in its third year, will feature the host Boston Bruins taking on the Philadelphia Flyers in a battle of two of the league’s perennial contenders. As the NHL’s exclusive hockey card manufacturer, Upper Deck will have a major presence surrounding the event.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of this annual event,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s hockey brand manager. “We’ve got some fun, interactive elements to share with hockey fans this time around as well as a personalized-card station where hockey buffs can get their pictures taken on a unique, event-branded Upper Deck trading card.”

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