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Behind the scenes with Tracy Hackler at Panini America (again) by Chris Olds
October 14, 2010, 5:55 pm
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Beckett Media alum Tracy Hackler went poking around the building — again — during his fourth day of work at Panini America … if you can call it work.

Here’s what he found.

The football fans of the bunch will undoubtedly be jealous.


Game-used Navy football jerseys hit auction block by Chris Olds


It’s not unusual for game-used college football jerseys to meet the auction block, but this just might be a record.

Ninety-six game-used jerseys from Saturday’s Navy-Western Kentucky game are on the auction block at CBS as the Midshipmen celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The game, which ended in a 38-22 Navy victory, was highlighted by Navy’s use of throwback jerseys and dominated by quarterback Ricky Dobbs, who ran for four touchdowns and threw for another in the No. 4 jersey.

(It’s apparent that the images were taken before the game as the jersey does not show any damage.)

While bidding on that one has topped more than $400 so far — with more than 10 days remaining — with the entire team’s jerseys up for grabs there’s a good chance a collector can land one at a reasonable price. (Auction reserves are $150.)

To view the auctions, click here.

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

“This space for rent” on NFL practice jerseys can’t hurt them as memorabilia by Chris Olds


CNBC’s Darren Rovell is reporting that a couple of NFL teams are close to securing sponsorship deals on their practice jerseys — selling a space for an advertisement.

You can read all about it here.

Whether you like the idea or not — or fear something that looks like a NASCAR uniform or a Phoenix WNBA jersey (we’re not sure what the team name is anymore, really) — one thing is certain.

It can’t hurt the value of practice jerseys as memorabilia because the nameless and often patchless threads really aren’t appealing at all.

For example, Jim Yackel, a long-time dealer of game-worn sports memorabilia, has several Denver Broncos practice jerseys among his inventory, all between $100 and $450. The $100 jersey is an unused 1997 Steve Atwater practice jersey, while the high-end example is a 1997 jersey for Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman.

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