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A look at 2010 National Treasures Football’s memorabilia by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Panini America released more than just a sneak peek today. They provided images that practically have Sirens singing in the backgrounds.

They released a gallery of photos of the some of the game-used memorabilia that will become part of 2010 National Treasures Football.

And the expectations will be high after this.

Some of the swatches are from the league’s top players. Others are from some of the most sought after football stars. Either way, the product is on its way to becoming something football die-hard fans are going to chase after.

See a gallery of game-used swatches after the jump.

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How much would you pay for Josh Hamilton’s MLB-authenticated ginger ale bottle? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Generally speaking, the value of an autograph often rests with what type of item was signed — the more appealing the item, the more money one would expect to pay.

In this case, maybe not.

Among the items on the MLB.com auction block as part of Major League Baseball’s “2010: The Year in Review Auction” is an MLB-authenticated autographed ginger ale bottle.

It’s signed by American League MVP Josh Hamilton.

It’s just the latest in unusual memorabilia to have an MLB authentication sticker on it as everything from dirt to on-deck circles have been examined, described stickered and sold.

While it’s actually been customary for MLB to note empty champagne bottles from World Series celebrations, Hamilton’s case is different. This is perhaps one of the more unique items out there for a Texas Rangers fan who holds Hamilton’s life story and his struggles with sobriety close to them.

What’s the story? After the Rangers won Game 6 of the ALCS, knocking off the Yankees, they celebrated in a fashion that included their star slugger’s lifestyle concerns, eschewing the typical champagne showers for one that included ginger ale.

The rest, as they say, is MLB-authenticated history.

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MLB Authentication program has definite attention to detail by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

You’ve probably all seen the MLB-authenticated dirt, champagne bottles, stadium bunting, bats, balls and so on adorned with the MLB hologram and code so you know it’s real.

But this item is one that just might make New York Yankees haters cheer — and Nick Swisher fans wince.

The cool part about the MLB Authentication Program is that you can go to its website and enter the code seen on the item to get an exact description of where and when the item was used, who it was authenticated by and any other pertinent details.

What’s so special about this baseball?

You can enter the code for yourself — or find out after the jump.

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Would you want to own a New York Yankees office chair? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s probably not quite ergonomically sound and it’s probably not going to be expensed– at least not by me — but there’s a new office chair that just might be a hit among many executives in the sports world and in more than a few dens around the world.

Well, at least if the owners are fond of New York Yankees pinstripes.

Steiner Sports has unveiled a new offering among its game-used Yankee Stadium memorabilia lineup — and it’s something that just might get some attention around the office for being one part memorabilia and one part daily life accessory.

It’s the Yankee Stadium office chair.

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Preview Gallery: 2009-10 National Treasures Basketball by Chris Olds

Panini America‘s first National Treasures basketball set is ready to arrive in just under a month and the high-end product is chock-full of autographs and autographed patch cards.

Treasures will include eight cards in each $400 pack when it arrives on Aug. 4 with each box including six autographs and memorabilia cards along with just one base card numbered to 99.

Get a look at some of what’s in store after the jump.

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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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It’s all about the shoes — Tim Duncan’s NBA All-Star Game shoes by Chris Olds

Ever wonder how your shoes compare to those of an NBA player? One collector here at Beckett Media decided to show off his newest pair of kicks — and we thought you’d get a kick out of seeing them.

The shoes belonged to San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan, who was issued the kicks during the NBA All-Star Game earlier this year in Dallas.