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Hobby stories: Game-used jersey authentication an issue by Chris Olds

Here’s a look at two stories with hobby-related ties in the mainstream media recently …

Chicago Sun-Times: Shoeless Joe Jackson Hall of Fame jersey a fake

Yahoo! Sports: Sports marketer Mike Ornstein awaits sentencing on fraud charges

Olds’ Take: It’s unfortunate in the Jackson case that one of the greatest sports memorabilia collections, the Barry Halper collection, had an example of a bad item show up in Cooperstown. Even expert collectors with plenty of industry ties like the late Halper will make mistakes when buying items. (It’s no Black Betsy, but it reminds me of that one Nick Swisher game-used bat I bought … I bet you have something in your collection you’re not 110 percent certain on. Then again, our collections probably aren’t destined for Cooperstown.)

As for the Ornstein case, it’s one that is wide in scope for the NFL — but primarily for the ticket scalping scandal. The game-used jersey aspect isn’t good, either. Yet, at the same time, it probably shouldn’t be unexpected as there are a lot of modern-day game-used jerseys out there that show little to no use at all to distinguish it from another game-issue jersey. Game-issue could, in theory, be quite plentiful. The card companies have to do their homework — and they do — while buying from trusted/approved sources. Unfortunately, if a player agent isn’t a trusted source … who is? Nobody is closer to an athlete.

In an era where rookie photo shoot jerseys are used en masse on memorabilia cards — even the high-end products — this shouldn’t sting as badly as it might.

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

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (9-24) Contest No. 5 — A 2010 Panini Hall of Fame Willis Reed autograph by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

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Babe Ruth photo signed for his sister sells for $22,546 by Chris Olds
September 1, 2010, 10:24 am
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Babe Ruth photo originally owned for his sister sold for $22,546 Wednesday through SchulteAuctions.com.

The image (above) was the headliner as part of a collection consisting of five original photos and an inner book cover, which was signed, dated and personalized by The Bambino to “Mamie” Margaret Ruth-Moberly. The items were consigned by the family to the Woodstock, Md.-based  auction house and were never before been publicly available.

Adding to the $22K photo’s appeal was a photo of “Mamie” holding the signed photo.

While that photo attracted 39 bids, the next-highest selling image, a photo signed by Lou Gehrig also personalized to Ruth’s sister, sold for $11,183 after 37 bids.

Among the other pieces sold were five other Ruth-signed items — $7,902 for a signed photo of The Babe and his wife, down to $1,292 each for a pair of Ruth family photos signed with just a “Babe” signature.

To view all of the auctions and the  signed items, click here.

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



Preview Gallery: 2010 Topps Sterling by Chris Olds

Topps released the following preview images for its forthcoming 2010 Topps Sterling baseball card set.

We’ll have more on the product when it’s available, but until then check out the images after the jump …

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-23) Contest No. 7 — A 2007-08 Exquisite Collection George Gervin autographed game-used patch card (only 25 exist) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-9) Contest No. 7 — A Juan Marichal 2007 Legendary Cuts autograph card (only 199 exist) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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Box Busters: 2009 Topps Sterling baseball cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2009 Topps Sterling Baseball boxes in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find in these high-end boxes? Watch and find out.