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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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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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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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Is your New York Yankees collection in the black? by Chris Olds

While many collectors often buy items that might make their back accounts — and, in turn, their collections — in the red, there’s a recent addition to the Yankee Stadium memorabilia lineup from Steiner Sports that’s all about being in the black.

What is it?

It’s a piece of “The Black” — the center field area behind the pitcher in the old stadium that allowed for hitters to be able to see the ball coming from the pitcher.  In many stadiums, a tarp will often block any seats that may be in that area, but not in New York.

Collectors — diehards who must have everything Yankees — can get a piece of The Black for $99.99 which comes in an engraved display case.

The chunks are MLB-authenticated, however Steiner does note that the size and shape of the game-used Black piece will vary.

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.



Arkansas collector completes Yankee Stadium Legacy Collection by Chris Olds

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Tommy Baxter, a 36-year-old precast concrete specialist from Little Rock, Ark., has accomplished something no one else has been able to do — complete Upper Deck’s 6,661-card Yankee Stadium Legacy Collection.

Baxter, an avid Chicago Cubs fan, is the first collector to piece together Upper Deck’s enormous insert set, which pays tribute to every Yankees home game at the historic venue since April 18, 1923.

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By the box: 2008 Topps Stadium Club Baseball by Chris Olds
November 4, 2008, 1:07 pm
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Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened …

2008 Topps Stadium Club baseball (hobby box)
Suggested Retail Price: $25 per pack, $300 per box (arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday)
Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 60
Base set completion: 20 of 150 (13 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Insert/short-print cards found: 40 (13 autographs, two memorabilia cards; click on thumbnails for a closer look)

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Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy Contest Winner Call by ejahnke

The Yankee Stadium Legacy insert set, the largest insert set in trading card history with  a mind-blowing 6,661 cards, has now been completely released through various 2008 UD baseball card sets.

Within the next few days, Upper Deck is going to announce a huge prize for the first people to collect the entire set, so be watching upperdeck.com for details.  If you are trying to complete your set, now is the time…

For now, Upper Deck has partnered with Beckett to allow us to send a lucky Beckett user to a Yankees game and to meet a former Yankees’ great. Check out the video to see Ted Barker and Tracy Hackler calling the winner of the Upper Deck contest, and stay with it for the outtakes at the end.