Tuesday, January 31, 2012

AAGPBL Gets the Antiques Roadshow Treatment

The popular PBS program, Antiques Roadshow has seen its share of sports memorabilia come across the stage. Last night however was a real treat as a women brought a sampling of her own collection from her days with the Fort Wayne Daisies. Legendary Hall-of-Famer, Jimmie Foxx, coached that team and her collection contained items that he had autographed.

These ladies hold a great place in the history of baseball and you can learn more at their website.

I couldn't find just a clip, but you can fast forward to the 16:42 mark to watch this unique, 4-minute segment.

Watch Eugene, Oregon | Hour 2 on PBS. See more from Antiques Roadshow.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How Was the First Episode of All-Star Dealers?

Whenever our hobby is a focal point for mainstream media, I pay attention. How non-collectors or casual ones perceive our hobby can greatly influence its future viability. So it was with much excitement, and some trepidation, that I watched the series premiere of the new reality show, All-Star Dealers. Airing on the Discovery Channel, the program explores the world of sports collectibles, including autographs and game-used items.

Read the rest.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Quiz Time: Baseball Hall of Fame Style

Good stuff as usual from one of my favorite websites, Mental Floss. No one has ever been elected to the Hall of Fame unanimously, and as crazy as that is to believe, 27 players have received 90% or more. How many can you name? Leave your total in the comments section. Have fun.

Take the quiz now.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Poll: The Hobby on TV

I Still Can't Get Over This . . .

Chris Harris from Stale Gum brought this to collector's attention this week and we railed about it on the show Wednesday but it still irks me and apparently I haven't gotten it out of my system. I said on air that I could have lived with it as a gimmick, complimenting the gimmick of the card itself, had it been notated in small print or something that this wasn't an authentic signature and grading it was just a fun lark.

Autograph authentication and grading has it's detractors and this type of stunt doesn't help matters. Author of Autograph Hell, Charles Irion, has a great saying, "It doesn't have to be real, it just has to be authentic."

That said, how in good conscience could the powers that be at the #1 authority, grade this "autograph" at all, let alone give it a "10". What a joke. It's bad enough that Beckett will grade autographs without having them authenticated first. 

Applying a grade to the autograph, in a sense, implies defacto authentication and is a very misleading business practice and less than ethical in my opinion. Why? Because the practice of autograph grading without authentication can create unnecessary confusion and taking money knowing this to be the case is just that, a money grab with no one's best interest in mind but their own.

So, what do YOU think?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Sports Collectibles TV Show to Debut on Discovery

Sports fans and collectors will have a new TV show to watch starting this month on the Discovery Channel. As detailed by SCD in this post, the show will air January 24th, at 8pm EST. Below are two of the trailers.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

10 Tips to Avoid Autograph Forgeries

I can't and won't take credit for this but sometimes I find information that must be shared and this is one such resource. Autograph Quarterly is a printed publication that also has a website. While the publication is relatively new to the market they employ some columnists that have a tremendous amount of experience in the market. While not sports related, if you are the collector of celebrity autographs, I think you will find this useful.

"These are ten quick tips that would erase a million dollars in forgeries instantly!  Every now and then you don't have to look at a signature to know it is a fake; if you know it's not possible in the first place! Here are ten quick entertainment related tips for knowing ahead of time you're being offered a forgery."