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(From SCD Editor’s T.S. O’Connell’s Infield Dirt blog:)

‘I Don’t Like Soccer And You Can’t Make Me

I suppose we go through this tiresome ritual every four years or so, but for some reason the annoyance factor has been heightened this year. It’s World Cup Soccer (I know they want me to say, FIFA World Cup Soccer, so naturally I refrain, just as I won’t say all the corporate garbage names attached to otherwise MLB-worthy stadia): we’re supposed to like it – or at least watch it – I guess because so many other millions Infield Dirt Blog around the world are so thoroughly enthralled. Not me.
   As I said, this year seems more onerous than usual, with the seeming nod to political correctness insisting that so many hundreds of millions of glassy-eyed soccer enthusiasts (I also refuse to call it football, much as I will not refer to gasoline as petrol) can’t be wrong.
   The unmistakable implication is that those who cannot embrace this marvelous game – remember, feet only; no hands, please – must be philistines of the first order. Or maybe xenophobes with that peculiarly American taint exacerbated by our quaint affection for baseball, basketball and the actual game of football.
   I don’t like soccer. There, I’ve said it. And not just said it, but put it down in typography of a fashion, so there’s ostensibly a record. I don’t begrudge others their fanaticism about it, and I may even understand it a bit (the fanaticism, that is, not the sport), but I don’t want to watch it. And you can’t make me.

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Time Running Out To Get LeBron ’23’ Items
Hyped Up Sports is living up to its name with a private signing with LeBron James that company officials are touting as the last opportunity to have the 2010 MVP sign items linked with his No. 23.LeBron James Signing

Hyped Up Sports, an Upper Deck Authenticated dealer, and the rare private signing is slated for late July at the Upper Deck headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif.
“Going forward he will only be signing No. 6 items (his new jersey number), so collectors are urged to make sure they don’t miss out on this last opportunity,” said Cody James, owner of Hyped Up Sports.

He also pointed out that collectors who use the discount code King James will receive 5 percent off the total order.

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Mantle Gamer Highlights Recent SCP Auctions Sale
A rare autographed, game-worn home jersey from Mickey Mantle’s 1955 season sold for $125,332 in SCP Auctions’ latest online auction, which concluded Thursday. Tagged exclusively for Mantle, it features blue chain stitching on the front tail that reads, “Mantle, 55-7,” accompanied by Mantle’s signature.
“Mickey Mantle is a name that consistently generates frenzied competition at auction and this incredible jersey was no exception,” said Dan Imler, managing director of SCP Auctions. “The performance of this jersey, as well as other marquis items in the auction, proves that the market for high-end sports memorabilia and cards continues to thrive.”
A 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie card fetched $113,938. Widely considered to be one of the top 10 baseball cards of all time, the rare card of the Hall-of-Fame second baseman was left out of Goudey’s 1933 set and was made available only to collectors who requested it in writing from the company.
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Upper Deck ‘Man Cave’ Promo Entries Deadline Approaching
With Father’s Day nearly upon us, Upper Deck Authenticated (UDA) wants to remind sports memorabilia collectors everywhere that there’s still time to enter the company’s “Hunt for the Ultimate Man Cave” contest. As dad’s day approaches, all eyes are on him and what better way to pay tribute to dear old dad than by submitting either images or video showing off his ultra-cool collection of signed UDA sports memorabilia? If he winds up being named UDA’s Ultimate Man Cave winner, he’ll be awarded an Upper Deck Man Cave authentic, limited-edition, autographed and hand-painted Michael Jordan Bulls Jersey (numbered to 6) with a retail value of $3,000! The final cutoff for submissions is Monday, June 21, at midnight. Simply email your submission to
“It’s really been exciting to see some of the outstanding entries come in with incredible UDA collections on display,” said UDA’s Senior Business Manager Chuck Donato. “We want to reward our loyal customers through this contest since they are the ones who purchase authentic memorabilia from UDA. Our mission is to provide the real deal to our customers. This promotion is all about thanking them for investing in our premium line of memorabilia.”
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  Auction Begins In Less Than A Month Auctions is putting the final touches on its Sports & Americana Auction No. 5, slated to kick off July 26 and end Aug. 12. Catalogs will be available by July 26. To register to bid and receive a free catalog, visit or call 888-463-3063.

Highlights of the upcoming sale include:

  • Mark McGwire’s 500th Home Run Baseball
  • Willie McCovey 500th Home Run Bat
  • Willie Wilson 1982 Silver Slugger Award Bat[description]
  • 1964 Topps Baseball complete Set
  • 1962 Topps Football Complete Set
  • Babe Ruth Signed Baseball from 1947 with 11 Cincinnati Reds
  • Perez-Steele Celebration Set w/40/44 Signatures

Plus more vintage cards, card sets, game-used memorabilia, and autograph items in the categories of movies, music and entertainment.

For more information on the sale or to consign to future auctions, visit or call 888-463-3063.

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Frank Robinson: Greatness Overshadowed By The Amazing Talent Around Him
It probably wouldn’t be fair to Frank Robinson to draw an analogy to the legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield who made [description]a career out of his alleged inability to get any respect from just about any direction.

    Certainly one of the greatest players of perhaps the most storied era of postwar Major League Baseball, Frank Robinson’s contributions to the game, both as a great hitter and later as a pioneering manager, are not overlooked as much as they are, let’s say, maybe misunderstood.

   A Washington Nats player is said to have asked the Hall of Famer in 2005 if he had ever played in the major leagues. As unsettling as that may seem at first blush, it may say a lot more about that particular player or even modern players in general than it does about Frank Robinson.

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