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From Scott Fragale’s 7th Inning Stretch Blog

Meaningless NFL stories overshadowing MLB’s gems
Poor Major League Baseball. Here it is, early August, the time in the season when the pretenders fall by the wayside and the contenders emerge from the Dog Days of Summer unscathed and poised for a postseason run, and America’s former pastime can’t buy any love from anybody.

Instead of the media and its ever-dwindling fan base relishing in the exciting division races that are separated by two or less games in five of haynesworthgallery710f.jpgthe six, including all three in the National League, sports fans instead turn their attention to the mighty NFL and focus on all the interesting tidbits coming out of Training Camp.

So, here you have one sport smack in the middle of what used to be its most exciting part of the schedule and another where its players are working out in shorts and T-shirts doing drills and all we here about is the latter.

Here MLB has stories like Josh Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera battling for the AL Triple Crown and Joey Votto doing likewise in the National League and instead of story about that on Sportscenter, we get another "update" on how Albert Haynesworth isn’t practicing?

More on MLB’s Gems

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Collect.com Auctions Taking Consignments At The National
Collect.com Auctions will be accepting consignments and previewing items for
its Sports & Americana Auction No. 5 at the National Sports Collectors
Convention in Baltimore, Aug. 4-8. Come check out some of these exciting[description]
items at Booth #417P:
  • - Mark McGwire 500 Home Run Ball
  • - 1934 Al Demaree Die-Cuts (R304) (87 different)
  • - 1919 Hermes Ice Cream Pin Bobby Byrne PSA 7
  • - 1960 Armour Coins Bud Daley WHITE PSA 9
  • - Roger Maris/Ronald Reagan Signed baseball
  • - Willie Wilson 1982 Silver Slugger Bat
  • - 2005 Derek Jeter Game-Used NY Yankees Road Jersey
  • - Babe Ruth Signed Baseball w/11 members of the 1947 Cincinnati Reds
  • - 1936 Boston Red Sox Team-Signed Baseball with Jimmie Foxx, Grove, Pennock
  • - 1959 New York Yankees Team-signed Photo (29 Signatures)
  • - Roberto Clemente Signed 1958 Topps Card

Auction will be live during the National: Grab a catalog, check out the highlights in person and start bidding in your hotel room. Auction closes Aug. 12. We’re always accepting consignments for our next auctions so call or drop items off in person to save on shipping. For more information and to register to bid, call (888) 463-3063 or visit
www.collect.com/auctions.



National Convention Opens Doors For 31st Event
The 31st National Sports Collectors Convention officially opens tonight with the Sneak Peek at 4PM. All exhibitors will be open for business and ready to meet the Baltimore sports public. VIPs get an early start with the Beckett Media VIP Party at 2:30 PM while General Admission attendees can enter the show at 4PM. Free autograph guests [description] at the Sneak Peek are Mike Boddicker, Lydell Mitchell and Mark Moseley. Free tickets for tonights Orioles-Angels games will be available to paid attendees, courtesy of Blowoutcards.com.


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At the 2010 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, Topps will be hosting a panel discussion and meet and greet for collectors. The purpose of the forum is to make ourselves more accessible to collectors and give us the chance to get to know each other better. Various topics related to the hobby will be discussed, and audience participation will be encouraged. We would like to hear your ideas about how we can improve the hobby. Since we don’t often get the chance to interact face to face with end collectors, this forum will be geared toward and limited to the everyday collector (no store owners, no distributors, etc).

More National




Win Aaron Rogers Signed Items Via Tuff Stuff At The National
He’s one of the hobby’s hottest players and he’s one of the NFL’s rising stars. He’s coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he threw for more than 4,000 yards and 30 [description] touchdowns. He’s Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly has him. Beginning with some excellent giveaways at their booth at the National and carrying over to an exclusive interview with the superstar QB in the next issue, Tuff Stuff gives you Aaron Rogers like nobody else.

Despite being sacked more than other QB in the NFL and the fact that it was just his second year as a starter, Rodgers continued to take his game to a new level in 2009. An improved pocket presence and an accuracy level shared by only the NFL’s elite signal callers, Rodgers has emerged from Brett Favre‘s shadow not only in Titletown but on a national level as well.

His rapid rise to the top of the league has made him a huge hit with fans and collectors. His signed memorabilia is highly coveted and values for his items are among the highest of any current NFL player. Although a cooperative autograph signer in public, Rodgers hasn’t done many private signings so his autographed memorabilia is scarce and in high demand.

More Rodgers



FBI Probe Could Have Huge Impact On Auction Business

 Dave Grob has been sounding the alarm for years: The future of sports memorabilia is at stake if the scandal-stained industry doesn’t clean up its act. Legislators will impose onerous regulations on dealers and auction houses, Grob warned years ago. [description]Memorabilia executives will go to jail. Collectors, tired of spending money on forged autographs, doctored trading cards and counterfeit jerseys, will take their money and their passion elsewhere.

Grob, the policy director at Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services, a prominent authentication firm, urged hobby leaders to form a self-policing trade association. Industry leaders told him it was a great idea, he says, but nobody did anything about it. When MEARS developed policies in 2007 that it hoped would eliminate the blatant conflicts of interest and lack of transparency that dog sports memorabilia, only one company – Robert Edward Auctions – signed on.

Grob says he fears his dire predictions are about to come true, now that the third major federal investigation into sports memorabilia in 15 years appears to be winding down.

More FBI




Panini Forms Exclusive Partnership With NFL HOF
As part of their partnership with the NFL, Panini recently announced some new additions to their exclusive deal that will allow the card company the right to produce Hall of Fame cards.

Panini will present three autograph sessions that will take place during the 2010 Pro [description] Football Hall of Fame enshrinements later this month when the recent class of inductees is enshrined in Canton later this month.

The sessions will include signings by the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of Enshrinees – Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, D. LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith. In addition there will be a separate individual session featuring Rice and Smith as well as a third session that will include members of the2010 class as well as other Hall of Famers like Steve Young, Warren Moon, Bruce Smith, Bob Griese, Roger Staubach, Eric Dickerson, Joe Greene, Tony Dorsett and D. Butkus. A limited number of tickets are currently on sale for these sessions by calling 800-913-9788.

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