Mike Rucinski reached his ultimate dream of playing in the NHL with his beloved Chicago Blackhawks. However, knee injuries forced him to take a new direction in the sport he has enjoyed his entire life.
SCD columnist remembers Robert Creamer, the famed author who didn’t realize the value and importance of his own work. Read how a stop at a fundraiser led to a lasting relationship.
Former Upper Deck public relations guru Terry Melia shares one of the most memorable days he had on the job: An afternoon interview and signing session with LeBron James, just weeks after his “Decision” announcement that he would join the Miami Heat.
When I first got in touch with Wayne Tietz, there was no mystery as to his collecting loyalties: “Hi, this is Wayne Tietz, the World’s Biggest White Sox Fan!”
In a 2008 interview, Joe "The Jet" Perry – who passed away in April 2011 – recalled some of the highlights and injuries of his career.
Collector profile: Herbie Buck is a die-hard N.Y. Yankees fan, and counts many former players as friends. His collection is filled with autographs, and he has a story to go with nearly every piece.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart appreciates the history of the game – and he collects it, too. Hank Aaron is one of his favorite players, of which he has a few original paintings signed by the star.
For Bob Reed, his accomplishments on the football field led to many connections off the field that has fueled his charitable endeavors that continue today.
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was once the hobby’s most famous non-signer, but he has relented in recent years. Still, in the end, he’ll take a handshake first.
The debut of SCD’s Industry Spotlight series starts with James Spence, head of one of the leading third-party authenticators in the sports hobby, JSA.