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From T’S. O’Connell’s Infield Dirt Blog: A look at a new Henry Aaron biography:
   I am looking forward to reading the new biography of Henry Aaron, if for no other reason than to see if there could be something new that could add to a lifetime’s store of knowledge.Infield Dirt Blog

   The laudatory review in the New York Times did nothing to discourage that idea, describing Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, noting that “In an era in which home runs are now a discredited commodity, Henry Aaron looms larger than ever: a nation has returned its lonely eyes to him.” Dang, now I’m going to be humming “Mrs. Robinson” for the rest of the day.

   The author, Howard Bryant, had the cooperation of his subject, “even if he was never overly enthusiastic.” That sounds about right, conforming to everything I’ve ever read about the man, along with a couple of lengthy interviews I’ve done with him in-person and a couple of other over the telephone.

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Coming in the next issue of SCD: A half century later, the colorful 1959 Topps Baseball set remains as popular as the breezy spring day it was issued way back when. We’ve got a special 10-page look at the classic issue, including six pages of color, plus a collector’s eye view of Hall of Famer Chief Bender, a sneak peek at the new Henry Aaron biography and a report from the recent Tristar San Francisco Show.

Coming in the next issue of Tuff Stuff:
A detailed look into how LeBron James’  collectible values could be affected if he relocates; Tips on building your own collector website; an amazing story of Tristar’s “World’s Greatest Card Chase” winner who turned his incredible hand-eye coordination into a $15,000 box of cards.

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Mr. Memorabilia

NFL Rookies Quick Studies At Premiere Photo Shoot Event
SANTA MONICA, Ca. — Jimmy Clausen sat down to sign his first autograph at the NFL Players Rookie Premiere Thursday and made what has to be called a rookie mistake. NFL Rookie Shoot

Clausen, a second round selection by the Carolina Panthers in last month’s draft, signed his name and then added the number 7, which he wore in college at Notre Dame. The trouble is he’s now No. 2. Luckily it was a quick fix.

“I just put another line on the bottom and made it into a two that kind of looks like a Z,” he said.

No worries, there would be plenty of chances to get it right.

Clausen and about 35 other members of the 2010 NFL rookie class arrived at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for the Rookie Premiere – a weekend filled of autographs, photographs and interviews put on by NFL PLAYERS, the licensing and marketing arm of the NFL Players Association.

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Former Sotherby’s Director Dunbar To Speak At Cooperstown
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – On June 3, former Sotheby’s senior vice president Leila Dunbar will give a presentation titled “Stories In Hand – Baseball History Told Through its Memorabilia” at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as part of its annual symposium on baseball and American culture. The 2010 Symposium runs June 2-4, featuring lectures and panels of more than 60 baseball academics and presenters discussing baseball’s effect on American culture.
Dunbar’s talk will focus on the stories behind selected rare pieces from her $36 million of Sotheby’s sports memorabilia sales, Antiques Roadshow televised sports memorabilia segments and her current appraisal business. Items include heretofore unseen Babe Ruth signed WWI Jewish Relief campaign game tickets, the only known baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris; Woodrow Wilson’s own 1915 Federal League baseball pass, a 1956 signed photo of Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella on Robinson’s last trip as a Dodger before retiring, a group of 1937 telegrams from teams to Tommy Henrich after he was declared a free agent by Commissioner Kenesaw Landis, and a collection of 1936 Olympics baseball memorabilia from the estate of Paul Amen, who later went on to a baseball and football coaching career at West Point and Wake Forest.

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Among the items already being consigned to the auction are Mark McGwire’s 500th Home Run Ball (certified by PSA/DNA), Willie Wilson’s 1982 Silver Slugger Award bat, Muhammad Ali’s fight-worn robe from the Dec. 7, 1970 Ali-Bonavena fight, Babe Ruth single-signed baseball from 1933, Derek Jeter 2005 NY Yankees game-used jersey, 1960 Armour Coins Bud Daley WHITE PSA 9 (1 of 1) and much much more.

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Amazing Trick Shots Featured In New UD Hockey Video
With the 2009-10 NHL Stanley Cup Finals set to begin on May 29 with the Philadelphia Flyers visiting the Chicago Blackhawks, Upper Deck unveils its latest NHL Rookies-themed video. Part of a series of video vignettes that the trading card company produced from footage captured at the inaugural Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut Photo Shoot in Toronto, this latest installment provides a not-so-seUpper Deck Trick Shots rious look at the first-year players having some fun doing what they do best.
The latest effort is entitled “NHL Rookie Trick Shots” and shows several of the league’s first-year standouts showcasing their stick skills in various ways. Watch as Jared Cowen (Senators), Logan Couture (Sharks) and Mikael Backlund (Flames) show off their unique celebrations following successful lamp lighters. See overall top draft pick John Tavares (Islanders), Tyler Bozak (Maple Leafs), Victor Hedman (Lightning) and Matt Duchene (Avalanche) keep the puck alive with superior juggling skills. And sit back and enjoy the antics as P.K. Subban (Canadiens) teams with Couture and Eric Tangradi (Penguins) following their joint score, as well as the unusual celebratory skating procession that follows another successful shot on goal staged by James van Riemsdyk (Flyers), Colin Wilson (Predators) and Bobby Sanguinetti (Rangers).

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Now Accepting New Submissions For Tuff Stuff’s ‘What’s It Worth?’
Every collector has several memorabilia items they’re dying to know the value of. We at Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly are here to help. Starting with our next issue, we’ll provide you with a proven memorabilia expert so you can submit your descriptions and find out the value of your items free of charge. You simply provide a brief, yet detailed description of your item (along with an image if possible) and our new expert will provide his analysis.
In the near future you’ll be able to go to our “What’s It Worth?” page on the site and submit your “What’s It Worth?” questions. Until then, you can simply  click HERE. Then check the next issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly and see if your item was selected for evaluation. The more unique the item the more description our expert will need so please be specific and include an image of the item if possible. Items sent to our expert for evaluation will be taken randomly and because we expect a large quality of submissions, we can’t guarantee your item will make the cut but we will evaluate as many as we can fit on our Tuff Stuff pages and many of those that don’t make it in the magazine will then be posted on
We’ve gotten a great response to our “What’s It Worth?” feature thus far so keep the items coming. We’ll be posting your evaluations in the July cover issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly and every other issue moving forward. We’ll also be posting the evaluations on the website so stay tuned in to be both to see yours and all of the others.

Tiger Woods Signed British Open Flag
The item I would like to submit is a tournament-used 2nd hole pin flag from the 2005Tiger Flag British Open Championship signed by the winner, Tiger Woods. My long-time friend is the course manager and I have been lucky over the years to be able to obtain numerous tournament-used pin flags such as this one. I had it signed via a private signing with Upper Deck. It comes with the UDA COA and matching holograms.What’s it worth?
Brian Hackenburg

Evaluation: This was Tigers 10th major championship win in his career. The photo you sent shows a beautiful mold and smudge-free autograph by one of the greatest golfers ever. Because it’s a flag the was used in the tournament I would put an estimate value of $1,250-$1,500.

Next round of “What’s It Worth?” submissions will be featured in Sept. issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly

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2010 Baseball Card Price Guide Now Available On
Inside this official 24th edition, you will find current market values of more than 375,000 cards from 1981-2009. While card values are listed in near mint/mint 2010 Baseball Card Price Guide condition, a useful formula in the beginning of the book will help you determine values for other grades of condition. These values are extremely accurate, being based on actual card transactions made by the Sports Collector’s Digest dealer network and online sales. With the vast amount of cards produced every year, this up-to-date price guide is a must have for every baseball card collector!

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