Posted: June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

                           2015 Chicago National News

Baseball fans, Nikcosports is offering up a very nice 6-ball set of Official Rawlings Cincinnati Reds baseballs to help celebrate the MLB All-Star game in Cincinnati this year. This set which is limited to just 5,000 sets include the following baseballs honoring the Reds World Series wins – 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, and 1990, plus a special 2015 All-Star ball. The ball sets sell for $79.95 with portion of the proceeds going to benefit The Reds Community Fund. You can purchase this item at www.nikcosports.com or call 1-800-345-2868 or check out Nikco Sports on Ebay by clicking here.

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MagazineA new magazine hit the newsstand this week, called Baseball – History & Art. It’s part history, part art, and part collecting. This first issue, Summer 2015, is over 70 pages printed on a high quality stock and includes a insert in the front 000_0001cover of Ty Cobb. The front cover teases stories on “Black Stars Exhibit” “Forbes Field & Honus Wagner” along with Inside Market Info, Breaking News, Auction News, and Making Art Matter. As you thumb threw it, the Art title is there for a reason, and in these 70 plus pages are some great looking pictures of America’s Pastime. The cover price is $9.95 in the U.S. and $12.95 for Canada.

In This Issue – Summer, 2015

Finding Home – A cranky manager and his star pitcher fund happiness rooming together in NYC

Ticket Stub – Bob Feller is thrown against a no-name opponent with the pennant on the line

Interview – Marty Appel talks about winning, the Yankees, and his relationship with Mickey Mantle

Pirates Cove – It was called “Dreyfuss’ Folly” but the Pirates built a solid home for Pittsburgh

What Happened? – Predicting the future can be tricky as a review of this classic hobby investment book suggests

Players We Ought to Know – Little know facts about players scarcely remembered today

Got Your Back – Card backs are better than ever as these T206-Helmar examples prove

Bring Popcorn – Get a sneak preview of the online exhibit of Helmar’s Boston Garter Collection .

Baseball History & Art can be found at Barnes & Nobles and for more info on Helmar cards check out helmarblog.com

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1 Box – 8 Packs – 5 cards per pack

Pack 1 – Hunter Pence, Bud Norris, Jayson Werth, Juan Lagares, Carlton Fisk (GOLD)000_0001

Pack 2 – Hanley Ramirez, Matt Carpenter, Ryan Braun, Cliff Lee, Bryce Harper (Die Cut Luminous)

Pack 3 – Clayton Kershaw, Tyson Ross, Paul Molitor, Max Scherzer, Mark Reynolds

Pack 4 – Rick Porcello, Freddie Freeman, Troy Tulowitzki, Kolton Wong, Joe Panik

Pack 5 – Michael Taylor,Mariano Rivera (Gold), Whitey Ford, Billy Butler, Wil Myers

Pack 6 – Marcell Ozuna, Cliff Floyd, Tanner Roark, Dustin Pedroia (Contact Sheet), Adam LaRoche

Pack 7 – Chris Sale, Jason Heyward, Justin Morneau, Ben Zobrist, Bo Jackson

Pack 8 – David Cone, Dellin Betances, Yonder Alonso, Matt Williams, Jake Marisnick000_0003

 

UPDATE – The first round of the auction ended on June 30th with no bids. With a $115,800 starting bid, or a $151,000 Buy It Now, it seems that may have kept Bird fans away or was it the option of “Local Pickup” only (Colorado) or the seller having a feedback of (2). We’ll keep an eye out on LOT 2 and 3 or see if Lot 1 gets reposted.

 

It’s being called the biggest Larry Bird Collection of all-time, just 675 items that range from signed basketballs, pictures, shoes, signed folding chairs, the list goes on and on and its all going on the auction block June 20th.

The collections owner, Randy Switser, has teamed up with Boston Sports Memorabilia to auction off these items via Ebay over the next ten days.

Auction Gallery Links

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It’s one of the rarest feats in sports, last achieved in 1978, many have tried but most have failed. That all changed on June 6, 2015 when American Pharoah dominated the Belmont Stakes and won The Triple Crown. Now here comes the shirts, hats, collector pins, etc but one of these items did catch my eye from a company called Big Time Bats. I have never heard of these guys and don’t know much about the company but that may change with this item. Click here to check out the item on The Big Time Bats web site… This items is listed at $189.95 with only 2015 being made.

The White Sox held the ultimate garage sale again last week. This once a year event now takes place three times a year with all money going to White Sox Charities. WGN was on hand for the event, click here to check out Sean Lewis’s story on all the great deals.

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