Just got my Sports Collectors Digest (SCD) in the mail today. I have been an on again off again subscriber for many years. Although the publication is quite biased and a bit amateurish I look forward to getting each issue as it is one of the few printed publications dedicated to Sports Memorabilia Collecting. The internet, with its ease of trade, has helped true collectors but crushed the hobby. The hobby is not pure, but what is ? Greed is a centuries old vice. It cannot be changed. Publications like SCD should stop voicing why business is gone away. Negativity is infectious.
Added this unique baseball to the Fenway Collection recently. The Boston Red Sox didn’t make their fans wait another 86 years for the team’s latest World Series Championship. Rather, Boston claimed their second Championship in four years by beating the Colorado Rockies, and they did so in style, as the Sox swept the Rockies four games to none during the 2007 World Series. This Game Used Baseball from a game played on June 29, 2007 against the Texas Rangers has been hand signed by 23 members of the 2007 WS championship team. Those that signed include; Luis Alicea (Coach), Alex Cora, Manny Delcarmen, Jacoby Ellsbury, John Farrell (Coach), Eric Hinske, Jon Lester, Javier Lopez, Mike Lowell, Julio Lugo, Dave Magadan (Coach), Doug Mirabelli, Jonathan Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, Manny Ramirez, Kyle Snyder, Mike Timlin, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, Josh Beckett, Terry Francona & Curt Schilling. Included is a Steiner Sports Certificate of Authenticity.
Will be auctionng it soon.
Added a nice piece to the Fenway Collection the other day. I purchased a hand signed MLB Authenticated baseball signed by MVP All Star Catcher Minnesota Twins – Joe Mauer.
The Major League Baseball Authentication Program is the first league-wide memorabilia authentication initiative in professional sports. Since its launch in 2001, it has become the industry standard for autographed and game-used sports memorabilia authentication.
Designed to distinguish officially authenticated MLB memorabilia from other items on the market, the program combines an objective third-party authentication system that guarantees genuine memorabilia for all MLB fans.
Major League Baseball uses a third party authenticator at each and every game, who witnesses all items that received a signature or that were removed from the field. Every item, once witnessed, will receive a sequentially numbered, tamper-proof hologram created by OpSec, U.S. to easily identify its Major League Baseball authenticity.
Posting on MLB.com
Once fans receive the piece of memorabilia, they can trace their item using the new, rectangular official authentication numbered hologram through MLB.com. This easy reference enables fans to easily obtain and verify all of the details surrounding their new item.
Since its inception in 2001, Major League Baseball Authentication Program has certified over 3,000,000 items, allowing fans to ensure their memorabilia is a 100% genuine piece of their favorite pastime. It’s easy to get the real goods – just check for the official seal of authentication.
Assignment of a Unique ID Number
Once witnessed, every authenticated item is affixed with a tamper-proof hologram created by OpSec, U.S. to identify its authenticity.
Picked this helmet up at the Grey Flannel Auctions this week. Inside the dome is the “Rawlings” manufacturer’s sticker with MLB hologram affixed. On the outer front is the Red Sox “B” sticker. On the back is the player number “33” sticker along with the official MLB sticker. The helmet shows excellent game-use with pine tar and extensive scuffing on top. Steiner Hologram #84082. MLB Hologram #675485 LH. This helmet is accompanied by a Steiner LOA.
I have already arranged the resale of this item to a private collector in NH.