Team shops and wretched excess.
What if someone as bonkers as Mike Veeck created bobbleheads for MLB teams?
Here you are, in the ninth, two men out and three men on …
Regarding a ballpark, both great and American
On the intersection of competition, obsession, and tragedy
AmLaw Daily is talking about that MLB-Topps baseball card deal from last week and raises the notion that Upper Deck could file an antitrust suit. Countering that is the assertion in the article that “In 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court established a common-law exemption for Major League Baseball in cases involving antitrust laws, a decision […]
Ahhhh, Wilker goodness. This is more like it. Feel free to take a couple of extra days now, Rob. BTW I, and I assume many other bloggers, got another baseball card in the mail recently. I don’t have it in front of me, but it’s a 1975 common whose name I’m forgetting. Lovely card though. […]
I got a letter in the mail on Saturday addressed to “Craig Calcaterra, Shysterball.” Inside was a mint condition 1978 Topps Bucky Dent card. No return address. No note, no nothing else accompanying it. New York City postmark. Typewritten address label. Hurm. I haven’t died in the last 48 hours, so I’m ruling out anthrax […]
Chris doesn’t care if you like his centennial column here at THT—he doesn’t even care if you read it. He just wants everyone to scroll down and view the photos halfway into it.
I don’t know that collecting weird, trivial things is any more defensible when the Hall of Fame does it than when my neighbor does, but they’re doing it all the same. Balls, shoes, dirt in coffee cups, the whole deal.
Lots of stuff goes on in the world about which most of us are unaware. Stuff like this: Nearly a decade ago, embarrassed about reports of widespread fraud in the $1-billion-per-year sports memorabilia industry — dominated by baseball and filled mostly with fakes and forgeries, according to an F.B.I. investigation — Major League Baseball did […]
It didn’t come here, but I’m off the clock at NBC and it’s the kind of thing that sparks good discussions on ShysterBall. In response to my post criticizing baseball for making all players wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson day, reader Web-Gem had this to say: This is not a “tribute”, this is MLB’s […]
In December 2007 I wrote a couple of posts about the 1973 Topps set my brother got me for Christmas. There was some talk in those posts about the look and feel of the set itself, but today Cardboard Gods’ Josh Wilker lays some serious analytical lumber on it: The action photos in these 1973 […]
Turns out that the autographed baseball everyone was talking about earlier this week was purchased by someone close to the Mick: On Monday, we told you the story of the Mickey Mantle baseball that was signed “F**k Yogi. Before putting it in their upcoming auction, the folks at Grey Flannel Auctions tried to sell it […]
Not every market is FUBAR: The stock market is tanking, while real estate values show no signs of coming back any time soon. Ten-year Treasuries are yielding less than 3% interest, as are three-year certificates of deposit. So where to park your money? Try sports collectibles. Even as a rough economy has shot a soft […]
Remember last year when Jeter was being coy about what keepsake he was going to take from Yankee Stadium? Harvey Araton has the goods: Derek Jeter came clean Wednesday night. He pilfered the Joe DiMaggio sign, as I suspected. When I had last seen Jeter before covering the kickoff party to his celebrity golf classic […]
What all of the cool kids will be wearing soon: The Chicago White Sox are aiming to release a President Barack Obama-themed version of their cap in time for the start of spring training. The club has developed two prototype designs of its club hat with Obama marks on the side and back. The hats […]
It’s this sort of thing that causes my brother to drag me through antique shops and thrift stores for hours on end whenever we’re together: Bernice Gallego sat down one day this summer, as she does pretty much every day, and began listing items on eBay. She dug into a box and pulled out a […]
TUCK! toon goodness every Wednesday
I collected baseball cards in my youth and still have tens of thousands of them in my basement. I haven’t bought a single card, however, since the 1980s and you can count my purchases of other baseball memorabilia since that time on one hand. A lot of this has to do with growing up. If […]