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Guy Sells 20-Year-Old McJordan Sauce for $10K

Says he hopes buyer won't try to eat it

(Newser) - A man who used to own McDonald's restaurants in North Dakota is about $10,000 richer after selling a 20-year-old container of McJordan barbecue sauce to a buyer in Chicago. The sauce was used on McJordan Burgers, a promotional dish named for basketball icon Michael Jordan, sold in limited... More »

Curt Schilling May Sell the Bloody Sock

He used it as collateral to get loans for his video game company

(Newser) - Cooperstown might be about to lose a priceless piece of baseball history.* Curt Schilling apparently pledged the famous "bloody sock" he wore during Game Two of the 2004 World Series as collateral when taking out loans for his now-defunct video game company, 38 Studios, the Boston Globe reports,... More »

Jeter's 3,000th Hit Will Turn Dirt to Gold—Seriously

Memorabilia companies following his every step with a shovel and bucket

(Newser) - Everything Derek Jeter touches—and steps on—is turning to gold. The Yankees captain is poised to knock his 3,000th career hit in the coming weeks, and the memorabilia industry is prepping to cash in on commemorative merchandise from T-shirts and hats to authentic dirt from the stadium where... More »

Pro 'Ballhawks' Stalk Milestone Homers

(Newser) - These days, when a ballplayer hits a milestone home run, he can expect a shakedown, the Wall Street Journal reports, especially if he’s dealing with a professional “ballhawk.” This new breed of savvy memorabilia collector actively hunts big balls, and usually expects a nice haul of swag... More »

OJ Appeals Vegas Convictions

Says jury selection unfair; cites judicial misconduct

(Newser) - OJ Simpson is appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn his conviction on Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnapping charges. Today's filing alleges the ex-football star's conviction in a hotel-room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers was tainted by judicial misconduct, a lack of racial diversity on the jury... More »

Bankrupt Sports Museum Holds Mementos Hostage

(Newser) - New York’s Sports Museum of America has filed for bankruptcy, and is holding some priceless memorabilia hostage, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though more established halls of fame saw the move coming and pulled out loaners, the trustee wants legal fees from owners of items still in storage, or... More »

Youthful Doodles Costly for Sports Collectors

Innocently defacing cards, balls, comics makes items nearly worthless to collectors

(Newser) - Mickey Mantle never wore a beard, but that didn’t stop an 8-year-old Mets fan from giving him one, scrawling the words “You Stink,” on his 1968 Topps card. While such youthful indiscretions are fairly common, collectibles that could be worth hundreds, even thousands, of dollars are rendered... More »

Jury Out on OJ Case

Ex football star faces possibility of life in prison—again

(Newser) - The jury in the OJ Simpson armed robbery case begins deliberations today as the former football star faces the possibility of life behind bars for the second time. Simpson, 61, has been charged with 12 robbery, weapons and kidnapping charges linked to a confrontation with a sports memorabilia dealer in... More »

Another OJ Trial Kicks Off

Ex-NFL great faces a dozen charges, life sentence in Las Vegas court

(Newser) - OJ Simpson shook his head as a prosecutor promised to show jurors "the true face" of the disgraced NFL star, whose trial on 12 counts of felony kidnapping, armed robbery, and other charges began today in Las Vegas, the Review-Journal reports. Simpson's lawyer countered that he was retrieving his... More »

Spoiler Cubs Fan Offered $25K for Autograph

Will man, a recluse since curse-prolonging 2003 foul-ball incident, emerge for bounty?

(Newser) - Will Steve Bartman—the fan blamed for costing the long-suffering Chicago Cubs a trip to the 2003 World Series—come out of hiding for $25,000? A pair of sports memorabilia outfits are offering the bounty, the Orlando Sentinel reports, if Bartman shows up at a July 31 convention in... More »

All-Star Memento Today, Nest Egg Tomorrow

Memorabilia auctions offer old-timers chance to cash in

(Newser) - When it comes to souvenirs, some athletes are as memorabilia-hungry as fans. Albert Pujols has great success stockpiling mementos—for his son, or so he says—but even megastars experience slumps: Tiger Woods won’t sign for Roger Federer. “It is more important for me to talk to them... More »

Yanks, Mets Dig In for Stadium Sell-Offs

Teams expect to make millions auctioning off pieces of closing parks

(Newser) - Demolition isn’t usually very profitable—unless you’re knocking down Yankee Stadium or Shea Stadium and auctioning off every last brick. When New York’s stadiums close at season’s end, they’ll transform into a merchandising windfall, Newsweek reports. Seats, lockers, scoreboards and maybe even infield dirt will... More »

McNamee Selling Clemens Mementos on eBay

'Break-up' memorabilia profits go to juvenile diabetes group

(Newser) - If Roger Clemens wants to get any of his stuff back from ex-trainer Brian McNamee, all he has to do is log on to eBay. McNamee, who split with Clemens in the great steroids war, is putting up everything from autographed baseballs to hats to photographs of "all the... More »

Air Jordan Turns 23

Version due out this February still a 'feet' of marketing

(Newser) - Basketball's most iconic shoe turns 23 this year, a number any sports lover worth his Air Jordans knows means a little something extra—and Nike isn't missing the significance, the Chicago Tribune reports. Neither Nike nor Jordan—who wore No. 23—will squelch rumors that this is the final incarnation... More »

Lock, Stock, and Orange Bowl

Every piece of storied stadium will go on sale ahead of demolition

(Newser) - College football fans can literally take home a piece of the action when Miami officials auction off every salable piece of the soon-to-be-demolished Orange Bowl in February. On the block are the giant scoreboard, players' benches, trees, and even the urinals. "You name it, it will be available,''... More »

OJ Pleads Not Guilty; Trial Set

Trial on 12 felony charges set to begin in April

(Newser) - OJ Simpson pleaded not guilty today to 12 felony charges that could land him in jail for life, CNN reports. The Juice and two co-defendants will go on trial April 7 on charges relating to a September incident in which they're alleged to have broken into a Las Vegas hotel... More »

Judge Orders OJ to Stand Trial

Robbery, kidnapping among charges against Simpson in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Former NFL star OJ Simpson must stand trial on charges including armed robbery and kidnapping stemming from a September altercation inside a hotel room, a Las Vegas judge ruled today. The trial date was set for Nov. 28, the Los Angeles Times reports. Simpson could face life in prison if... More »

OJ Told His Buddies to Bring Guns

Simpson wanted 'heat' in hotel room, says witness

(Newser) - OJ Simpson asked his buddies to bring guns to their confrontation in a Las Vegas hotel room with two sports memorabilia dealers, one of his accomplices testified today. Walter Alexander, one of OJ's golfing pals, said Simpson wanted everyone to bring "heat." OJ also told another accomplice to... More »

OJ Scheme 'Went South,' Witness Says

Simpson's plan to get back stolen goods fell apart in room

(Newser) - A collectors dealer testified today that OJ Simpson was trying to get back memorabilia stolen from his own home when he and others entered into a hotel room to confront two men, the Los Angeles Times reports. The situation quickly "went south," said Thomas Riccio. He said, though,... More »

Dealer Describes OJ 'Invasion'

Hearing begins on whether evidence is enough for trial

(Newser) - OJ Simpson led several men into a memorabilia dealer’s hotel room “in a military-style invasion” and took tens of thousands of dollars worth of items, the dealer, Bruce Fromong, testified yesterday. He kicked off a 2-day hearing in Las Vegas to determine whether Simpson and others should stand... More »

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