Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – Here is a look at hobby stories from around the web over the last week. Find out the latest in business news, player spotlights, vintage, grading, auctions, sports memorabilia and more. Stories from Auction Report,  Topps.com, PSA, Sports Collectors Daily and other sources.

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Media campaign by Philadelphia 76ers touting Ben Simmons for NBA Rookie of the Year (H/T @DarrenRovell)

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – DIGITAL/ON-DEMAND NEWS

Topps Announces New Topps Now MLB Moment of the Week – For the first time by official vote, fans and collectors will get to determine which Major League Baseball highlight earns a Topps Now MLB Moment of the Week card. MORE DETAILS

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – MODERN NEWS

A Look at the Early Japanese Baseball Cards of Shohei Ohtani To say that he is, thus far, living up to the hype is an understatement. The values of his Topps MLB licensed rookie cards reflect that fact. However, he had plenty of cardboard before coming to America. READ MORE

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – PLAYER NEWS

Panini America Rides Shotgun with NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne 

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – SHOW NEWS

TRISTAR Talk Scheduled for San Francisco Show – The exclusive Q&A sessions will take place on Saturday, April 21st, with Matt Williams, Khris Davis, Goose Gossage, Reggie Jackson, Jeff Bagwell & Roger Craig! MORE INFO

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – MEDIA NEWS

Baseball Book Legendary Lumber Recognized with Prestigious National Awards – Authored by hobby expert Joe Orlando with Tom Zappala and Ellen ZappalaLegendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History was honored at the 30th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony. The book was also nominated for the 2018 Larry Ritter Award. Presented by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 613th, 2018 – VINTAGE NEWS

Ten Ways to Help Avoid Fakes in the Vintage Card Market – In addition to which sets to collect or how to start a collection of pre-war cards, one of the most common questions this expert receives asked is how to avoid fakes. Here is his advice. LEARN MORE

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – MEMORABILIA NEWS

Jackie Robinson Rookie Jersey Breaks Record . . . Again – The new record for a post-war, game-used jersey rose to $2.6M this week when the original buyer sold it through Heritage Auctions’ “Make Seller Offer” feature. The quick-turnaround netted the owner a cool $550,000. FULL DETAILS

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – RETRO NEWS

Set Registry Starter Kit: Bo Jackson Rookie Set – A primer on collecting one of the definitive rookie card sets of the 1980s FULL DETAILS

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – COLLECTOR SPOTLIGHT

Marshall Fogel Collection On Display as Part of Play Ball Exhibit – The History Colorado Center will be home to a selection of a very prestigious collection. FULL DETAILS

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – INDUSTRY NEWS

Topps and Beckett Partner to Deliver Season Long 30 Teams 30 Weeks Initiative – Experts have selected an all-time trading card line-up for each team. The rankings will be released one per week throughout the 2018 MLB season, counting down from No. 30 to eventually reveal the No. 1 most legendary baseball card line-up of all time! MORE DETAILS

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 13th, 2018 – JUST FOR FUN

1988 Upper Deck Baseball Cards? – Yep, a promotional set featuring Angels pitcher, Dewayne Brice and Wally Joyner were made to help market the inaugural 1989 set. Darren Rovell posted on his Twitter feed this week, “Crazy story here. Upper Deck needed two players for sample cards in 1988. Offered cash or stock. Wally Joyner took cash, which amounted to $10K, Angels reliever Dewayne Brice took stock — turned into about $17 million!”

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