Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 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 KWCH.com, Coronado Eagle & Journal, SB Nation, Prewarcards.com, USA Today, PSA, Sports Collectors Daily and other sources.

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Rare original photo used for Mickey Mantle’s 1951 Bowman rookie baseball card. (H/T @BSmile)

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – DIGITAL/ON-DEMAND NEWS

Shohei Ohtani Sets Bar for Topps Living Set – The new, print on-demand offering from Topps already has set the bar for others to follow. Last week, Ohtani’s card sold 20,966 copies in its one week of availability. Topps.com Page

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – MODERN NEWS

How Has Ronald Acuña’s Rise Affected the Baseball Card Market? – A Braves insider and noted collector, Stacey Marlow, helps answer the question. READ

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – PLAYER NEWS

Behind the Scenes with Shohei Ohtani on the Panini Spring Training MLBPA Road Trip – During a late-March Tuesday evening on the Arizona leg of Panini America’s annual Panini Spring Training Road Trip, international baseball sensation Shohei Ohtani spent a few productive hours helping create the kind of high-impact content that will drive Panini America baseball products all season long. He posed for photographs, signed autographs, busted more than a few packs of 2018 Donruss Baseball, sat down for a Facebook Live interview that’s been viewed more than 350,000 times, and conducted interviews with the likes of Sporting News and Beckett Media.

Ohtani’s 1st Home Run Ball Won’t Be Coming to Auction – His spring training struggles evaporated into the night air near Disneyland this past Tuesday. His first major league home run, belted in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, was the talk of sports world. READ MORE

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – SHOW NEWS

Star-Studded Lineup to Appear At This Weekend’s CSA Chantilly Show – Year after year, the Chantilly shows are among the largest and most popular in the hobby and well-known for a wide selection of both vintage and modern cards and a large lineup of autograph signers. READ MORE

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – IN THE MEDIA

From Wax packs to Mobile Apps: Baseball Card Collecting Goes Digital to Reconnect with Kids – A look at one shop owner in Chicago who has survived the hobby’s ups and downs. FULL STORY

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – VINTAGE NEWS

A Look at the 21 Known Errors in the T205 Set – The 1911 T205 set is one of the most popular pre-war issues around. And the fact that it’s less than half the size of the monstrous T206 issue makes it more attainable for collectors. READ MORE

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – AUTOGRAPH NEWS

Signature Preservation: Before, During and After – Here are some keys to obtaining autographs and keeping them in good condition. FULL DETAILS

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – AUCTION NEWS

Jimmie Foxx Singled Signed Baseball Coming to Auction – He is easily the most difficult member of the esteemed 500 home run club to find. Now Heritage Auctions features a stunning signed ball from this baseball legend. LOT DETAILS

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – “FINDS” NEWS

New Discovery of Seven “Store Original” 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Boxes – And one box has two of the Michael Jordan rookie card showing on top through the packs’ wrapper. READ MORE

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – COLLECTOR SPOTLIGHT

Gone Yet Never Forgotten: Meet Expos Super Collector Perry Giannias – It started with an Ellis Valentine autographed baseball acquired on a dare by a grade school friend. Now, Perry Giannias is one of the most dedicated Montreal Expos collectors around; and he’s turning his passion into a fundraising machine, too. FULL STORY

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – CRIME NEWS

Midnight Madness: Thief Caught on Tape Stealing Jerseys from Kansas Shop – A lone vehicle sped up to Oliver’s Sports Cards and Memorabilia in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the occupant wasn’t looking to participate in a late night box break. Approximately $20,000 of merchandise is gone and Oliver is hoping collectors will help track down a suspect. FULL DETAILS (CLICKTO WATCH)

Hobby Happenings Week Ending April 6th, 2018 – JUST FOR FUN

FUNKO Set to Add to Collectible Empire – This June, the company will debut a line of cereals geared to the collectibles market. Each box will yield a toy surprise of one of the company’s classic mini-sized POP! vinyl figures. FULL DETAILS

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