Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 15th, 2019 – 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 PSA, Sports Collectors Digest, Forbes, Beckett Media, Sports Collectors Daily and other sources.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Avengers: Infinity War cast-signed, Thor’s hammer on display at the PSA booth at Emerald City Comic Con.
Sports Collectors Digest Publisher Files for Bankruptcy – The publishing company F+W Media, which has specialized in collectibles publications for decades, has filed for Chapter 11. FULL STORY
PSA Making Changes Aimed at Improving Submission, Communication Processes – In a letter to PSA customers, President, Steve Sloan, outlined a list of initiatives. FULL STORY
Joey Logano Proves He’s a Real Card – A trading card, that is. FULL STORY
Derek Jeter Forged & Counterfeit 1995 Upper Deck Baseball Cards – Dozens of copies have been selling on eBay over the last several weeks. FULL STORY
COLLECTOR COMMUNITY NEWS
Fundraising Efforts Underway for Family of Carmen Bice – Illness left long time collector’s family strapped with mounting medical bills. You can help for only $15. BUY THIS SHIRT
Card Company Websites of the 1990s – As the World Web Web turned 30 years old this weak, Ryan Cracknell at Beckett Media looks back at the Internet of the 1990s. FULL STORY
Boston Braves Memorabilia Saved from Dumpster – Amazing to think this small treasure and piece of baseball history nearly disappeared forever. FULL STORY
Cap Worn By Willie Mays at Heritage Auctions – However, this isn’t just any cap. This is the one he was wearing when he hit his 600th home run. LOT DETAILS
Kobe Bryant’s Stolen High School Jersey Returned – A replica jersey signed by the future NBA Hall of Famer has been returned by a super collector . . . in China. FULL STORY
2018-19 Fleer Hanes Michael Jordan 30th Anniversary Trading Cards – Upper Deck and Hanes have teamed up for a new set of Michael Jordan promo cards. FULL DETAILS
Dale Murphy signed autographs at the recent Philly Show. He also took time to open some 1977 Topps packs with Vintage Breaks and was his usual awesome self.
Topps to Produce Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trading Cards – This will be the first product under a new agreement with Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products.Collectors can expect a limited-edition set featuring comic book artwork. The product is expected to release later this summer. MORE DETAILS
Top 10 Weirdest Pieces of Sports Memorabilia Ever Sold – Some fans will buy just about anything. FULL LIST
JUST FOR FUN
New manager of the Twins, Rocco Baldelli, was once a young collector back home in Rhode Island. He talked about collecting as a kid –and about some of the players on the cards that popped out of his back during the always-entertaining “Old Baseball Cards” segment with Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports