Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 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 Forbes, The New York Times, PSA, Sports Collectors Daily and other sources.

Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – PHOTO OF THE WEEK

July 1909 ad in The Sporting Life, promoting what we now know as the T206 set. (H/T @SportsCollector)

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – DIGITAL/ON-DEMAND NEWS

Topps Sells Over 20,000 “Living Set” Cards in First Week of New Program – Launched last week, the never-ending issue promises three new baseball cards, each week, created in the design of the 1953 Topps set and offered online for one week only. No player will be featured more than once unless that player joins a new team. MORE DETAILS

Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – MODERN NEWS

Complete Guide to 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Variations – Everything you needed to know to navigate your way through the nuances of this peculiar set. FULL DETAILS

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – INDUSTRY NEWS

PSA Reaches Historic Milestone – The company has now certified more than 30 million different sports collectibles since its inception in 1991. The historic milestone was reached earlier this week with the certification of a 2000 Playoff Contenders #144 Tom Brady autographed rookie cardREAD MORE

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – SHOW NEWS

TRISTAR Starts Prepping for Annual San Francisco Show – Easily the Bay Area’s largest sports card and memorabilia show, year-in and year-out, already includes some great signers. MORE DETAILS

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – PLAYER NEWS

Panini America Inks Top NFL Draft Prospect Saquon Barkley to Exclusive Agreement – The company announced that they had reached an exclusive agreement with the former Penn State University running back for trading cards, autographs and memorabilia. FULL DETAILS

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – GRADING NEWS

Making the Grade, A PSA Primer – How do you tell the difference between Gem Mint, Near Mint-Mint and Excellent-Mint? FIND OUT

Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 16th, 2018 – VINTAGE NEWS

Baseball Hall of Fame’s #CardCorner  – The offbeat and unusual nature of Lew Krausse’s Topps card rookie matches the nature of his story. READ MORE

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – AUTOGRAPH NEWS

The Evolution of Mickey Mantle’s Signature – He remains one of the most collected and coveted athletes in history. Despite being a prolific signer in his later years, but that hasn’t diminished the sought-after nature of his pen strokes. Here is a look at how Mantle’s signature changed over time. READ MORE

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – MARKET NEWS

Trading Cards: A Hobby That Became a Multimillion-Dollar Investment – A look at the ultra-modern and truly American phenomenon of creating wealth from baseball cards. FULL STORY

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – “FINDS” NEWS

Stunning Baseball Kept In LA Garage Signed By Babe Ruth In 1927 – Bidding ends tonight on Lelands. Bidding has already pushed the price over $22K. STORY & LOT DETAILS

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Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – BUSINESS NEWS

Facebook Launches New Retail Solutions – Find out how you can reach shoppers by automatically promoting products to people who have expressed interest your website, app or elsewhere on the internet. LEARN MORE

Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 23rd, 2018 – JUST FOR FUN

The Rich History Of Dogs And Baseball Cards – Images of dogs have been collectors’ and investors’ best friends since the beginning of baseball cards. David Seideman, contributor for Forbes, explores the long tradition of dogs and baseball cards. FULL STORY

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