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Baseball Card and Memorabilia Records Set in $8.5 Million Dollar REA Auction!

May 9, 2014

Collectors of high-end baseball cards and memorabilia were glued to Robert Edward Auctions as prices soared to astounding levels across the board during the record-setting April 26, 2014 auction.

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An incredible 147 lots sold for $10,000 or more. Nine lots eclipsed the $100,000 mark. The total sales of $8.52 Million defined this sale as one of the largest and most successful baseball auctions in collecting history.

A never-before-offered 1874 Boston Red Stockings Cigar poster featuring George Wright sold for $189,600. This set a new world record for a baseball-related advertising poster, and even more significantly, this result also represented a record price for any kind of American advertising poster ever.

A 1968 Mickey Mantle jersey, originating from the personal collection of a Yankees batboy and purchased in 1985 as a personal keepsake of his favorite player for the then-princely sum of $5,000 (and, fortunately, kept safely all these years), stunned the owner with its final realized price of $201,450.

Carlton Fisk’s iconic home run ball from Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, accompanied by a letter of provenance from Cincinnati Reds outfielder George Foster, drew national media attention and sold for $142,200.

An outstanding 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card in EX-MT condition (reserve $25,000) was hammered down at $142,200.

A newly-discovered example of 1887 N172 Old Judge tobacco card of Hall of Famer Deacon White, with his portrait on the card misidentified as “McGreachery,” was one of the most exciting 19th century card finds in recent years. One of only two examples known, the legendary Old Judge “McGreachery” rarity (res. $10,000) soared to an astounding $130,350. This auction result set a new record for any Old Judge tobacco card ever sold privately or at auction.

The list of extraordinary record-setting prices seems almost endless. REA president Robert Lifson comments, “These results speak for themselves: about the quality of the material offered, about the appreciation of the collecting world for how REA presents items and conducts auctions, about the well-deserved trust collectors have in REA, and about the strength of the market.”

Copies of the 694-page full-color premium catalog are also still available free of charge. Go to, click “Free Catalog,” and fill in your name and address. Robert Edward Auctions is currently assembling its next sale. For further information contact: Robert Edward Auctions, PO Box 7256, Watchung, NJ or call (908)-226-9900.

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Want to sell that high-priced item on ebay? Maybe you want to think again.

A man surrendered to law enforcement officers for allegedly defrauding hundreds of sellers on eBay.

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A 49-year-old Summit New Jersey man surrendered to police officers for allegedly defrauding hundreds of sellers of foreign and antique banknotes on the eBay, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced via a press release.

David D’Aries is charged with one count of mail fraud and is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court.

According to the criminal Complaint:

From June 2007 through October 2012, D’Aries allegedly devised a scheme to defraud individuals from around the world by posing as a buyer interested in purchasing rare and antique foreign banknotes for bid on eBay. D’Aries, as the winning bidder in approximately 400 eBay transactions, made payment for the auctioned item via PayPal or credit card, received the item from the eBay seller via the United States mail or other commercial interstate carrier, and then allegedly falsely claimed to various credit card companies that the item was never received from the seller or was an unauthorized charge. D’Aries allegedly posed as three different individuals, including his deceased father, in his fraudulent eBay transactions.

Losses to eBay/PayPal and the various eBay sellers as a result of D’Aries’ alleged fraudulent transactions total approximately $122,000. A search of D’Aries’ home by law enforcement on June 30, 2011, revealed several thousand foreign banknotes and 165 pieces of mail from around the world that were addressed to D’Aries and the other identities he allegedly used.

D’Aries faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Fishman credited inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Postal Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates in Newark with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked the Summit Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for their roles in the case.

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The first Championship Ring video of many to come is now available on youtube.  This video showcases New York Baseball Championship Rings from the 1950′s. 1950's World Series Rings

Baseball in New York in the 1950′s was a very special time.  It seemed that you could count on either the Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, or the New York Giants to be in the World Series each year.
From 1949 to 1956, 8 consecutive seasons, one of those three New York teams won the World Series.

Each video will feature rare photos and many pictures of amazing Championship Rings in all their glory, presented in a professional video format.

The video includes New York Yankee World Series Rings, Brooklyn Dodger Championship Rings and New York Giants World Series Rings.  Also featured in the presentation are Yankee American League Pennant Rings, and Dodger National League Pennant Rings.

The link to the video is:

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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Super Bowl Rings

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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Super Bowl Rings

Since 1967, there have been 47 Super Bowl Championship Rings made. As a collector for many years, here are ten amazing things I’ve learned.

1) When a team wins the Super Bowl, ownership and management choose which company gets to design and manufacture their championship ring. They also decide whether to issue the same ring or a lower-cost version to front office staff, whether to make jewelry available for friends and family, and what types of commemorative pieces to create for their fan base.

2) Jostens has made the most Super Bowl rings of any manufacturer. Jostens made the first ring, awarded to the Green Bay Packers after Super Bowl I, and the most current ring for the Ravens. Jostens has made an astounding 30 of the 47 Super Bowl Champions rings.

3) The NFL limits teams to spend around $7,000 per ring and pays for the first 150 rings made. Teams that award more than 150 pay the cost for the additional rings themselves. Organizations that have won multiple Super Bowl rings are allowed to spend slightly more on diamonds. Manufacturers typically don’t make much money on the rings and sometimes, they don’t make any money. The reason manufacturers are willing to make rings at or near cost is that they receive tremendous exposure and can generate larger profits on ancillary lines that they sell to family members, friends of the team, and fans.

4) Championship rings have gotten so big that even the largest of lineman find the latest rings huge and uncomfortable to wear. A three-time Super Bowl winning lineman once confessed to me that he couldn’t wear his Super Bowl XXXIX ring; it was too big for his huge hand. At 110 grams that ring is around the weight of 20 nickels or 40 pennies. The lineman preferred to wear his smaller, Super Bowl XXXVIII ring.

Pictured above: Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX rings – two of
the largest rings ever created.

5) The losing team in the Super Bowl gets a ring too. Commonly referred to as the AFC or NFC Championship Ring, it’s smaller and contains less bling than the winning ring, although these too seem to grow larger as the years go by. The NFL strongly suggests (some would say impose) that the winning and losing teams put the Super Bowl logo on each ring.

6) The NFL has an amazing display of every winning Super Bowl ring at their Headquarters in New York City. Sadly, you can’t walk in off the street and see the amazing display. When the NFL moved a couple of years ago to a new Park Avenue location they upgraded the display to include a movable magnifying glass so visitors could peer through the glass and see all the amazing details of each ring.


7) In a break with tradition, the Pittsburgh Steelers, decided not to award AFC Championship rings after their Super Bowl XLV loss to the Packers. An executive with the Steelers verified this decision but would not elaborate on the reason. Instead, the team awarded watches to the players, coaches and front office. While this is only speculation, perhaps the team decided that a small AFC champions ring would dwarf their huge Super Bowl XLIII Champions ring from two years earlier and that the difference in size would cheapen the XLV award. perhaps the circumstances below played a part in their decision.

8) The players on the Steelers were upset with the size of their Super Bowl XL rings. By 2002, winning Super Bowl rings were tipping the scales around 60-70 grams in weight. That changed when the Patriots made the biggest Super Bowl ring ever – when they won their second Super Bowl. Their ring from Super Bowl XXXVIII weighed around 100 grams. The following year when the Patriots repeated, their rings grew to 110 grams.

The next year, the Steelers Super Bowl XL ring was magnificent; containing 5 large princess cut diamonds, one for each of the franchise’s Super Bowl Championships. However, at 53 grams, it was
substantially smaller than other rings from this time period. The players were not happy when they realized their rings were considered tiny by their NFL rivals. The Steelers did remedy this, three years later when they won Super Bowl XLIII and received rings that weighed 100 grams.

9) The Packers became the first team to receive platinum rings when they won Super Bowl XLV. If you think gold is expensive, platinum is even more costly. The huge rings contained almost 3.5 carats of diamonds. The “G” in the middle of the ring, contained 13 diamonds – one for each title the team has won, dating back to 1929. There are 92 other diamonds on the ring, one for each year the Packers have been in existence. The ring weighs 110 grams which is around a quarter of a pound.

Pictured above: The Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV ring
made of Platinum and over 100 diamonds.

10) Not only have Super Bowl rings grown over the last five decades, The presentation boxes that hold these treasures have evolved too. Once rings were given in simple two inch velvet ring holders. The latest ring boxes can weigh four or five pounds, have full color graphics, and a glass window to show the ring while it’s housed in the presentation showcase.

Pictured above: A Super Bowl Presentation Box worthy
of displaying a championship ring.

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