Ohio’s Largest Buckeye Autograph Show Returns to Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio, January 9, 2017 (SportsCollectibles.com) –

The Midwest Sports Spectacular is returning to Columbus, Ohio. The 4th Annual Midwest Sports Spectacular is expected to draw droves of memorabilia collectors and fans from across the Midwest. The show is Friday, January 20-22nd and will be held in the Cardinal Hall at the Ohio State Fair Grounds and Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211. Headlining the 2017 Sports Spectacular is Bo Jackson, Joey Bosa, Jerome Bettis, Pete Rose and Earle Bruce. The three-day sports memorabilia show will also feature Bobby Knight, Orlando Pace, Gabby Douglas and members from the 2014 Champion Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team. The show kicks off Friday from 3-8pm EST with free admission. Doors are open from 10am-7pm on Saturday and 10am – 5pm, Sunday. The public can purchase a two-day pass for $10 for access the entire weekend. Each paid admission comes with surprise free autographs at the 97.1 The Fan Autograph Booth. Parking for this event will cost $5 for each entry.

Friday night’s autograph line-up begins at 6pm with Dan Wilkinson and Jalin Marshall, with other former Buckeyes to follow. Friday’s admission is free, but in order to obtain an autograph you must purchase an autograph ticket. Autograph tickets will be available at the door or you can preorder tickets online at www.ohiosportsgroup.com. Saturday boasts a huge line-up of stars appearing: Heisman Trophy Winners Archie Griffin, Troy Smith, Bo Jackson and Eddie George will be signing. Joey Bosa, Jerome Bettis, Bobby Knight and many more athletes will sign on Saturday. The fun continues Sunday with autograph signing appearances by Pete Rose, Gabby Douglas, Malik Hooker, Raekwon McMillan and numerous other athletes. Photo Ops with all athletes can be purchased in addition to an autograph.

The Midwest Sports Spectacular will also provide on-site PSA/DNA & JSA Authentication. PSA/DNA experts will be authenticating items on Saturday and Sunday. JSA will be on-site all weekend authenticating. Fans can bring any autographed item to the show to be reviewed and authenticated. Fees will be charged for authentication. The 25,000-square-foot dealer room will have over forty dealers of vintage and current sports memorabilia from across the country. There will be an on-site/online auction benefiting Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. The sports memorabilia auction can be accessed at www.ohiosportsauctions.com, if you cannot attend the show.

The 2017 Midwest Sports Spectacular is Presented by: Byers Auto, Ohio Sports Group, 4th and Goal, Sports Collectibles, Roosters, Buffalo Wild Wings, 97.1 The Fan and Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. Come out and meet your favorite athletes at the 4th Annual Midwest Sports Spectacular.

Fans can purchase tickets upon arrival at the show or they can pre-order tickets for the signing at www.ohiosportsgroup.com or by calling 800-793-9793.

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Once again one of the world’s top Golf Memorabilia Auction houses, www.TheGolfAuction.com, has delivered an enticing display of Memorabilia to attract collectors of all things golf. The value in golf items has been on the rise all around the globe, and here you get to see why. In a world where the word ‘rare’ is seldom seen, The Golf Auction has successful satisfied their bidders needs with the sought after Horton Smith Signed Golf Ball, not to mention a pair of Masters Series Badges dating back to the 1937 & 1938 Tournaments. One of these tickets alone will stir the collecting world in to a frenzy, and here they have two for your bidding pleasure. It wouldn’t be a proper auction if it did not represent items from the infamous golfer Bobby Jones. A panoramic photo of the 1935 Masters Field is highlighted by Bobby’s signature in the center, and it is accompanied by 75 other contestant signatures. A studio photo of Bobby Jones as a youth has also been uncovered for the Ryder Cup Auction, and not to mention his personal 1924 SAE Convention Badge. With 700 lots, one can only imagine the eclectic offerings available. From Vintage Track Irons, Feathery Golf Balls, and Ben Hogan Personal Golf Shoes, to Masters Dinner Signed Flags, Vintage Art, Ephemera, & Advertisement Pieces, and Contestant Badges. Collectible items from the 1996 US Open Champion Steve Jones are also ready to bid on. The Golf Auction’s 2016 Ryder Cup Memorabilia Auction is now LIVE and will conclude on Sunday, October 2nd at 7pm EST with extended bidding to follow. Register to bid here.

Upcoming Sports Auctions

We are approaching the always bustling 4th Quarter in our great industry of sports memorabilia.  A big facet of our industry is high end auction houses, typically featuring rare items of sports americana.  As expected, these auctions reach unbelievable masses and the bids skyrocket when the biggest names in the game are auctioned off.

Focusing on one of the front runners, Heritage Auctions has laid out the heavy hitters for Fall Auction Lot.  This auction focuses on the Brooks Robinso, Baltimore Orioles collection.  Hats, gloves and game-worn jerseys from the Human Vacuum Cleaner will certainly draw big views on their online auction house.  Also featured in the fall lot – Michael Jordan game-worn rookie shoes, jersey and a baseball signed by Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig!

Lots to pay attention to this fall and we expect this to be just the start of a busy fall in the sports memorabilia industry! Let us know what type of wild bidding wars you find out there. Comment below!

November Lot – Heritage Auctions

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Black Sox Items to Be Auctioned

Story written by ESPN’s Darren Rovell

Unique items that include the big names from the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal will hit the auction block on Monday.  Goldin Auctions has three items from one of the most famous gambling scandals of all time.

The most rare item is a ball signed by six of the eight players charged with throwing the series, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, who signed the sweet spot. The ball has an estimated price of $100,000.  The auction company is also putting a payroll check of $476.25 up for bid. It is one of, if not the last, paychecks written from White Sox owner Charles Comiskey to pitcher Eddie Cicotte, who famously confirmed his part of the plot. He threw at the first batter that faced him the first game.

The third item is a ticket from that game, only one of which has been sold in the last decade (for $3,525).  Cicotte and Jackson both confessed to a grand jury in 1920, but later recanted those confessions and were acquitted by the others of all the charges a year later.

Despite this, all eight players were permanently banned from baseball from commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.  The auction closes on Feb. 7.

MJ’s Shoes Sell for $33K

Written by: Darren Rovell of ESPN

A pair of Converse shoes that an auction house says Michael Jordan wore when he played at the University of North Carolina sold for $33,387 on Thursday morning.

Grey Flannel Auctions, which sold the shoes, said they were consigned by a high school teammate of Jordan. The auction house said the winning bidder prefers to remain anonymous.

Game-used Jordan shoes have commanded some serious dollars in recent years.

Last year, Grey Flannel sold an autographed pair of shoes Jordan wore during his famous “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA Finals for $104,765. A pair of shoes that Jordan wore in his rookie season with the Bulls sold for $31,070 in 2013.

Grey Flannel executives held back a pair of 1984 Converse shoes that Jordan wore for the Olympic gold-medal game for a future auction.

Jordan wore Converse throughout his days at North Carolina because, at the time, the company was paying UNC coach Dean Smith about $10,000 a year to have his players wear its shoes. Converse made a pitch to Jordan when he turned pro after the 1984 Olympics, but its $100,000 a year offer fell $400,000 short of Nike’s deal. The rest is history. Nike’s Jordan brand sells more than $2.5 billion worth of sneakers annually.

Other highlights in the auction included a Babe Ruth game-used Tour of Japan hat, which sold for $303,277, a record for a non-Yankees cap; a 1937 Joe DiMaggio game-used Yankees hat ($151,652); a 1932 Yankees team-signed ball ($115,242); and a Dr. J game-used Philadelphia 76ers road uniform ($44,428).