Important Links

  • Society For American Baseball Research (SABR) http://www.sabr.org
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame: http://web.baseballhalloffame.org
  • Uniform and bat authentication services:
  • Autograph authentication service:
  • Professional Card Grading Services:
  • Professional Ring and awards authentication services:
    • PSA DNA or contact authenticator T.J. Kaye directly at TJ's Memorabilia Inc, 5499 North Federal Highway, Suite N, Boca Raton, Florida 33487, 561-756-7500.
  • Insurance:
    • REA highly recommends the Collectibles Insurance Agency for coverage of collectibles (baseball cards, memorablilia, art, etc). In addition to providing insurance for auction houses such as REA, they also provide coverage for individuals (underwritten by United National Insurance): http://www.collectinsure.com
  • News:
    • I-Team Blog: New York Daily News Investigative Reporters often cover baseball card, auction, and memorabilia stories of national interest
    • Sports Collectors Daily: The Internet's premier news website providing news stories daily about the world of sports collecting from many sources.
    • Sports Collectors News: Internet news website devoted to sports memorabilia and trends in the sports collecting world sponsored by www.sports-rings.com
  • Important Books That We Think Every Collector Should Read:
    • The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card by Michael O’Keeffe and Teri Thompson (William Morrow, 2007). Extremely important book relating to the entire card and memorabilia hobby. This groundbreaking work is an all-time classic that belongs in every collector’s library.
    • Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession by Dave Jamieson (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010). This is a must-have historical account of both the history of card collecting and its role in American popular culture, from the days of the first trading cards to the big auctions of modern times, and presenting a great deal of exhaustively researched hobby history found nowhere else, including profiles of pioneers such as Jefferson Burdick, Sy Berger, and Woody Gelman.
    • Operation Bullpen by Kevin Nelson (Southampton Books, 2006). This may be the most important book about autograph collecting ever written.
    • Fake: Forgery, Lies, & eBay by Kenneth Walton (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2006)
    • The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890) is the ultimate volume devoted to Old Judge baseball cards. The collecting world owes a debt of gratitude to collectors Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson for the extraordinary contribution they have made to the collecting world by creating this important volume. This 457-page full color coffee table book is the most thoroughly researched and ambitious baseball card research project we have ever seen. It is an absolute must-have for anyone interested in the history of baseball cards, Old Judge baseball cards in particular, or nineteenth-century baseball. This book deserves an honored place in every baseball library.
  • Leading Vintage Baseball Card and Memorabilia Collecting Message Boards:
  • Reference Sites
    • Judging the Authenticity of Photographs (5th edition) by David Rudd Cycleback: An extremely valuable resource for learning about photography of all kinds, of particular interest to collectors due to the growing interest in vintage photography collecting, provided courtesy of the author, 200 pages in pdf form.
    • Baseball Pinback Blog by Dr. Paul Muchinsky, author of "Baseball Pinback Buttons: A Photographically Illustrated Compendium and Price Guide" published by Great Oaks Press, a highly recommended essential hobby reference guide and the definitive book on the subject of baseball pinbacks.
    • www.TheNationalPastimeMuseum.com: online baseball museum with the goal of promoting interest in collecting and education regarding the history of the game.
    • The Modern Hobby Guide To Topps Chewing Gum: 1938 To 1956 by Dave Hornish is an extraordinary hobby reference. Our thanks to Dave Hornish for this remarkable gift to the collecting world.
    • T206Resource.com: The most popular vintage baseball card set of all time is well known for providing an almost limitless intrigue and fascination to collectors. Rare backs, Wagner, Plank, Magie, Doyle, proof cards, Ty Cobb Tobacco, checklisting the set by advertising reverses, the mystery of how the set was printed, exactly when cards were released, printing errors….and that’s just the beginning. With T206s, it never ends! This site attempts to collect, organize, and present all information about the T206 set in one place. While it is always going to be a work-in-progress, and additional information will continually be added, what has already been assembled and presented thus far is a remarkable achievement. This is an extremely scholarly project, and is the result of an enormous effort by collectors Jim Rivera and Tim Cathey, along with Art Martineau and Brian Weisner. These gentlemen, and the host of contributors that have assisted them, are due a huge “thank you” from the entire collecting world for their Herculean efforts, and their generosity in sharing their work for the benefit of all collectors. We can’t imagine all the work that went into this project. (Well, actually we can, which is why we’re so impressed!)
    • John Thorn is Major League Baseball’s Official Historian and may be the single most knowledgeable and accomplished scholar specializing in baseball history to ever live. His extraordinary insights and essays on the rich history of the game are presented on MLB’s Our Game Blog.
    • Keith Olbermann is one of the world’s greatest collectors, one of the world’s most knowledgeable historians, and, frankly, an all around genius. When he’s not too busy ruffling feathers and providing extraordinarily insightful commentary about the worlds of politics, popular culture, and sport, he sometimes finds time to post on Baseball Nerd (The Official MLBlog of Keith Olbermann).