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Milestone Alert – Albert Pujols 3,000 Career Hits
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On This Date – April 25th, 1976
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On This Date – April 20th, 2013
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What to Collect – 2018 FIFA World Cup Panini Sticker Collection
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New Arrivals – Giancarlo Stanton 1st Yankee HR Autographed Memorabilia
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TBT – 1982 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game
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New Arrivals – MLB Collectibles
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Players To Collect – 2018 MLB Prospects
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Upcoming Signing Events – The Chantilly Show April 6th – 8th 2018
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New Arrivals – Vegas Golden Knights

Milestone Alert – Albert Pujols 3,000 Career Hits

Albert Pujols Autographed Baseball Display CaseAlbert Pujols 3000 Career Hits Plaque

On May 4th, 2018 Albert Pujols joined an illustrious group by becoming just the 4th player in MLB history to record 600 home runs and 3,000 hits in their career. The other players who achieved this incredible feat are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Alex Rodriguez. Albert is already considered one of the greatest players ever, and certainly one of, if not, the best right-handed hitter of all-time. Ranking in the top-10 in career home runs, RBI and doubles, Pujols has already established a legacy that will land him in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown once his career comes to an end. And for memorabilia collectors, this equates to a tremendous increase in value and worth. Commemorative memorabilia that celebrates milestones from a players career is especially valuable and makes for incredible pieces to showcase. Our Albert Pujols 3,000 Hits Collection has something for every collector, including a guaranteed authentic Albert Pujols signed baseball enclosed in a commemorative 3,000 Hits Display Case.

On This Date – April 25th, 1976

Rick Monday Autographed Photo

Whenever anyone thinks of Rick Monday, they usually don’t consider his 19-year MLB career, or that he was a two-time All-Star, or being a World Series champion; they usually recognize him as “the man who saved the flag”. The moment happened in the middle a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Monday’s visiting Chicago Cubs. Monday, who served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Monday was playing center field at the time that the two men, a father, and son, ran onto the field during the inning threw the American flag on the ground and proceeded to douse it in lighter fluid. But before they could light the flag on fire, Rick Monday came sprinting in and snagged it off the ground. The crowd gave him a standing ovation and the Dodger Stadium scoreboard flashed the message, “RICK MONDAY…YOU MADE A GREAT PLAY…”. He would come up to the plate to hit in the top half of the 5th inning and received yet another standing ovation from the fans. Rick Monday would return to Los Angeles, this time as a member of the Dodgers and help the club win the 1981 World Series.

On This Date – April 20th, 2013

David Ortiz Autographed Pictures

 

The date was April 15th, 2013, the 116th running of the annual Boston Marathon. The Marathon was going smoothly, just like every other year until 2:49 pm when two bombs exploded 12 seconds apart at the finish line injuring at least 246 people and killing three. Although that was one of the most tragic days in American history, the community of Boston came together and became “Boston Strong”. Five days after the attack, the Red Sox returned home and honored the victims of the horrific bombing attack prior to the start of the game. It was also David Ortiz’s return to the Red Sox line up after starting that season on the DL. With emotions running high, Ortiz walked out to the middle of the infield and delivered a speech for the ages. This was a moment that would endear Ortiz in the hearts of every Bostonian and solidify his legendary status in Boston forever.

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What to Collect – 2018 FIFA World Cup Panini Sticker Collection

2018 FIFA World Cup Panini Sticker Collection

 

With the 2018 World Cup on the horizon, that means that the Panini FIFA World Cup Sticker Collection is back! The worldwide phenomenon that is the sticker collection gives soccer fans from all over the globe to partake in this tradition, and this is now the 12th set that Panini has since produced since their original set for the 1970 World Cup. Whether your an old or young fan of the game, collecting these stickers has no age limits. The goal is to collect every sticker and to fill your album with every player from all 32 teams as well as stadiums from around Russia where the games will be played.

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New Arrivals – Giancarlo Stanton 1st Yankee HR Autographed Memorabilia

Giancarlo Stanton Autographed Pictures

In the biggest and most surprising move in the MLB offseason, the Miami Marlins traded their 2017 NL MVP, Giancarlo Stanton, to the New York Yankees. After the Marlins new ownership team took over, led by former Yankee, Derek Jeter, Stanton voiced his displeasure with where the team was heading and wanted to be reassured that they would not be entering a rebuilding mode. And after some discussions with Jeter and the front office, they agreed it was best for Stanton to move on and they would seek out a trade that both parties could agree on. After much consideration, the list narrowed down to the Giants and Cardinals but after Stanton rejected both offers the Marlins had to look elsewhere. In comes the New York Yankees, where they took advantage of the situation that Stanton had put the Marlins in and pounced at the opportunity to pair the reigning NL MVP with the AL MVP runner-up and Rookie of the Year in Aaron Judge. So a deal was struck which sent Giancarlo to the Bronx to join arguably the most powerful lineup in the MLB which already has Judge and Gary Sanchez.

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TBT – 1982 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game

Michael Jordan Autographed Photos

 

In what would become one of the most iconic games in basketball history, the 1982 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship was a battle between two blue-blood programs in Georgetown and North Carolina. The court that night in the Louisiana Superdome, 36-years ago to the date, was graced with the presence of not just Hall of Fame players, but coaches as well. The legendary Dean Smith and John Thompson developed their programs into two of the most dominant college basketball teams in the country during their tenures. In order to do so, they needed top-tier talent, which they had in spades. In Washington, D.C., the Hoyas were led by their future Hall of Famer and Dream Team member, Patrick Ewing. The 7-footer was a force on the offensive end and completely disruptive on the defensive end which his ability to block shots. In Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels had future Hall of Famers of their own in sophomore James Worthy and a freshman by the name of Michael Jordan.

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New Arrivals – MLB Collectibles

Aaron Judge Autographed Bats Jose Altuve Autographed Bats

Kris Bryant Autographed Bats Kris Bryant Autographed Bats

 

With the inception of the 2018 MLB season this week, an influx of new MLB memorabilia are making their way into the market which is a prime opportunity for collectors to expand their memorabilia collections. This is an opportune time to bring home these pieces because once the calendar hits April, the grueling 162-game season begins, it is very difficult for retailers to restock their inventory of these collectibles midseason. Also, getting in on the action before the season starts guarantees you that when a players stock rises during a breakout year, you won’t have to pay a higher premium to attain that prized collectible.

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Players To Collect – 2018 MLB Prospects

 

Autographed Baseballs

 

A new MLB season is upon us, which offers us a great opportunity to take a look at some of the potential break out stars for the 2018 season. Every year the MLB hosts the Futures Game during the All-Star break starring the game’s top prospects. Last season, the game was played at Marlins Park and had a plethora of talent all over the diamond. Sports memorabilia collectors should always keep on eye on these games because it offers a great look at what players you should keep on your radar. Pictured above is a signed 2017 Futures Game baseball which holds signatures from 14 of the top players from that game the likes of Rafael Devers, Eloy Jimenez, Bo Bichette, Derek Fisher, Kyle Tucker, Domingo Acevedo, Michael Kopech, Lewis Brinson, Rhys Hoskins, Nick Senzel, Estevan Florial, Ryan Mcmahon, Amed Rosario and Scott Kingery. Some of those players have already made an impact at the Major League level and others are on their way soon.

 

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Upcoming Signing Events – The Chantilly Show April 6th – 8th 2018

Marshall Faulk Autographed Photo

The year’s first CSA  Show at Chantilly is quickly approaching so mark your calendars. With over 80 confirmed former and current star athletes, this is a can’t miss event for any serious sports memorabilia collector. The show is hosted in Chantilly, Virginia at the Dulles Expo Center beginning Friday, April 6th and going through the weekend and ending Sunday evening April 8th. Tickets to enter are $20 for a weekend pass at the door or you could purchase in advance and pay just $15. The great thing about this show is that kids 12 and under are in free of charge which makes this a great family trip. You could bring in your already signed or unsigned collectibles and have the players autographed them there for you with each piece coming at a small price. For details on pricing, click here.

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New Arrivals – Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights Memorabilia

The 2017-2018 NHL campaign marks the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural season. Usually, expansion teams have a rough start and take a few seasons to really get establish themselves as serious competitors in the league. However, that has not been the case for the Golden Knights, they jumped out to an incredibly hot start and have not looked back. In fact, they broke the record for most wins by an expansion team in their first season needing only 50 games to accomplish that feat of 34 wins. They are also on pace to absolutely demolish the previous record of most points by an expansion team in their rookie season also. This Golden Knights franchise is not to be taken lightly and has the rest of the NHL on high alert. With the team’s immediate success, everyone seems to want a piece of the action and be a part of this special season. A new franchise offers all fans, not just from that area, a new opportunity to expand their hockey collections. Featuring an exciting young core of players blended with established veterans, there is a wide selection of Vegas Golden Knights memorabilia available to add to your collection.

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