Heritage Sports Sunday Internet Auction Highlights & News

HA.com is the place to be every Sunday night for collectors of fine sports memorabilia and trading cards. Over 100 lots will close to initial bidding at 10 PM CT. On a lot-by-lot basis, starting at 10:00 PM CT, any person who has bid on the lot previously may continue to bid on that lot until there are no more bids for 30 minutes. For example, if you bid on a lot during Normal Bidding, you could participate during Extended Bidding for that lot, but not on lots you did not bid on previously. If a bid was placed at 10:15, the new end time for that lot would become 10:45. If no other bids were placed before 10:45, the lot would close. If you are the high bidder on a lot, changing your bid will not extend the bidding during the 30 Minute Ending phase (only a bid from another bidder will extend bidding).

No other major sports memorabilia auction house provides its clientele this much bidding excitement. It’s just another reason why Heritage is the World’s Largest Collectibles Auctioneer.

Consignments are currently being accepted for our Fall Signature auction. Elite pieces will be displayed at the Heritage corporate booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago in late July. Top quality collectibles will also be given featured placement in print ads within such trade publications as Sports Collectors Digest, Sports Market Report and Beckett Elite, providing maximum hobby exposure. Generous cash advances are available. Call or email one of our consignment directors today to discuss your collection.

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Spotlight on… Hanging Up the Cleats

It was Kenny Rogers (no, not the pitcher with anger management issues) who said it best. You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, and know when to run. Now, it appears, we can add Brett Favre to the list of iconic athletes who failed to heed Kenny’s sage advice. What had appeared to be a dignified, if not occasionally tearful, ride into the sunset for the owner of some of the most important records in the NFL book has degraded into a cringe-inducing tabloid battle, a messy divorce on the level of a Sheen/Richards split.

If there is any solace to be had for the great Brett Favre, it’s that his misery is not lacking company. Many of the greatest figures in American sports have travelled a similarly unsettling last mile. After fifteen years of Yankee service, the legendary Babe Ruth likewise found himself an unwelcome straggler at the party and slunk off to the bottom-feeding Boston Braves, who used him more as a sideshow attraction than as a contributing member to their lost cause. And Ruth, who had been a member of ten American League Championship teams, finished the season an unimaginable sixty-one and a half games off the National League pace in 1935.

The fight game has been particularly cruel to former Champs, with Joe Louis forced to demean himself in losses to boxers who couldn’t have held his spit cup in his prime, and Muhammad Ali trading his reputation for elusiveness for the sad honor of being able to take a beating. In boxing we find perhaps one of the few bright spots of the outrageous athlete salaries that have given rise to intolerable prima donnas and unmanageable ticket pricing. The elite fighters can now exit the ring with their finances and their brain stems in acceptable condition.

And one could rightfully argue that Brett Favre’s situation is different in one noteworthy regard-he hasn’t yet lost it. He’s still an elite quarterback, and he’s playing for the love of the game. But life after professional athletics is a long one, and any true sports fan would wish that a great talent as Favre would be remembered as such. And even if he steps down before he inevitably loses that step, seeing Brett Favre in a uniform that isn’t green and yellow will be more than a little creepy, even if the Packers aren’t your team. Hopefully it still won’t come to that.