Tuesday, August 30, 2011

US State Quarters/ US Territories Quarters/ America the Beautiful Quarters

The 50 States Quarters program was enacted in 2007 by President, Bill Clinton and the first coins began rolling out in 1999 with the Delaware state quarter. The program was originally set to end with the Hawaii state quarter in 2008, however, the program was so popular, President, George W. Bush extended it in 2007 the program to include six US territories.

2009 District of Columbia & U.S. Territories Coin Set Each a Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Layered in 24 Karat Gold

Its possible that you haven't even seen these coins yet. These coins were only minted in 2009 and will never be minted again. If you have the 50 State Quarters set, the US Territories Quarters are a perfect compliment. You can purchase these coins in brilliant, uncirculated condition, directly from The Franklin Mint.

If that weren't enough, the America the Beautiful Quarters began mintage in 2010 and feature some of the most beautiful National Parks and monuments. The series will consist of 56 quarters and is scheduled to run until 2021. One site was selected from each US State and territory.

America the Beautiful Quarters Release Schedule


Hot Springs National Park - Arkansas
Yellowstone National Park- Wyoming
Yosemite National Park - California
Grand Canyon National Park- Arizona
Mt. Hood National Forest - Oregon


Gettysburg National Military Park - Pennsylvania
Glacier National Park - Montana
Olympic National Park - Washington
Vicksburg National Military Park - Mississippi
Chickasaw National Recreational Area - Oklahoma


El Yunque National Forest - Puerto Rico 
Chaco Culture National Historical Park - New Mexico
Acadia National Park - Maine
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - Hawaii
Denali National Park - Alaska


White Mountain National Forest - New Hampshire
PerryĆ¢s Victory and International Peace Memorial- Ohio
Great Basin National Park- Nevada
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine- Maryland
Mount Rushmore National Memorial - South Dakota

Check out the full release schedule to see when the your favorite National Park or monument will be released.

The Franklin Mint has the easy way of making sure you get every coin in it's original, uncirculated condition. Click on the picture to the right for more details.

While you're there don't forget to check out the Presidential Dollars Collection. See if you can find the John Adams error coins.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rare find discovered amid town's Old West kitsch  | ajc.com

Remember the movie "BIG" with Tom Hanks? He plays a young kid who wants to be big and finds an old fortune telling machine named Zoltar that spits out a card and grants his wish. He finds out that being BIG isn't and at the end he goes back to being a kid again. What Tom should have done is wished to be BIG and have $2 million dollars in his pocket. That would have made being BIG an whole lot easier.

It turns out that while there are no fortune teller machines that grant wishes, but the is one worth about $2-$3 million dollars and it actually sat in public view every day for over a hundred years. Check out the full story below:

Rare find discovered amid town's Old West kitsch | ajc.com

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fantasy Football 2011 Sleepers

This is NOT A TOP TEN List. I've seen some of those "Top Ten Lists" and I'm not all that impressed. Do you really need 10 sleepers? I'd sure hope not. Do a Google search for "Fantasy Football Top Ten Sleepers" for any position/ year and you'll find lists that are full of players you ever even heard of. You will find a few guys who correctly picked out guys like Arian Foster in 2010 and Chris Johnson in 2008 (me), but getting one or two guys right on a ten player list hardly seems accurate.

To give you a little history about me, back in 2008, I had a lousy FFL draft. I went with a QB the first round Tom Brady, but I failed to pick up a solid stock of running backs, so I started looking at some of starters who were coming off injuries from the previous year, as well as guys who weren't known to take care of themselves during the off season. Before the first week of the season, I was able to pick up Chris Johnson, Ray Rice and Steve Slaton. Johnson ran for over 1,200 yards and Slaton almost 1,300, with both of them running in 9 TDs. Rice ended up having less than 500 yards rushing in 2008, but he's turned out to be one of the games elite backs anyway.

In 2009, I was again looking for another solid RB about 4 weeks into the season. Like the rest of the football world, I was watching the Miami Dolphins work their "Wildcat Offense." This was the big craze back then. While Ronnie Brown was making all the highlight films throwing the ball, I noticed that Ricky Williams was having a solid year as well. 1,100 yards and 10 TDs later, it was the best season Ricky had since 2003.

In 2010, I was my sleeper was Bucs RB, LeGarrette Blount. I didn't pick him up until week seven of the 2010 NFL season, when Blount ran for 72 yards on 11 carries, but the first time I saw this 250 lbs human being literally hurdle another professional football player, I knew that this guy was determined to make it in the NFL, so I immediately picked him up. 1,000 yards and 5 TDs later, I'd say it paid off.

**Important note about sleepers: It does not matter what time of the year you pick them up, the ONLY THING THAT MATTERS is that you pick them up before anyone else in you league does.**

In no particular order, here are the players I'm watching in 2011:

James Starks - Green Bay Packers RB - He didn't do much at all during the 2010 regular season, but he was the Pack's main guy during the 2010 NFL playoffs and Super Bowl XLV.

Kellen Winslow - Tampa Bay Bucs TE - He's been around a while and has a tremendous amount of ability. Every year, it seems like people are looking for his production to drop off, but he always puts up decent numbers. What makes him a sleeper is the emergence of Josh Freeman who could put up MVP-like numbers this year, which means Winslow could have a big year as well.

Plaxico Burress - New York Jets WR - After two years out of pro-football, Plax is back in New York on a Super Bowl contending team. I know he's 34, but he's also had two years to let his body heal from the beatings he took every sunday. He won't lead the NFL in receiving, but he's a veteran guy who Sanchez will be looking for, especially towards the end of the season. If he stays healthy, I expect Burress to pull in 800 yards with 5 TDs. Watch out for him early though. If he is a FA in your league and he has a 100 yard game in either of the first two weeks, he won't be an FA very long.

Kevin Kolb - Arizona Cardinals QB - He's the starting QB for a team that features one of the games best WR, Larry Fitzgerald. What else do you need?

Chris "Beanie" Wells - Arizona Cardinals RB - In 2009, he had solid rookie season, while sharing duties with Tim Hightower, but his production slumped a bit in 2010. He's been getting plenty of touches this pre-season. It looks like he's the guy the Cardinals will be leaning on to get them back to the top of their division.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dicks Sporting Goods Clearwater, FL Now Open

I decided to stop by the new Dick's Sporting Goods in Clearwater this evening. It located where Albertson's used to be in Countryside Village and it was packed. The layout was nice and the staff was friendly. I went looking for a new pair of running shoes, but nothing blew me away. I did however like their selection of exercise equipment, golf gear and fishing gear. They had a huge fish tank that took up a few spaces in the parking lot. This thing was so big, it was towed in by a semi-truck.

To celebrate their Grand Opening, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Mike Alstott will be there on Saturday, August 27th from Noon - 1:30pm. On Sunday, current left winger for the Tampa bay Lightning, Ryan Malone will be their from Noon - 2pm.

Dicks Sporting Goods Clearwater, FL Contact Information:

26583 US 19 N.
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 791-8580
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9:30pm; Sun 10am - 7 pm.

If you decide to go, check out their pricing on Officially Licensed merchandise from the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL, but then compare it to Star Struck. They offer same day shipping on many items and if you live outside of Illinois, you are not charged sales tax.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Larry Bird Autograph Signing Celtics Pacers

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Mounted Memories will participate in a private autograph signing with Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, Larry Bird. You can mail in your own flat, basketball, jersey or other piece of equipment for him to sign.

All send-in items must be received by September 23, 2011. Pricing starts at $135.00. The actual signing is scheduled for Thursday, September 29th.

***Please be aware that Larry Bird does not sign inscriptions or personalizations.***

You must include payment with your item, to the address below, or you can pay over the phone by calling (847) 412-1965.

Mounted Memories
Attn: Larry Bird Signing
725 Landwehr Road
Dock 26
Northbrook, IL 60062

For more information, go to Mounted Memories - Larry Bird Autograph Signing.

Phone: (847) 412-1965

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Highest Paid Athletes MLB NFL NBA NHL - Compare to how much you don't make

Need a pick me up? Well, you've come to the wrong place. Whenever you need a "push me down," try using the ESPN Salary Crunch Tool. You can compare some the salaries of some of the highest paid athletes like Peyton Manning, Steven Stamkos, Adrian Gonzalez, Derek Jeter, Lebron James and more to how long it would take them to make your salary. Good times!

In case you were wondering, Peyton Manning makes more money in the time it takes to sneeze, than this blog makes all year. Just kidding... well, unfortunately, it's probably true. We both have the same birthday, but its safe to say that we kind of took different paths in life.

Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu Autograph Signing September 2011

Palm Beach Autographs will participate in an autograph signing with All-Pro Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Back, Troy Polamalu. You can mail in your own photo, football, mini helmet, full size helmet, or jersey, or you can pre-order an new item from Palm Beach.

Pittsburgh Steelers Shot Glass Collection All send-in items must be received by September 5, 2011. Pre-orders are due by September 9th. Pricing starts at $125.00. The actual signing is scheduled for Monday, September 12th.

Each autographed item will come with the Official Troy Polamalu Hologram, and if possible, a photo of Troy at the signing.

If you choose to mail your own item to be signed, be sure to include a copy of your receipt and send it to:

Palm Beach Autographs
Attn: Dan Dodson
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Suite #3108
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Place your order for the Troy Polamalu Autograph Signing.

Email: info@palmbeachautographs.com
Phone: (561) 775-7753

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tampa Bay Bucs Mike Williams Autograph Signing

Creative Sports Enterprises (CSE) will participate in an autograph signing with Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver, Mike Williams on September 10, 2011. You can mail in your own photo, mini helmet, full size helmet, football, or jersey, or you can pre-order an new item from CSE. Add an inscription for FREE on every item.

Pricing starts at $25.00 (plus return postage).

Each autographed item will come with the CSE Foil Hologram, a Certificate of Authenticity and if possible, a photo of Mike Williams at the signing. All mail in items must be received by September 9, 2011

If you choose to mail your own item(s) to be signed, be sure to contact CSE first, then send your item(s) to:

Creative Sports Enterprises, Inc.
930 Florida Ave.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Place your order for the Mike Williams Autograph Signing.

Email: sales@creativesportsonline.com
Phone: (866) 785-5733

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Buy NBA 2K12 PS3, PS2, PSP, Ninentdo Wii, PC

If your looking to buy NBA 2K12, you won't be able to until October 4, 2011, but you can avoid the long lines and uncertainty about whether there would be any left by the time you get to the store by pre-ordering yours today through Amazon.com. The game will be available for the PS3, PS2, PSP, XBox 360, Nintendo Wii and PC.

If you pre-order through Amazon for the PS3, Wii or Xbox 360, you'll a $10 credit towards the purchase of other items sold and shipped by Amazon.

You may also like Madden NFL 12 (release date 8/30/11) or FIFA Soccer 12 (release date 9/30/2011). Amazon is offering promotional deals on these as well.

Buy FIFA Soccer 12 PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PS2

If your looking to buy FIFA Soccer 12, you won't be able to until September 30, 2011, but you can avoid the long lines and uncertainty about whether there would be any left by the time you get to the store by pre-ordering yours today through Amazon.com. The game will be available for the PS3, PS2, PSP, XBox 360, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS.

If you pre-order through Amazon for the PS3 or Xbox 360, you'll receive a code to order a FREE 12" x 12" Fathead Template of the MLS team of your choice. On top of that, you'll receive a $20 credit towards the purchase of other items sold and shipped by Amazon.

You may also like Madden NFL 12 (release date 8/30/11) or NBA 2K12 (release date 10/4/2011). Amazon is offering promotional deals on these as well.

Buy Madden NFL 12 Xbox 360 PS3 PSP Wii EA Sports

So you already know that Peyton Hillis will be on the cover of Madden NFL 12 and newly inducted Pro Football Hall of Famer, Marshall Faulk will be on the Madden NFL 12 Hall of Fame Edition, but did you know that you can't buy either game in stores until August 30, 2011. What if they are already sold out by the time you get there? There is a way around this. You can pre-order your game today. Your won't get the game any sooner, but you will get the game.

You can Pre-Order both games for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 (PS3), PSP, and the Xbox 360 4GB Console. No more worrying about whether or not you'll be able to get a copy once they hit the shelves. Were you plan on camping out overnight, well, pack that tent back up, you won't be needing it.

Right now, if you pre-order Madden NFL 12 for your PS3 or Xbox 360 through Amazon.com, you'll also receive the exclusive, All-Rookies Team and the All-Sophomores Team, as well as a $20 credit that can be used for items shipped and sold by Amazon.com.

You may also like FIFA Soccer 12 (release date 9/30/11) or NBA 2K12 (release date 10/4/2011). Amazon is offering promotional deals on these as well.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Man Arrested For Selling Fake Babe Ruth Autographed Baseballs - Largo, Florida

An unfortunate part of the Sports Memorabilia Business is that there are a few people out there who try and take advantage of unsuspecting buyers. We feel that it is important to keep our readers informed, so we post these stories as soon as we hear about them. inform our readers when these stories break.

FOX 13 News reporter, Steve Nichols reports that the Largo Police Department arrested a man allegedly sold autographed Babe Ruth baseballs with Letters of Authenticity, all over Florida. One ball was sold to a Largo pawnshop. Weeks later, a prospective buyer wanted the certification re-checked. It turned out that the baseball was not from Babe Ruth's time, making it impossible that he would have signed the baseball. Check out the video below or go to myfoxtampabay.com for the full story.

Looking for more stories on sports memorabilia fraud? Check this out.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Highland Mint 2011 NFL Signature Gridiron Photos

The Highland Mint NFL Signature Gridiron Photos are back for 2011. Available in all 32 NFL teams, each signature gridiron features facsimile (replica) signatures from you favorite team's superstars. These are a great way to show your team pride, without spending a ton of money. Great gift idea and perfect for the place that place of male sanctuary (that women actually invented to keep husbands out of their hair for a few hours), the man cave. Each teams Signature Gridiron is a Limited Edition of 2011.

**The images for each team are not completely finalized, however, the format of the display image is correct. Your piece will be shipped completely updated, with the correct image for your team.

Order your NFL Signature Gridiron - $59.95 (Free Shipping to lower 48 United States)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sports Authority takes over Broncos' stadium name - MiamiHerald.com

Until this week, sporting goods retailer Sports Authority Inc. has had its name on community stadiums in suburban Denver and Douglas County schools. On Tuesday, it won a deal to have its name on field at Mile High stadium where the Denver Broncos play.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Minnesota Twins Jim Thome 600th Home Run Collectibles and Memorabilia

Contratulations to Minnesota Twins designated hitter, Jim Thome, on becoming the 8th player in MLB history to join the 600 Home Run Club. Thome joined the club by hitting two home tuns against the Detroit Tigers on August 15, 2011. You can commemorate Thome's remarkable achievement with these four collectibles from The Highland Mint:

  • Silver plated commemorative coin embedded in card
  • Comes in 4" x 6" protective case
  • Limited Edition of 5,000
  • Free Shipping to 48 United States

  • Framed photo of Thome's 600th Home Run
  • Includes two 24KT Gold Plated Coins (One with Jim's image embedded in the center)
  • Each photo is individually numbered
  • Limited Edition of 2011
  • Free Shipping to 48 United States

Highland Mint Minnesota Twins Jim Thome 600th Home Run Desktop Photo Mint - $59.95

  • Framed photo of Thome's 600th Home Run
  • Bronze Minnesota Twins commemorative coin
  • Limited Edition of 2011
  • Free Shipping to 48 United States

Highland Mint Minnesota Twins Jim Thome 600th Home Run Banner Photo Mint - $99.95

  • Framed photo of Thome's 600th Home Run
  • Banner commemorates his most memorable home runs
  • Two 24KT Gold Plated Coins (One with Jim's image embedded in the center)
  • Free Shipping to 48 United States

    Saturday, August 13, 2011

    Super Bowl Tickets and Game Coins Collection Framed

    The Highland Mint has just released the framed Super Bowl Ticket and Game Coin collection for some of the most storied teams in the NFL. Each item includes replica Super Bowl tickets from each championship game as well as commemorative flip coin that features the dueling helmets of both teams. The coins measure 39mm in diameter and a plated in 24KT Gold. The entire collectible is featured inside a 27" x 20" wood frame. Each team is a Limited Edition of only 1,000. Here are the available teams:

    Other teams include:

    Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, 
    Tampa Bay Bucs, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears

    Buy Super Bowl Ticket and Flip Coin Collection Framed

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