Pristine’s Elite Auction closes Sunday night!

main_1486060832-Babe-Ruth-Tony-Lazzeri-Signed-OAL-Baseball-PSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comMore than 500 items in Pristine Auction’s Elite Auction will close Sunday night, March 26. No need to fret … there’s still plenty of time to get your bid in on some of these spectacular items.

Got some spring training fever? Treat it with this OAL baseball signed black ink pen by New York Yankees Hall of Famers Babe Ruth (D 1948) and Tony Lazzeri (D 1946). The Bambino is also represented via a personal bank check dated March 13, 1940, and signed “G.H. Ruth.” Items signed by other Yankee legends include a Derek Jeter New York Yankees 2014 game-used road jersey, a Mariano Rivera Yankees 2011 game-used road jersey, a Yankees display featuring a jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle with the desirable addition of “No. 7”, and a Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio signed Charles Fazzino hand-painted 3D art baseball with Swarovski crystals!

If you’re waiting for baseball season to start only so it can end and we can get back to football, you’ll want to bid on our Walter Payton signed Chicago Bears throwback jersey with six inscriptions including “Sweetness” and “HOF 1993.” The Bears’ rival Green Bay Packers are represented by a Vince Lombardi signed 21″ x 27″ custom framed check display (the check is dated November 19, 1960). We also have the cornerstone of any true NFL collection: Junior Seau original 1994 NFLPA Mackey Award Trophy for AFC Linebacker of the Year! main_1-Kobe-Bryant-Signed-Lower-Merion-High-School-Jersey-PSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Our hoops action includes a remarkably rare team-issued Lower Merion High School jersey autographed by Kobe Bryant. The DeLong jersey, size 42, is hand-signed in black felt-tip pen by Kobe and includes the personalized message: “To my girl Rach From your boy Kobe Bryant #33.” A very early full-name signature! There is also a Larry Bird and Magic Johnson signed 16” x 20” “NBA Finals” story photo with Magic’s lengthy handwritten thoughts on playing against Bird!

main_1488922494-1955-Topps-123-Sandy-Koufax-RC-PSA-8-OC-PristineAuction.comPlenty of other goodies are on deck, ranging from 41 rare and original Muhammad Ali unpublished photographs, a Wyland “Humpback Wave” Lucite table sculpture artist proof, Sandy Koufax’s 1955 Topps #123 rookie card, and a 2016 Gold American Eagle $50 30th Anniversary 1oz fine gold coin that’s been graded PCGS MS69.

Again, the clock’s ticking on these treasures, with the Elite Auction accepting bids only until Sunday night, March 26. Be sure to visit our website and place your bids right now!

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Chuck Berry, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney take centerstage in Pristine’s Elite Auction!

Imagine a concert featuring some of the biggest names in music history: Chuck Berry, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam, Steven Tyler, Bob Dylan, and on and on and on.main_1490220445-Chuck-Berry-Signed-Glen-Burton-Semi-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Pretty cool, right?

Pristine Auction may not be able to pull together such a star-studded show but we can bring you the next best thing — and auction filled with more than 500 signed pieces including countless items from the music world. The items are part of our Elite Auction, which ends Sunday evening, March 26.

We were all a little shocked by the recent passing of rock pioneer Chuck Berry. In the 1950s, he developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock-and-roll music … well, rock-and-roll music! His guitar solos and showmanship influenced not only his contemporaries but the generations of rockers who followed. We’re honored to offer a Glen Burton “Chuck Berry style” semi-hollowbody 335 style full-size electric guitar autographed on the pickguard in black felt-tip pen by the man himself. It’s worth noting that this is a rare full signature not found all that often on a guitar.

main_1488409542-Takamine-Acoustic-Guitar-Signed-by-4-with-Timothy-B-Schmit-Don-Henley-Glenn-Frey-Joe-Walsh-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comOnce you imagine that beauty hanging on your wall, you’ll want fill the remaining void with even more signed guitars! We’ve got you covered. How about a full-size Takamine G-Series acoustic guitar signed by The Eagles bandmates Don Henley, Glenn Frey (D 2016), Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh. There is also an electric guitar signed by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, a Steven Tyler signed “Aerosmith” Huntington acoustic guitar, a Carrie Underwood signed DeRosa acoustic guitar, and a Tom Petty signed electric guitar pickguard.main_1488489876-Madonna-Ciccone-Signed-Confident-Document-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Document lovers will love the “confidential” document in which Madonna consents to change attorneys. The 1987 document is signed “Madonna Ciccone Penn.” This is a very rare signature given the short time that Madonna and Sean Penn were married (1985 – 1989). Then we have a donation form from Fly by Night Entertainment that’s hand-signed in red ink by Bob Dylan along with an inscription of the date “2/29/84.” Bob Dylan’s autograph is exceedingly rare! We also offer a Certificate of Recording Contract for the movie “Poetic Justice” signed in black ink by Tupac Shakur (D. 1996).

main_1487088715-Jimmy-Page-and-Robert-Plant-Signed-23-x-34-Vintage-Led-Zeppelin-Poster-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comOther amazing signed artifacts include a vintage 23″ x 34″ Led Zeppelin poster signed by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and a custom-framed The Monkees drumhead that has been hand-signed in black felt-tip pen by Davy Jones (D 2012), Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork. What makes this piece unique is that Nesmith, who until quite recently has been a reluctant signer and still hasn’t seemed to fully embrace his Monkees roots, has added “Hey Hey We’re The Monkees.”

Album collectors need to see the Beatles “In the Beginning” LP signed by Paul McCartney, as well as albums and displays autographed by Stephen Stills, David Crosby, and Graham Nash, B.B. King, Alice Cooper, and Vince Neal.

If a simple photo by a music legend is all you desire, we’ve got you covered this month, too. Images signed by The Boss — Bruce Springsteen, guitar legend Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, and rapper Kanye West  are all up for grabs.

Remember, bidding ends Sunday evening so make sure you visit the main Pristine Auction website to get your bid in right now!

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Talent plus a little luck brings Kyle Schwarber a World Series ring

Some athletes are talented. Some athletes are lucky. And some athletes seem fortunate enough to fall into both categories. Chicago Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber is one such athlete.main_1-Kyle-Schwarber-Signed-Rawlings-Big-Stick-Baseball-Bat-Schwartz-COA-MLB-Hologram-PristineAuction.com

Cub fans seemed to fall in love with Schwarber from his first day with the team. A standout player during his days at Indiana University (where he was named a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association), Kyle was drafted in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft and a year later was playing on Chicago’s North Side. What solidified fans’ love affair with their young catcher was a spectacular home run in Game 4 of the 2015 National League Division Series versus the St. Louis Cardinals. In the NLDS, Schwarber helped the Cubs to a 3-1 series victory with two home runs, including that aforementioned mammoth shot that landed on top of the new Wrigley Field scoreboard in right field. The ball was removed during the 2015-16 off season to prevent theft but was encased in Plexiglas and returned “to where it landed.”

Although the Cubs didn’t advance to the World Series in 2015, fans waited to see what magic Schwarber would perform in 2016. In true Cubs fashion, that enthusiasm was short-lived as he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg following a collision in only his second game of the season, sidelining him for the rest of the regular season. Despite being injured, there were many trade rumors surrounding Schwarber during the season, though team management and fans continued to stand by his side. As the Cubs made their way to the postseason and eventually to the World Series, an unexpectedly fast recovery made the return of Schwarber increasingly more of a possibility.

main_jpgWhether it was a miracle or just a shell game by the Cubbies, Schwarber made a surprise appearance on the Arizona Fall League roster as the Cubs played Game 6 of the NLCS. The Cubs added Schwarber to their roster for the 2016 World Series, and started him in Game 1 as their designated hitter. Schwarber hit a double off the right-field wall in the 4th inning of Game 1, becoming the first position player in baseball history to get his first hit of the season during the World Series. (Because he was not medically cleared to play on defense, Kyle only made appearances as a pinch or designated hitter.) During the Fall Classic he had seven hits, including one double, two RBIs, and one stolen base while batting for a .412 batting average and maintaining a .500 on-base percentage.

Oh … and the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games to claim the Cubs’ first World Series championship in 108 years!

Having been part of Cubs team that succeeded where more than a century’s worth of players had failed, coupled with that home run blast, Schwarber remains a popular figure with fans and his autograph remains in high demand. Pristine Auctions always tries to help fans meet their collecting needs by placing signed photographs, jerseys, baseballs, and other items up for bid. Please check out the Pristine Auctions website to see what items are waiting for you today!

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Babe Ruth signed check up for bid at Pristine’s Elite Auction

Imagine having a Babe Ruth autograph in your collection. If that was the case, it would certainly be the centerpiece … and rightfully so.

Now imagine having not only his signature but one on a rare and unusual item. Can you picture it? Can’t you just see that wonderful image in your mind?

Luckily you don’t have to use much too much imagination to conjure up such an exquisite piece. Just head over to our Elite Auction this month and bid on it!

main_1486067235-Babe-Ruth-Signed-Personal-Bank-Check-PSA-Encapsulated-PristineAuction.comThis fabulous cancelled payment check, dated March 13, 1940, is payable to St. Albans Golf Course in the amount of $20.92 and was drawn on Chemical Bank of New York. It has been neatly signed by Babe Ruth (with a formal “G. H. Ruth”) on the appropriate line.

It’s worth noting that what makes this document so special, aside from the obvious. This is not one of Ruth’s personal checks (which would have had a pre-printed name on it). Instead, this is what was known back in the day as a counter check — a blank check that was provided by merchants to move along payment if a customer was short of cash. As such, all of the information on the front of the offered check is handwritten, including the name of the bank on which it was to be drawn. Counter checks were quite common until the 1940s, when bank processing methods were revised. This 8.25” x 3.25” document is definitely a rare and unusual Ruth-signed beauty!

By the way, it’s also encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the Ruth signature graded NM-MT 8!main_1486067236-Babe-Ruth-Signed-Personal-Bank-Check-PSA-Encapsulated-PristineAuction.com

Of course, Ruth’s love of golf has been well documented. (It ranked right up there with his love of baseball, kids, food, and drink — quite a crowded field!) The St. Albans Golf Course in Queens, New York, was the place to be for many rich and famous golfers. It was also one of Ruth’s favorite places to hang out, particularly after his retirement. That connection makes this a very unique collectible.

This is a fantastic example of baseball royalty and is one of more than 500 items currently up for bid in our Elite Auction. Be sure to visit the website today, as bidding ends March 26!

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Is there anything Clayton Kershaw can’t do?

The title of this blog entry doesn’t pull any punches. Seriously … is there anything Los Angeles Dodgers pitching phenomenon Clayton Kershaw can’t do? The guy’s only 28 years old and he’s already accomplished more than some pitchers do in their entire career.main_1-Clayton-Kershaw-Signed-Dodgers-35-x-43-Custom-Framed-Jersey-PSA-COA-PristineAuction.com

Of course, what should we expect from a guy who was an elite high school prospect in 2006? Ever wonder why he was selected by USA Today as High School Baseball Player of the Year”or as the Gatorade National Player of the Year for baseball? Maybe because in 2006 he posted a 13–0 record with a 0.77 earned run average (ERA). Or maybe because in a playoff game he pitched an all-strikeout perfect game, striking out all 15 batters he faced in the game, which was shortened because of the mercy rule.

Whatever you want to cite as the reason, he caught the attention of more than one baseball scout. But it was the Los Angeles Dodgers who selected Kershaw in the 1st round (7th overall) of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. Kershaw spent a single season in the Minor Leagues before being called up in 2008 as a 20 year old – the youngest player in the Major Leagues for the entire year. His 2011 campaign proved to be his breakout year as he won the pitching Triple Crown with a league-leading 21 wins, 248 strikeouts, and a 2.28 ERA and easily captured the National League Cy Young Award, won his first Gold Glove, and earned his first All-Star Game selection. (By the way, he was the youngest pitcher to win the Pitching Triple Crown and Cy Young Award.) Kershaw was also named The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year.

Okay, the guy is a monster on the mound. But … how is he off the field? Just as awesome, that’s how he is. He created a foundation appropriately named Kershaw’s Challenge, a Christ-centered, others-focused organization whose participants pledge to use whatever talent they have “to make a difference and give back to people in need.” For that, he was named the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award winner – presented to the player who combines good play with strong work in the community.

main_2-Clayton-Kershaw-Signed-Dodgers-35-x-43-Custom-Framed-Jersey-PSA-COA-PristineAuction.comIn 2013 as he once again led the NL in ERA (1.83) and strikeouts (232) to capture his second NL Cy Young Award in three years. Kershaw confounded hitters in 2014 as he led the National League in ERA (1.77) for a fourth straight year while also topping all NL pitchers with 21 wins, a .875 winning percentage (going 21-3), and posting six complete games as he won his second straight NL Cy Young and his third (2011, 2013, 2014) in four years. He also became the first pitcher since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley  in 1992 to win the Cy Young and the league’s Most Valuable Player Award. Kershaw made his sixth straight opening day start in 2016 as the Dodgers won 15–0, and last season set an MLB record with six consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts and no more than one walk and a club record with six consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts. Sidelined for much of last season with back trouble, Kershaw managed to start 21 games and post a 12–4 record and 1.69 ERA. He also struck out 172 batters with only 11 walks. Through 2016, the six-time All-Star has gone 126-60 with 1,918 strikeouts and a 2.37 ERA.

Kershaw is always popular target for autograph hunters during spring training here in Arizona. For those unable to make it to the Cactus League or not fortunate to secure a signature on their own, Pristine Auction is ready to cater to your Clayton Kershaw with a regular sampling of authentically signed memorabilia. Be sure to check out our website for the special offerings up for bid right now!

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Bid today on items signed by the Chicago Cubs’ latest million-dollar man — Kris Bryant

In case you missed the news, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant just made baseball history. No … not as a member of the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs. That is soooo last year. Nor as the National League Most Valuable Player recipient. Again … last year.main_1484753435-Kris-Bryant-Anthony-Rizzo-Signed-Cubs-16x20-Photo-Schwartz-COA-PristineAuction.com

No, this time Bryant made big time big league history by agreeing to a one-year contract worth (drumroll please) … $1.05 million. In case you were wondering, that’s a record for an unsigned player under club control with less than two years of major league service.

That’s probably money well spent on the part of Chicago’s Northside darlings. The Cubs selected him number-two overall in the 2013 MLB Draft and he quickly became one of the league’s greatest prospects and certainly one of the team’s greatest “future stars” — rivaling even pitchers Kerry Wood from 1998 and Mark Prior from 2002.

Bryant managed to do what his predecessors hadn’t, however. He made good on the predictions that he might turn around the legendary franchise. He added a shot of adrenaline to the Cubs lineup and got fans wondering not “maybe next year,” but when. (Those who bleed Cubbie blue will never forget the answer to that one).

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Kris starred for his Las Vegas high school where he hit .418 with 47 home runs in four varsity seasons to earn USA Today All-USA honors. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Kris in the 18th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but he opted to attend college and spent four years playing for the Arizona State University Sun Devils. At ASU, he was named an All-American as a freshman and West Coast Co-Freshman of the Year and Co-Player of the Year. After taking All-American honors as a sophomore, Bryant won the Golden Spikes Award plus the Dick Howser Trophy as the best player in the nation.

Chicago came calling in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, taking him with the second overall pick of the. It took Bryant less than 200 Minor League games to put together a .327 batting average with 212 hits, 55 home runs, and 152 RBI. In 2014, he was the USA Today and Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year recipient and also was named the Baseball America #1 prospect for 2015.main_1479502651-Kris-Bryant-Signed-Cubs-Jersey-MLB-Fanatics-Hologram-PristineAuction.com

During 2015’s spring training, Kris led the Major Leagues with nine home runs, but the Chicago returned him to the minors for 12 days to comply with service time rules before being called up on April 17, 2015. In 151 games of his first season, Bryant batted .275 with 26 home runs, 31 doubles, and 99 RBI. The 99 RBI were the most for a rookie since 2001. Bryant struck out 199 times which led the National League and set a new rookie record. According to sales on Major League Baseball’s official website, Bryant had the best-selling jersey in all of baseball during the regular season. He also helped the Cubbies finish the regular season with a 97-65 record and clinch their first berth in seven years losing to the New York Mets in the 2015 NLCS.

And in 2016. Well, let’s just say he had a pretty awesome year. In a June 27 contest against the Cincinnati Reds, Bryant became the first MLB player in modern history to hit three home runs and two doubles in the same game, going 5-for-5 overall. After leading the National League with 25 home runs in the first half of the season, he was selected to his second consecutive All-Star Game, and first as the starting third baseman. During the regular season Bryant hit .292 with 39 homers, 102 RBIs, and an MLB-leading 121 runs. In the World Series, he helped the Cubs come back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit to defeat the Cleveland Indians, allowing the Cubs to win their first World Series title since 1908.

The Cubs organization loves Bryant and so do the Wrigley Field faithful. Even non-Cubs fans have to give hime a begrudging nod … the guy is just that good. Of course, that all means that the demand for his signature remains high. Fortunately, Pristine Auctions is ready to help you add his signature to your collection on a variety of items. Be sure to check out our current auctions to bid on some of our incredible pieces!

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Pristine Auctions and Steiner Sports team up for an exclusive auction ending March 16

Pristine Auction is proud to present an exclusive Steiner Sports Memorabilia auction. That’s right, sports fan! Through Thursday, March 16, bidders have a chance to bid on more than 2,000 really great items as well as participate in what will be two full weeks of daily Steiner giveaways. We have partnered with Steiner for this auction as a way to provide fans like you with unique, never-before-sold memorabilia. Many of these items will not be seen anywhere else!

main_1-Jeter-Rivera-Pettitte-Posada-Four-Signature-New-York-Yankees-The-Core-Four-Sports-Illustrated-Cover-16x20-Photo-MLB-Auth-PristineAuction.comAs we’ve said, we’re sweetening the pot by making bidders eligible for special giveaways each and every day. To register for the Steiner daily giveaways, all you need to do is bid! Every bid placed in the Steiner auction is an entry to win. Winners will be chosen daily and announced via social media. Be sure to check in each day to see what awesome prize is up for grabs!

The list of items available in this special auction is a “Who’s Who” of Hall of Fame talent, future Hall of Famers, and just plain ol’ superstars.

The New York Yankees are well represented in this auction with pieces including a baseball signed by Mickey Mantle, and a “Core Four at Old Yankee Stadium” 16” x 20” photo signed by four Bronx Bomber greats — Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter. There’s also a Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Derek Jeter signed Yankees 16” x 20” metallic photo inscribed “Exit Sandman” and a Joe DiMaggio-signed Carlo Beninati 25” x 32” lithograph. (Don’t worry Red Sox fans! There’s also something for you like a David Ortiz signed game-used ball.)

main_1-Joe-Namath-Signed-Football-w-Broadway-HOF-85-16-7-Jets-Inscriptions-PristineAuction.comFootball fans will also scramble to bid on gridiron treasures. If you live anywhere near New England, you know Tom Brady. If you’ve ever watched a Super Bowl in the past decade or so, you’ve seen Tom Brady. Let’s face it, if you’ve ever heard the word “football” mentioned, it’s usually in proximity wth the name … Tom Brady. This auction is packed with things like a signed New England Patriots full size helmet. There is also a “Heisman Trophy Winners” full size matte white helmet signed by 24 including Paul Hornung, Earl Campbell, Mike Rozier, Barry Sanders, and Bo Jackson. Other pieces include a killer “Broadway” Joe Namath “The Duke” football not only autographed by the revered quarterback but also inscribed “HOF 85” and “16-7 Jets,” a football signed by Peyton Manning, and a helmet autographed by his brother Eli Manning.

Don’t fret hoops fans. You’ll want to bid early and often on basketballs autographed by Julius Erving, Stephen Curry, or Michael Jordan, a Shaquille O’Neal signed Reebok sneaker inscribed “HOF 16”, a Jay Wright and Ryan Arcidiacono signed 2016 Villanova Wildcats National Champions basketball Inscribed “16 Champs” and “Go Cats!”, and a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed Los Angeles Lakers limited edition 16” x 20” photo with five Inscriptions. main_1488485893-Michael-Jordan-Signed-Spalding-Basketball-UDA-PristineAuction.com

And we haven’t forgotten about you, hockey fans. Looking for a Koho Revolution game model full-size hockey stick signed by Mario Lemieux? Got it. Same goes for a Henrik Lundqvist signed New York Rangers full size goalie mask, and a Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier signed Edmonton Oilers “Stanley Cup” limited edition 16” x 24” photo.

As collectors we’re always looking for that “something special” item, and if you haven’t found your special piece yet then you want to see our list of more than 2,000 items that are up for grabs. But remember, bidding ends March 16.

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Find football’s all-time leading rusher at Pristine Auctions

main_2-Emmitt-Smith-Signed-Mitchell-Ness-Throwback-Cowboys-Jersey-Inscribed-HOF-2010-3x-Champs-UDA-COA-PristineAuction.comEven in high school, running back Emmitt Smith seemed destined for greatness. Who knew that a kids from Florida would grow up to become football’s all-time leading rusher during a 15-season career in the NFL?

A native of Pensacola, Florida, Smith had a stellar football career in the Sunshine State and became the second-leading rushing in US high school football history. Emmitt scored 109 high school touchdowns before moving on to become a member of the Florida Gators, where he set 58 University of Florida records over a three-year collegiate career including rushing yards in a season (1,599), rushing yards in a single game (316 versus), longest rushing play (96 yards), career rushing yards (3,928), career rushing yards per game (126.7), and career rushing touchdowns (36).

Smith skipped his senior year of eligibility and decided to offer his services to the NFL, where the Dallas Cowboys were more than happy to snatch him up in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. Smith played thirteen seasons (1990-2002) with the Cowboys. In his rookie campaign, Smith ran for 937 yards and 11 touchdowns — good enough to earn him the 1990 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and his first of eight NFL Pro Bowl appearances. In 1991, Smith led the NFL in rushing attempts (365) and rushing yards (1,563) beginning a record setting string of 11 seasons with 1,000 yards or more. Emmitt played 15 years in the NFL with the Cowboys (1990-2002) and the Arizona Cardinals (2003-2004) leading the league three times in rushing touchdowns, rushing attempts, yards per game and yards from scrimmage as well as four times in rushing yards.main_1479940448-Emmitt-Smith-Signed-LE-Cowboys-The-Show-23x50-Custom-Framed-Display-Inscribed-3x-SB-Champ-Tristar-Hologram-PristineAuction.com

From 1992-1993, Smith rushed for 3,199 yards and 27 touchdowns. He went on to win a number of other awards including the 1993 NFL Bert Bell Award and was a member of three Super Bowl championship teas in the 1990s (Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII, XXX). Smith was named Super Bowl XXIII’s Most Valuable Player. In 2002, Smith became football’s all-time leading rusher when he surpassed the Chicago Bears’ Walter Payton.

main_1479940449-Emmitt-Smith-Signed-LE-Cowboys-The-Show-23x50-Custom-Framed-Display-Inscribed-3x-SB-Champ-Tristar-Hologram-PristineAuction.comAfter two seasons as a member of the Arizona Cardinals (2003-2004), Emmitt hung up his jersey and retired as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards on 4,409 attempts, 164 rushing touchdowns, and averaged 81.2 yards per game. He also holds the distinction of having held Most Valuable Player honors at every playing level — the 1986 high school player of the year, the 1989 Southeastern Conference’s MVP, and the 1993 NFL MVP. In total, Smith recorded 21,579 career yards from scrimmage and scored 1,052 points on 175 touchdowns and one two-point conversion. He was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame (2006) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2010).

Long-time collectors can tell that war stories about how difficult it once was to get an autograph out of Smith, especially during the Cowboys’ heyday of the mid-1990s. To call him a reluctant signer would be an understatement. Since his retirement, Smith has become a more “fan friendly” personality and has appeared at some card shows as an autograph guest. For many fans, however, he remains an elusive part of many collections. Pristine Auctions is happy to help fans secure his autograph for their collection. authentically signed photographs, jerseys, footballs, helmets, and other items up for bid. Be sure to check out the Pristine Auctions website to see what items are waiting for you today!main_1-Emmitt-Smith-Signed-Mitchell-Ness-Throwback-Cowboys-Jersey-Inscribed-HOF-2010-3x-Champs-UDA-COA-PristineAuction.com

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Dennis Rodman’s colorful career takes him to the Basketball Hall of Fame

main_1-Dennis-Rodman-Close-Up-Trilogy-Haircut-Signed-16x20-Photo-w-Worm-Insc-PristineAuction.comSometimes we forget that Dennis Rodman actually played basketball. Maybe it was his technicolor hair choices (black, blonde, spiky blond, orange, green, red, red with a black Chicago Bulls logo, leopard, and our personal favorite … some type of insane rainbow). Perhaps it was the nose rings or lip rings or hoop earrings. Or the spaghetti-strap tops. Or the wedding dress he won to a book-signing appearance because he was marrying himself. Or the full frontal nudity that showed off his multitude of tattoos. Or maybe it was dalliance with Madonna, or his actual marriage to Carmen Electra, or his stint as a professional wrestler. It’s hard to believe the guy ever had the energy to make it to practice on time, much less show up to a game.

But “The Worm” did show up. For 14 seasons he made the rounds of the NBA, playing for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks, gaining a reputation as one of the league’s greatest rebounders.

main_1-Dennis-Rodman-Signed-Basketball-Schwartz-COA-PristineAuction.comSurprisingly, Rodman was not seen as being very athletically inclined growing up or even in high school. Following a growth spurt after graduation he decided to give basketball a try again and eventually found himself at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. There, Rodman was a three-time NAIA All-American and twice led the NAIA in rebounding. In three seasons there (1983–1984 through 1985–1986) he averaged 25.7 points and 15.7 rebounds, led and led the NAIA in rebounding twice. At a pre-draft camp for NBA hopefuls, he won Most Valuable Player honors and caught the attention of the Detroit Pistons, who took him as the 3rd pick in the second round (27th overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft.

During the 1990–1991 season, Rodman established himself as the team’s starting small forward but eventually was traded to San Antonio for the 1993-1994 season. where he became a power forward, and was then traded to the Bulls prior to the 1996-1996 season where he joined Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. In the 1997–1998 NBA season, Rodman won his seventh consecutive rebounding title.The Bulls released Rodman before the start of the lockout-shortened 1998–1999 season and he joined the Lakers, playing only in 23 games before being released. The next season, the power forward was signed by Dallas but only played 12 games, was ejected twice, and alienated the franchise with his erratic behavior until he was waived again.

main_1488315030-Dennis-Rodman-Signed-Bulls-35-x-43-Custom-Framed-Jersey-JSA-COA-PristineAuction.comIn 14 seasons, Rodman played in 911 games, scored 6,683 points, and grabbed 11,954 rebounds. NBA.com calls Rodman “the best rebounding forward in NBA history and one of the most recognized athletes in the world” — a fact that makes him a “must have” for basketball autograph collectors. A five-time NBA champion and two-time All-Star, he was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Pristine Auctions always tries to help fans meet their collecting needs by placing signed photographs, jerseys, basketballs, and other unique and interesting items up for bid. Be sure to check out the Pristine Auctions website to see what items are waiting for you today!main_1487610866-Dennis-Rodman-Signed-Bulls-16x20-Photo-Schwartz-COA-PristineAuction.com

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Bidding continues on Tom Glavine’s 1997 signed and game used Braves jersey

When you’re talking dominant pitchers of the 1990s, there’s one name that’s going to rank near the very top — Tom Glavine. A 10-time All-Star and two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, Glavine made the Atlanta Braves one of the most dominant teams and most successful franchises in all of Major League Baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s. The Braves won division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times between 1991 and 2005, with Glavine being part of those squads in all but five seasons.main_1478792067-Tom-Glavine-Signed-Braves-Game-Used-Jersey-GFC-LOA-PristineAuction.com

Amazingly, his athletic career may have had a very different outcome. Although he was a superb pitcher scouted by many big league clubs, Glavine also lettered in hockey while attending high school in Massachusetts and led his high school team to the Division I North title and Eastern Massachusetts Championship. In the process he became a top NHL prospect, with the Los Angeles Kings selecting Glavine in the fourth round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft (ahead of NHL Hall of Famers Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille).

While some star players hope to be drafted by one team, Glavine was faced with the dilemma of choosing between two teams … and two sports, as the Braves selected him in the second round of the 1984 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Opting for the National Pastime, Glavine developed into one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in MLB history. He started 30 games or more 17 times during his career, led the National League six times in starts (with three more seasons of 25 or more starts), led the NL in wins five times (each with 20 or more wins). Tom was the cornerstone of the 1990s Atlanta Braves team that appeared in five World Series winning the 1995 World Series title against the hard-hitting Cleveland Indians. Glavine was named the 1995 World Series MVP after winning Games 2 and 6, the latter by a one-hit shutout. He won the second most games during the 1990s (164), second only to teammate and fellow Cy Young winner and fellow Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. With 305 wins to his credit (and possibly one of the last pitchers to reach that plateau), Glavine is still consider Braves royalty … even if he did play five seasons with the New York Mets (2003-2007) where his won his 300 game on August 5, 2007 against the Chicago Cubs.

Tom Glavine finished his career with a 305-203 record with 56 complete games, 25 shutouts, 2,607 strikeouts and a 3.54 career ERA in 682 games, all of which he started. He was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

main_1478792065-Tom-Glavine-Signed-Braves-Game-Used-Jersey-GFC-LOA-PristineAuction.comPristine Auctions is proud to offer a highly desirable piece of baseball memorabilia: a Wilson-brand size 42 jersey, signed in black felt-tip pen on a back number by Tom Glavine. The jersey was game-used by Glavine during the Braves’ 1997 season and features the proper stitching, tagging and lettering, including a “Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary” patch. Accompanied by an official Grey Flannel LOA for authenticity purposes.

The Braves won their sixth consecutive division title in 1997, taking the National League East title by nine games over the second place Florida Marlins (only to fall to the fighting fish in the National League Championship Series). The 1997 season also marked the first year that the Braves played their home games in Turner Field. Glavine went 14-7 that year with a 2.96 ERA and 20 home runs in 33 appearances.

Pristine Auction strives to bring collectors unique items, with this Glavine gamer no exception! It is one of the hundreds of items currently available in our online auction. Bidding ends soon so check it out today!

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