MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

Negro League Baseball panoramic photo of the Eastern Colored League’s 1927 Opening Day lineup, featuring the Philadelphia Hilldales and the Newark Cuban Stars. Sold by Hake’s Auctions in 2019 for $7,530. Image courtesy of Hake’s

NEW YORK (AP) – Willie Mays will add some hits to his record, Monte Irvin’s big league batting average should climb over .300, and Satchel Paige may add nearly 150 victories to his total. Josh Gibson, the greatest of all Negro League sluggers, might just wind up with a major league record, too.

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Despite 2020’s challenges, Freeman’s achieves significant milestones

European Art auction at Freeman’s. Image courtesy of Freeman’s, Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – At the end of their 2020 sale season, Freeman’s is reflecting on 2020 and the number of company milestones achieved. By establishing a seamless transition from in-person to online-only sales and pivoting towards highly targeted digital marketing campaigns, the company set a high bar this year that they hope to surpass in 2021.

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Atlantic City to auction right to push button for Trump Plaza implosion

Former Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 2018 photo by Wcam, file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — One of President Donald Trump’s former Atlantic City casinos will be blown up next month, and for the right amount of money, you could be the one to press the button that brings it down.

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New book chronicles 30 years of Ringo’s All Starrs

Ringo Starr is pictured on the cover of the new book titled ‘Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All Starrs.’ Jill Jarrett image

LOS ANGELES – It’s been three decades since Ringo Starr founded his All Starr supergroup and took the stage with some of rock ’n’ roll’s biggest luminaries. In celebration of this milestone, and just in time for the holiday season, a new limited-edition retrospective hardcover book titled Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All Starrs, will be sold online exclusively for $39.99 beginning Wednesday, Dec. 16, at

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Shackleton expedition artifacts to remain in UK

Ernest Shackleton. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-DIG-ggbain-04778)

LONDON (AP) – A sled and flag used in one of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s famed expeditions to the South Pole have been bought by a British government-funded body to keep the treasured artifacts in the U.K.

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Dutch court refuses to return painting to Jewish heirs

‘Painting with Houses,’ a 1909 painting by Wassily Kandinsky. Image courtesy Stedelijk Museum

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A Dutch court on Wednesday rejected a restitution case brought by heirs of a Jewish family that originally owned a painting by Wassily Kandinsky that was bought by the city of Amsterdam at an auction in 1940.

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Hunt Slonem to debut new work at New River Fine Art

Hunt Slonem, ‘Jet Black Olive,’ 2020, blown glass, mixed media. Image courtesy of New River Fine Art

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – New River Fine Art will present Through the Looking Glass, a new collection of previously unreleased and trailblazing sculptural and two-dimensional artworks from contemporary artist Hunt Slonem, debuting and running from Jan. 22 through Feb. 21, 2021.

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UK homeowner delays sale of home after Banksy mural appears

Image courtesy of Banksy

LONDON (AP) – Banksy’s latest mural has delayed a homeowner’s plans to sell in England after it recently appeared on the house’s exterior wall.

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Conlon photo of Ty Cobb stealing third sells for $390K

Charles Conlon’s original 1910 photograph of Detroit’s Ty Cobb stealing third base at Hilltop Park in New York sold for $390,000. Image courtesy of Robert Edward Auctions

LOS ANGELES – Charles Conlon’s photograph of Ty Cobb sliding into third base is considered by many to be the most hallowed and coveted sports image. An original image of Conlon’s shot sold for $390,000 at Robert Edward Auctions on Dec. 6.

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Coin-op collectors’ national convention slated for October in N.C.

Interior view of DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, Raleigh-Durham International Airport

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Coin Operated Collectors Association (COCA) will hold its 2021 national convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, over the weekend of October 8-10. The site of the event is the DoubleTree by Hilton at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Research Triangle Park.
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