I have written numerous articles with a baseball theme for Autograph Magazine, including:
- A preview of the December 2005 Steiner Sports Yankee Stadium auction.
- A January 2006 article about Topps’ retail distribution deal to sell autographed memorabilia at Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Clubs.
- A February 2006 preview of Robert Edwards Auctions’ sale of a rare Josh Gibson (“The Black Babe Ruth”) signed postcard.
- A February 2006 investigation into Signed Baseball Magic, a California company that developed a controversial process to remove autographs from multi-signed baseballs, thus creating “single-signed” balls.
- A March 2006 tribute to Barry Halper, the legendary baseball memorabilia collector, upon his death.
- An April 2006 recap of the sentencing of a convicted autograph forger, busted during “Operation Bullpen.”
- An April 2006 preview of the Babe Ruth’s “last home run” ball auction.
- A May 2006 preview of Joe DiMaggio’s memorabilia collection auction.
- A May 2006 recap of the Fleer/SkyBox bankruptcy settlement.
- A May 2006 review of the book, Collecting The Grand Old Game.
- A July 2006 preview of the auction of Phil Rizzuto’s memorabilia collection.
- A June 2006 recap of the controversy surrounding forged autographs contained in Upper Deck products.
- A December 2007 article about NY Yankee Shelley Duncan’s not-so-funny autograph for a young Red Sox fan.
- An April 2008 preview of the auction of Whitey Ford’s memorabilia collection.
My own collecting and historical research interests — women in baseball, specifically the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the WWII-era women’s baseball featured in the hit movie, A League Of Their Own, and Jewish baseball players — have also become fodder for several articles.
In 2003, I authored ‘Playing Baseball Was The Greatest Thing I Ever Did’: Collecting All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Autographs that was teased on the cover and published in Autograph Collector magazine. In December 2004, I contributed a story about the AAGPBL Reunion in Kalamazoo, MI. I also contributed a blurb/letter to the editor about the AAGPBL in USA Today’s Sports Weekly (then known as Baseball Weekly).
For the last several years, I have written obituaries for former AAGPBL players, several of which have been published in Sports Collectors Digest. I receive an occasional byline, but no compensation for these pieces. The task is reward in itself. I endeavor to write these articles as a tribute to the wonderful women who played in the League.
I publish www.AAGPBLcollectibles.com, a web site devoted to the collectibles and memorabilia associated with the AAGPBL and women in baseball, and www.JewishSportsCollectibles.com, a site about Jewish athletes and their memorabilia.
I am also currently researching, and slowly writing, a guide to collecting AAGPBL memorabilia and autographs and a biography of Thelma “Tiby” Eisen, one of three Jewish women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The later is part of the AAGPBL Players Association/SABR online biographical dictionary.
I am also working on completing an article on the the 18 Most Desirable Jewish Baseball Autographs, and researching Charles Lazarus’ ownership of the Columbus baseball team in the 1890s. The latter I hope will lead to a card for Lazarus in a future release of the baseball cards produced by Jewish Major Leaguers.