Opening Bids: Written in the Stars

The pebble beach Concours d’Elegance and the surrounding four days of automotive auctions ( set the global standard for collectible cars. Last year, sales totaled $400 million—an increase of 28 percent over 2013—and included the $38.2 million sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, the highest price ever paid for a car at public auction.  […]

It’s a Shutout!

How baseball became the star player of the sports memorabilia game.  Brian seigel owns roughly 40 game-used baseball bats from major-league players and displays them in a 1,200-square-foot shrine to America’s pastime at his home in Southern California. When he shows the bats to visitors, they are often apprehensive about touching them, and it is easy […]

The Player

How an Internet entrepreneur assembled a world-beating collection of arcade games.  Greg McLemore parks his dark blue Tesla Model S outside an unmarked office building on a quiet street in Pasadena, Calif. The 47-year-old Internet entrepreneur is about to close escrow on the space, and he fiddles with his key in the front door lock and […]

False Starts

Some of the rarest pieces in Greg McLemore’s collection are also the commercial flops: game prototypes that demonstrate leaps in innovation but were never put into production…

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