Think collectors' interest in Joe Dimaggio has waned since his passing earlier in the year? Mastro Fine Sports Auctions has his uniform from Game 5 of the 1951 World Series up for bid, and the minimum bid is $50,000. It's part of an auction that will be taking place this week. Want to spend more? His house in San Francisco has an asking price of $1.4 million, quite a bit more than the $14,600 he paid for the home for his parents in 1937.
So neither Tiger Woods nor David Duval won the U.S. Open last week, but the two are still golf's hottest draws for fans and collectors. If you want to get either of their autographs or have them sign memorabilia at their match-play event later in the summer outside of Los Angeles, be prepared to bring a lot of cash. Tickets are going for $550 each for a clubhouse pass and $225 for general admission (which probably wouldn't get you close enough to get anything signed anyway).
Randy Minkoff is a former reporter, writer, editor and author, with more than three decades of journalism experience and a unique combination of both print and broadcasting. Minkoff is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and Crain's Chicago Business. He has been syndicated nationally as a radio/TV critic and has also written a weekly column for the Daily Herald. He is the author of Ron Santo; For Love of Ivy, the biography of the former Cub third baseman and his battle against diabetes. A native of St. Louis, Mo., he is a graduate of Drake University School of Journalism.