Soccer Fever – Collectors who, like many Americans, have avoided speculating in soccer memorabilia will have to give it a second look. The media blitz created for the success of Mia Hamm and the the USA Women's soccer team in this summer's world cup will cause a continued demand for autographs, pictures and other items. It is also likely to carry over to late next summer when the American women will be the favorites to win a second consecutive gold medal at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Gehrig Uniform Auctioned – So much for the McGwire-Sosa hype. An unidentified phone bidder entered a success $451,541 bid for the uniform that former New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig wore on July 4,1939. The bidder, from Florida, won the item at Leland's auction during the weekend in New York. Gehrig wore the uniform the day he made his famous "I consider myself the luckiest man ont he face of the earth," speech when he learned he had contracted (ALS) now called Lou Gehrig's disease.

Jordan and Nike – Is Michael Jordan's absence from the basketball court having its affect on the public who had previously an unquenchable desire for anything with Jordan's name on it? It's all relative. The Portland Oregonian reports that Nike's Jordan brand has been a "disappointment." The reason? The company was expecting sales of $1 billion but thus far has "only" generated $300 million in sales.

Foster Sells Carlton Fisk Ball – Former major leaguer George Foster may or may not need the money after the former member of the Big Red machine sold a ball for $113,273 during the weekend. The ball in question: Carlton Fisk's dramatic homer in extra innings that won Game 6 for the Boston Red Sox against Foster and the Reds at Fenway Park in 1975. He had owned the ball since it hit the flag pole and fell in left field at Fenway.

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.