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Notes: Son Arrested for Ring Theft; Ohtani’s Dual Bobblehead; Blaster Box Hunting; Upper Deck News

The son of former New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has been charged with stealing his dad’s two Super Bowl rings and other items worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Wilfork said last month that he was missing two Super Bowl rings, two AFC championship rings, a college football national championship ring and some other jewelry.  Police say the person who bought the items from D’Aundre Holmes-Wilfork put them up for sale in an online memorabilia forum and someone who saw the post alerted Vince Wilfork.

According to a Galveston, TX newspaper, Wilfork’s son was arrested last month.

Sure, Shohei Ohtani should have a bobblehead, but should he be shown as a pitcher or a hitter?

How about…both?

FOCO has developed a dual-threat Ohtani bobble showcasing both of the young Angels star’s skills.  It portrays two Ohtanis in his gameday uniforms, one in a hitting action pose, and one in a pitching action pose, “because two Ohtanis are better than one.”

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The base spins so either side can face forward.

The cost is $80 and they’re available on FOCO’s website.

Notes: Son Arrested for Ring Theft; Ohtani's Dual Bobblehead; Blaster Box Hunting; Upper Deck News

The hunt for sports card boxes and some of the Black Friday-like hoopla that has surrounded retail chains is one of the hot button topics over the last year and a half or so.

While it’s still occasionally possible to walk in and grab some blasters or megas, in many cases it requires a willingness to gather information, share whatever the card fairy brings, and a lot of patience.

Adam Pursch, the news director at Oklahoma City Fox affiliate KOKH chronicled his own efforts to latch onto some boxes at Walmart with his young son.

The Upper Deck Company is branching out.  The San Diego area trading card maker and memorabilia company announced Tuesday it was putting some cash into Spry, a firm developed to help colleges and student-athletes nagivate the Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) landscape.

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Notes: Son Arrested for Ring Theft; Ohtani's Dual Bobblehead; Blaster Box Hunting; Upper Deck News

Spry is designed “to allow student-athletes to disclose business opportunities in a transparent way to help their institution comply with NIL regulations,” according to a press release. The platform also helps university compliance departments identify potential conflicts of interest between existing institutional contracts and student-athlete opportunities.

“As Upper Deck continues to be an innovator within the sports space, we are excited to invest in a like-minded brand like Spry that is looking to transform the collegiate arm of the industry,” said Jason Masherah, President at Upper Deck. “With years of experience handling athlete deals, we hope to share our corporate insight with Spry and guide them with a professional perspective.”

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