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Stories pour out of prized items

Updated: July 28, 2011, 4:00 AM ET
By Brandon Steiner | Special to ESPN.com

I've been in this business for more than two decades, but one thing about memorabilia still amazes me every day. It's the magic that takes an ordinary item, such as a glove or a jersey or even a wristband, and turns it into a valuable keepsake -- a totem to be revered for all time.

I'm not talking about the simple act of New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera signing a baseball -- though we collectors know that Mo certainly has beautiful penmanship, and an autograph as elegant ...

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