Love of the Game Auctions is an internet sports auction house catering to the passionate collector of memorabilia and cards, brought to you by longtime hobbyist Al Crisafulli. Established in 2012 with the goal of being a trustworthy resource for hobbyists to buy and sell quality material, the company has quickly grown to be one of the most widely respected auction houses in the industry.
Equally adept at working with first-time consignors and elite collectors, Love of the Game has facilitated the sales of both world-class collections and individual inheritance pieces. We aim to curate exceptional auction-style sales of important sports artifacts, while regarding each item with the appropriate historical significance, and delivering the utmost in satisfaction to each consignor and bidder.
We also recognize the many different types of hobbyists, the many things they collect, and the many different approaches they take to build their collections. We understand that each collector is different and has taken a different path in the hobby. But while each collector’s path may be different, every approach originates from the same place: a love of the game.
In the Press
Love of the Game Auctions is Sports Hobby’s Latest Entry” – Sports Collectors Daily, July 26, 2012
Al Crisafulli’s Labor of Love, Love of the Game Auctions” – Sports Market Report, May 29, 2013
Auction Report Interview – Blog Talk Radio, January 29, 2014
Crisafulli was also featured in the ESPN documentary It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports, by renowned documentarian Errol Morris. Watch the episode “Most Valuable Whatever” here.
“Going, Going, Gone! Rare Lou Gehrig bat fetches record $436,000 in local auction” – Lehigh Valley Live, August 9, 2015
“What Ever Happened To Lou Gehrig’s Bats?” – New York Post, May 21, 2016
“Bible Study Group in Texas Leads To One Of Most Historic Baseball Card Finds Ever” – Forbes, May 31 2016
Watch Al Crisafulli of LOTG in the Smithsonian Network program Sports Detectives, which aired June 22, 2016. Watch the episode “Gehrig’s Bat, Gibson’s Ball” here
Ty Cobb’s “True” Rookie Card More Than Triples In Price To $18,000 In Just Two Years – Forbes, April 30, 2019
How to Get Your Mitts on a Legendary Brooklyn Dodgers World Series Championship Ring – Lehigh Valley Live
Lucky Owners of a “Fresh” Joe Jackson Card And A Signed Christy Mathewson Baseball Reap Windfalls – Forbes, November 28, 2019