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US sports memorabilia scores big hit for collectors

Collectors such as Corey Shanus are sitting on a goldmine after a half-century of amassing historical gems

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Mr Shanus's successful career in real estate has helped him spend tens of thousands of dollars on one-of-a-kind items.

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A baseball signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, part of Mr Shanus's stash.

New York

COREY Shanus remembers when he bought his first pack of Topps trading cards in the fall of 1963.

Like many elementary schoolboys back then, baseball was his favourite sport and cards were the cheapest and easiest way to indulge in his love of the game and its players.

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