About Us

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.  A collector for more than 30 years, Crisafulli's successful track record in business led him to found an advertising and marketing agency in early 2004, where he combined his business acumen with his passion for the hobby, enlisting several hobby-related companies as advertising clients.  During this time he was responsible for providing marketing strategy, business consultation and overall strategic direction to auction houses, grading and authentication companies, and card dealers.  An avid communicator, Crisafulli has also been a vocal and frequent contributor to many hobby message boards, and for more than five years was editor and publisher of Collector Magazine, a publication devoted to the sports card and memorabilia hobby.  Crisafulli has authored many hobby-related articles and was a keynote speaker at the PCCE 2008 hobby seminar.

Read About Us 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

"Ty Cobb Tobacco Find Leads To An Amazing New Baseball Card Discovery" - Forbes, March 30, 2016

"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

"One Of Most Historic Baseball Card Finds Ever, From Texas Bible Study Group, Yields More Treasures" - Forbes, June 9, 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.

We offer consignors:

  • The greatest possible exposure to bidders and buyers, through online and offline marketing
  • Exceptional writing and attention to detail, so your items are presented accurately
  • Multiple auctions annually, ensuring that your rare and valuable collectibles get the attention and visibility they deserve
  • Flexible payment methods that put money into your pocket faster

We offer bidders:

  • Trustworthy auctions with no hidden reserves
  • No bidding against house or employee accounts 
  • No alteration of cards or undisclosed restoration of memorabilia 
  • No consignors bidding on their own material
  • Fair bid increments
  • Lower buyer's premiums

We aim to help restore transparency and trust to the hobby.  We 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.

Whether you're a consignor or a bidder, contact us today to become part of something new.