Monthly Archives: August 2010

Tebow spotlight shines brightly on Palm Beach Autographs

BALTIMORE – One of the hottest athletes in the market is not easy to find at the National Sports Collectors Convention, but once you find Tim Tebow memorabilia on the Baltimore Convention Center floor, you’re swimming in it.

Can The National be more like San Diego Comic-Con?

So how can the National get as big as Comic-Con? Here were a few suggestions heard on the floor on Sunday.

At The National: A picture's worth …

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds caught up with John Rogers who is doing some good business at the National Sports Collectors Convention selling photographs from the archives of some memorable photographers and publications.

At The National: Random sights of what's up for sale

There’s simply so much to be found at the National Sports Collectors Convention that it would take days to see it all.

At The National: No. 1 for a cause

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds caught up with the buyer of the No. 1 Topps Heritage Stephen Strasburg card, which was sold to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

At The National: Japanese baseball cards & more

Another of the more unusual finds for myself at the National Sports Collectors Convention were baseball cards, photos and other memorabilia that isn’t as tough to find today as they might have once been — those from Japan.

At The National: Key cards & autographs …

While wandering the floor at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, one type of card kept catching my eye … autographed vintage Rookie Cards (and a other autographed key cards).

At The National: Talking baseball with Dirk Hayhurst, author of The Bullpen Gospels

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds caught up with Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dirk Hayhurst at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

At The National: Turning $14 into $9,000 with The Baseball Card Exchange

While wandering the floor at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention, Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds happened upon a pretty interesting transaction that turned $14 into $9,000 for one collector.

Video At The National: Topps' Panel Discussion

On Thursday evening at the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, Topps officials (from left to right Clay Luraschi, David Reel, Mark Sapir, John Buscaglia and Michael Mader) sat down with a small group of collectors and media members to discuss the company’s products and more.

Fewer card brands seen on dealers' shelves at NSCC

BALTIMORE — With wax boxes piled high at the National Sports Collectors Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center, it was easy to notice the number of boxes not from this year.

Two Days at The National: A Photo Gallery

Following two and a half days immersed in the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention, I bittersweetly boarded a plane in Baltimore Friday afternoon to head back home. Bitter: I had to leave The National! Enough said. Sweet: I was mere hours away from reuniting with my sainted wife and two sons.

Stephen Strasburg Topps Heritage Card Creates National Frenzy

The stampede was nearly heard across the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) on Thursday afternoon. Collectors, flippers and baseball fans ran to get on line for an exclusive Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Heritage card, which can only be found at the NSCC at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The Unbelievable Story of a Tim Tebow 1/1 Autograph

Baltimore collector Bill Shoul recounts the horror of his son losing a 2010 Prestige Tim Tebow 1/1 autograph . . . and the euphoria of finding it 24 hours later.

Strolling the floor at the National Sports Collectors Convention

Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler takes you on a quick stroll around the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

Box Busters at the NSCC: 2010 Famous Fabrics

Tracy Hackler is on the road at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore and sat down with In The Game’s Dr. Brian Price watches as a loyal customer opens a 10-card case of the new Famous Fabrics Second Edition in this edition of Box Busters.

Artist Kevin John produces sketch cards for Pop Century set

Phoenix-based sports artist Kevin John created 800 full-color sketch cards for the newly released Razor Pop Century set.

Brian Gray revives Leaf brand at The National

The gates of the National Sports Collectors Convention are about to open and there’s already a few nuggets of news with the return of an old, familiar name.

In The Game enters baseball card market

In The Game, a company known for its trading cards of hockey prospects, will take to a different field in November.

A-Rod hits home run No. 600 — and it's not special at all

600 home runs ain’t what it used to be. In 1931 at age 36, Babe Ruth became the first player in MLB history to reach the mark. Thirty-eight years later, in 1969, a 38-year-old Willie Mays joined him. Two years after that, in 1971, so did a 37-year-old Hank Aaron. For 31 years, Aaron, Ruth and Mays were the only members of that elite class of hitter, unquestioned royalty of the game.

Panini unveils autograph quantities for NSCC exclusives

Panini America’s National Sports Collectors Convention wrapper redemption packs will have plenty of autographs to be found once the action at the show begins this evening.

New Images Shed Additional Light on 2010 Topps UFC

In April we provided the excited first glimpses of 2010 Topps UFC, the company’s fourth stand-alone UFC trading card product due out later this summer. Back then, we told you that the set would release in late August featuring the industry’s first fight-worn fist tape cards, MMA’s first book cards and dual-signed cards featuring autographs from Dana White and some of the UFC’s all-time greats.

Gallery: Panini America National Convention Box Wars Prizes

That’s where the card manufacturers will be set up, enticing collectors with a stunning array of redemption programs, contests, handouts and promotions. One such contest that has become a staple of the Panini America booth is the company’s popular Box Wars program.

Putting the "National" in National Treasures Basketball

In conjunction with the launch of 2009-10 Playoff National Treasures Basketball and the opening of the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, Panini America officials today announced plans for a special edition of Box Wars at the company booth on Saturday afternoon.

I'll Tweet You For It

In case you missed it, St. Louis Blues forward David Perron is celebrating the signing of his new deal by giving his Twitter followers a chance to win an autographed stick directly from him.

Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is fifth Topps Red Hot Rookie

Topps unveiled the fifth of its 2010 Red Hot Rookies on Monday morning and this one’s Chicago Cubs infielder Starlin Castro.

Panini signs exclusive multi-year deal with Pro Football Hall of Fame

Panini America announced Monday an exclusive, multi-year marketing and licensing agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame that names Panini as its exclusive trading card partner.