Monthly Archives: August 2011

Random sightings from The National …

One of the best things about the National Sports Collectors Convention are the surprises that one can find by merely walking the floor.

Collector Box Busters: National Treasures at NSCC

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds caught up with one father-son duo as they ripped a case of National Treasures football cards … here’s what they pulled from a final pack.

Ripping Retail Retro: A 1980 Topps cello pack

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds ripped a cello pack of 1980 Topps baseball cards on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago for yet another Ripping Retail Retro video.

Ripping Retail Retro: Some 1970s Topps basketball

Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds ripped a pack of 1970s Topps basketball cards on the floor at the National Sports Collectors Convention just so you could find out what was inside.

Leaf’s Joe Jackson cut autograph finds a home

A one-of-a kind “Shoeless” Joe Jackson card was given away by Leaf at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

My moment with “The Man” says it all about Ric Flair

This fleeting one is mine — mere seconds among the hustle and bustle of a show that had thousands of collectors and fans inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. And, of course, this moment involved “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

Bowman Platinum USA Baseball redemptions revealed

If you pulled a USA Baseball cards from Topps’ Bowman Platinum, you now know who you MIGHT get from the USA Baseball collegiate national team.

That’s a wrap at the 2011 NSCC

While I haven’t actually seen a fat lady singing, the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention has come to a close.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Ron Sylvester

Ron Sylvester from Trini 6 Sports Cards & Memorabilia (Delaware) takes us on a tour of the hits from his booth at the show.

Ongoing gallery: Day five at the NSCC

Beckett media’s final ongoing gallery from day five at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Dealers who buy

Dealers who buy explain what they’re looking for and what might deter them when acquiring collections and pieces from hobbyists at the NSCC and beyond.

If there’s one word to define the National Sports Collectors Convention, it’s …

As the final day of the National Sports Collectors Convention begins here in a few minutes, I find myself pondering just how I would sum up the show so far — in a single word.

Ripping Retail Retro: A pack of 1982 O-Pee-Chee

Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds picked up a few older packs and boxes to rip for you on camera while at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Busting a Leaf wrapper redemption pack at NSCC

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds busted a Leaf wrapper redemption pack at the National Sports Collectors Convention so you could see what’s inside.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: After hours

Beckett Grading veteran J.J. Arredondo interviews editor Andrew Tolentino during a rare break in the makeshift grading room behind the curtains of the company booth.

Chattanooga man wins rare “Shoeless” Joe Jackson cut signature card from Leaf (updated)

A crowd gathered around Leaf Trading Card’s company booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention on Saturday. The onlookers craned their necks to peek at two men who had an opportunity to win a rare “Shoeless” Joe Jackson cut signature card.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Scott Schwartz

Celebrity acquisitions specialist Scott Schwartz explains his passion for and role in the hobby at the 32nd annual National Sports Collectors Convention.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Clay Luraschi

Topps Director of Sports Brands Clay Luraschi discusses the company’s presence at The National and unveils a taste of what’s to come in 2011 Topps Inception Football.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: David Hunt

David Hunt — the man who puts the “Hunt” in Hunt Auctions takes us on a tour of some of the most coveted glass-encased goodies at the show.

Leaf plans product featuring celebrity sports artist Kevin-John sketch cards

Celebrity sports artist Kevin-John has been creating artwork for 25 years. But he only recently got his name into the sketch card business.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Richard Rea

Richard Rea of A to Z Comics & Cards takes us on a tour of his varied inventory and explains the importance of The National to the hobby.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Upper Deck

UD Authenticated sales rep Lindsay Sherry takes us on a tour of the most prominent pieces from Upper Deck’s booth at The National.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Brian Wallos & Cassandra Lynn

Brian Wallos and Playboy Playmate Cassandra Lynn discuss the new Hot for Teachers product and the Benchwarmers presence at The National.

Ongoing gallery: Day four at the NSCC

Full-on photo coverage continues on the second to last day of the National Sports Collectors Convention.

NSCC gallery: Autographs aplenty

We all know how important the autograph is to the collecting world these days, and it’s more than obvious that’s the case if one strolls the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Ripping retail retro … at The National

Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds decided that his first wax purchase at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention would be a big one … a box of packs that cost him about two cents apiece.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Father-son duos

Father-son duos at The National Sports Collectors Convention

Artists splash National with some color

When it comes to high-ticket items, collectors aren’t just settling for trading cards or autographed memorabilia anymore. Paintings – better known as sports art – is becoming one of the most popular forms of collectibles.

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Michael Russek

Michael Russek of Grey Flannel Auctions takes us through the highlight-reel-worthy items up for grabs in a current company auction.

2011 NSCC Voices from the National: Nick Matijevich

Hobby figurehead Nick Matijevich offers a rundown on show exclusives, redemption programs and the overall Press Pass presence at The National.

TriStar gives collectors a history lesson at The National

Off to the side of the corporate section at the National Sports Collectors Convention, in its own nestle of the floor, the TriStar booth shows off its few hobby products with a vast appeal.

Ongoing gallery: Day three at the NSCC

Beckett continues photo coverage of day three at the National Sports Collectors Convention

2011 NSCC Voices from the show: Tracy Hackler

Tracy Hackler gives us a brief tour of the goods at the Panini America booth.

As always, vintage has heavy presence at The National … even in my first purchase

A common refrain from some groups of collectors seemingly every year is that there’s a heavy vintage presence at the National Sports Collectors Convention … and, ironically, my first two card purchases had three things in common.

First looks can be right under your nose at National

One subtle yet simple indicator that you’re at the National Sports Collectors Convention might be right in front of you — and you might not even know it unless you actually try to block out the sensory overload that is the biggest card show in the land … and stop to take a look.