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Stars set to sign at National Sports Collectors Convention (complete lineup & start fees listed)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monhtly Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is less than two months away with a heavy number of past stars readying for one thing starting next month in Chicago.

Signing autographs.

More than 90 stars from several sports will be on hand during The National to sign during various times for the five-day show. Fees vary by signer — and by item — but here’s a complete schedule of when the athletes will be appearing as well as their starting fees. This writer also offered his pick for the best autograph to get each day.

Gooden
July 31 (Wednesday)
Name — time (all p.m. except where noted by *), starting fee

Neal Anderson — 4:30, Free session
Dwight Gooden — 4:30, Free session
Bob Beamon — 5, Free session
Dick Fosbury — 5, Free session
Milt Pappas — 5:30, Autos start at $20
Mel Renfro — 5:45, Autos start at $29
Luis Aparicio — 6:30, Autos start at $49

Olds’ pick: You can’t beat free, so I’ll go with Dwight Gooden here, though the two Olympians certainly have far fewer autographs out there.

Dickerson

Aug. 1 (Thursday)
Name — time, starting fee

Luis Aparicio — 11*, Autos start at $49
Marv Levy — 11*, Autos start at $29
Dan Fouts — 11:15*, Autos start at $75
Eddie Olczyk — 11:15*, Autos start at $25
Bob St. Clair — 11:30*, Autos start at $39
Tony Gwynn — 11:45*, Autos start at $89
Paul Krause — Noon, Autos start at $39
Rick Monday — Noon, Autos start at $39
Ron Turcotte — Noon, Autos start at $59
Jean Cruguet — 12:30, Autos start at $39
Joe Greene — 12:30, Autos start at $75
Ron Mix — 12:30, Autos start at $39
Eric Dickerson — 12:45, Autos start at $60
Steve Cauthen — 1, Autos start at $39
Jim Palmer — 1:15, Autos start at $39
Pat Day — 1:30, Autos start at $39
Dan Hampton — 1:45, Autos start at $35
Archie Griffin — 2, Autos start at $59
Jorge Velasquez — 2:15, Autos start at $35
Laffit Pincay — 2:15, Autos start at $39
Ronnie Bull — 2:30, Autos start at $20
Troy Smith — 2:30, Autos start at $39
Lawrence Taylor — 3, Autos start at $69
Parrick Valenzuela — 3, Autos start at $39
Frank Gifford — 3:15,  Autos start at $79
Jim Morrissey — 3:15, Autos start at $20

Olds’ pick: I’m going football with this pick and there are a few quality candidates. For the price, I’m going with Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, though fellow Hall of Famer Dan Fouts appears on far fewer certified autograph cards. Dickerson has a large and interesting sig.

Hull

Aug. 2 (Friday)
Name — time, starting fee

Terry Baker — 11:15*, Autos start at $49
Gary Beban — 11:30*, Autos start at $39
Bobby Hull — 11:30*, Autos start at $49
Tony Esposito — Noon, Autos start at $49
Bob Gibson — 1, Autos start at $79
Paul Molitor — 1, Autos start at $69
Jim Rice — 1:15, Autos start at $59
Dennis Eckersley — 1:30, Autos start at $59
Elvin Hayes –1:45, Autos start at $39
Ozzie Smith — 1:45, Autos start at $59
Chris Mullin — 2, Autos start at $60
Carlton Fisk — 2:15, Autos start at $79
Ron Kittle — 2:30, Autos start at $20
Larry Brown — 2:45, Autos start at $29
Mike Ditka — 3, Autos start at $79
Brian Campbell — 3:30, Autos start at $39
Pat Listach — 3:30, Autos start at $20
Jerry Lucas — 4, Autos start at $59
Bret Saberhagen — 4:15, Autos start at $39

Olds’ pick: Several affordable quality names here, but I’ll take the hometown hero, Bobby Hull. Not a hockey guy, myself, but he’s the best price for the biggest name on this day if you ask me.

Banks

Aug. 3 (Saturday)
Name — time, starting fee

Pedro Martinez — 11*, Autos start at $139
Mia Hamm — 11:15*, Autos start at $60
Brandon Webb — 11:30*, Autos start at $39
Sugar Ray — Leonard Noon, Autos start at $99
Cal Ripken Jr. — Noon, Autos start at $159
Bart Starr — 12:15, Autos start at $169
Mike Piazza — 12:30, Autos start at $179
Chipper Jones — 1, Autos start at $149
Randy Johnson — 1:15, Autos start at $179
Rickey Henderson — 1:30, Autos start at $119
Reggie Jackson — 1:30, Autos start at $99
Bob Griese — 2, Autos start at $69
Frank Thomas — 2:15, Autos start at $99
Ernie Banks — 3, Autos start at $89
Lou Holtz — 3, Autos start at $60
Murray Bannerman — 3:15, Autos start at $20
Roberto Duran — 3:15, Autos start at $79
Damian Lillard — 3:15, Autos start at $99
Jermaine Dye — 3:30, Autos start at $69
“Goose” Gossage — 3:30, Autos start at $69
Jerome Walton — 3:45, Autos start at $29
Roy Jones Jr. — 4, Autos start at $79
David Justice — 4, Autos start at $39
Tommy Hearns — 4:30, Autos start at $59
Larry Holmes — 4:30, Autos start at $69
Shane Mosley — 4:45, Autos start at $49

Olds’ pick: This is the day with all the big guns — seven of the eight high-est-priced signers are here. Mia Hamm and David Justice are reasonably priced considering their achievements, but I’ll pick one that’s just a tad higher — Hall of Famer and Cubs legend Ernie Banks at $89. That’s just $7 higher than his age!

Boggs

Aug. 4 (Sunday)
Name — time, starting fee

Roger Clemens — 11*, Autos start at $199
Fergie Jenkins — 11*, Autos start at $39
Tommy Lasorda — 11*, Autos start at $89
Johnny Bench — 11:15*, Autos start at $89
Joe Morgan — 11:15*, Autos start at $89
Ralph Garr — 11:30*, Autos start at $20
Pete Rose — 11:30*, Autos start at $79
Steve Garvey — 11:45*, Autos start at $39
LaMarr Hoyt — 11:45*, Autos start at $25
Gary Peters — 11:45*, Autos start at $25
Tony Perez — 11:45*, Autos start at $59
Eddie Murray — 12:15, Autos start at $99
Roberto Alomar — 1, Autos start at $79
Billy Williams — 1, Autos start at $39
Johnny Damon — 1:15, Autos start at $99
Jack McDowell — 1:45, Autos start at $39
Wade Boggs — 2, Autos start at $69
Eric Davis — 2:30, Autos start at $39
Jeff Reardon — 2:45, Autos start at $25

Olds’ pick: To me, there are three bargain-priced graphs here, but the one that gets the nod from me is Wade Boggs. Seems a tad underpriced to me considering his place in the game — and you don’t seem to see his autographs appearing in packs as often as others here.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

7 Comments

Justin Barcomb

Seems like a very good lineup of signers

Posted June 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
David

Hopefully Olds gets Reggie’s auto.

Posted June 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink
Clint Spencer

I guess Clemens is proud of his autograph. Does he really think its woth more that Cal Ripken’s?

Posted June 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

David: Not interested.

Posted June 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
Erik

Clemens should pay people for his auto instead – cheatin’ loser.

Posted June 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink
Razorback9

Aww. It’s a tough choice between going for the bargain hall of famers or my precious bears.

Posted June 12, 2013 at 3:27 am | Permalink
Eddie

It finally happened. My gray hair has transformed me from an autograph collector to an autograph dealer. At least in the eyes of Don Mattingly and his Dodgers. I’ve been collecting autographs longer than anyone on that team has been alive, and probably have more signed baseballs than they have teeth. What really bothers me is that they don’t want me to make money on their signature, but they have no problem signing a multi-million dollar contract that is backed by gate receipts, such as the $200 ticket that I had to buy in order to be allowed to stand behind the dugout to get shot down by Mattingly and his last place team.

Posted June 29, 2013 at 2:20 am | Permalink

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