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Posted on July 31, 2013 – 11:09 pm | Author: Dan Good
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | Chicago, collecting, hobby, National, NSCC | Comments (0)
The National Sports Collectors Convention opened Wednesday, giving hobbyists a chance to look at priceless cards and memorabilia – and pick up some special items, too. Here’s a recap from the Beckett team. Read More »
Posted on July 31, 2013 – 7:24 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, National Sports Collectors Convention | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC, Topps, Topps wrapper redemption, Yasiel Puig | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
CHICAGO | It’s 2:30 p.m. The National doesn’t officially open for another hour, but the dealers are waiting.
Not at their own booths, either. Instead, they’re in front of the Topps display, hoping to capitalize on the company’s wrapper redemption program.
The Topps wrapper redemption program is a popular one again this year at the National Sports Collectors Convention with a 25-card Bowman Platinum set and Gypsy Queen redemption cards. However, the draw isn’t just the exclusivity of the cards. It’s Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig, the hottest player on cards right now.
He’s worth the hour wait.
“Puig. Puig. Puig,” said Tyson Hauser, who works with RBI Cru 7 in St. Louis. “You sell to people when it first comes and make a lot of money. If you wait, you don’t know what you’re going to get.”
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Posted on July 31, 2013 – 5:42 pm | Author: Dan Good
National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports | collecting, Jimi Hendrix, music, National, NSCC, paul mccartney | Comments (4)
By Dan Good | Contributing Editor
Collectors gathered at Will Simmons’ booth Wednesday, considering the purchase of famous signatures and rare posters.
Posters and signatures are pretty common at the National Sports Collectors Convention. But where other dealers sell sports memorabilia and cards, Simmons focuses on rock & roll memorabilia and vintage guitar picks with his Tennessee-based company, Rockit Collectibles.
Instead of Jim Brown, think Jimi Hendrix. Instead of Paul Pierce, think Paul McCartney. Read More »
Posted on July 31, 2013 – 4:36 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, Michael Jordan, NSCC, Ryne Sandberg, Scottie Pippen | Comments (2)
CHICAGO | The Beckett Cover Cards scavenger hunt had its first winner at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention on Wednesday.
Jan Viliral completed the 11-card set in just over three hours. He searched the show floor, following the booth numbers on the cheat sheet in the VIP bag. Then, he arrived at the Beckett booth (#866) for the exclusive 11th card – a Michael Jordan numbered to just 99 copies.
“I like it a lot,” Viliral said. “I think these cards are great.”
Posted on July 31, 2013 – 2:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 Bowman Platinum, 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, MLB, NSCC, Topps | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Topps marketing manager Marc Stephens as they rip into a box of 2013 Bowman Platinum baseball cards in this special edition of Box Busters from the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on July 31, 2013 – 12:21 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, 2013 Topps Mini, NSCC, Topps | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013 Topps Mini baseball cards on the show floor in advance of the National Sports Collectors Convention for this special edition of Box Busters.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Can’t make the show but want to get your hands on some packs of Minis before the Topps.com release date? Check out Chatter Up tonight on our Facebook page where we’ll be giving away a box.
Posted on July 31, 2013 – 8:11 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Multisport, Non-Sports | 2013 Goodwin Champions, Art of the Ages, goodwin champions, Goodwin Champions Animal Kingdom, Grant Sandground | Comments (1)
Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground has been in the card industry for nearly 20 years. He’s worked at a card shop. He worked at Beckett and now he’s Upper Deck’s Director of Product Development.
And none of his work experiences quite compare to creating Goodwin Champions.
“To me, it’s the most fun product I work on every year,” Sandground said. “The landscape we have to work with is so open. I enjoy being able to offer collectors something that they have never really seen before or trying to pursue before.”
Posted on July 30, 2013 – 2:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, Chicago Cubs, Chris Chelios, NSCC, Panini America, Panini VIP party, Topps, Yasiel Puig | Comments (1)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Nuggets and notes from this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention … look for this file to be updated throughout the day on Wednesday, the sneak-preview night for the show. (Click here for all of Beckett Media’s past NSCC stories.)
New arrivals …
The day before the show, vendors are working on setting up their booth space while many collectors are en route for the afternoon opening. Several new products will be making their debuts at this one, including Panini America‘s high-end season-capping National Treasures basketball and then Topps‘ online-only and NSCC-only Minis and Bowman Platinum. No matter how a season looks on the field, high-end brands, limited-run brands and prospecting products seem to do well. Look for plenty of interest in these at the show thanks to group-breaking — which will have a much larger presence this year — and wrapper-redemption programs. Nearly all companies in attendance will have some type of incentive program to see collectors rip and have the one-on-one chance at feedback during the rip. (See our past stories link for more details.)
Add one more star to the Panini VIP guest-list …
In November Chris Chelios will take his spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but during the NSCC weekend he’ll be among the guests signing for those in attendance at the Panini VIP Party set for Saturday. The invitation-only event will be open to a select group of big-spending collectors and other VIPs in attendance. The three-time Stanley Cup winner is just the second guest announced thus far — Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig will be there to mark the launch of his autograph memorabilia deal with Panini Authentic. Other guests will be announced one per day this week with each of the players signing a specially designed photo for those in attendance.
Posted on July 30, 2013 – 12:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, game-used memorabilia, Heritage Auctions, NSCC, St. Louis Cardinals, Stan Musial | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
The memorabilia collection of one of the greatest hitters in Major League Baseball history is headed to the auction block.
They are the artifacts from the life and career of St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial and they’re going to be sold by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which will be showcasing some of the pieces at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention starting tomorrow in Chicago.
More than 500 lots will be sold, including the baseball’s hit for his 1,000th, 2,000th and 3,200th hits of Musial’s legendary career. The auction will be held in October.
“Stan Musial was known as ‘Baseball’s Perfect Knight’ for good reason,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage in a prepared release. “His incredible talent and humility on the field influenced his beloved status off, which endures to this day. His legacy will be celebrated in this auction and the top collectors will finally have a chance to acquire some of the things that meant the most to him from his storied career.”
Posted on July 30, 2013 – 11:31 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Chris Olds | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. Up for grabs this week will be wax, game-used and more from the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention.
(Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it.)
If you miss the chat, be back on the page next week.