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Posted on November 22, 2013 – 2:40 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Chuck Whisman’s home was filled with trading cards and memorabilia. Even his young daughters would comment on how their dining room table was completely hidden by the goods.
But everything has been moved into Whisman’s new card shop in Lancaster, Pa. – VSM Sports Card Outlet, which opened in August.
“The thought of just doing the shop is a little scary these days,” Whisman said. “You don’t see shops alone anymore.”
That’s why Whisman has turned his love of collectibles into a family business with him running the shop, his wife as an auctioneer for their other new company Wheatland Auctions and his young daughters offering up their brand of advice along the way.
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Posted on August 7, 2013 – 1:17 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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The 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention has wrapped up.
Dealers and collectors visited the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont for five days (although some more) to spend money, meet with friends and see sports memorabilia they may never see again.
With the NSCC over, director Mike Berkus spoke to Beckett Media about the show.
Beckett Media: How did the National go from your standpoint?
Mike Berkus: I would say one of the best in the last eight to 10 years.
BM: What makes it one of the best?
MB: I would say a steady stream of attendees, a sold out floor, dealers and corporates being delighted.
BM: How was attendance this year?
MB: Although we don’t release attendance numbers, we were about 25 percent ahead of any year that we had advanced sales recorded.
BM: It beat last year?
MB: Yes it did. I think Baltimore 2010 is probably second place. This would be first place.
Posted on August 7, 2013 – 8:00 am | Author: Dan Good
Baseball, Beckett Updates, National Sports Collectors Convention | 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, ashes, Atlanta Braves, autographs, baseball cards, Chicago, jermaine dye, white sox, World Series | Comments (0)
By Dan Good | Contributing Editor
Jermaine Dye returned to his second home this weekend.
Bring a World Series title to Chicago for the first time in 88 years, and you’re bound to make some new friends.
Dye led the White Sox to the championship in 2005, winning MVP honors in a four-game sweep of the Astros. He sealed the Game Four victory with an eighth-inning RBI that scored teammate Willie Harris, the only run of the clinching game.
Dye spent the final five seasons of his 14-year career on the south side, retiring in 2011. The two-time All-Star, 39, lives in San Diego today. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.
Every once and again he returns to the Windy City. He was there Saturday, meeting fans and signing autographs through TriStar at the National Sports Collectors Convention. Dye says Chicago’s fans mean a lot to him.
“It’s unbelievable to win a World Series in a big city like Chicago,” he told Beckett. “I have people who come up to me all the time – even if they’re Cubs fans, they’re happy to see a championship from baseball in this city.”
Dye signed lots of baseballs and photos Saturday, usual items for an autograph show. Sometimes the autograph requests surprise Dye. Read More »
Posted on August 6, 2013 – 8:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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CHICAGO | Ken Tyler felt lucky at his first National.
He had three entries into the Famous Fabrics giveaway of a Beatles cut autograph card that featured all four members of the band at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention.
The Texas resident waited at In The Game’s booth as Dr. Brian Price eliminated eight other entries from the contest. Finally, with two just two boxes left in the contest, Ken was ready …
Posted on August 5, 2013 – 9:54 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Steel City Collectibles partnered with Upper Deck at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention for a multi-case break of 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Football.
Watch the video to see the pulls.
Posted on August 4, 2013 – 11:51 am | Author: Dan Good
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Fans lined up this week to meet their sports heroes, getting autographs and sharing stories.
The legends signed through Tri-Star, bringing star power to the National Sports Collectors Convention.
Posted on August 3, 2013 – 11:34 pm | Author: Dan Good
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The champ slams the top of the ketchup bottle, treating the nozzle like an opponent’s chin.
Pow! Pow! Pow!
But the bottle is dry, so all the effort is useless. Even for Larry Holmes, the ketchup doesn’t always budge. No matter. He smiles anyway, eating his hot dog as crowds gather on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention, hours before Holmes was scheduled to sign for Tri-Star.
“We’re all the same,” Holmes tells a nearby photographer. “I put one pant leg on at a time.”
Posted on August 3, 2013 – 4:37 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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Beckett Basketball’s Susan Lulgjuraj caught some collectors opening 2012-13 Panini National Treasures basketball on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention.
Sorry for the cell phone video …
Posted on August 3, 2013 – 2:26 pm | Author: Dan Good
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Above an iconic baseball card and million-dollar trophy rests an item Josh Evans has spent three decades searching for – a jersey representing the early 1900s New York Renaissance.
“The Rens are the great basketball team of all-time that nobody knows,” said Evans, chairman for Lelands Auctions.
Lelands is offering a Rens warm-up worn by Inman Jackson.
“It’s the only Rens piece we’ve ever seen,” Evans said.
The Rens were an all-black team that won the inaugural World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1939, earning the title over such squads as the Harlem Globetrotters and Original Celtics. Read More »
Posted on August 3, 2013 – 11:00 am | Author: Dan Good
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Michael Jordan still stands tall in Chicago.
Jordan reigned over basketball and the hobby during the 1980s and 1990s, leading the Bulls to six championships. Jordan’s greatness, charisma and collectibility continue to spark hobby innovation.
Air Jordan’s legacy emerges on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention. This year’s convention houses some of the finest Jordan cards and memorabilia in existence, from high-grade rookies to low-numbered inserts and cards featuring autographs and memorabilia.
Here’s a look at the 23 finest Jordan items at the National – a scavenger hunt for Chicago’s biggest basketball legend.
1. THE rookie card, 1986-87 Fleer, graded Gem Mint 10.