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Category Archives: National Sports Collectors Convention

Randy Johnson SuperCollector adds a more personal item to his stash at the National

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Rod Lawrence is a serious collector of The Big Unit and at the recent National Sports Collectors Convention he added perhaps his biggest piece of personal memorabilia of them all.

He got Randy Johnson to sign Page 32 of the July issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. 

Why? That’s the spot where Lawrence was picked as a SuperCollector.

“I wanted to let you know that I met Randy Johnson today at the National Card Show in Cleveland and had him sign the Beckett article,” Lawrence wrote in an email. “I thought you’d like to see the pictures … This was awesome and very special. Thank you very much.”

On the page in the issue, which has been authenticated with a TRISTAR sticker, Johnson wrote “To Rod, My SuperCollector. Best Wishes, Randy Johnson.”

In all, Lawrence owns more than 7,700 Johnson cards including more than 3,900 unique cards and more than 700 memorabilia cards of the future Hall of Famer.

While we showcase a SuperCollector nearly every month in BSCM, our annual SuperCollector showcase is coming up later this year.

How can you be showcased in the issue for your collection of any kind or sport? See below.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION (click a second time for a larger view)

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

 

At the National: Talking Wax and vintage cards with Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange

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Have you ever seen a $49,000 case of baseball cards? You can if you visited the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with BBCE Director of Acquisitions Reed Kasaoka to talk about vintage wax and more on the show floor.

At the National: A legendary autograph lineup — the 1927 New York Yankees

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Collector Alan Zimmerman stopped by the Beckett Media booth during the recent National Sports Collectors Convention to show off a rather legendary pull from Topps Five Star.

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Where is it now: The infamous Evan Mathis Twitter hoax receipt

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Kirk Keith is a serious Alabama football collector, and he’s got a legendary piece of new Crimson Tide memorabilia that’s not so serious — but still pretty cool.

MathisIn June, Philadelphia Eagles lineman — and serious sports card collector Evan Mathis pulled off a pretty impressive Twitter hoax that some in the national media latched onto and ran with as an example of an apparent plight faced by NFL rookies. Keith now owns the piece of memorabilia that was the key to it all, complete with the autograph of the Alabama alum.

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds caught up with him at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland to talk about the infamous dinner receipt that tore up Twitter faster than a hungry guard at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.

Check out the video above, and then we’ll ask the $64,000 question … what’s it worth?

Take our poll or tell us what you think in the comments below.

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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Sunday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With another National Sports Collectors Convention coming to an end, most attendees are hopefully returning home with items that they have desired for years.

The quest for the perfect collectible is a challenge most hobbyists embrace and there is a good chance that many walked away with positive feelings about their experiences over the past few days in Cleveland. The Beckett Media team certainly enjoyed meeting with collectors from all over the world and hearing about their experiences.

The 2014 National Treasure Hunt closes with five more unique items and you can read more about them after the jump.

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Old cards help create Exquisite Lebron tribute at National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer

CLEVELAND | When one thinks of the most-iconic basketball card of the last decade, there is likely one that comes to mind — the 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James, an autographed patch Rookie Card.  Only 99 copies exist, but with the help of Tim Carroll, an elementary school teacher from South Carolina, there soon will be a 100th of sorts.

Carroll, the man who famously cut up 1989 Upper Deck baseball cards to create a giant tribute of the famed Ken Griffey Jr. RC, has been at the National Sports Collectors Convention this week making his latest creation, his version of the famed James card.

“I’m using nothing but Upper Deck brand Cleveland Cavaliers cards to recreate the modern Holy Grail of basketball cards,” Carroll said as he held a glue stick in one hand preparing to place a shiny piece of 1995-96 SP card into the area that surrounds the head of James on his creation.

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At the National: Busting packs with Jobu and other NSCC superstars at the ballpark

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds took Jobu and a few of his friends to the ballpark on Friday night and you can find them all in his Cleveland-focused and National Sports Collectors Convention-only packs ripped in the stands of Progressive Field after a dominating 12-2 Indians win over the Texas Rangers.

Box Busters at the National: 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards

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Join Panini America‘s Tracy Hackler and Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as they rip into a box of the not-even-out yet 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2014 National Treasure Hunt: Friday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With another day at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention drawing to a close, the thousands of collectors coming through the doors are undoubtedly relaxing and taking a good look at the amazing items they purchased today.

Once again, Beckett Media has taken to the show floor to look out for some unique collectibles and share them with readers. While many dealers are carrying a large amount of baseball and football-related items, there are some compelling hockey and basketball pieces that could be found with a little bit of digging.

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Corporate Exhibitors Making Their Mark at the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Does your brand make a mark?

Beckett Media asked its Global Branding Expert, Sushmita Gulabani, to walk the 2014 National Collectors Convention show floor in Cleveland to watch collectors interact with corporate and dealer exhibits, and give a first-person perspective to share with our  readers.

We’ll share her review of The National’s corporate exhibitors after the jump.

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Box Busters at the National: 2014 Beckett Media Super Break

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he introduces the Beckett Media Super Break box — a collaboration repack product –along with Super Break’s Scott Allen. They present a box to a random collector at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

On the breaker beat at the NSCC — five basics we should know

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By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer | Commentary

CLEVELAND | The pointed end of a box-cutter slices through the packing tape on a case of 2014 Bowman Platinum.  The master box is turned upside down and out tumble 12 brand-new sealed boxes of the latest baseball product to hit the shelves.

The hands that will be handling these cards for the first time are held in front of a camera and, pack after pack, the contents of each wrapper are revealed — the names of some of the players celebrated, others merely mentioned.  The shiniest cards are often held in front of the lens for extended periods to show the people in audience in person, and those watching around the world, what has just been pulled.

The idea of the live case and box break is one that has been around for years. For at least a decade, collectors have filmed themselves opening their boxes to document their pulls. But in recent years the notion of box and case breaks has skyrocketed across the web and new breakers are popping up everywhere.

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High-grade Johnny Manziel rarities headline another busy day for BGS

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

CLEVELAND | No surprises … Johnny Football is a hit here.

Beckett Grading Services kicked off — pun completely intended — its second day of on-site grading and encapsulation at the National Sports Collectors Convention at the IX Center and a pair of rare Johnny Manziel cards from 2014 Bowman making top grade.

One, a Rookie Autographs Xfractor limited to 10 copies, graded a BGS 10 with a 10 autograph, while a Prism Refractors card limited to just five copies also graded a 10-10.

The Prism Refractors card received all 10s on its subgrade.

 

Views from the floor: Simple sights from the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

CLEVELAND | Day 2 of the National Sports Collectors Convention — the first full day — was a whirlwind of showmanship, enjoyment, shredding of wax and wheeling and dealing between dealers and collectors that is the show of all shows for sports fans.

From Panini America‘s pack wars for kids (above) to the live case-breakers pavilion or the constant hustle and bustle of booths such as Beckett Grading Services, there was plenty to see and do for many at the show, which continues through Sunday at the IX Center.

We’ll have plenty more to see and watch here in the coming days as we explore the show floor with you.

Until then, here’s a small gallery of scenes from today from the show.

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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Thursday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

No matter what sport you collect, there is a very good chance that you will be able to find something that appeals to your particular tastes at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Over the next few days, Beckett Media will be going on a treasure hunt on the show floor to track down some items that will run the gamut from obscure to drool-inducing.

Let’s take a look at five of these great collectibles after the jump.
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The National remains the show of all sports shows

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

CLEVELAND | Merely walking the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention is an experience of its own.

Turn one direction and you can be greeted by the movers and shakers of the hobby — hobnob with hobby veterans and hobby newcomers alike all with a shared interest in cardboard no matter which decade they might specialize in.

Turn one way, particularly at this year’s show at the IX Center and you can see an entire online community specializing in shredding, consuming today’s finest products at break-neck rates. Turn the other and you’ll see focused, intent collectors with notebooks and paper checklists seeking to complete a perhaps decade-old pursuit of completing a set from decades ago.

Then, of course, you’ll see what you would have never imagined finding.

And that’s the charm.

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Box Busters at the National: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he ventures to the Topps booth on the first day of the National Sports Collectors Convention to rip a box of 2014 Bowman Platinum with Topps’ Marc Stephens after its debut.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Kris Bryant BGS 10 highlights huge grading day at The National

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CLEVELAND | A spectacular Kris Bryant BGS 10 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autos Red Refractor highlighted a tremendous first day of Beckett grading at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Beckett Grading Services Director Jeromy Murray said Thursday’s grading total set a Beckett record for the first day of a National show.

“We’re seeing a surprising amount of LeBrons and Manziels – including many cards that might not have been graded a few weeks ago,” Murray said.

Box Busters at the National: 2014 Topps Mini baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he ventures to the Topps booth on the first day of the National Sports Collectors Convention to rip a 2014 Topps Mini box.

What will he and his special guest find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Covers cards: Get ‘em while you can at the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered — and it all starts today.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention can revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.

A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.

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