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Playing Favorites at the NSCC … Part 1

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Chatter Up veterans Richard and Melissa Hardy are attending their first National Sports Collectors Convention and caught up with Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds to talk about their favorites and more before a session of Pack Wars on the show floor.

Look for more Playing Favorites videos during the show.

First look: 2014 Beckett Covers NSCC cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will be able to 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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Leaf Trading Cards Reveals Big Plans for the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Attendees of the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio are sure to take notice of the Leaf Trading Cards booth as the company looks to make a major impact at this year’s event.

The excitement begins with their 5,000 square foot store (located at booth 569) which will feature over 1,000 unique items for sale, including many that are exclusive to the National. Collectors that break one of the boxes listed below will receive a $5.00 gift card that can be used in the store.

The eligible boxes cover a wide variety of sports and non-sports releases and include:

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Panini Unveils Multi-Sport Redemption Program and VIP Set for the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has given collectors a small glimpse into their plans for the upcoming 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and they will be focusing on the hottest rookies around in addition to today’s brightest stars.

It all begins with a special treat for VIP attendees as they will open up their bags to find a coupon they can take to the company’s booth and exchange it for a special six-card set. This loaded collection features recent NFL draftees Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, NBA picks Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum, along with MLB freshmen Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka.

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Topps readies Allen & Ginter promo cards of Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu for National


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Two of baseball’s hottest rookies will headline Topps‘ wrapper redemption programs at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Collectors who visit the company’s booth during the show at the I-X Center from July 30-Aug. 3 and open a box of 2014 Allen & Ginter will receive one of two mini promo cards made just for the show — one of New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka or one of Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. This is the only way to receive these cards.

A second wrapper redemption program will take place for collectors opening any three packs of any Topps product that is not Opening Day or 2014 Topps Minis, which will be making its debut at the show ($50 per box). For those who opt to open three packs, they will receive a mini card from one of these eight past and present NFL or MLB players: Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Jim Brown, Jordan Cameron, Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Bob Feller or Albert Belle.

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Press Pass preps wrapper redemption program, VIP card set for this year’s National


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass will have something to rev the engines of racing collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

The only licensee of NASCAR cards is producing a five-card set for show-goers who buy a VIP ticket package for the five-day show beginning at the I-X Center on July 30. The set will include Dale Earnhardt Jr. as seen above along with Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

The company also will have a wrapper-redemption program for collectors who buy a hobby box of 2014 NASCAR cards on the show floor.

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Beckett 20 Questions on … Cleveland and the National Sports Collectors Convention


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Cleveland will become the center of the collecting universe for five days beginning on July 30 as the 35th edition of the National Sports Collectors Convention takes place with all of the major manufacturers, dealers and thousands of collectors under one roof.

We’re curious about what you know about Cleveland, so here are the latest 20 questions all with an NSCC or Cleveland-centric twist.

1. Which of these cities is the host of next year's NSCC?

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2. Who is the priciest signer (starting fee) at this year's NSCC?

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National Sports Collectors Convention adds Case Breakers Pavilion and main stage to show floor


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Case breakers are getting their own pavilion at the National Sports Collectors Convention this summer, NSCC officials recently announced.

The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention will be held July 30-Aug. 3 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.

“Plans have been underway for two years to bring this exciting new hobby venue to the National floor,” said Mike Berkus, Executive Director of the National in a release. “Ever since we founded the National in 1980, it has been the goal of ours to constantly add more and more excitement to our National event. Over the years we have successfully added many wonderful and exciting components to the show, exclusive pavilions that house autographs, corporate sponsors, Olympics, and attendee benefits like the VIP programs and Family day, and now we are proud to present the very first Case Break Pavilion”

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Initial autograph guests announced for 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Tickets are on sale for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

The National will be held July 30-Aug. 3 at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland. Tickets start at $18 (for a single day) and range all the way to $279 for the SuperVIP package, which includes entry to all five days, free parking, first-in-live privileges for autograph guests, early admission and more.

The National has already announced some autograph guests for this year’s show, and the list is bound to get longer.

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Richard McWilliam dies, Mastro pleads guilty, Panini gets Lillard: A look at the top stories from 2013

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The last year had some memorable moments in cards – good and bad.

The trading card industry lost a giant while families bonded over cards. Even though we all collect cards for different reasons, it’s the one thing that brings us together.

We share our collections through different avenues, trade with people halfway around the world and get a sweet joy when we watch the next generation opening packs of cards.

Here’s a look back at some of the top moments from card and memorabilia collecting in 2013.

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Family’s love of collectibles turns into a family business

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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NSCC director Mike Berkus talks show success, group breaks and West Coast venues

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Jermaine Dye discusses his favorite baseball cards – and the weirdest thing he’s ever signed


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.

dyewsDye 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 »

VIDEO: Famous Fabrics gives away a Beatles cut card at the NSCC

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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 …

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NSCC case break: 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Football

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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.

At the National: Sports legends interact with fans, clown around and catch up

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By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

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.

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At the National: Boxing legend Larry Holmes mingles with fans


By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

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.”

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NSCC Box Busters: 2012-13 Panini National Treasures basketball

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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.

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At the National: Lelands displays NY Renaissance warm-up – ‘the greatest team nobody knows’


By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

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 »

At the National: 23 memorable Michael Jordan items


By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

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.

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