AT THE NATIONAL: A post-show mega-gallery

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A week has gone by since the close of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and there’s plenty that could be said, that could be written, about what could be found under one roof during the hobby’s showcase event.

From “extra” DNA Relics found in the bottom of one collector’s Allen & Ginter box (a Texas lizard in the wrong place at the wrong time at the printing plant) to countless vintage gems, from vintage wax to priceless auction items, from kids sorting soccer cards with their grandmas to kids walking the show floor in movie-used Jack Parkman jerseys, there was plenty to see.

If you followed me on Twitter during the show, you’ve undoubtedly seen a few of these already. But with the deadline clock ticking and more to do for your next magazines, this chapter of the NSCC — all except for some video still to come — is closing with a massive 97-image gallery after the jump.

It’s just a small glimpse at much of what was seen at the show — check them out and let us know what you think. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words — so there’s plenty that could be said.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Sancho
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Who was selling the 1984 Topps football boxes at $350? I need to look those guys up! Thanks!

  2. David Johnson
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Thank you for posting all these pics here. I have been hoping to see more pics from the National.

  3. Andrew
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Wow. There really is a lot of sh*t out there…i

  4. chrisolds
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Sancho: baseball card exchange.

  5. deeez
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    wheres the eye candy from the benchwarmer booth

  6. Pete Copp
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great pics Chris! Hopefully they’ll hold this show on the West Coast sometime soon. Would love to attend.

  7. Posted August 15, 2012 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    A $45,000 wax pack box? That’s intense.

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