Vintage Break added to the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention is a little over a month away and collectors from all over the world are expected to come to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois to enjoy the world’s largest trading card show. It is an event that has continually evolved since it debuted in 1980 and organizers are looking to expand upon last year’s case breaker pavilion with a special break that will deliver some drool-worthy collectibles.

In conjunction with Heritage Auctions and RippingWax.com, the first National Vintage Break will take place at noon on Saturday, August 1 and 15 lucky collectors will have a shot at items that include a baseball signed by Babe Ruth.

“We are incredibly excited to host this historic National Vintage Break event, at the National, on our AmazonSports.com Main Stage,” said National founder Mike Berkus. “Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions and David Gelfman of RippingWax.com have created a high profile live event that attracts and includes current trading card collectors and vintage memorabilia collectors simultaneously on-site and on-line, a truly unique and exciting concept.”

What are some of the other items scheduled to be a part of this historic break? Find out after the jump.

At a cost of $2,500, this break will be an expensive one to join, but the treasures that participants can potentially end up owning are quite significant and draw from the greatest athletes of all-time. Participants will find out their spot in this hit draft through selection via Random.org and the even will be broadcast online from the main stage. The complete list of items available in this break are as follows:

– Babe Ruth signed baseball with Gary Cooper and the cast of “The Pride of the Yankees
Michael Jordan signed 1984 rookie-style jersey
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris signed baseball
Lou Gehrig signed album page
– 1955 Jackie Robinson signed World Series questionnaire
Ted Williams signed bat
– 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 SGC 70 EX+ 5.5
– 2010 Albert Pujols game-used bat
Wayne Gretzky game-used, signed stick
– Mickey Mantle signed bat
– 500 Home Run Club multi-signed baseball
– 1961 Topps Mickey Mantle #300 PSA NM 7
– 1932 Ty Cobb signed check
– Michael Jordan & Muhammad Ali signed oversized photograph
– 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Ty Cobb red portrait PSA 3

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey and a contributor to other Beckett Media publications. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him

at slaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.

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4 comments

  1. TH 23 June, 2015 at 12:17

    Can some please explain to me how this does not fit under the standards of a Grab bag or a game of chance that have long been banned from the national and most card shows? I find it pretty sad that the national has gone this direction. I have been a table holder for 15 years as well as a card shop owner and I see no benefit of these types of events except to further push collecting more towards gambling.

  2. phillies_joe 24 June, 2015 at 16:34

    Not being sarcastic but what exactly is being broken? Sorry, but am I missing something? Some great items listed but other than the Ruth (and that’s a streach for me with the other sigs), these are not worth $2,500 to me. Thanks for the info though

  3. To all commenters 25 June, 2015 at 12:55

    What do you think opening packs of cards is except that you have a much larger pool of people spread across the globe. The only variance to this is that it is a hit draft. Every one is getting something when makes it not gambling just like opening cards.

    The autographed Gretzky game used stick and the Lou Gehrig 5.5 Goudey are worth several hundred to thousand more than spot price. The big item is the Ruth which makes the difference in ‘value’ with those items under $2500.

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