Your Turn: What would your one-item National Sports Collectors Convention want list include?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The National Sports Collectors Convention — the show of all card shows — is less than a week away and truth be told I don’t have a single, unquestioned item on my want list.

Why? Because I’ll know it when I see it — and I’ll know even more when I see the price tag. (That’s how I roll.)

You see, at The National you’ll see things you’ve seen many times — and you’ll see so much that it will numb your senses in that good way that only cardboard and collecting can. Even if your hobby is merely window-shopping, it’s without question the place to be beginning next Wednesday evening and running through Sunday. Want to see a display case full of 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards? It’ll likely be there. Want to see wax packs likely older than you are? Some of you will. Want to see game-used memorabilia? There will be plenty of that, too.


You’ll see stuff that you may not have imagined finding, let alone had on a want list.

You’ll see plenty at auction house booths, at the booths of trading card companies and even at the Beckett Media booth where priceless treasures are displayed, wrappers are ripped for redemptions and card-grading and scavenger hunt rewards and much more can be witnessed. 

And our Question of the Moment is this … If you could find a single item or card — and only one — at The National what would it be?

Tell us in the comments below … maybe someone will help you find it or grab it for you!

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 Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



  1. Jim Pandossi
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Babe Ruth auto ball.

  2. kris
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Gordie Howe autograph. I got Wayne Mario and Maurice last one I am missing of the big 3

  3. Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Game used 1969 Seattle Pilots jersey. The only season of their existence before becoming the Milwaukee Brewers.

  4. Travis Berg
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    the 2012 topps chrome mike moustakas black printing plate I have the base 1/1 superfractor as well as the three other printing plates I posted a pic on your Facebook page I would give anything to have all the cards

  5. Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Id down right OVER JOYED to find a 1955 hank aaron bowman card.

  6. Mitchell
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    The one item that I would love to have would easily be a baseball signed by the Yankees core four of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada. Being only 20 years old, these are the guys I’ve grown up watching and who got me to love baseball. Adding a piece of Yankee history like that to my collection would be simply incredible. Something that I would have forever and would hand down to my children and then grand children and so on.

  7. Michael McMannis
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    A Michael Jordan Autographed Jersey

  8. Paul Eamigh
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Looking for 2005 Donruss Sandy Koufax Biography card #1. Only one I need to complete the set. Been looking
    since 2005.

  9. Daniel Martinez
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    If it was an item, I’d choose a Mickey Mantle autographed Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Man, I sure hope I can own one someday!

  10. Paul Braddy
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    A Hank Aaron autographed bat!

  11. Frank
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    A JSA auto’d Bird/Magic/Dr. J rookie, 1981 Topps. That is #1 on my list, period. 3 of the greatest players ever on one card signed. I like this card better than the ones Upper Deck churns(ed) out every year because it was made during the fact. The UD products that have 3-4 great players sigs on one card are great but they’re after the fact. That card was made before Bird and Magic were no doubt HOFers. That’s why I think it’s special.

  12. brent legendre
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    A nice quality Bird Johnson Irving RC would be top of my wish list. Ive wanted this card for 25 years, just never have the opportunity, or funds to nab one.

  13. merovius
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Game Used Glove – Willie Mays “The Catch”

  14. David Coy
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    A Mark Sanchez autographed USC Trojans mini helmet.

  15. Ken
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Autographed “Miracle on Ice” picture with Herb Brooks autograph

  16. Jeff
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    2006 NT Brad Smith auto’d NFL shield

  17. David Johnson
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    That is a really tough call, as there are tons of things I would love to get but I see them occasionally at one auction house or another. The card that is #1 on my wantlist and I would love the opportunity to buy would be a 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Red Ink Autograph of Heather Mitts.

  18. George
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I think the 1955 Roberto Clemente Topps rookie would be a nice addition, preferably from SGC and in middle grade.

  19. steve d donaldson
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    1993 Topps Finest Promo Refractors. Have only seen one set since 1993 and it was wait out of my price range on eBay recently.

  20. Greg Barlow
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    It would be a dream of mine just to attend a National. I’ve never been and would love to go

  21. Doug C
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Wayne Gretzky autographed game used jersey

  22. matt Stewart
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    It would have to be a ball signed by Ozzie Smith. As a kid I loved going to Cardinals games and seeing him doing his back flips and always smiling that big smile made him my favorite player, even to this day!

  23. Chris Levy
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    1902-11 Sporting Life Cabinets William “Billy” Gilbert – New York National. Not going to happen, but hey … you asked!

  24. Scott Bennett
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Nolan Ryan, Julius Erving, something unique or just cool from either of my idols..Thank you!

  25. Randy Moore
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    A football signed by the great Dick Lebeau…..greatest defensive coordinator of our time and a great player as well.

  26. Anthony
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    1999 Topps or Bowman Josh Hamilton RC or a Greg Toe Nash autograph.

  27. Paul
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Any Byron Scott 1/1 or card I don’t have

  28. Zack Webb
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    I am looking for WVU Cards and Memorabilia. I would love to find something from the orangebowl when they destroyed clemson.
    And would love to pick up a MJ rookie

  29. Nathan Crandell
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Any Doc/Otis Crandall cards, a Michael Jordan RC (under $100), or a Hank Aaron RC (under $100).
    I am with you Chris, my wish list always depends on what I see and how much it costs.

  30. rick
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    A Chris Olds FB/BB card.

  31. Coimbre21
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    1966 Topps Venezuelan Mickey Mantle, EX or better.

  32. michael runyon
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    If I had to narrow it down to just one it would be a tiny lund press pass legends cut autograph

  33. Robert
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    If cost was not a factor, I would gladly enjoy one of the autographed Mickey Mantle baseballs pictured. Unfortunately, cost is a factor, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for something a little less pricey.

  34. Bob
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    300 game winner sign items

  35. Posted July 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Pristine Gretzky Rookie Card

  36. patrick rosselli
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    chipper jones autographed bat

  37. sean
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    1992 proline al davis certified autograph, been looking for one for a long long time

  38. Posted July 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    1968 Willie Horton game used Jersey

  39. Todd Leasure
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    If I could find a reasonably priced psa 1 52 mantle that’s what I would want, I would love to finally own that card but the problem for me is finding it reasonably priced. I may go to the national next year but this year I am gonna watch and listen for the stories that come out of it, I wish I could go :-) but to all who get to make it, have a wonderful time!!

  40. Brad Keller
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    My ultimate find would be a 1969 Chemtoy SuperBall of Bob Griese. I’ve been on the hunt for one of those for my Griese collection for years!

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