Auction Insider: Chicago Report; Company News

by Ryan Friedman

It’s one of the longest-running and largest shows in the hobby and this past weekend at the Chicago Sun-Times Convention,  many of the biggest dealers and auction houses in the industry were once again on hand for the three-day run at the Stephens Convention Center.

While the overall  attendance at the show  seemed to be down a bit from the November event   (chilly, rainy weather  probably  was  a  factor)  and the show floor itself a little smaller than before, dealer-to-dealer business seemed to be OK.

It’s always a big show for vintage sports card sales and collectors, who also had a unique chance to get an in person preview of the upcoming auctions being conducted by Mile  High  Card  Co., Memory  Lane Inc., Goodwin & Co, and Andy Madec.

Opinions  throughout  the  convention  seem to reflect a somewhat flat market  for sales with an eye toward the National Sports Collectors Convention and beyond when business could pick up as economic conditions improve.

However, most everyone seems to be  in  agreement  that  the  rare/unique sports cards and memorabilia are still in high demand and pulling great prices.

News & Notes:

  • Goodwin and Company has just announced their tentative auction schedule for 2010 with a total of six auctions taking place this year.  The April auction will be special as the entire auction will consist of  one T206 set auctioned off as single cards, much like the company did a couple of years ago with its high grade 1952 Topps set.

  • Rich Albersheim of, one of the most trusted names in the vintage sports autograph business,  is working on launching a new web store that will feature a larger on-line inventory complete with images and more.  The official launch date is expected within the next 30 days.

  • Andy  Madec  Sportscards,  Inc  showcased a few previews  for  his  upcoming May auction at this past weekends Chicago Sum  Times  Convention  with  the  highlighted  piece being the finest PSA/DNA graded Abraham Lincoln Document on record (Graded signature is a 9).

  • Just  Collect has kicked off one of its biggest sales with over 240 high grade, low pop PSA & SGC cards this week via their ebay style auctions including:  1963 Topps Baseball, 1965 Topps Baseball, 1961 Golden Press Baseball,  1955  Golden  Stamps  Dodgers  Baseball,  1956  Topps  U.S. Presidents, 1969 Topps Football and much more.

Ryan Friedman is the editor of Auction Report (,
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