With the National Sports Collectors Convention now just three weeks away, you can bet there are folks out there, gathering their cards and memorabilia together in hopes of turning them into cash in Chicago.
Walk-ins aren't quite as common these days as they once were, especially when it comes to childhood collections from decades gone by. But...it happens. A couple of years ago, Cleveland Plain-Dealer columnist Bert Stratton did a little research and brought his stash of 1950s and 60s cards into the I-X Center. He wrote about it in Tuesday's edition.
Baseball's All-Star Game began in its current form in the 1930s when sportswriter Arch Ward encouraged the new concept to take hold. It did and last night, another edition of the Midsummer Classic played out. 100 years ago, however, stars from around the fledgling major leagues got together for a special cause.
Not many players were almost universally liked by their peers. Addie Joss was one exception. When he died suddenly...in his prime...players felt compelled to help his family. A.J. Mazzolini writes about it in the Columbus Dispatch and also finds Joss' only surviving relative, who wound up with the memorabilia from the great pitcher's career.
Being remembered on a trading card is a pretty special deal when you're no longer in the spotlight. Upper Deck's North Carolina Greats set includes past heroes from the Tarheels' mens and womens sports teams.
They're all paid a fee to sign stickers that get placed on the cards and for some, it's just a blast to be included. Some interesting comments from some of the Fayetteville area honorees on the Upper Deck deal courtesy of this story in the Fayetteville Observer.