National Sports Collectors Show Has Chicago Flavor

From autograph guests to table-holders and a rare Sid Luckman jersey, the National Sports Collectors Convention is heavy on the Windy City.

Chicago is a great sports town and that goes hand-in-hand with the sports card and memorabilia hobby. Perhaps no city has more collectors per capita.

A hotbed for shows big and small for over thirty years, Chicago hosts the National Sports Collectors Convention starting tonight and the show floor will lean heavily on the city’s loyalties during its five day run at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Autograph guests include members of the 1986 Chicago Bears, along with Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, a Chicago icon of the 1960s and early 70s. Dennis Rodman returns to the city to sign for pay–as do several former Cubs including Ryne Sandberg.

1946 Sid Luckman game worn jersey A game-worn Bears jersey attributed to Bears’ Hall of Famer Sid Luckman will be on display the American Memorabilia booth. The company will feature the shirt in its September auction. It’s believed to be the first Luckman jersey ever offered at public sale. AMI unabashedly states the jersey is "the most significant game-worn, NFL jersey to be made available to the public at auction in at least the last 50 years."

The rare jersey had been a gift from Luckman to the consignor’s father during the 1970s and hung in a closet for years before being listed on eBay last month. The seller, clued in to its potential value as the centerpiece of a major sports auction through dozens of e-mails he received, quickly pulled the listing and has consigned it to AMI.

The Chicago Bulls will have a table (#531) at the show and are promising to bring game-worn jerseys, shorts, warm-ups and shoes for sale. Other items such as autographed photos, magazines, bobbleheads, etc. will also be available. Silent auctions will take place periodically throughout the convention offering fans the opportunity to bid on Bulls’ memorabilia, including items from Championship years.

The team has earmarked its proceeds from the sale of its items for CharitaBulls, its own non-profit organization.

The six NBA Championship trophies won by the Bulls in the 90s will be on display and special appearances from former Bulls personalities including Bob Love are scheduled.

Editor’s Blog: Dealer a little unsure of what to expect this week