Notes: Signed SI King Profiled, Lelands’ Offers Reward $, Press Pass VIP Set, Hubbell’s Game on Air

We’ve written about Scott Smith before.  He’s the unquestioned king of chasing autographs on Sports Illustrated magazines, having logged hundreds of Signed Sports Illustrated magazinesthousands of miles over more than 30 years to chase down signatures.

He owns more than 20,000 signed copies of the magazine, which began publishing right about this time 60 years ago.

While owning a collection with a huge value attached is nice, he says it’s the stories he has from tracking down those autographs—and the trips themselves—that are the best part of the whole experience.

He has a number of autographed Michael Jordan covers but MJ has been cool to SI since they ran the famous ‘Bag It, Michael’ cover back when he gave baseball a whirl back in the 1990’s and that’s made getting his autograph a lot tougher.

Forbes Magazine caught up with Smith for this story.


Joe Jackson Conlon photoThe odds may be long but is offering more than $6 million in ‘reward money’ for anyone who can bring them jerseys from some of Cleveland’s long ago greats when they set up at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention (I-X Center, July 30-August 3).

They’ll pay $5 million for a Joe Jackson jersey from his pre-Black Sox days with the club about a century ago.  Have a Cy Young in your closet? They’ll pay $1 million.  Nap Lajoie? Tris Speaker?  $500,000.

Odds might be better that someone has an old Bob Feller flannel they’ve been meaning to dig out for an appraisal.  If so, Lelands will pay $100,000.

Company chairman Josh Evans was a guest on CBS Radio Sports Thursday to discuss the Jim Brown 1964 NFL Championship ring that’s in their current auction.   Listen here.


Danica Patrick NSCC VIPPress Pass, maker of NASCAR trading cards has announced a five card VIP set made exclusively for National.

VIPs will receive this set as part of their Gift  Package when they check in at the National. The set includes racing greats Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson.

In addition to the card set, Press Pass will host a redemption program during the show.  Purchase a box of 2014 Press Pass NASCAR on the show floor and you will receive a ticket which can be redeemed at the Beckett Media Corporate Booth #1542 to receive a blind-wrapped pack containing one National Exclusive Redline green parallel #’d to only 5 along with a random autograph or material card from a top driver.


1933 Goudey Carl HubbellThursday marked the 80th anniversary of one of the great pitching performances of all-time.  New York Giants ace Carl Hubbell struck out five straight future Hall of Famers at the 1934 All-Star Game: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.

Here’s what’s great.  You can buy the actual radio broadcast on CD.  Check it out here.

If you like it, you might want to read more about the Miley Collection in a story we ran earlier this year.