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Simmons and Browne at the National

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Grantland editor Bill Simmons returned to the National Sports Collectors Convention–this time with writer Robert Browne.

14-Year-Old Girl Loves Vintage Cards

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A love of sports has turned into a love of old baseball cards for a 14-year-old Ohio girl, who has already built an impressive collection.

Dedicated Collector Travels Nearly 10,000 Miles to NSCC

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Vince Bellier’s annual winter vacation means a stop at the National Sports Collectors Convention. Wait… ‘winter’ vacation?

Bound for National Sports Collectors Convention? A Little Advice

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Some tips for having a fun and productive time at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Vintage Buy of the Week: The National

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There is plenty of activity on the floor of the National before the public gets inside.

Director: Reasons for NSCC’s Shorter Circuit are Many

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In Part 2 of our chat with NSCC Director Mike Berkus, topics include dealers, promotion and why bringing the show to other cities has proven difficult.

LeBron’s First Cards as Cav Returnee to Debut in Cleveland

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LeBron James’ first 2014 basketball cards picturing him in a Cleveland uniform will be part of a special set given out at the National Convention.

Rich’s Ramblings: Quiet Day Behind the Table

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Rich Klein takes another chance on setting up at a Dallas area card show but the weather scare doesn’t help low attendance.

Southern California Sports Card Event Strives to Recapture Show Magic

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Their first try was a hit so the promoters of the new Southern California Sports Collectors Show will do it again next month, as they try to return the hobby to its roots.

Rich’s Ramblings: More National Stories for My ‘Living Book’

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Rich Klein recalls the Aspen Hotel and ‘jackets required’, the Willow Grove disappointment and why a Naughty by Nature song had attendees laughing in the early 90′s.

2013 Topps Mini Baseball Review: Exclusives Aimed at Widening Market

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Rich Klein talks about Topps store exclusives like 2013 Topps Mini Baseball as he rips a box open in search of a little thrill.

Ramblings: Remembering the ‘Unique’ Security at the 1984 NSCC Show… and Old Friends

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Rich Klein recalls some interesting security measures at one of the early National Sports Collectors Conventions. He’s also remembering hobby friends who passed.

Rich Klein: Respecting Hobby’s Past Part of Tri-Star DNA

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Giving back to the community and props to hobby dealers from the past is something Rich likes about Tri-Star Productions.

Chicago Crowd Makes Dealers Happy

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If you’re a collector who loves the hobby so much you occasionally have dreams about it, chances are the sheer volume and variety of vintage baseball cards for sale at the annual National Sports Collectors Convention surpasses anything your subconscious mind can work up.   From prominent dealers who have been to hundreds of shows over […]

2013 National Sports Collectors Convention Sunday Wrap

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Things slow down at the NSCC Sunday as dealers pack up and Steve Garvey, Johnny Bench and Pete Rose show up for autographs. We also a look at a dual-signed Mantle baseball and an artist at work. [View the story "2013 National Sports Collectors Convention Final Wrap" on Storify]

PSA Giving Away 1915 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson

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Four prizes, including a $12,000 Cracker Jack card, will be given away by Professional Sports Authenticator and PSA/DNA Authentication Services in conjunction with the continuing growth of the popular PSA Set Registry and PSA/DNA Set Registry programs. “There are already more than 85,000 sets registered on our website, and we’ll be giving away special prizes […]

Field of Dreams Find: Mile High Lands Century-Old Card Sets in Iowa

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For those who make their living selling baseball cards, anywhere you find a great collection is a Field of Dreams.  But when the caller on the other end of the line is from Iowa and beautiful, old black and white cardboard images almost come walking out of a cornfield, the story is the stuff of […]

News and Notes from Day 2 at the NSCC

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A few notes and a local TV segment from Day 2 of the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention. There’s an FBI agent in the building this week.  The unit that has been investigating hobby wrongdoing and already made several arrests over the last few years (and led to some guilty pleas) is based in Chicago.  […]

Editor’s Blog: NSCC Still Overwhelms

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No matter how many times you go to the National Sports Collectors Convention it’s hard not to be awed by the sheer volume of material in the room.  And calling it a ‘room’ seems inadequate.  The Stephens Convention Center is an airplane hangar for 767s.  It’s a cement floored foundry where the product and the […]

VIDEO: First National an Eye-Opener for Young Arizona Dealer

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Reuben Lewin’s trip the National Sports Collectors Convention was like something out of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but he didn’t let a little transportation trouble diminish his enthusiasm.  The Northern Arizona college student spends his spare time buying and selling sports cards and he and his father decided 2013 was the right time to set […]