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Rich’s Ramblings: Quiet Day Behind the Table

Richs Ramblings

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

sports card show

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’

1984 National Sports Collectors Convention

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

Topps Mini Baseball Box 2013

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

Parsippany

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

Richs Ramblings

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

Vintage Baseball Cards

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

Stephens Convention Center NSCC

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

Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson PSA 8 1915

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

Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth

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

Gehrig cap

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

Mickey Mantle 1960 Post Cereal

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

Rueben Lewin

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 […]

VIP Bags, Free Autographs and Plenty of Stuff to See

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps PSA 10

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Bound for National Sports Collectors Convention? A Little Advice

Chicago 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention

It doesn’t seem possible but the bulk of this story was originally written five years ago, just prior to the 2008 show in Chicago.   “The National” is back for another go-round starting Wednesday at the Stephens Convention Center so we thought we’d post it again and add a few more hints to help you […]

Ramblings: From Topps Archives to Minis to Herb Perry and the NSCC

2001 Topps Archives

by Rich Klein Some random notes while preparing for the National Convention. Last week, when I described some of my favorite media contacts and stories I forgot to mention one of my favorites. When Marty Appel was the PR director for Topps he called me one day with an executive in tow to ask me […]

Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series Perfect Game Uniform Brings $756,000

1956 Perfect game Don Larsen jersey

The uniform Don Larsen was wearing when he threw the only World Series perfect game drew 22 bids and sold for $756,000 in a Steiner Sports auction.

Reward Now Offered for Return of Stolen Mel Ott Bat

Game used Mel Ott bat

JT Sports is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of an expensive Mel Ott bat stolen at this year’s National.

The Craziest One Day Show Ever

Richs Ramblings

You think the National got busy at times? You should have been around during the ‘boom years’. Rich Klein remembers a one day show for the ages and the friend he helped promote it.

Talking Antique, High Grade Baseball Cards

Jake Beckley PSA 8 T206

Whether they promoted tobacco or a sports newspaper, baseball cards from more than a century ago are cooler than ever. Check out a few–and hear why sometimes the technical grade doesn’t match the overall quality as we talk with eBay superseller Just Collect.