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Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic Gold Medal Coming to Auction

Jesse Owens 1936 Gold  Medal

One of four Olympic medals won in 1936 by Jesse Owens is on the auction block and could sell for $1 million or more.

Volume Business Keeps Burbank Sports Cards Busy


Like a cardboard Fort Knox, Burbank Sports Cards houses a massive inventory of singles from vintage to current era players… and the beast must be fed.

Perfect Collector Aims to Be Online Home for Your Cards and Memorabilia

Perfect Collector booth at National Sports Collectors Convention

Perfect Collector has just launched a website that offers the opportunity to store images of your collection, buy, sell, trade and communicate with others.

“The Vault” Aimed at Helping Buyers and Sellers of More Expensive Cards

COMC Tim Getsch

COMC’s latest selling tool, “The Vault”, is aimed helping at buyers and sellers of higher valued sports cards. Visits NSCC

Dealers and corporate sponsors are back home.  Collectors are sorting through what they purchased.  Autograph hounds are finding the right spot for the signatures they gathered at the Tri-Star pavilion. The 34th National Sports Collectors Convention is history but those who were there are still digesting the industry’s biggest annual gathering. The hobby is still […]

Rich Klein’s Ramblings: Errors and Variations Hardly a New Thing

Richs Ramblings

I was given a new file at work to process in the past few days. Normally, my front end work is pretty simple if the information was put in correctly but this specific file came in with rafts of errors. Seeing that file reminded me of one of the hobby’s subtlest but hottest grouping of […]

Happy Ending: Mel Ott Bat Stolen During 2012 Show Returned

Game used Mel Ott bat

A 1930′s Mel Ott bat worth more than $40,000 that was stolen from last year’s NSCC is back with its owner after someone discovered their conscience.

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


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

Local Auction Surrenders Cool Baseball History

1906 Fan Craze Fred Clarke

You’ll find all kinds of interesting stuff at the National Sports Collectors Convention, some of it more than 100 years old. Eat your heart out, video gamer.

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 […]

Hollywood Calling: Vintage Equipment Dealer Gets Props

Old gloves

If you’re getting a game together and need some gear, Brett Lowman is one guy who can probably help.  He never runs out of sports equipment.  Of course, you probably should be prepared to play the old fashioned way.  Leather helmets for football.  Flat gloves with small pockets for baseball.  Lowman runs Play OK Antiques, […]

New Auction Company Debuts at NSCC

Baseball Photograph Cy Young

While established sports card and memorabilia dealers and corporate entities return to the National Sports Collectors Convention year after year, it’s also a launching pad for new businesses.  Among those debuting in Chicago last week was Joshua Tree Auctions and Sales, a small firm operated by Adam Cohen and his wife Rachel. The Palm Springs, […]

2013 NSCC Promos Hit eBay

Bowman Platinum National Promo set

There was a lot of flipping going on at the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Collectors snapped up their free promo and redemption cards at the show, then made a dash for eBay, where they hoped to turn some of that Chicago-exclusive cardboard into cash. There were near riots over Topps’ 2013 Bowman Platinum NSCC rookie […]

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]

Chipper, Big Unit, Rip, Pedro, Coach Lou and Yasiel Puig Among Those at NSCC Saturday

The National Sports Collectors Convention returns to the Chicago area from July 31 to Aug. 4.

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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 […]

Vintage Pack Break of the Week: 1955 Bowman Football on Location at NSCC

1955 Bowman football pack

We open up a 1955 Bowman Football wax pack on location at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

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 […]

Rambling at the National: Notes from the Floor and Beyond

Richs Ramblings

Some quick hits from the 34th National Both Rich Mueller and I are gratified by how many people here at the National have approached us with positive comments about my column and the website in general 98 out of 101 items at the Heritage Platinum Night auction at the old, restored movie theatre sold including […]