Topps Vault Will Hold Auction at National Convention

Topps will hold the first ever auction exclusively for VIP Attendees at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention.  The auction will be held during the VIP Reception on Wednesday afternoon, August 3.  Ten rare items from the Topps Vault will be offered at auction to those attendees who have purchased any week-long VIP Admission Package.

Topps rookie proof Nolan Ryan“We are extremely pleased to be able to present a very exciting event to our VIP Attendees who support the show,” said Show Manager Mike Berkus. “Topps will give our VIP Attendees a chance to bid on and walk away with some fabulous collectibles from their archives.”

Some of the items are signed checks from Topps contracts with players.

The list of items includes:

  • 1957-58 Topps Basketball Signed Bill Russell Check
  • 1968 Topps Final Color Transparency Nolan Ryan Rookie
  • 1977 Topps Uncut Proof Sheet with Reggie Jackson Orioles Error Card
  • 1987 Topps/Nestle Set Mickey Mantle Signed Contract
  • 1979-80 Topps Hockey Uncut Proof Sheet with Wayne Gretzky Rookie
  • 1980 Topps/Pepsi Unissued Two-Sided Uncut Final Sheet
  • 1968 Topps Uncut Proof Sheet Nolan Ryan Rookie
  • 1957-58 Topps Basketball Signed Contract Bill Russell

Two additional items will be added shortly, according to Bill Russell signed Topps checkconvention organizers.

Bidding is limited exclusively to those attendees who purchase any weeklong VIP Admission Package for the 32nd National Sports Collectors Convention.  VIP Admission Packages starting at $129 for the week include Free VIP Autographs, a VIP Gift Package, special VIP Reception on Wednesday August 3, early admission to show floor and more.

The Auction will be held during the VIP Reception from 2:30-4:00PM on Wednesday, August 3. Bidders will have an opportunity to view the items at the Reception prior to the Auction. Winning bidders will be required to pay for any items won immediately at the close of the auction.

Topps proof sheet 1968 Nolan Ryan

For complete desciptions and images of these items, visit the special Topps Exclusive VIP Auction page at

General Admission Tickets priced at $18 (advance online purchase through the National web site) are also available. Tickets will be $20 if purchased at the Convention Center.

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