Some new Hall of Famers and familiar names from the past are among the first group of autograph signers announced for this summer’s National Sports Collectors Convention.
Dates and times will be announced later but among the first timers who have committed to appear in Chicago during the show’s five-day run are Scott Rolen, who was among those elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame over the winter, Kirk Gibson, LeRoy Butler, Champ Bailey, Charles Woodson, Larry Csonka, Derrick Brooks, Ty Law, Jamaal Charles, Joe Dumars, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell and Sidney Moncrief.
Among the big name returnees are Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Emmitt Smith, Bruce Smith, Michael Irvin, Adrian Peterson, Ray Lewis, Kurt Warner, Johnny Bench, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Rickey Henderson, Mike Schmidt, Ryne Sandberg, Jeff Bagwell and Frank Thomas.
The full list of signers can be found here but more will be added in the weeks to come. Dates and times for each player will be announced May 3 and autograph tickets will go on sale in late May.
The 43rd National is set for July 26-30 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
A baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio recently sold on eBay. A family heirloom consigned to Showpieces Sports in New Jersey, the ball also contained autographs from Ruth’s roommate and longtime major league coach Jimmie Reese as well as legendary minor league hitter Smead Jolley.
According to the seller, “Our consignor’s father obtained the signatures of Ruth, Gehrig, Reese, and Jolly around 1930, while DiMaggio’s signature was personally obtained by our consignor many years later.”
David Price donated his 2020 Dodgers World Series ring to the Players Alliance, which put it up for sale at MLB Auctions.
The ring has “approximately 222 round diamonds, 10 princess-cut diamonds, 45 custom-cut sapphires, and eight round sapphires,” according to the auction listing.
Bidding for the ring was sent to end Wednesday evening.
Proceeds will go toward helping the “Players Alliance’s mission to address baseball’s systemic barriers to equity and inclusion by supporting and creating pathways to opportunities on and off the field for an undeniable pipeline of Black talent.”
Monopoly Prizm: NBA Edition is now out. The game uses Panini’s Prizm basketball cards.
Instead of buying properties like in the regular game, players try to take control of NBA games and collect bonus points when opponents land on them. There are other elements as well.
There are booster boxes with cards in them as well.
The game is $39.99 while the booster box with 24 more cards is $29.99. Both are sold through Target.
For a lot of collectors, though, the cards are the big draw. Many have already made their way to eBay.