If you don’t have yours yet, beware of fake tickets to the National Sports Collectors Convention.
After announcing Sunday that all multi-day packages were sold out, show organizers say they’ve seen numerous offers from private sellers offering VIP and five-day early entry passes posted on the show’s Facebook page.
“Most of these offers are from names which have not purchased tickets through our ticketing site,” the National posted on Monday. “We want to caution everyone that only tickets purchased through the National’s web site are valid. Please be very careful buying tickets through secondary sources.”
Tom McDonough, the original promoter of one of the hobby’s longest running events, passed away last week.
McDonough founded the Cranston (RI) Sports Card Show in 1976. It continues today as a fundraiser for a local church, much as McDonough intended.
While McDonough stepped away from his leadership role several years ago, he was in attendance at the February 2020 event.
Longtime friend and current promoter Mike Mangasarian says McDonough was proud that what he had started was still making a positive impact on the hobby and had a charitable purpose.
“We will all miss Tom McDonough but will continue to move forward creating new things the hobby doesn’t have while staying focused on Tom’s vision for keeping the show an affordable fun experience for dealer and collector,” Mangasarian remarked. “The best is yet to come and we will forever be grateful to Tom for starting this journey which has no end in sight and I am humbled and proud that I have the opportunity to do this for Tom and in his memory.”
Friends of the avid sports fan often received a specially made Christmas card of McDonough posing with some of the great athletes he met along the way, including Julius Erving, Yogi Berra and Guy Lafleur.
Tom and his wife Patricia had two children and four grandchildren. He was 84.
A couple of big sales for 1990s Michael Jordan insert cards took place in Goldin’s July Monthly auction.
A 1997-98 Skybox Premium Star Rubies card graded BGS 8.5 and numbered 44/50 sold for $228,000 while a 1998-99 Skybox Molten Metal Fusion Titanium numbered 21/40 and graded BGS 9 went for $216,000.
Jerseys worn by members of the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals were sold late last week.
Jayson Tatum’s jersey was the top seller at over $42,000.
Tatum recorded a double-double in the Celts’ opening game win over the Golden State Warriors. Jaylen Brown’s jersey sold for just over $16,000.
Boston’s Game 3 jerseys are now up for auction.
Earlier this month, Steph Curry’s two jerseys from the Finals combined to sell for nearly $600,000.