The National Sports Collectors Convention opens for its first full day on Thursday and if ticket pre-sales are any indication, Baltimore could prove to be a good choice for this year’s show.
National organizers told Auction Report’s Ryan Friedman that over 4,000 tickets had been sold before the doors opened. That’s a bigger pre-sale than any National in the event’s 31 years. Of course, buying online is becoming more common, so it’s possible that statistic reflects a change in how the world operates in 2010. Still, it has to take away at least a little of the uncertainty over whether people would actually show up in virgin National territory.
The Panini Wrapper Redemption 50-Card Set being handed out at the National includes the first official NBA cards of #1 pick John Wall, #2 pick Evan Turner #4 pick Wesley Johnson (and others). Sequentially numbered to 499, it also includes the first LeBron James Miami Heat card #’d to 499 — and rookie pitcher Chris Sale.
Al Stump, the well-known Ty Cobb friend and biographer, was apparently not above faking memorabilia–including Cobb’s signature and pawning it off to sports memorabilia dealers and collectors several years ago. There’s an 18-page article available via the Society for American Baseball Research that chronicles the sales of fake items. Grab a beverage and settle in to read it here.
Just don’t forget to come back when you’re done, K?
Steiner Sports has settled a lawsuit brought by one of those who purchased seats from the old Yankee Stadium. The suit by long-time Yankees season ticket holder John Lefkus, claimed he ordered his specific seats but when the $2,000 purchase arrived, they were refurbished seats from another section.
The settlement allows anyone who bought seats between May 1 and August 15 of last year to return them, with a sales receipt, for a refund. Or, Steiner has agreed to hand out $65 coupons for those who purchased non-specific seats and $95 certificates for those who ordered certain ones.
Here are the legal papers: