If you’re a big player in the sports memorabilia industry, do you have to go to the National?
Robert Edward Auctions, an all-consignment auction house which generates millions of dollars with its sale each spring, doesn’t set up a booth.
” Collectors always send us items right before the show, send us items directly from the show, call us from the show to see if we would be interested in specific pieces, to request feedback and interest on items, and even drop off items on the way home,” he wrote in a late July email to clients. “This week so far we have already received over $300,000 in consignments and the show hasn’t even started. So even though we won’t be at the show, we sort of feel a part of it, and are having a very busy week ourselves. “
I don’t recall mail order specialist Larry Fritsch Cards making regular National appearances in recent years either.
We’re hearing that traffic at the show wasn’t bad Thursday, but there was a lot of tire-kicking and not a lot of buying. Dealer-to-dealer sales over the first day and a half were brisk.
Topps handed out 100 2010 Heritage Stephen Strasburg rookie cards at the sneak preview Wednesday night. By Thursday night about half were either on eBay or had already sold there. Others were purchased by major dealers set up at the show. Did anyone keep theirs? Two of the cards available were graded immediately, but others weren’t candidates because of centering from what we understand.
The cards have been selling for $90-150. Here are those on eBay now.
A total of 999 will be handed out by the end of the weekend.
Upper Deck has a corporate booth at the show. It’s been a rough stretch for the company lately, but they were showing off some of their new products including some college football autograph cards and The Cup hockey, set to be released soon. Take a look:
If you can’t make the show, Comcast Sports Net Baltimore will have a live camera set up Friday and Saturday. You can eavesdrop here.
If you would rather get a little mini tour of the card company/modern wax areas, you can see one courtesy of Beckett below.