Northeast Sports Card Expo promoters are putting on what’s billed as the biggest sports card show ever to hit Maine on September 23 and 24 at the Portland Expo Center. 200 vendor tables will be filled with sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia.
The autograph lineup includes some former athletes who don’t make the rounds too often and appeal to New England fans. Red Sox World Champion and all-time pinch-hit home run leader (23) Matt Stairs will be on hand along with former Celtics great Tom “Satch” Sanders and Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell. Boston Bruins legends include Hall of Famer Brad Park (named as one of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time), All Star Rick Middleton, and former head coach, manager and player Mike Milbury.
Each attendee will receive a free autograph of former Bruin Ken Lineman with a paid admission. The first 250 attendees will be given a colorful signed commemorative show poster.
More details are on the Northeast Sports Card Expo’s website .
The company is also promoting a show October 7 and 8 in Stamford, CT.
Among the autograph guests will be two-time World Champion pitcher Dwight Gooden, heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic Gold medalist Ray Mercer, and former Knick Gerald Wilkins. more autograph guests are expected to be announced later via the show’s web page.
Some grading company news…
SGC now has a mobile app, available via both Google Play for Android users and Apple’s AppStore.
Collectors can fill out a submission form via the app, track the progress of their submissions, verify cert numbers, grab high resolution scans and access the SGC population report.
The app can be downloaded here.
SGC also announced it had cut the cost of grading to $15 per card for all sports and non-sports cards with a 5-10 day turnaround time.
PSA customers now have some post-grading flexibility. The company says they can now send individual cards to one of three places once cards are graded.
Those options include storage at the PSA Vault, consignment to auction through its partnership with Goldin or shipping back to their home or business. Previously, customers were required to ship entire orders to the Vault or to their homes.
“We want to take the work out of collecting to allow customers to focus more on what they love about the hobby,” stated PSA President, Ryan Hoge. “By integrating these services in one place, we are creating the easiest way to enjoy collecting. We’re always looking for new ways to reduce friction and create a more powerful experience for everyone – whether they are a casual collector, die-hard hobbyist or a collector looking to sell their cards.”
The new service is accessible in the “My Orders” page on PSAcard.com and on the company’s mobile app.
The NHL’s most recent draft picks put on their team gear for this first time this week, posting for the pictures we’ll see on hockey cards as the season plays out.
The NHLPA’s annual rookie showcase included top draft pick Connor Bedard, but also a fifth round pick, at least one player who was an avid collector growing up and others who were also chased by autograph seekers who knew they were at the facility outside Washington, DC.
NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor Adam Kimelman chatted with some of the players.
The top 5 selling game-worn jerseys at NBA Auctions in August:
- LeBron James Classic Edition Lakers (white) worn 2/23 $55,019
- Ja Morant Grizzlies worn 11/11/22 in double-double game $13,0009
- Rai Hachimura Wizards worn 9/30/22 in Tokyo game $5,060
- Jayson Tatum Celtics worn 10/14 in Montreal game $5,041
- Anthony Davis Lakers Classic Edition worn 2/23 $4,220
The puck shot by Connor McDavid for the 297th goal of his career–and 58th of the 2022-23 season–is among 37 game pucks in a MeiGray Auctions event set to close next week.