The opening week of the baseball season is something to celebrate, but it doesn’t matter what the calendar says at Tracy Martin’s house. The Grove City. OH fan’s basement is all baseball, all year.
Martin’s hobby is more than just an accumulation of baseball memorabilia. His collection tells the story of the game, from historic gloves and early recordings to the modern era.
The ABC station in Columbus dropped in to see it. Watch their story here.
Sporting News (they dropped “The” from their title a while back) is carrying a story about baseball cards this week.
Reporter Joe Rivera talked with Topps executives about planning and production as well as MLB TV’s Greg Amsinger, collectors and shop owners for the piece, which you can read here.
The National Sports Collectors Convention has again partnered with the Ronald McDonald House to provide a child and family members a special experience at this year’s show in Chicago.
The selected family will receive a behind-the‑scenes tour of the show, meet and greets and photo-ops with athletes and entertainers, exclusive limited-edition trading cards and free autographs, thanks to program sponsors.
The National will also pass out complimentary tickets for additional families from the Charity and will be conducting an auction at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.
The show takes place from July 31 to August 4 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
PSA has launched a second round of reward medals and points this month to its online collecting platform. Drawing its inspiration from fantasy sports, the program is aimed at challenging existing PSA Set Registry members as well as newcomers to the field.
“We want to keep things fresh for our Set Registry members,” said PSA President Steve Sloan. “As a result, we are adding new medals, more points and wider features to the Registry gradually over the course of 2019.”
Unlike the initial launch, which included 28 unique reward medals divided across four collecting categories – Completion, Competition, Collection and Community – this month’s expansion to the program consists of 10 new reward medals. These will cover only the first two collecting categories, however: seven in Completion, where members add inventory and complete sets; and three in Competition, where Set Registry members (www.PSAcard.com/SetRegistry) compete to outrank their opponents.
The reward medals and points add up over time and are stored digitally on the Set Registry dashboard. Every collectible added to the PSA Set Registry moves you toward a series of digital rewards. Every completion you accomplish within the Set Registry will boost your medal count and point total. In addition to appearing on each member’s personal Achievements page, the information also appears on a new public leaderboard so that collectors can see how their achievements stack up against fellow Set Registry members.
PSA says additional enhancements to the program are expected to roll out throughout the year.