Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, just getting a chance to see some rare, old items is worth the 20 bucks or so it’ll cost to get into the National Sports Collectors Convention.
Auction companies usually have some of their best current items on display and it’s free to get the in person, up close look you can’t always enjoy from a computer screen.
Some of them have pretty good stories, too.
A woman who had received a special gift from a relative as a ten-year-old baseball fan back in the 1940s recently pulled it from a bank vault where it had been stored for several years and turned it over to Robert Edward Auctions. Now, one of just four 1902 W600 green mount Nap Lajoie cards is on the market for the first time and bidding has already shot past $20,000 with nearly two weeks left in the auction.
We chatted with REA’s Matt Clark about it: