Free Autograph Signings: Former Yankee and Tiger Cecil Fielder in New Rochelle,NY



Steiner Sports sent out this tweet today that Cecil Fielder will be appearing at Louie’s and Johnnies Restaurant in New Rochelle,NY today July 31st at 12pm

Steiner Sports Memorabilia and Marketing
Head over to @CheeseSteakClam for some great food and fun times with Cecil Fielder tomorrow from 12-2!

30 Jul 2012
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2012 Natonal Sports Convention Baltimore,MD to be Held This Week 8/1 thru 8/5


2012 National Sports Collectors Convention Baltimore

National Sports Collectors Convention Picture
Picture: National Website
2012 National Show
Baltimore NSCC
Show Dates: 8/1/2012 – 8/5/2012

Card Show Calendar
2012 Baseball Card Show Calendar

The 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore Maryland will be the largest card show in the United States. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the heart of downtown, this event draws in thousands of collectors and dealers for five exciting days. The National boasts over 600 dealers who will have everything for sale inside the massive Convention Center. If you are out of money, you can also visit up to 50 corporate booths from companies like Panini America and Topps. Look for many of the biggest companies in the industry to have exclusive promotions and wrapper redemption cards up for grabs at those booths.  See information of such promotions in the information found below.

One of the biggest draws for collectors are the autograph guests.  Some of these guys only make a few appearances a year so it gives people looking for that special autograph or photo opportunity that chance in Baltimore. The link is listed below, but be sure to stay updated on who is signing and for how much at the National by checking their official site and the TriStar Website which sells the autograph tickets and VIP packages on it’s website. Any other website with a list of autograph signers could be incomplete or lack recent additions. Only check the NSCC site and the TriStar site as they will have the most up to date information. Athletes will often cancel at the last minute and they will have that information first.

Is Sports Card Radio Going?

Yes. Ryan from Sports Card Radio as well as some guest writers will be on-hand covering the event. Look for daily contests, lot’s of twitter updates, exclusive video/audio and much more.

Stay up to date on Sports Card Radio NSCC happenings by following:SportsCardNews on Twitter

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How do I get tickets to National?

Two places before the event:

How Much Do The Autograph Guests Charge?

Some athletes are free, and some come free if you purchase a VIP package. Most charge money for their autograph.  The complete list, schedule, and prices can be found exclusively on the TriStar Website. You can purchase directly form there and you are good to go.

Is it worth going if I live far away?

Depends. I am traveling from California so it’s not a cheap flight or trip for me at all. I am looking to be a buyer at this show, and perhaps try and flip cards I purchase by sending them into Check Out My Cards. I don’t do a whole lot of eBay selling at all anymore- just because I don’t like shipping out tons of packages. If I can find some great deals on some low-end, cheaper single cards then I will take advantage of that because I have a good idea what the cards will sell for on COMC.

None of the autograph guests really get my juices flowing. Perhaps I would have put up some money to get Joe Montana, but as of yet, he has not been added to the National autograph lineup. For me, it’s about enjoying the event, be around collectors and help promote the industry from Baltimore. Everyone has a budget, everyone has other priorities in life, you’ll need to weigh and balance those before deciding to go.

Where Should I Stay?

My personal advise – stay close to the convention center. If you stay too far away you are relying on public transportation and or renting/bringing a car. This can add expense to your trip when you could just spend that money at the show. I booked a room at the Days Inn and also the Residence Inn.  The Days Inn is the affordable way to go. You are steps away from the convention center, right in the heart of Downtown Baltimore. The Residence Inn was about twice as expensive, because they feature larger rooms. I’m flying all the way from California – so for me – it’s worth being comfortable so I’m willing to fork out the extra cash. There are a multitude of hotels in that area. Use your favorite place to book rooms. I used PriceLine, but there are many choices.

What Dealers Are There?

You can check out a full list here. PDF Document

What Special Wrapper Redemptions Are There?


(1) Open FULL box of 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball AT THE TOPPS BOOTH – you get 25 card serial numbered Bowman Platinum Blue Foil set. The set includes cards of Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish and more.

(2) Open ANY 3 2012 Topps/Bowman MLB or NFL packs AT THE TOPPS BOOTH – and you get 9 card 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini Card Set. The 9 cards in the set are Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Trent Richardson, Michael Floyd, and Justin Blackmon.
More Information2012 Gypsy Queen Mini National Card Set

Press Pass:
Company releases initial information on Wrapper Redemptions. Info here.

(1) Open box of Broad Street Boys at the ITG booth and recieve 1/1 game used card from that set.

(2) Open box of 2011-12 Between The Pipes Hockey at the ITG booth and recieve game used card special made for the 33rd National Convention.

(3) Open box of UM-11 National Super Boxes Hockey at the ITG booth and get a 1/1 game used card. More Information Here

More wrapper redemption information TBA from other companies.

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Bryce Harper Mini National Wrapper

What VIP Sets Are There?
Check the link for all the VIP sets.
2012 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP Sets
2012 Topps National Convention Babe Ruth

I’m Not Going – How Can I Stay Up To Date Though?

This page will be useful because I will update it with pertinent information. Also – love it or hate it – Twitter will be a real-time resource for collectors not at the event. I will be popping off tweets at a rapid pace – and you can follow me here: SportsCardNews I will detail what Sports Card Radio will be doing at the National Show – a week before the event on this page and on Twitter.

Use/search the #NSCC hastag on Twitter.

Relevant Tweets and Links

Twitter: Jack Morris & Bobby Grich to sign free autographs at 33rd National Sneak Peek and VIP Reception Weds 8/1/12. – National Sports Show – June 13, 2012

Twitter: Just bought my ticket for the #NSCC. – Field Level View – June 11, 2012

Twitter: Who’s going to the National this year? #NSCC – Yanxchick – June 7, 2012

Twitter: National Sports Collectors Convention Flight booked. Will blow up twitter with polls, pics & info. LMK if you headed to Baltimore. #nscc – Sports Card News – March 28, 2012

Website: 33rd Annual National Show Website: NSCC Site

Website: Buy Autograph Tickets From TriStar: TriStar Tickets

Forum Thread: Blowout Cards Thread on National: Collector Thread

Sports Card Radio: Sports Card Show Calender: 2012 Baseball Card Show Calendar

DA Card World: Buy Cards and Sets at National – Link

+Tons More Coming+

Please Contact Me If You Are Going! Please!


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PSA/DNA Adds Free Info on Professional Model Bats to Database


Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) now has added extensive information about professional model baseball bats to PSA CollectibleFacts, its free online resource.

The new section, PSA ProBatFacts, is part of an ongoing expansion to create the Internet’s most comprehensive site for information and illustrations about sports and many non-sports collectibles. All of it is available free to the public.

“PSA ProBatFacts focuses on the weapons used by many of the most dangerous hitters in baseball history, their bats. We’re launching this new section of PSA CollectibleFacts with over 100 web pages on individual players and their bats, including hundreds of photographs.  We’ll be expanding and adding many more current and former players, which also includes Hall of Fame members, in the coming weeks,” explained Joe Orlando, president of PSA and editor of Sports Market Report (SMR).

“Professional model bats are among the most desirable items in the entire sports memorabilia hobby. They are tangible pieces of sports history, used by the players to create that history.”

Each page of PSA ProBatFacts contains photographs and information about the types of bats used by each hitter, as well as specific player characteristics collectors should look for, such as heavy pine tar patterns on game-used George Brett and Willie Mays bats, or unique taping methods applied by Duke Snider and Ken Griffey, Jr. There is also biographical information about the players who used the bats, SMR Price Guide values, noteworthy auction prices realized and links to other informative articles.

The PSA ProBatFacts home page has informative articles and a link to an online video that clearly and concisely provides tips on collecting game-used bats and the kinds of player characteristics that may be found on professional model bats.

“We carefully selected the images of bats you’ll see on PSA ProBatFacts.  When possible, it is important to showcase quality illustrations of the specific player characteristics that are mentioned on each player’s page.  Many of the bats pictured are among the finest examples known,” said Orlando.

Another major section, PSA AutographFacts, is scheduled go online this fall with extensive information and illustrations for autograph collectors.

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Lelands Will Display Record-Breaking Ruth Jersey at National


Babe Ruth’s earliest game-used N.Y. Yankees jersey known to exist set a record when New York auction house purchased it for a record $4.4 million – the highest price ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia. The public will have a rare opportunity to view the world’s most famous shirt when Lelands displays the jersey at the National Sports Collectors Convention on Aug. 1-5, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

“Babe Ruth is the king of all sports, the most iconic figure in sports history,” said Mike Heffner, president of Lelands. “We are ecstatic with the new owner’s decision to share this very rare, very special and very important piece of sports memorabilia with fans who would never otherwise have the opportunity to see it in person.”

The early 1920s jersey, purchased by Lelands this past May, was worn by the “Sultan of Swat” after coming over to the Yankees from the Boston Red Sox. It had previously been displayed at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore. An avid collector and baseball lover bought the jersey after one of the most high-profile and competitive auctions in the marketplace. The buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, arranged for the jersey to also be displayed at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Bambino’s jersey will be under guard for the duration of the NSCC show.
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Babe Ruth Items, High-Grade Cards Highlight Memory Lane Auction


On July 30, Memory Lane Inc. will pull back the curtain on what could be one of the southern California-based company’s best catalogs ever. The Historic Rarities Auction features 13 pages of Babe Ruth memorabilia, much of it never seen before, dozens of high-end vintage sports card singles and sets, and one man’s massive collection of sports and historic autographs.

Many of the items in the auction will be available for preview at the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, birthplace of baseball’s most famous name.
Memory Lane has spent the past several months collecting what can best be described as a treasure trove of Ruth baseball cards and memorabilia, some of it never before offered for sale, including two Ruth rookie cards (a 1916 Sporting News PSA 4 and a scarce 1916 Famous and Barr SGC 10), a 1933 Yankees team-signed bat and items from the collection of The Babe’s pioneering sports agent.

“Baltimore is the perfect place to show off these incredible Babe Ruth pieces,” said Memory Lane’s J.P. Cohen. “The show is just a few blocks from his birthplace and museum, and you can almost trace his life through the items in this auction and see his generosity.  You can really feel the history just by looking at them. Their stories are terrific as well.”

The collection of Ruth items is just the beginning of a large catalog event that includes high-grade vintage cards and unopened packs, autographs and other memorabilia.
The Ruth rookie card that leads off the auction carries an opening bid of $25,000. One of the hobby’s hottest cards just now getting its due, it shows The Babe as a Red Sox pitcher, just a short time after he began his pro career as a minor leaguer in Baltimore.
There is a bat carved from an Indiana tree that was taken to Yankee Stadium in 1933 by two brothers who got 24 Yankees – including Ruth and Lou Gehrig – to sign it. The bat will open at $10,000.

Several unique items have been consigned from the estate of Ruth’s friend, Christy Walsh, generally considered to be the first-ever sports agent including Walsh’s own 1947 World Series press box pass with signatures of Ruth, Cy Young and several other well-known players.

In addition to the Ruth rookie cards, Memory Lane will offer hundreds of scarce and high-grade vintage cards from virtually every era of collecting. Another highlight is the 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Ty Cobb.  Only 116 of this particular card have ever been graded with only two higher than the PSA 7 example offered in this auction.

T206 collectors in search of the elusive T206 Sherry “Magie” error will find one offered in the Historic Rarities catalog. Graded 2.5 by PSA, the card is one of the hobby’s most sought after and iconic specimens. Magee’s name was quickly corrected in subsequent printings and for decades, collectors who want to own every card in “The Monster” have searched high and low for this legendary error card. MLI is also offering the one and only T206 Mint 9 Germany Schafer card with a $1,000 opening bid.

From the 1933 and ’34 Goudey sets come quite a foursome. There are two different 1933 Goudey Ruth cards and two different Lou Gehrig cards from the 1934 Goudey set, all graded Near Mint 7 by PSA, each with a $2,000 minimum bid.

There is a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cy Young (PSA 4.5), a PSA 8 1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio, 1939 and 1940 examples of Play Ball Ted Williams (both PSA 8) as well as a 1940 Joe Jackson (PSA 7), a 1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson rookie (PSA 7) and several other high-grade 1948 Leaf cards including the Satchel Paige rookie, a Ted Williams…and yes…a high grade Babe Ruth.

Gateway Stamp Company out of St. Louis was a prolific distributor of first-day covers and the man who owns what is likely the most comprehensive, complete collection is a collector named John Oakley.  He not only collected more than 1,100 of the autographed, postmarked envelopes; he chronicled how many of each were made, whether he bought them originally signed or unsigned, values and more. Oakley has consigned his collection to Memory Lane for this auction.  The lot, with a conservative estimated value of $30,000-$50,000 includes several U.S. presidents, astronauts and sports stars like Michael Jordan, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Bear Bryant, Walter Payton, Johnny Unitas, Wilt Chamberlain, Roy Campanella, Muhammad Ali and many, many more Hall of Fame caliber personalities.

Unopened pack collectors will find seldom seen items like a 1959 Topps cello and a 1960 Topps rack pack.

Basketball card collectors will take aim at a BGS 9.5 Michael Jordan rookie card.
Football card collectors will see cards like a mint 1966 Philadelphia Gum Dick Butkus rookie.

Those items are just the tip of the iceberg in the auction, which includes more than 1,300 items and will close August 18.  Bidding will be available by phone or online at

You can view the items, pick up an auction catalog and sign up to receive future catalogs during the National Sports Collectors Convention. Memory Lane will be at booth 117B near the front door of the Baltimore Convention Center.

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NY Sports Legends Dwight Gooden, Wayne Chrebet and RA Dickey to Appear at Steiner Sports,Last Licks Stores

Dwight Gooden

At the Steiner Sports Store
The Steiner Sports Store
Roosevelt Field Mall
Garden City, NY 11530

Free Autograph with purchase of $6.00
$5 Inscriptions

1984 ROY, 1985 CY Young, 4x All Star, 3x WS Champ, 2293 Strikeouts, “DR. K”


12:00 PM-2:00 PM

RA Dickey

At Last Licks Scarsdale
8 Palmer Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583

$40 Flats
$50 Equipment
$15 Inscriptions


5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Wayne Chrebet

At the Steiner Sports Store
The Steiner Sports Store
Roosevelt Field Mall
Garden City, NY 11530

$55 Flats / Mini Helmets
$65 Footballs / Jerseys / Helmets


12:30 PM-2:00 PM

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Huggins and Scott Catalog Auction Opens July 30


Huggins and Scott’s fourth Masterpiece Auction of 2012 begins on Monday July 30 at noon eastern time. Bidding will be available until Thursday night August 9th with the 30-minute rule beginning at 11:00pm eastern time.


Many of the pieces listed below will be available for viewing at the H&S booth #325P at the National Convention in Baltimore, MD from August 1-5.  The company’s offices are located only 45 minutes from the Baltimore Convention Center and if you would like to come preview any lot in the auction, their offices are open for appointments to view as many items as you would like.


As usual, you’ll find a huge variety of items aimed at virtually every level of collector but there are several highlight pieces in this auction. Lot number one is the earliest known Edson Pele game-worn and signed Santos FC jersey ever publicly offered. The jersey dates to a specific 12-month period from August 1962 to August 1963, when Pele was just 21-22 years old. The jersey was exchanged with an opponent named Luis Catharina when they opposed each other in a club match in Brazil, just after he led Brazil to it’s second World Cup Championship.


Card collectors will pick from an abundance of 19th and 20th century rarities including professionally graded and raw examples of cards from a variety of designations, including an extremely tough N566 Newsboy Cabinet of John Ward (Arms Folded) SGC 50; a 1907 Ty Cobb Rookie Wolverine Postcard SGC 60 (highest graded); the largest collection of high grade and low pop T206 cards the company has ever offered.  Several highest graded Southern Leaguers and high grade Hall of Famers are Honus Wagner Dockmans cardon the block including a SGC 84 Christy Mathewson (Portrait); an E92 Dockman and Sons Honus Wagner PSA 6 and many, many more. The collection of 1950s material is tremendous, with a 1952 Topps Mantle SGC 60, 1951 Bowman Mantle PSA 6, 5 and 4, 1952 Topps Andy Pafko #1 PSA 7 and an incredible number of PSA and SGC graded 1952 Topps cards ranging from NM 7 to Mint 9; the only graded example of a 1958 Hires Root Beer Test card of Jim Busby and two different 1990 Topps George Bush cards (of only 100 total made).


The recent Black Swamp Find of E98 cards has brought the set to the forefront and Huggins and Scott will feature a near complete set of this 1910 issue in the auction.   The set is missing only one of the 30 cards.


There are several Master and Near Master sets from the 1950s with many key cards graded; the #6 and #9 registered complete sets on the PSA registry for 1962 and 1965 Topps Football, respectively; along with numerous “shoebox” collections (always a crowd favorite).


Brooks Robinson 1970 game jerseyWith the National in Baltimore, it’s appropriate that among the game-worn items in the sale is a 1970 Brooks Robinson signed Orioles home jersey (and a matching game-used cap).  Yankee fans will gaze on a 1950 Tommy Henrich game jersey and pants, Cubs fans will see a 1963 Cuno Barragan  flannel (graded MEARS A-10) and there will be an Al Corwin 1954 World Series bat and 1955 game-used road New York Giants jersey and pants.


Various years, styles and teams of game-used warm-up jackets up for bid include a 1940s New York Yankees Frankie Crosetti, 1971-74 Bob Forsch Houston Astros Shooting Stars, and a 1979 Lenny Randle New York Yankees.


There’s intrigue behind a silver cigarette case that is inscribed “To My Best  Friend Lou – Yours Babe Ruth (possibly to Lou Gehrig).  Bidders will also see one of the finest 1962 Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris Stellar Radios in the original box; a possibly unique Gibbs-Conner Philadelphia A’s Bank that is dated and has no hat; a tremendous 1906 Type 1 Chicago White Sox George Lawrence oversized photograph (only one of six known); a  collection of game programs and tickets, including Mickey Mantle’s 1951 Major League debut ticket stub; Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit ticket stub and several World Series tickets from 1913-1986 and many more.


Moving to the gridiron, there is a 1954-1960 Jim Mutscheller game used Baltimore Colts helmet and a 1950s Championship Era Colts Sideline Cape.


There is a large number of autographed lots including baseballs, bats, lithographs, photographs and others consigned by collectors from all across the country. Highlights include: a 1927 Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig dual-signed baseball where they appear on the same panel; a 2010 Historic Autographs (1 of 1) Dual Autograph card of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris; a pair of Babe Ruth signed photographs; several team-signed baseballs from the 1920s-present day; possibly the very last check ever written to Cal Ripken Jr. from the Rochester Red Wings; and a pair of vintage boxing gloves signed twice by Rocky Marciano and other early boxing greats.

If political or Americana collecting is your hobby, this auction features a number of very early American historical autographs including Jeb Stuart, Ulysses Grant, Jefferson Davis, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison (PSA 10), Harry Houdini, Margaret Mitchell, Helen Keller, Walt Disney, Neil Armstrong and much more.

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