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Would you want to own a New York Yankees office chair? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s probably not quite ergonomically sound and it’s probably not going to be expensed– at least not by me — but there’s a new office chair that just might be a hit among many executives in the sports world and in more than a few dens around the world.

Well, at least if the owners are fond of New York Yankees pinstripes.

Steiner Sports has unveiled a new offering among its game-used Yankee Stadium memorabilia lineup — and it’s something that just might get some attention around the office for being one part memorabilia and one part daily life accessory.

It’s the Yankee Stadium office chair.

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Tickets to Paradise by Tracy Hackler

It can be argued that the first great sports collectible wasn’t the sports card. It was the sports ticket, another rectangular piece of paper that gained its holder entrance into the game to watch the star who appeared on the card that would become the second great sports collectible.

In its purest form, the ticket (or the surviving stub in many cases)  is a timeless, memory-inducing piece of memorabilia for any true sports fan — or rock concert-goer, for that matter.  The folks at That’s My Ticket know this, which is why they’ve long given the ticket its due with the proper amount of reverence.

The company produces a full line of ticket collectibles, from suitable shrines to honor your own unique game-day experiences to larger-than-life reproductions of classic game tickets. That’s My Ticket’s roster of offerings includes NFL team-logo ticket albums and ticket boxes, Historic Ticket Frames, Stadium Ticket Frames, Game Day Ticket Frames and the newest products — Mega Tickets and Mini-Mega Tickets depicting historic NFL and college football and basketball matchups.

“Tickets have always told a story and transported fans to an exact moment in sports history,” says That’s My Ticket Dean Macchi. “Now, our Mega Tickets and Mini-Mega Tickets will do this for memorable college championships and NFL games. Fans can hang one in their home or office where it will spark game-specific conversations and memories for years.”

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Can The National be more like San Diego Comic-Con? by Chris Olds
August 9, 2010, 2:54 pm
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BALTIMORE – The 31st annual National Sports Collectors Convention finished on Sunday and then dealers packed their boxes (hopefully lighter than when they arrived) and collectors went home with cards, memorabilia and empty wallets.

For five days, collectors looked for different trading cards, game-used items and received autographs at the Baltimore Convention Center. Some left with bags full of goodies they don’t even know where to put yet. While others left with just one or two coveted prizes.

Conventions like these have ways of changing over the years. San Diego’s Comic-Con, which started as a comic book show, has turned into one of the biggest pop culture events in the country. While there are still comics, statues of Superman and places to find your Klingon dictionary, there are different types of events such as Q&A panels with popular television shows that have become the heart of the show.

So how can the National get as big as Comic-Con?

Here were a few suggestions heard on the floor on Sunday.

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At The National: A picture’s worth … by Chris Olds

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with John Rogers who is doing some good business at the National Sports Collectors Convention selling photographs from the archives of some memorable photographers and publications like The Sporting News.

Learn more about his company and how you can find some unique collectibles in the video.

Fewer card brands seen on dealers’ shelves at NSCC by Chris Olds


BALTIMORE — With wax boxes piled high at the National Sports Collectors Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center, it was easy to notice the number of boxes not from this year.

Most hobby boxes dated through the decade with plenty of wax from 2007-2009, but this year’s boxes were hard to come to by. With more exclusive licenses in the industry, there are fewer products on the market. Dealers, collectors and companies all feel the effect — for better or worse.

Some dealers like to have fewer products where as others see less product as less money.

“For every good product, there were a lot of losers and the risk for me is higher,” said Chris Edmonds, owner of Redman’s Dugout in Glasgow, Ky. “But now, the market can handle all of the products because there are less of them. There is less risk for me.”
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Strolling the floor at the National Sports Collectors Convention by Chris Olds
August 5, 2010, 12:15 pm
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Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler takes you on a quick stroll around the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

Oh, the sights!

***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-23) Contest No. 2 — An Uncirculated Derek Jeter Sports Illustrated issue (only 40 exist) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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