The 10 Items from the Topps Vault VIP Exclusive Auction Held at the 2011 National in Chicago

Back in 2011, at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL, Topps held an auction exclusively for VIP ticket holders on Wednesday, August 3, at 2:30 PM. It featured “10 magnificent TOPPS items direct from the Vault!” In this article, I’ll share the paragraphs describing the lots exactly as Topps advertised them on the … Read more

The Story of the Truly One of a Kind 1990-1991 OPC Premier Hockey Vending Case

In July 2009, Dave and Adam’s Card World purchased an item that they, nor anyone else in the hobby, had ever seen before or believed existed; a 1990-1991 OPC Premier Hockey vending case. 1990 OPC Premier hockey was the first high-end hockey product. The release had a great rookie class, great design, and limited availability, … Read more

The Time MastroNet Brought Nine 1909 T206 Honus Wagner Cards Together at the National Sports Collectors Convention

Our beloved hobby changes quickly, but the National Sports Collectors Convention and the popularity of the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner card are two steadfast consistencies. And in 2004, something amazing happened involving them both. At the 2004 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, which ran from July 22 to 25, MastroNet Auctions brought together … Read more

1971 Topps Winner Baseball Cards and the 4 Wax Boxes Seen at the 2021 National

During the 2021 National, Steve Hart shared four images of 1971 Topps Baseball 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th Series Wax Boxes. The latter have special display boxes that advertise a contest where kids could get their picture on real 1972 Topps baseball cards. In this article, I’ll chat a little more about the contest, the … Read more

Highlights From the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention

Attending the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago just wasn’t possible for me. Luckily, growing hobby interest means folks constantly shared terrific images from the event on social media. While I’m sharing photos of many high-end items, you don’t need a $50k bankroll to enjoy The National. Plenty of my friends showed up with … Read more