I love when sellers try to woo potential buyers with absurd notes like, "COULD THIS BE MICHAEL'S GLOVE?" I would have gone with, "DOES THIS SMELL LIKE EMMANUEL LEWIS?"
Mementos from the 1987 NFL strike. I was intrigued until the seller told me that he wanted $900 for one of them. That's not cutting it unless they were autographed by Shane Falco.
To the left: A salesman's sample of the Hart Memorial Trophy (for the NHL's MVP). To the right: Marcel Dionne's Art Ross Cup for winning the 1980 NHL scoring title (sold for $11k in an auction one week later). Here's my question: What would make for a better fantasy football trophy? My buddies and I debated this for a few minutes — I was in the Art Ross Cup camp because you could pour drinks into it. These are the things you discuss at the NSCC.
Pete Rose is a running joke at the convention; he's signed so many things over the past 20 years that it's devalued his signature to "Davey Concepción" levels. Did you know that Rose does 180 signings per year just in Las Vegas? One hundred and eighty! Put the sharpie down, Pete! I'd like to go back in time and tell 1986 Me how things were going to turn out for Rose, Clemens, Tyson and O.J., just to see the look on 1986 Me's face.
Our most dramatic moment of the convention: On Thursday the U.S. Postal Service swooped in on someone's booth
and arrested a dealer from Minnesota for mail fraud involving a "game-worn" A-Rod jersey that turned out not to be genuine. You know, kind of like A-Rod. Poor Minnesota — it can't even get through a Sports Collectors Convention without suffering an agonizing loss.