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term sports memorabilia usually refers to a souvenir, memento, keepsake or token
of remembrance that is directly connected to a famous athlete, sporting event
or personality. These items are generally collected by fans that find sentimental
and/ or monetary value of the item(s). There is no set parameter regarding the
number of items, type of sport, or even the era that an item may reflect. A piece
of certain kind may be considered a collectable item.
Sports Collectors Convention
National Sports Collectors Convention is the largest, annual trade show held in
the United States devoted to sports memorabilia. Also known as The National, the
convention has been held annually since 1980 when a small handful of sports card
collectors convened at a hotel located adjacent to the Los Angeles International
Airport. The show changes location each year to allow people from all areas of
the country to participate. The show also changes the autograph signers each year.
33rd National was held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland,
August 15, 2012.
32nd National was held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont,
Illinois, August 37, 2011 and included a total of 89 current and former
professional athlete autograph signers.
31st annual convention was held August 2010 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
In addition to approximately 600 dealer booths which buy, sell and trade sports
memorabilia, the National is host to over 60 celebrity autograph guests during
its week-long run including names such as Cal Ripken, Jr., Bob Gibson, and John
Havlicek. The Baltimore Business Journal ranked The National as the show with
the highest economic impact for the city in 2010. The estimated impact of $15.48
million surpassed the second-ranked convention by nearly $4 million. (Wikipedia)
Simpson will sign anything to make cash unless its Nicole Brown-related
29th January 2020
Simpson is secretly selling autographed memorabilia, were told. But hes
still not signing any gloves.
says Simpson is caught in something of a commercial Catch-22: Charging money to
sign collectibles is one of the few ways hes able to make cash, but he doesnt
want his creditors including Nicole Browns family knowing
how much memorabilia hes scribbling on, or what hes raking in from
were told, the disgraced 72-year-old former NFL star has started signing
memorabilia on the sly. Sources say the Juice doesnt advertise thats
hes available to sign items, but instead has his intermediaries reach out
to individual collectors to arrange private signings. Theres
no mass e-mails or anything like that, said an insider. Dealers have
to go directly to clients.
told Simpson who has started a new life in Las Vegas since his release
from prison will sign anything, except items related to the [Nicole
Brown and Ron Goldman murders]. He doesnt want that kind of thing out there.
the gloves still wont fit.
Heffner, president of sports-memorabilia auctioneers Lelands (which isnt
involved in the Simpson sales), told us that demand for Simpson memorabilia skyrocketed
at the time of the 1994 murders and subsequent trial, but has since waned.
estimated that a signature today would net somewhere between $20 on a card and
up to $400 on a helmet. He also said that autograph sales are often particularly
important to marred stars, whose checkered pasts rule them out of traditional
career routes for retired athletes, such as broadcasting and endorsement deals.
his comfortable life in Nevada, Simpson owes Browns family more than $35
million, awarded to them after Simpson was found to be liable for her death. In
1999, an auction of Simpson memorabilia raised more than $500,000, which went
directly to the family.
lawyer didnt get back to us.