Jon Teitel attended the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore last August. This is the seventh installment in his photo essay about the dealers he interviewed and the stories of the college basketball memorabilia that they were offering for sale and/ or auction. We will be presenting this in installments over the next several months.
Sports card and memorabilia collecting has made a huge evolution over time, for better or worse. Many adults have fond childhood memories of buying packs of cards that had bubble gum inside and then placing the cards into the spokes of their bicycles. However, in the 21st century collectors have locked up their valuable treasures in a “look but don’t touch” philosophy as the friendly pastime has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry.
I got to speak to Darren and Tom and Sports Charity Auction (www.SportsCharityAuction.com), who had two great items from Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas:
The first item was an autographed jersey from Lucas’ alma mater of Ohio State. They got it autographed during an event with Lucas in Ohio last summer. The jersey was on sale for $225:
The second item was an autographed cover of a Sports Illustrated issue featuring Lucas dated January 11, 1960. The cover was on sale for $55: