College Hoops and the National Sports Collectors Convention, Part 4

Jon Teitel attended the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore last August. This is the 4th installment in his photo essay about the dealers he interviewed and the stories of the college-basketball memorabilia that they were offering for sale or auction. We will be offering this in installments over the next several months.

Sports card and memorabilia collecting has made a great 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 treasures using a “look but don’t touch” philosophy as the friendly pastime has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry.

Kent Sessions runs a company called The History of the Game (www.TheHistoryoftheGame.com) that offers a variety of items for sale such as autographed baseballs, signed basketball photos, etc. The two items that caught my eye were a pair of autographed Michael Jordan home jerseys from his North Carolina days. Kent obtained one of the jerseys from Upper Deck as part of a collection that contained some other items as well.

The 1st jersey was on sale for $1299:


The 2nd was on sale for $1399: