Cobb, Cochrane, & Crawford Are Among The National’s Earliest Promos

Back in February I blogged about an 8-card set that highlights the early years of the National Sports Collectors Convention.  That set is from the 5th NSCC which took place in 1984 at the Aspen Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey.  At the time of that writing it was the earliest promotional set for the NSCC that I had ever seen.  Today that all changes.

A 32-card set recently popped-up on eBay, and seems to be from the 2nd National Sports Collectors Convention.  In 1981, the second NSCC was held in Detroit, Michigan at the Plymouth Hilton.  This simple 32-card set includes a nice selection of all-time great players from the Detroit Tigers.  Notable names include Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Hank Greenberg, Sam Crawford, and Charlie Gehringer.  The backs are all blank.

I can’t say how exactly these cards were distributed.  Back then they didn’t have the elaborate promotional programs like they do today.  Dealers may have only gotten them.  I say that because you don’t see these cards very often.  Then again, they could’ve been handed out at the door to everyone that walked in.  Either way, its an awesome historical set from what has turned into the best sports card and memorabilia show on the planet.

The 40th National Sports Collectors Convention will take place in Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 7/31-8/4.

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Monty Sheldon’s 2010 Sketch Cards Come With A Little Extra

Monty Sheldon has started up his sketch cards for 2010 already, and this year he has added a little twist to each of his cards.  His first five cards of 2010 will feature the first inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame: Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb, and Christy Mathewson.  Sheldon has attached coupons to the bottom of each card in which collectors can redeem for other art such as sketch cards, hand-painted premium cards, a hand-painted hockey puck or cigar box, or a hand-painted baseball.  The coupons make each card look like the old Pacific Coast League Zee-Nut cards that were made from 1913-1937.  The redemption plan goes as follows:

  • 10 coupons = One (1) 2010 S.S.C.C. sketch card which will be a part of the 2010 series; customer selects player
  • 20 coupons = One (1) hand painted premium art card; customer selects player, more details to follow
  • 30 coupons = One (1) hand-painted hockey puck or cigar box; customer selects player
  • 40 coupons = One (1) hand-painted baseball customer selects player

Coupons distributed with the 2010 SSCC cards expire on 12/31/2012.

All sketch cards feature a very detailed pencil drawing with a black ink border. The size of this year’s sketch cards will be the standard 2 ½” x 3 ½” with the coupon intact. With the coupon clipped the card would measure 2 ½” x 2 7/8”.

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Card of the Day: Ty Cobb 1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pin

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These pins could be found in boxes of American Tobacco Sweet Caporal tobacco products during the early 20th century.  Some pins are rarer than others.  There are about 205 pins to a complete set and you’ll find many small and large letter variations.  You can get them graded and/or authenticated.  I think look cool in the tiny grading holders PSA puts them in.