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The 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention–Small Photo Gallery

The National

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There are certain places or events that we may visit or attend that will utterly envelop our imaginations. There are places of spiritual significance, historical significance, and places where we are lost in thought and fantasy. Entering into the National Sports Collectors Convention elicits feelings of joy, hope and wonder. Sports collectibles are front and center for five days at this annual gathering. It has been said of the National, “if you can’t find what you’re looking for at the National, it probably doesn’t exist.” A statement like that sets the convention up for failure, but year in and year out, it ascends beyond all expectations.

Cleveland was the star

This year’s convention was held on August 1st thru August 5th, at the IX Center in Cleveland Ohio. A facility massive enough to comfortably hold an event the size and scope of the National. It all begins at the very first booth.  You will be completely absorbed from the moment you enter. You never know what vintage treasure is waiting around the corner. Check out this short video.

The National Sports Collectors Convention is scheduled for Chicago in 2019 and Atlantic City in 2020. There may be reasons to not go…but there are many more reasons to go. There is nothing like it in the realm of sports collectibles.

 

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First person I met at the National…in the parking lot. I knew it would be a great show.
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1909 Sweet Corporal Honus Wagner. $$$$$
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1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. $$$$$
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Looks like the Land of Misfit Toys.
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“Field of Dreams”. This is the dad at the end of the movie. Ray has a catch with him.
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Ferris Wheel in the middle of the convention floor. It goes THRU the roof.
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Early 1960’s New York Titans sideline coat.
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1945 NFL Championship Press Pin. (Cleveland Rams)
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Cigarette Cards from 1909-1911
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Pennants and more Pennants
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Program from the “Win One for the Gipper” game.
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All Kinds of Hardware
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Notre Dame Stadium seat signed by “Rudy”
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Curling
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Colt 45’s jersey
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Pennants
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More Pennants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mets had Three Walk Off Homers in Six Days….Here they are!

Nimmo Walk off

Walk off’s abound in Citi Field…at least for six days.

In a span of six days during the early part of July 2018, The boys from Queens gave the fans some fireworks. It is why we watch.

This one was a welcome sight. Jose launches a Grand Slam Walk Off.

 

Wilmer’s walk off from a Met fan’s vantage point. Love this view!

 

Definition of JOY!

 

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Hope to see you at the 39th National Sports Collectors Convention.  Cleveland, OH–August 1-5.

 

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Shorten the MLB Little League Baseball Classic to Six Innings

Six Innings

Why Six Innings?

It would seem appropriate the New York Mets are playing the MLB Little League Baseball Classic at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport Pennsylvania. The game takes place on Sunday, August 19. This year the Mets are fit to only play six innings…as Little League Baseball does. The Mets would be in the thick of the race if their games lasted only six innings. When the game was announced last year, visions of Matt Harvey dealing and defiantly putting the Phillies down, on my home town minor league field, was the initial thought that came to mind. Much has changed.

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Matt Harvey as a Red. This will NEVER look right.

The New York Mets traded Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds in early May. The Mets received catcher Devin Mesoraco in return. Both players, seemingly, damaged goods. Mesoraco has brought professionalism and stability to the catching position for the New York Mets. It is been a pleasure to watch him work his craft.

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Devin Mesoraco, from Punxsutawney, PA.

The New York Mets core starting pitchers have been performing admirably since the trade. Jacob deGrom has been nothing short of spectacular while receiving no run support or bullpen back up. Met fans are fortunate to see him every fifth game. Noah Syndergaard has been injured since May but is expected back soon. What has dramatically changed for the New York Mets is Zach Wheeler and Stephen Matz. They have turned their season and careers around. Watching them pitch with confidence and conviction has been a welcome and long-awaited surprise. These two pitchers have developed, at least in the recent short-term, into quality starters. Now why is that?…

Devin Mesoraco, a professional catcher

The two young guns are finally healthy but i believe there is more to the story. The addition of Devin Mesoraco cannot be understated. He takes control of the game and guides the pitcher with emotion and intelligence. In some cases, you can see him WILL the pitcher through a stressful inning. It is been a long time since the New York Mets, who have a history of tremendous pitching, have had a catcher of this quality. I believe Devon is owed much for the evolution of Zack Wheeler and Stephen Matz.

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Zack Wheeler has been healthy and confident. He started the year in the minors.
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Steven Matz is maturing before us this season. He has been healthy as well.

Calloway and Eiland

The New York Mets manager, Mickey Callaway, and his pitching coach, Dave Eiland have, no doubt, contributed greatly in drawing Zack Wheeler and Stephen Matz closer to their potential. For as much grief, and deservedly so, that Mickey Callaway receives, he deserves credit for the starting pitching staff’s stride forward. Breaking down his pitchers mechanics and delivery to the simplest and most efficient form are in their wheelhouse and I believe they deserve much credit. (Jason Vargas is an outlier and should not be in the conversation).

Addition by Subtraction?

Lastly, could the departure of Matt Harvey have anything to do with the maturation of Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz? It could be more than a coincidence that the absence of Matt Harvey in the locker room and in the pitchers meetings may have had a positive effect on the young pitchers. In full disclosure, I was always a Harvey guy. I could, however, see the writing on the wall and understand the importance of team. Not certain Matt Harvey’s presence was conducive to the growth of the young Mets arms. Pure speculation on my part.

As far as the Bullpens’s execution…I’m all for it. (take on a Casey Stengel quote)

The New York Mets bullpen, as of this writing, lead the major leagues in bullpen losses with 22. It is common to see the Mets starting pitcher sitting in the dugout with a look of constrained shock as the bullpen implodes and a good to great effort by the starting pitcher is erased. Sad to see and hard to watch.

That is why I would lobby Major League Baseball to shorten the MLB Little League Baseball Classic to six innings. Please don’t allow those young little leaguers to pick up the habits of the New York Mets bullpen. They are so impressionable at that age.

Having said all of that….Let’s Go Mets!

Happy Fourth of July!

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