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Beckett Grading pricing for the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention

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Beckett will once again be grading cards onsite and taking submissions at the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, OH July 30th – August 3rd, 2014.

We will be offering the following services at our booth located in the corporate area:

Raw Card Review, Graded Card Review, Full grading & encapsulation (slabbing) onsite and accepting any submissions to be sent back to Dallas for regular turnaround times.

Our pricing is as follows:

Full encapsulation onsite:

1-9 cards ………. $30.00

10-29 cards …. $25.00

30-99 cards …. $22

100+ cards …… $18

Raw Card & Graded Card Review:

1-5 cards ………. $10

6-50 cards ……. $8

51-99 cards ….. $7

100+ cards ……. $6

These prices are per card. There will also be express services available based on current amount of submissions. Check with the booth to find out if you need an express service.

From a personal standpoint, I will offer some advice for people wanting to grade cards while at the show.

The National is by far our busiest show and we will have a large staff on hand. We see an enormous amount of cards during this week and deadlines are tight. Many times the grading staff is working until after 11pm every night. I suggest anyone wanting onsite grading to get to the Beckett booth as soon as you arrive at the show. Make the grading booth your first stop so you get in before other orders do. Cards are graded on a first come, first serve basis. The waits can be long and even be cut off some days when there are too many cards submitted.

As for dropping off your submission to go back to Dallas, these are not time sensitive at the show and do not have to be submitted first thing. There will be show specials for submissions going back to Dallas. Remember, the big advantage to dropping off cards to go back to Dallas is you save from having to pay for shipping and insurance to Dallas. We take care of that.

Hope to see everyone at the show!

 

 

 

 

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My favorite auto of Harmon Killebrew, born on this day

Harmon Killebrew would have been 78 today. He passed away in 2011.

I never saw him play, but he was one of my favorite players. Besides a Hall of Fame Major League career, he also played 2 seasons in the Southern Association for my Chattanooga Lookouts. I had the chance to meet him several times over the years and each time was always a pleasure. My favorite meeting produced my favorite Killebrew autograph.

Harmon was to appear pre-game at a Ft. Worth Cats game. I packed the kids up and headed out to Ft. Worth. I was wearing my throwback 1957 Lookouts jersey in the hopes that Harmon would say something.

I had a few cards to get signed but the item I was focused on getting signed was a photo. A special photo.

I had purchased a lot of items from Major League and Minor League manager Cal Ermer when he passed. Part of the lot was a large number of photos. Many were news service photos. Some I could identify, others I’m still researching. One photo in particular featured 5 players posingĀ  for the camera in Engel Stadium. 2 of those players were banned from baseball for throwing games (a story for another day) and one of the players was a young Harmon Killebrew.

I had gone back and forth on if I should get it signed or not. It was a somewhat unique piece. Even waiting in line I wasn’t 100%. At the least I wanted to show it to Harmon.

It was my turn to approach the table. As I walked up and stuck out my hand, Harmon looked at my jersey and said, “Turn around!” He wanted to see my jersey number. “Ok,” he said. “That’s not my jersey!”

My girls got their cards signed and then I handed him the photo and asked him if he remembered posing for it.

“Oh yes,” he said. “I remember it and I remember all those guys.” I asked him who was the guy second from the end next to Jessie Levan. He told me it was Stan Roseboro. Stan was a career Minor Leaguer.

I asked him to sign the photo and he asked me if I was sure I wanted him to. I told him I was and he signed it. He looked at it again and said that he really would like it since he did not have it in his collection. I just so happened to have thought ahead and I had made a copy of the photo, just in case he did want it. I gave him the copy.

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Killebrew was a great guy. Always had a smile on his face. He is missed at card shows.

My second favorite meeting took place at a card show that Rick Honeycutt once put on, but that’s a story for anotherĀ post.

 

 

Signed copies now available!