Joined: Mar 2001
Saturday July 26, 2003 3:02 PM
I just returned from the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There's a lot to share about the Convention, the PSA Registry Luncheon, Superior's Auction and some hobby news.
But first, the tradition continued as the Registry Collectors held their Second Annual Summit Meeting on Thursday night. As many of you will recall, last year we met at Gibson's in Chicago for the First Annual Summit Meeting of Registry Members. This year the Second Annual Meeting was held over dinner at Sabatini's in Atlantic City.
Here's the group photo of all who attended.
Standing (l to r): Buckwheat, RayBShotz, Mitochondria, Wayne8348, RonRitt, Acowa, SJJS28, Dude
Sitting (l to r): Gaspipe26, KingKellogg, EJGuru
This event was every bit as sensational as the dinner last year. It lasted over 2-1/2 hours, and everyone had some great "war stories" to share about the hobby and there were tons of big laughs! Before I go into any details, I'll let the other attendees share their stories.
The second major bit of news was the PSA sponsored Registry Luncheon on Friday. It was a first class set up all the way with an excellent sit down dinner with an open bar. Once again, the Registry Community is for ever in debt for the efforts of PSA and especially BJ Searls and her associates for making the Registry what it is today.
The luncheon was an open mixer for the first half hour and then while the Registry Members had lunch, PSA President Joe Orlando gave the State of the Registry Address. Joe was also gracious enough to answer a lot of questions regarding grading, the future of PSA, and shared some personal interest stories. Joe re-affirmed that PSA has no plans for using the half point scale and also mentioned that PSA is planning to release a video showing the step-by-step grading process. Once again, I'd like to see messages by other members who attended the luncheon regarding their thoughts about the event.
Joe Orlando answering some tough questions
at the Registry Luncheon
In addition to Joe's talk, the Registry Members heard the CEO of Collectors Universe, Michael Haynes, give a speech regarding the future outlook of Collectors Universe. Mr. Haynes assured the attendees that CU will continue their aggressive approach and leadership in the collectibles industry. From my personal viewpoint, I was quite impressed with his "hands on" leadership. Mr. Haynes was the auctioneer at the live Superior Auction and was also at the PSA booth a great bit of the time during the Convention answering questions and assisting the customers. He's a very approachable and personable gentleman.
CU CEO Michael Haynes speaking at
the Registry Luncheon
After the dinner broke up, I did get a chance to meet quite a few of the Message Board regulars. Here are some photos:
Neil Downey & his son Eric
Perhaps the highlight of the event was the grand entrance of none other than KingKellogg:
Also, one other surprise guest was theBobs. Come on back on the Board! Let's hear from you again!
I also attended Superior's Live Auction on Thursday night. Collectors could bid on-line, by phone, via fax or live in person. It seemed like all four methods of bidding were actively in use while I was there. It will be interesting to see if Superior continues to use this format at future Nationals.
As for the Convention, from my personal perspective as a collector, it was OK but not great. It's clear that high-end vintage raw cards are very tough to find at the shows anymore. I did pickup some nice graded cards, but I was hoping to find a lot more graded items for sale too. I'll give more details later on in the thread. As for Atlantic City, in my opinion, it's a place that's seen better days in the distant past, and hopefully it will turnaround into the resort town it once was, but other than the casinos and the convention center, it really leaves a lot to be desired.
I'll post more on the events, dealers and hobby news later. I'd like to give other members some opportunity to share their experiences at Atlantic City.
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Edited: Saturday July 26, 2003 at 3:07 PM by dude