How popular are sports collectibles? If attendance figures from last weeks’ National Sports Collectibles Convention are any indicator, they are extremely popular. For example, the opening sneak preview last week drew over 6,500 people. Not to the event, the preview. The show itself drew over 45,000 people to Cleveland, which is not really known as a destination city. The man behind the convention is Ray Schulte and he is the guest this week on The Collectors Show.
Ray is a veteran of sports marketing of all kinds having not just made a name for himself among collectors but representing some of the top names in sports including Cal Ripken, Howard Johnson, Harold Reynolds, Alvin Davis and Don Mattingly to name a few.
Ray was very candid during the interview about issues confronting sports marketers and collectors in the 21st century including authenticity of autographs, along with game used gear and even speculation when buying autographs of up and coming sports stars like Johnny Manziel. “When you are at an event like our convention and you are face to face with the player, you know you are getting the real thing,” Schulte said. The Manziel jersey seemed to draw the most attention with the media and fans.