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My History in the Sports Memorabilia BusinessThe Blatt family (Jeff, Beryl, Chuck, Michelle) has been involved in the Sports Memorabilia business since 1978.  I personally started collecting cards in 1972.  In 1978 my dad and I began attending Sports Memorabilia shows and shortly thereafter we became dealers exhibiting our collectibles.  In November 1980 we opened the first store of its type in the suburbs of Chicago under the name Beulah Sports.  As a family we have owned 6 Sports Memorabilia and licensed sportswear stores under a few names; Beulah Sports, Sports Emporium, Sports Source and Sports Fever.  We participated in 15 National Sports Collector Conventions the last being in 1995.  In
addition, Jeff (my dad) was President of the Chicagoland Sports Collectors Association from 1985-1992. For the past 9 years we took time away from participating at conventions and operating stores but continued to sell items on an online auction site, prior to ebay’s existence.   Then we signed up on ebay on December 1, 1998 and sold items until October, 2005, at which point we were burned out.  After a two year layoff we have once again become active on ebay.  Between both my account and my dad’s we have over 1,450 positive reviews for our service (sportssourceauctions over 1,340 and tncauctions over 110).Since the hobby has changed so much I felt is necessary to explain our long history in the hobby.  We were in the hobby before the first Beckett price guide was ever published.  We were in the hobby before anyone ever needed a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).  We were in the hobby during the heyday when collectors collected for the love and joy of collecting and not just for value.  We were in the hobby when individuals could grade their own cards and knew if an autograph was legitimate.During the almost 30 years in the industry, we have been featured in many magazines, newspapers, and trade journals.  I will be attaching a few samples of articles written about us.  During our years in the hobby we have had the pleasure to meet many Super Stars, Stars and everyday players.  We had many an athlete at our stores and at memorabilia shows.  Below you will find a partial list of many of the athletes we have met.  

The items I am currently auctioning off are either left over from our years in the business or from our personal family collection.  I have either had the pleasure of meeting, driving them to and from a show, having dinner with them, and sitting next to them at a signing. All of the autographs we are selling were obtain, in person, through private signings and collectors shows. We, therefore, guarantee the authenticity of each autograph sold.  I feel with the proof of this written statement, the attached articles, pictures of us with the athletes we do not need to include a Certificate of Authenticity.  I could create one for you but it’s just a piece of paper.  My reputation stands behind what is sold.  All items are guaranteed to pass PSA/DNA testing.  If you get any of my items evaluated and find it is not authentic, I will be happy to refund your money, assuming the item is return in the original condition.

Partial List of athletes we have met.

Joe DiMaggio
Mickey Mantle
Alvin Dark
Al Kaline
Andre Dawson
B.J. Surhoff
Bert Campaneris
Bill Buckner
Bill Freehan
Bill Mazeroski
Bill Melton
Billy Herman
Billy Pierce
Billy Williams
Bo Belinsky
Bob Horner
Bob Feller
Bob Lemon
Bob Rush
Bob Shaw
Bob Turley
Bobby Doerr
Bobby Thomson
Boog Powel
Brooks Robinson
Buck Lenord
Carl Erskine
Carl Hubbell
Cecil Cooper
Chico Carraqquel
Cool Papa Bell
Dan Plasac
Darrell Porter
Darryl Boston
Dennis Lamp
Denny McClain
Dick Allen
Don Kesinger
Don Larson
Don Mueller
Don Newcombe
Don Sutton
Eddie Matthews
Bill Veck
Eddie Miksis
Enos Slaughter
Eric Soderholm
Ernie Banks
Ernie Brollio
Ewell Blackwell
Frank Howard
Gary Matthews
Gaylord Perry
George Kell
Glenn Beckert
Greg Walker
Harmon Killebrew
Harry Walker
Harvey Haddux
Hoyt Wilhelm
Jim Rice
Juan Marichal
Jay Johnstone
Jerome Walton
Jerry Hariston
Carlos May
Jim Catfish Hunter
Jim Hickman
Jim Palmer
Jimmy Piersall
Joe Cowley
Joe Cunningham
Johhny Mize
Johnny Sain
Johnny Vandemeer
John Cangelosi
Jose Cardinal
Keith Hernandez
Ken Kravec
Ken Williams
Larry Jansen
Leo Durocher
Lou Boudreau
Lou Brock
Louis Aparicio
Luis Salazar
Luke Appling
Marv Throneberry
Max Lanier
Mike Bilecki
Mike Krukow
Minnie Minoso
Monte Irvin
Moose Skowron
Nyls Nyman
Paul Popovich
Pete Rose
Phil Cavaretta
Phil Plantier
Phil Rizzuto
Ralph Garr
Ralph Kiner
Randy Hundley
Ransom Jackson
Ray Dandridge
Red Schoendienst
Rick Ferrell
Robin Ventura
Rocky Colavito
Roger Maris
Rollie Fingers
Ron Kittle
Ron Romanick
Ross Baumgarten
Roy Seivers
Sandy Koufax
Scott Sanderson
Scott Thompson
Shawon Dunsten
Stan Musial
Steve Carlton
Steve Lyons
Steve Sax
Steve Stone
Steve Trout
Ted Dubble Duty Radcliffe
Terry Moore
Tom Pacorek
Tony Oliva
Turk Lown
Barney Schultz
Vern Law
Vida Blue
Virgil Trucks
Warren Spahn
Whitey Herzog
Whitey Ford
Whitey Kurowski
Wilbur Wood
Willie Mays
Willlie McCovey
Willie Stargell
Willie White
Yogi Berra 

Lee Elder
Hale Irwin
Gary Player
Bob Murphy

Bill Goldberg
Lex Luger
Hulk Hogan
Kevin Nash 

Dan Quayle
Richard Daley

Walter Payton
Glenn Kozlowski
Trace Armstrong
Matt Suhey
Jim McMahon
Jim Harbaugh
Emery Morehead
Ed O'Bradovich
John Hadl
Daryle Lamonica
Chris Zoeich 

Bobby Hull
Stan Mikita
Ed Olchyk
Johnny Bower
Frank Brinsek
Eric Daze
Alex Delcecchio
Bernie Federico
Bill Gadsby
Eric Lindros
Ken Hodge
Ted Kennedy
Ted Lindsay
Henri Richard
Jeremy Roenick
Dale Tallon
Gary Unger
Stu Grimson
Brad Park
Yvan Cournoyer
Guy Lafluer
Bernie Parent 

Michael Jordan
Ray Meyer
Janie Fincher
Jerry Sloan
Norm Vanlear
Doug Collins
Horace Grant
BJ Armstrong
Mike Fertello
Dick Versase 
Muhammed Ali  
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