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The Small Screen is Calling Scott Beatty

Local businessman Scott Beatty has been selected to be part of "A Piece of the Game," a new television show about sports memorabilia.

You cannot put a price on friendship, but soon my friend Scott Beatty will be putting a price on almost everything else.  Actually, he will only be appraising sports memorabilia and it is all a part of A Piece of the Game, a television show set to air on WGN on March 16.

Scott is the man behind AU Sports Memorabilia, a local business founded in 1980.  Located in Morton Grove, AU has a national presence, as it is the largest store of its’ kind with over 4 million baseball cards and other sports collectibles in stock.  Over the years, I have built much of my collection at AU or with their help.

When the producers were developing A Piece of the Game, they tabbed Scott to be one of the appraisers.  Since the premise of the show is people bringing in their sports collectibles for value determination, who would be better than the man who has been doing this for years?  Appraising sports memorabilia is a regular part of Scott’s day while running AU Sports.

The show will tape its first episode at Harry Caray’s at Navy Pier on Monday, March 4.  The producers have put out a call to anyone who would like their Chicago related sports memorabilia appraised for free on the show.  All of the necessary info is on the site at www.apieceofthegame.tv.

I will be in attendance for the television taping and not just to support my friend.  I will be bringing something from my memorabilia collection.  It could be my game-used Jody Davis bat, my autographed Ernie Banks card or something else.  I have to give this some thought to have my best chance of making it onto the show.

I can’t help but be excited for my friend, for a local business, for an interesting new show and even for myself.  I plan on following this story and reporting the developments as they occur.

After Scott becomes a big star, I wonder if the pictures I have of the both of us covering various conventions and wrestling events will be worth anything.  I am sure Scott would say my inclusion brings down the value of the pictures.  Yep, you can’t put a price on friendship like that!

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