Scenes from tonight’s Panini VIP Party (ongoing gallery)

CpNHM0SVIAA8v37.jpg-largeNow that the National Sports Collectors Convention is completed for today, the spotlight selectively turns to this year’s Panini VIP Party, which will include some big-name guests, big-name signers and some big-name cardboard.

Black boxes, Gold packs, autographs and more are the mementos of the event, but the memories are made with the interactions between the collectors and the stars.

We’ll help take you behind the rope virtually right here with a gallery of images from tonight’s event.

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eBay Buzz: Jeff Gordon’s last hurrah — and potential title — comes today

JeffGordon1987Jeff Gordon’s final lap could end up being one of his biggest ones as he’s one of the final four drivers in NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup — a winner-take-all playoff format that will make the final race of the season dictate the season’s champion.

It’s also the final race of Gordon’s career, which already has four Cup wins and 93 race victories  in 24 seasons at that level — marks that place him among NASCAR’s elite no matter what happens today.

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