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American Sports Advisors, Inc. (Baseball Cards, Handicapping)


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Nicely engraved stock certificate from American Sports Advisors, Inc. dating back to the 1980's. This document, which contains the printed signatures of the company Chairman and Secretary, was printed by the Security-Columbian/United States Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).


This certificate's vignette features a graduation cap with the company's slogan "The Professor's Picks" - a nod to their sports handicapping business.


You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    American Sports Advisors, Inc., through its subsidiary, Great American Pastime, Inc., acquired, marketed and distributed baseball cards and other sports related novelty products and memorabilia to mass market retailers, manufacturers, hobbyists and collectors.

    The Business involved the purchase for resale of quantities of baseball cards from major producers, such as Topps and Fleer.

    In 1985, United Press International and American Sports Advisors, Inc., announced the formation of Telesports Communications Corporation, to provide home subscribers with up-to-the-minute sports information 16 hours a day.

    UPI and ASA said the service would include pre-game data, game developments, and post-game stories and statistical information on professional baseball, basketball, hockey, horse racing, boxing and football.

    It also was supposed to get college football and basketball results moments after games ended.

    Ed Horowitz, president and founder of ASA, said at the time that the joint venture would 75 percent owned by ASA and 25 percent by UPI. He said cost of installing a high-speed receiver in a subscriber's outlet would be $299 a month.

    Horowitz said the information would be gathered at ASA headquarters in Garden City, New York, and then transmitted by telephone line to a transmitter in Virginia. There it will be sent by satellite to FM radio earth stations in various cities, then via FM radio wave to subscribers.

    There is no evidence this program got off the ground.

    The company also had sports handicapping and publishing divisions - both of which were sold to Professor Enterprises in 1987. The company was liquidated soon thereafter.