Columnist Barry Blair shares his experiences from the 38th annual National Sports Collectors Convention held in Chicago July 26-30.
The latest Fanatics Authentics Sports Spectacular Show was held Mar. 18-20, bringing a healthy autograph lineup and items to the show floor that aren’t seen at most shows. Come along for a tour.
The autograph pavilion at the National Convention is a bustling place. With more than 90 signers in 2013, the activity was greater than ever. If you wanted one “regular item” signed by every guest at the 2013 National, it would have cost $5,640.
The National Convention always draws well in Chicago, and this year was no different for the first four days. SCD got a first row seat to the festivities.
Five days seems long, unless those days are filled with trading cards, memorabilia and dealers from across the country. Here is George Vrechek’s journey from the granddaddy of card shows in 2013.
From new baseball pinball games to the rarest of memorabilia, the National Sports Collectors Convention never ceases to amaze. Here’s the journey of SCD contributor Ross Forman.
Ticket sales are up for The National Sports Collectors Convention, which boasts one of the largest autograph
pavilions to date with nearly 100 signers. In early sales, Clemens and Piazza are leading the way.
The National Sports Collectors Convention is no stranger to the city of Chicago. The show has been held in the area eight times, with plenty of publicity shining on the event, from a proposed Bartman appearance to O.J. making a “surprise” stop.
National Convention organizers have released the location for the show through 2019. Aside from the Midwest staples, the surprise is Atlantic City in 2016.