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.
Reality TV will make the rounds to the National Convention, with “A Piece of the Game” to film a segment on sports memorabilia at the hobby’s biggest event.
In an annual tradition, PSA will provide collectors with a unique visual experience at the National Sports Collectors Convention July 31-Aug. 4. PSA will display $2 million worth of Cracker Jack cards, hand out the latest book on the subject, “Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players” and host signings by the authors.
National Convention organizers have released the location for the show through 2019. Aside from the Midwest staples, the surprise is Atlantic City in 2016.
After a hiatus due to the London Olympic Games in 2012, show organizers have announced the return of a 25,000 sq.-ft. area at the 34th National in Rosemont, July 31-Aug, 4 dedicated solely to Olympic memorabilia.