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.
A bunch of national sports shows are on the horizon, including two stops in Chicago and the popular Chantilly Show in Virginia. Check out who’s signing and how you can get tickets.
In a regular column in SCD, T.J. Schwartz talks about events in the hobby, eBay trials and tribulations and things that happen Behind the Counter. In this edition, T.J. talks the National Convention, reveals an eBay horror story and shares some vacation tidbits.
The “Black Swamp Find” of 1910 E98 baseball cards is major news, and the cards will be on display at the upcoming National Convention. In addition, Heritage Auction will be giving away reprinted cards based on the set during the show’s four-day run.