National Sports Collectors Convention filled with giveaways, access to unique memorabilia and plenty of exclusive trading cards courtesy if card manufacturers. The hobby’s five-day main event is ready to kick off in Rosemont, Ill.
Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota went one-two in the NFL Draft; collectors aren’t waiting to see success on the field before buying. Winston is leading out of the gate, with his card values rising.
Fans of commemorative card sets will be looking to Panini this week, as the card company rolls out an exclusive set for the 2015 NBA All-Stars and the newly minted Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Panini America has big plans for the NFL Experience, including three special card sets — one devoted to the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, one devoted to 16 of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history and one devoted to the hometown Arizona Cardinals.
Panini America has reached exclusive trading card agreements with more than 200 additional universities that will allow the company to use the schools’ team logos and university marks in its trading card products for college specific trading card sets.
Derek Jeter signed cards, buy-backs of original Donruss-branded cards, will be appearing in select Panini baseball products, starting with Classics Baseball in November.
The University of Georgia, University of Kentucky and University of Miami have come to terms with Panini, allowing the card manufacturer to exclusively produce cards bearing their marks.
Panini Super Bowl Kid Reporter Contest returns for a second year, with Trent Dilfer coaching the lucky winner on media relations. Panini Super Bowl Kid Reporter entry cards are inserted into every pack of the company’s 2014 Score, 2014 Rookies & Stars, 2014 Prizm, 2014 Absolute and 2014 Contenders NFL trading card products.
The football trading card market got a shakeup on Day No. 2 of The National. Panini has announced an exclusive agreement with the NFLPA. Topps still plans some kind of role with football cards.
The National Sports Collectors Convention, opening July 30, has numerous giveaways, rare displays and more; here’s a guide to make sure you get to all of the attractions. You have until Aug. 3 to see everything.