40th National Sports Card Collectors Convention

This will be my first National Sports Card Collectors Convention. It is their 40th show and I’m going to celebrate my 40th birthday. My birthday isn’t until late October but I couldn’t wait to celebrate it with of my collecting brothers & sisters.

On the podcast the past few weeks we have talked about what to expect and how to navigate 840,000 sq ft Donald E Stephens Convention Center. This is the 12th stop in Chicago and from collectors who have been to multiple locations; they all say Chicago is the best venue by far.

I only decided to go a few weeks ago with the urging of my wife, Bianca. I had planned on the 2021 NSCC also in Chicago to be my 1st one with by podcast co host, Ben Wilson (@ourtradingcards), but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. Bianca is expecting our 2nd child in November, she had a bonus that paid for my ticket and my other co host, Stephen Loeffler (@junkwaxtwins) had a place for me to stay. Also, this time of year is a bit slow in my industry so everything just fell into place at once.

I will be reporting from the show via my Periscope feed, the podcast YouTube page as well as Twitter. Steph and I have a few interviews setup already, plus we are going to be on Mojo Breaks’ THE HYPE and Beckett’s Fat Pack podcast.

Show Hours

  • WEDNESDAY 7/31 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • THURSDAY 8/1 10:00am-6:00pm
  • FRIDAY 8/2 10:00am-6:00pm
  • SATURDAY 8/3 10:00am-6:00pm
  • SUNDAY 8/4 10:00am-5:00pm

Ticket Prices/Packages

  • General Admission $19 online/ $22 at the door
    • One day only – Any day of the event
  • VIP Package $139 online/ $149 at the door
    • All 5 days – including Wednesday Night Sneak-Peak
    • Exclusive VIP Gift Package
    • 12 selected free VIP autographs
    • 30 minute early admission each day
    • Use of the VIP Lounge and additional benefits
  • Super VIP Package $199 online/ $209 at the door
    • VIP Package plus:
    • Free Parking pass
    • DOUBLE VIP Gift Package
    • Autograph tickets to all 18 free VIP signers
  • All kids 12 & under are FREE

Here are some of the tips we have received on surviving The National.

• Have a budget
• Have a shopping list
• Bring supplies
• Wear comfortable shoes
• Have a backpack or something to carry your purchases
• Don’t pass up a great deal on a rare pick up
• Pass on everyday stuff at first
• Meet up with collectors

Our buddy Ryan (@CardCollector2) created a short video series with Tips & Tricks for The National. There are 6 videos in total and all less than 12 minutes each (Link)

Show Highlights

  • Wednesday Sneak Peak
    • The Sneak Peek is a preview of the show on Wednesday from 4PM-8PM. 
    • You can use a 1-day General Admission Ticket for admission or if you have purchased any of our VIP Packages, it includes admission to the Sneak Peek.
    • All Exhibitor Booths will be open and ready to do business with attendees. 
    • the National provides several SNEAK PEEK FREE AUTOGRAPH GUESTS available to all attendees on Wednesday.
  • VIP Party at the National on July 31 at 2PM

A special event featuring two of the biggest names to hit the sports collectibles hobby will be held just prior to the VIP Party at the National 

Gary Vaynerchuk of  Vaynerchuk Media has a huge social media presence and is now deeply involved in sports memorabilia.  Gary will be manning a dealer booth at the 2019 National.  

Josh Luber is co-founder of StockX, an online marketplace initially of collectible sneakers. The platform has taken the sports collectibles industry by storm. 

Josh & Gary will make a rare appearance to discuss our industry

  • Topps – Booth #676
    • VIP Gift Bag 1984 Anniversary Packs
    • Wrapper Redemption program
      • Features top prospects, former & current MLB stars in 2019 Bowman design
    • National Baseball Card Day Checklist released (Saturday August 10th)
    • Pack Wars
    • Giveaways
  • Leaf – Booth #864
    • 4 Cards in the VIP Bags
      • Harrison Ford
      • Steph Curry
      • Wander Franco
      • Kyler Murray
  • 3 Redemption Programs – All done at their booth
    • Program 1 – Box Level
      • Open a box of 2019 Leaf In The Game Sports or 2019 Leaf Pop Century & receive 1 pack of 1992 Leaf Metal Cards
    • Program 2 – Case Level
      • Open a case of the same product & receive 1 pack of 1992 Leaf Metal Cards /box plus a 1/1 Autographed Card
    • Program 3 – 2019 Leaf Metal All-Americans Bowl Football (Hobby or Jumbo)
      • Open a case of the product and receive an exclusive 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Bonus Box – 12 Autographed cards #’d 2 or less (ONLY 50 Boxes)
  • BlowOut – Booth #854
    • Get all of your Redemption needs from the Blowout Cards Corporate Booth
    • At their Redemption Center, their staff will be on-hand to answer each and every question that you will have regarding the various 2019 National Redemption programs.
    • They will also be carrying every single product that will be eligible for manufacturer redemptions this year!
  • Steel City Collectibles – Booth #652
    • Every $100 = 1 Raffle Ticket
    • Zion Autographed Jersey
    • Randy Moss Autographed Helmet
    • Pete Alonso Autographed Baseball
    • Cody Bellinger Autographed Hat
  • Baseball Card Exchange – Booth #830
    • They will be bringing a boat load (actually a couple truck loads) of unopened, graded cards, autographs, memorabilia
    • They will also be authenticating boxes onsite
    • The fees to be charged at the show will be 10% of their advertised buy price per box/rack pack with a minimum charge of $12 and the maximum charge of $2000.
    • They cannot authenticate any unopened items currently being authenticated by PSA.
    • They will not be authenticating cases at The National.
    • If any material submitted for authentication at The National is not completed prior to noon on Sunday August 4th, it will be brought back to the office and shipped from there at the customer’s expense.
  • eBay – Booth #875
    • Coupons and Giveaways
    • 40th National Swag Bag
    • $10 off eBay coupon – no min
    • Free Anchor Store Promotion
    • Raffles
  • COMC – Booth #624
    • Premium Processing Special
    • Spin-to-Win Prize Wheel
      • Instant Winner: Receive $5, $10 or $25 COMC Credit instantly to your COMC account!
      • Instant Winner: Score one of three Limited Edition COMC-Branded T-Shirts.
      • Store Credit Drawing Entry: Receive entry into a drawing to win $100, $250, or $500 COMC Credit to your COMC Account.
      • Chicago Style: Receive entry into a drawing to win one of three high-end trading cards featuring Chicago sports stars and legends!
      • Free Shipping: Win free shipping on your next COMC order!
    • Limited Edition COMC T-Shirt Giveaway
      • Here’s how you can nab yourself a piece of our Gem Mint Apparel:
      • Drop off a Premium submission of at least 100 items.
      • Drop off a Select or Current-Year Select Submission of at least 200 items.
      • Land on specially marked prize slots on our Spin to Win Wheel!
    • Consignment Drop-off Center
      • This year we will be introducing a 1,000-card limit per person for drop-off submissions consigned through our Basic-level (2-month) service. This cap only applies to our Basic service and only for submissions at The National.
      • There are no card limits for submitting your items through our Current-Year Basic, Select, Current-Year Select, or Premium services.
    • COMC @ Instagram Trade Night
      • COMC is proud to announce that we are an official sponsor of Instagram Trade Night hosted by CardCollector2!
  • PSA – Booth # 1436-#1224-#1228
    • On Site Grading
    • PSA’s National Card Grading Competition
      • Test your grading skills and win money
    • 2019 NSCC Fantasy Promo Cards
      • Join the Platinum Club and get a set
    • Create your own trading card
      • Your own T-206
    • PSA Jordan – A – Day Giveaway
      • Giving away a graded 86-87 Fleer Michael Jordan RC everyday
  • Beckett – Booth #670
    • Onsite Card Grading
    • Onsite Autograph Authentication
    • Raw/Graded Card Review
    • Beckett Authentication Services will be present to authenticate your autographs onsite, including encapsulation of autographs that fit into our standard size holder.
      • Turnaround and availability for onsite services are subject to demand, please check at the booth for specific cut-off times.
      • In addition, we will be running a $10 Show Signer Authentication Special – any autograph obtained at the show will be authenticated at a special rate of $10 per autograph, proof of autograph purchase required.
  • Mike Berkus Main Stage – Breaks
    • Topps – Wednesday @6:30pm
    • Onyx 2019 Vintage Collection Baseball FREE Case Break – Thursday @12pm
    • Panini Grand Case Break – Saturday @12pm
    • Upper Deck Ultimate Collection – Saturday @2pm

Autograph Guests

  • Baseball
    • Jim Thome
    • Paul Molitor
    • Rafael Palmeiro
    • Alan Trammell
    • Roger Clemens
    • Greg Maddux
    • Mariano Rivera
    • Lou Piniella
    • Bruce Sutter
    • Ozzie Smith
    • Fred McGriff
    • Vladimir Guerrero Sr.
    • Barry Larkin
    • Robin Yount
    • Jim Rice
    • Tim Raines
    • Moises Alou
    • Lee Smith
    • Pete Rose
    • Ivan Rodriguez
    • Brooks Robinson
    • Eddie Murray
    • Edgar Martinez
    • Tony LaRussa
    • Al Kaline
    • Chipper Jones
    • Reggie Jackson
    • Trevor Hoffman
    • Rickey Henderson
    • Josh Hamilton
    • Carlton Fisk
    • Jim Edmonds
    • Andre Dawson
    • Rod Carew
    • Wade Boggs
    • Craig Biggio
    • Harold Baines
    • Roberto Alomar
    • Jeff Bagwell
  • Basketball
    • Allen Iverson
    • Julius Erving
    • Christian Laettner
    • Elvin Hayes
    • Dennis Rodman
  • Football
    • Desmond Howard
    • Eric Dickerson
    • Matt Leinart
    • Jerry Rice
    • Mike Ditka
    • Ray Lewis
    • Emmitt Thomas
    • Earl Campbell
    • Deion Sanders
    • Howie Long
    • Mike Garrett
    • Marshall Faulk
    • Kellen Winslow
    • Joe Theismann
    • Barry Sanders
    • Jim McMahon
    • Steve Largent
    • Rocket Ismail
    • Dan Fouts
    • Tony Dorsett
    • Kevin Greene
    • Emmitt Smith
    • Michael Irvin
    • Bob Lilly
    • Dave Robinson
    • Dan Hampton
    • Jack Youngblood
    • Randy White
    • Thurman Thomas
    • Lawrence Taylor
    • Andre Reed
    • Joe Montana
    • Jerry Kramer
    • Jim Kelly
    • Rickey Jackson
    • Ray Guy
    • Bob Griese
    • Curley Culp
    • Dick Butkus
  • Hockey
    • Phil Esposito
    • Brett Hull
    • Bobby Hull
    • Jim Craig
    • Chris Chelios
  • Other Sports & Celebrities
    • Patrick Renna – Hamilton from Sandlot
    • William Shatner
    • Hope Solo
    • Hulk Hogan

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