Tickets for the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention went on sale this week. This year’s National takes place Aug. 3-7 in Atlantic City. By the looks of it, TRISTAR plans to have an extremely large list of autograph guests. More will be added the closer we get to the opening.
Outside of cards, I’d like to see more National branded merchandise. Many of the early Nationals had lots of different things. Only two of the Nationals I’ve been to have sold shirts. Both were in Baltimore. I want to see the National’s name on more shirts, pins, bobbleheads, etc… The National use to have a long running line of pins from the 80’s to early 2000’s, but that stopped.
As of right now I plan on being in Atlantic City this year. I’ve got my hotel reservations and official Sports Card Info pins ready to hand out. No real word yet as to what promos will be made. Its a little early for that. With the recent passing of the National’s founder, Mike Berkus, it wouldn’t surprise me if we see some promo cards of him.