I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The National Sports Collectors Convention needs to have more show-branded merchandise. Not just promotional cards. Baltimore is the only location I saw them selling shirts. I want to see more shirts, pins, hats, figurines, and bobbleheads all made specially for the National. In 2002, Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen bobbleheads were floating around the National when it was held in Chicago. National-themed McFarlane figures popup too, along with OYO minifigures. They’ve lightly touched on these things in the past, but I think more innovative souvenirs could be made.
Tickets for the 38th National Sports Collectors Convention went on sale this week. It will be held July 26-30 in Chicago. I won’t be attending this year. Things are looking good for Cleveland in 2018 though. Between Cleveland, Baltimore, and Atlantic City, I enjoy the layout of the I-X Center in Cleveland the most. By then, I might need some new Sports Card Info pins to handout.