Looking Back On The 2016 National – Atlantic City, NJ

Today is July 29, 2020.  This was suppose to be the first day of the 41st National Sports Collectors Convention making it’s return to Atlantic City, NJ.  Thanks to COVID-19 this won’t be happening right now.  Currently it has been postponed until December 12-16, 2020.  Honestly, I don’t see that date sticking either.  Between COVID-19, weather, and the holiday season you’re just asking for trouble.  It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the National eventually gets cancelled altogether for 2020.

The last time the National was held in Atlantic City, NJ was back in 2016.  I attended this one.  Meeting people in-person who you only talk to online, sharing photos of high-end artifacts that only Mike Trout could afford, and participating in wrapper redemption programs were all major highlights.  If I remember correctly, 2016 Topps Chrome Baseball was released around this time and it was on fire.  Everyone was looking for rookies of Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Kenta Maeda, and Luis Severino to name a few.

Collectors should be picking-up their VIP packages, and running to the Topps booth to sign-up for their Q&A session.  But not today.  Hopefully one day we can return to normal.

In the meantime, enjoy these photos I got when I was there in 2016.

Getting my own baseball card made at the Topps booth.

Babe Ruth baseball bat from the 1930s.

Bobbleheads!

You never know what you’re going to find.

Pulled this Kevin Smith autograph #’ed/25 from an Upper Deck wrapper redemption pack.

Pulled this Julio Urias autograph #’ed/30 from a Topps wrapper redemption pack.

Great prices on boxes.

Wade Boggs not looking too happy.  Get him some chicken!

Fidel Castro Vintage Single-Signed Cuban Baseball.

Merry Christmas!  Shitter was full!

Card of the Day: The Bushwhackers 2016 Topps WWE #58

Card of the Day: Luis Severino 2016 Topps Finest – Finest Firsts RC Auto

Card of the Day: 2016 Topps Now – Donald Trump Wins The 2016 Presidential Election #13

Card of the Day: Tim Lincecum 2016 Topps Heritage High Number #631

Card of the Day: 2016 Topps Santa Claus Holiday – Kris Kringle 1990 Merry Xmas Auto

Card of the Day: Maikel Franco/Ryan Howard 2016 Topps Heritage #309

Card of the Day: Cole Irvin 2016 Bowman Draft #4

Product Highlight: 2016 Titleist

Golf cards have taken a backseat to other sports recently.  The last standalone golf product to come out is 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Golf.  Since then, golfers have popped-up in multi-sport products like Allen & GinterGoodwin Champions, and various Leaf sets.

It doesn’t look like a new standalone golf product is coming our way anytime soon.  Collectors are craving new golf cards thanks to young stars like Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.  Watching Tiger Woods make an incredible comeback to win The Masters has helped increase interest too.  Like NASCAR, licensing comes down to the individuals.  Obtaining a PGA license doesn’t mean you can just start making golf cards of whoever you want.  Money is the main problem.  Some of these golfers just want too much.  They want Tiger Woods level money, without having all of his accomplishments.  It doesn’t make it feasible.  In short, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.

Upper Deck, Pro Set, and Donruss are the main companies that come to mind when you think of golf cards.  The Acushnet Holdings Company certainly isn’t one of them.  Are you not familiar with The Acushnet Holdings Company?  They make golf equipment and apparel.  I’m sure the name Titleist rings a bell.  That’s one of their main brands.

In 2016, Titleist issued an incredibly scarce set of cards.  Available only in PGA Jr League merchandise packs could these cards be found.  Packs containing (4) cards each were packaged along with Titleist golf balls they provided to Jr golfers.  A total of (12) cards make up the entire set – Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, and Kevin Na.  According to my contact at Titleist, under 2,000 sets were printed.  Its simply known as 2016 Titleist.

Card of the Day: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Green Refractor Auto