Get Your 2018 NSCC T-Shirts Now

Thousands if not millions of packs will be ripped open during the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention that takes place 8/1-8/5 in Cleveland.  Will you be wearing the right attire when that pull of a lifetime comes along?  I’m happy to announce (4) new t-shirts that commemorate the National this year.  They’ve got one for baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.  According to the National, these will only be sold online.  As of this writing, using discount code “CLEVELAND” at checkout will get you $5.00 off your order.

I’ve already got my order in!!!

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Top Moments From The National Sports Collectors Convention

I consider myself very lucky.  I’ve been able to attend six National Sports Collectors Conventions, with a seventh on the way.  There are lots of collectors who never get the opportunity to attend a single one.  The National Sports Collectors Convention is the largest gathering of collectors, dealers, and other various industry figures.  Its a time to see incredible artifacts, rare cards, and an opportunity to have your voice heard about any questions and/or concerns you may have about a certain topic.  You also get to meet some really great people.

Half of the NSCCs I’ve been to were held in Cleveland, OH.  Two were in Baltimore, MD and another in Atlantic City, NJ.  Although Chicago, IL seems to get the best turnout, I don’t plan on ever attending a show there.  My favorite location is Cleveland.  Its not in the city, and I don’t waste much power in my wheelchair going from the hotel/parking garage to the convention center.  We’ve always found a space near the entrance, and walked right in.

Cleveland seems to be my luckiest spot.  I think it has a lot to do with my lucky Burger King.  Each time I’ve attended the NSCC in Cleveland, I’ve stopped for lunch at Burger King on the way.  Every time I’ve done this, something really cool happens to me during the show.  I won’t say where this specific Burger King is located, but its one of their 15,000+ restaurants.

The 39th National returns to Cleveland Aug. 1-5 this year.  It will be held at the good old I-X Center.  Tickets go on sale next month.

My first trip to the National – 2007.  Four months before starting Sports Card Info.


During the ’07 National, I purchased a pack of 2007 Topps Triple Threads Baseball from D & A Card World.  I ended up pulling this Tom Seaver/Roger Clemens/Doc Gooden Triple Relic Auto #’ed 1/1.

A friend of a friend got me behind the autograph curtain in 2009.  I got to meet seven Heisman Trophy winners – Ron Dayne, Billy Sims, Eric Crouch, Gino Torretta, Jason White, Mike Rozier & Steve Owens.

While participating in the Upper Deck wrapper redemption program in 2014, I pulled this Jack Nicklaus ’14 UD SP Game-Used Edition Inked Fabrics Auto Shirt #’ed/10.

Jim Thome doesn’t attend many autograph signings.  In 2014 he was in town because the Indians were unveiling a statue of him, and he made his way over to the National.  Lots of media was around him while he signed autographs, making it a little difficult to get a quick picture.  I probably should’ve purchased a photo ticket too.  Nonetheless his autograph looks great on my bat.

Ran into legendary sports artist Monty Sheldon in Cleveland, 2014.  Famous for his Artballs and work on various Topps products.

Getting up close with museum quality relics like this Babe Ruth bat from the 1930’s is another great element of the show.  Memory Lane Auctions allows collectors to do this a lot – Atlantic City, 2016.

You’d be surprised what you can find – Atlantic City, 2016.

Mayweather/McGregor Highlight Leaf’s 2017 NSCC Cards

Leaf usually has one of the largest booths in the corporate area.  They also have multiple promotions going on for the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention.  Even if you don’t participate in any of their wrapper redemption programs, their booth is still worth stopping at.  Leaf likes to show off a lot of new cards which will be featured in upcoming products.

Just by opening a hobby box of Leaf cards (2011-present) at their booth will get you entered to win one of five Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor dual autographs.  Each day of the show one will be given away.  You must be present to win.

Collectors opening boxes of 2017 Leaf Pop Century will receive a Pop Century NSCC proof card #’ed/1.  A case will get you six proof cards and a Century Signature #’ed/1.

Opening a box of 2016-17 In The Game-Used will yield a specially made Jack Eichel relic card.  These will have parallels.  Nolan Patrick/Nico Hischier dual autograph cards and a full set of Eichel relics will be waiting for those who open a case.

VIPs will find a non-autographed version of the dual Mayweather/McGregor card in their bag.  A card of Vin Scully will also be thrown in.

Upper Deck’s 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention Plans

Upper Deck continues to make great products.  I just don’t open them very often mainly because they’re hockey and entertainment driven.  During the National in Atlantic City, NJ last year I opened a box of Goodwin Champions at their booth and pulled a Kevin Smith autograph #’ed/25 from a promo pack.  That was the first time I had pulled anything major while taking part in their wrapper redemption program.

VIPs visiting the ’17 NSCC will receive a 5-card Prominent Cuts set from Upper Deck.  The set includes: Michael Jordan, Connor McDavid, LeBron James, Ben Simmons, and Patrick Kane.

Upper Deck announced all of their plans for the National over on their blog.  They’ve got tons going on.

Topps Readies Exclusive Bowman Chrome Cards For The 2017 National

Of all the promotional programs that take place during the National Sports Collectors Convention, Topps usually draws the largest crowd.  For 2017, specially made Bowman Chrome cards make a return.  The 50-card set includes Hall Of Famers, current stars, and rookies.  Randomly inserted parallels and autographs will be thrown in.

Other than Opening DayBunt, and Sticker Collection, all 2017 Topps baseball products are eligible for this promotion.  Boxes of 2017 UFC Knockout and 2017 Major League Soccer can also be used.

Compared to last year, the biggest change is that (1) 4-card promo pack will be given out for each hobby box opened in front of a Topps employee.  This should drastically speed up the line while helping to extend the lifespan of the promo packs.  Before it was (1) promo pack for every (5) packs of Bowman and (1) promo pack for every (10) packs of everything else.  I would think that once the plastic is off the box you’d receive your promo pack.  It doesn’t sound like you would need to stand there and open every pack in front of them.  This should help move things along.

This promo was a big hit in Atlantic City last year.  I participated in it a lot and pulled numerous gold refractors including one of Babe Ruth #’ed/50 and an autograph of Julio Urias #’ed/30.  Both Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger will have cards in here.  As long as they’re still playing like they are, it’ll be fun to see the values of those cards.

Update:

Certain boxes will get you more than (1) promo pack.

Check Out The 2017 NSCC Topps VIP Set

Topps is the first company to strike first when it comes to unveiling their plans for the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention.  VIPs will find a 4-card pack inside their packages.  There are actually five cards to the set, but you’ll need to trade in order to obtain them all.  The set is designed to look like 1987 Topps Baseball in honor of it’s 30th anniversary.  It includes Cal Ripken Jr., Ken Griffey Jr., Nolan Ryan, Johnny Bench, and Ted Williams.

One of these years it would be fun to see some randomly inserted parallels and/or autographs thrown into the VIP bags.  I also think it would be cool to see Topps use cards such as these for buyback autographs in future products like Archives Signature Series.

The 2017 NSCC takes place in Chicago, IL July 26-30.  Tickets are now on sale.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2001 National Sports Collectors Convention – Cleveland Pin

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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.