More Photos From The 2018 National + Cool Idea!

I can only speak for myself, but the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention has got to be one of the best shows I’ve ever attended.  According to the National, it had the best attendance they’ve seen in the last twelve years.  PSA also mentioned that they had a record number of submissions during the show too.  Records were being broken all over the place.  It was quite the spectacle to see.

Cleveland continues to be my favorite location.  I’ve been to seven Nationals, and four of them have been at the I-X Center.  Its easy to get to, not in the city, and I usually can park near the entrance.  The National takes place in Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center next year July 31 to August 4, 2019.  As much as I enjoy the National, I don’t plan on going to Chicago.  I hate to miss it, but I do not enjoy the process of flying or driving twelve hours.  The next National I’m looking to attend is in Atlantic City in 2020.  I was there in 2016, and things worked out fairly well.  Given the attendance seen this year, once the Atlantic City show is over I wouldn’t be surprised if it just alternates between Chicago and Cleveland for awhile.

In my opinion, Leaf and Topps had the superior wrapper redemption programs.  I did nothing with Upper Deck or Panini.  Topps does a nice job with their exclusive Bowman Chrome refractors.  Leaf had a huge hit with their 2018 In The Game Used Sports boxes.  At the show, these were selling for $160-$165 per box.  Now they go for $270.  The Leaf Originals Metal promos that you’d receive for opening boxes at their booth have also gained a lot of traction on the secondary market.

I have a cool idea.  Wouldn’t it be fun to see a remote controlled blimp flying around the National?  I’ve seen them before at hockey games randomly dropping coupons.  It could fly over the crowd and drop packs to sports collectors below.  Each day a different manufacturer could sponsor the packs being dropped.  Who wouldn’t want some exclusive blimp parallels?  How about mounting a camera on it too?  I bet it would even have it’s own Twitter account.  I can see this idea really “taking off”.

Although the National has been over for a month, I’d like to share some photos I didn’t post on my Day #1Day #2, and Day #3 coverage.  There are a few aerial shots.  Pictures like that always remind me of Where’s Waldo.  You never know what you might see.  Who knows?  You could be in there.

Bill Belichick 2002 Super Bowl XXXVI Game-Worn Headset.  You can hear everything with this.  I mean EVERYTHING.

Rob Bertrand of Go GTS Live handing out prizes.

Behind the TRISTAR curtain.

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State College Spikes ’18 Topps Pro Debut Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Zach Kirtley 2018 Topps Pro Debut Fragments of the Farm New York-Penn League Championship Banner From Medlar Field At Lubrano Park Relic.  I will be attending the National Sports Collectors Convention this week, so this contest will run a little longer.  Good luck!!!

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Grand Junction Rockies ’18 Topps Pro Debut Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Ryan Vilade 2018 Topps Pro Debut Fragments of the Farm Wall Sign from Sam Suplizio Field Relic.  Good luck!!!

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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.

Columbus Clippers ’17 Topps Pro Debut Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a 2017 Topps Pro Debut Fragments of the Farm Columbus Clippers Game-Used Base from Huntington Park Relic.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

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  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Pin Pickups From The 2015 Little League World Series

We’re neck deep into the 2015 Little League World Series.  Games are being played, merchandise is flying off the shelves, and pins are being handed out.

Its hard to believe the first time I went to the Little League World Series I never visited any of the corporate booths.  Now its really the only reason I go.  Sure its free to watch the games, but I can do that at home in the air conditioning.  On Saturday morning I decided to make the annual trip up to South Williamsport to see what was going on.

Arriving early really helps to cut down on traffic.  I arrived in South Williamsport around 10:00 a.m. and the first game didn’t start until 1:00 p.m.  There was no traffic at all.  Before heading over to Little League, I stopped at Reptiland.  Reptiland is a zoo that you pass on the way to Williamsport.  They have a Little League pin this year.  Its a two piece pin.  One part you get at Reptiland and the other you’ll find at the Little League Museum.  In order to get one you have to fight a live gator… just kidding.  After that it was on to Dunkin’ Donuts and Little League.

Most of the corporate booths didn’t open until 11:00 a.m.  Some of these companies are making it more difficult to get pins every year.  Companies like Lance, All, Bomb Pop, and Honda require people to fill out an endless amount of paperwork in order to get a bracelet which can make you eligible for a pin.  I know companies like to collect data for marketing research, but I think in some cases its getting a little ridiculous.  Luckily some of the people working for these companies will just hand you free pins if you ask without having to go through all the red tape.

After spending about three hours at Little League eating lunch and picking up as many pins as possible it was time to leave.  As game time approached the crowd got much larger.  This might have been the biggest crowd I’ve seen at Little League.  Most likely because the Red Land team from York is playing in it.  Lots of businesses in town have specially made Little League pins.  On the way home I stopped by The Clothier and Genetti Hotel.  You could probably spend all day everyday in Williamsport during the Little League World Series and not get every pin.  There are just so many.  Some are more difficult to obtain than others.  ESPN and Oakley pins seem to be the most difficult to find.  I ended up with twenty new pins for my collection.  Just a few of them are duplicates.  About half of them I got for free.

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Exclusive Roberto Clemente Card From Steel City Collectibles For National Attendees

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One of the top things to do while attending the National Sports Collectors Convention is bust boxes.  There are always plenty of dealers ready to provide you with your box breaking fix.  Among the dealers you’ll find is Steel City Collectibles out of McKeesport, PA.  And guess what?  They have a promo for this year’s National.  While supplies last, anyone who purchases a box from the Steel City Collectibles booth will receive a Roberto Clemente Beckett Sports Card Monthly cover card.  This card looks just like the cover to an issue of BSCM, and is a National exclusive.  Limited quantities will be available.