Past And Present Cleveland Indians Highlight The Topps 2018 NSCC VIP Set

Cleveland Indians of the past and present will be found in the Topps VIP set this year for those attending the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention.  Its a 5-card set.  I wouldn’t be surprised if packs only contain (4) cards.  Like in years past, Topps wants you to trade in order to get that fifth card.

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Leaf’s 4-Card 2018 NSCC VIP Set

Leaf has unveiled their 4-card set VIPs will find inside their swag-bag.  The Leaf booth usually takes up the most space when it comes to corporate attendees.  Brian Gray always uses the National as a platform to show off future products.  2018 Leaf Best of Sports and 2018 Leaf Metal Pop Century qualify for their wrapper redemption program.

Upper Deck’s 2018 NSCC 5-Card VIP Set

VIPs attending the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention will find a 5-card Prominent Cuts set in their swag-bag thanks to Upper Deck.  That’s not all, Upper Deck has tons of fun activities planned for collectors who visit their booth.  Lots of interesting autographs will be found inside their wrapper redemption packs.  I pulled a Kevin Smith autograph while attending the show in Atlantic City in 2016.  Monumental boxes are making a return too.

For a full rundown of Upper Deck’s plans, and which products qualify for their promotions, check out this press release from the National.  As of right now, my favorite Upper Deck product is Goodwin Champions.  Its like their version of Allen & Ginter.  2018 Goodwin Champions doesn’t come out until the National is over.  So I probably won’t be taking part in any of Upper Deck’s programs this year as the products that you do need to open are 100% hockey.

Panini’s 2018 NSCC 10-Card VIP Set

I don’t do much with Panini products anymore.  But here is a look at their 10-card set VIPs attending The National Sports Collectors Convention will receive.  A redemption coupon will most likely be found in VIP’s swag-bag which can be used to redeem the set at the Panini booth.

Upper Deck Bringing Ohtani Autographs To The 39th National

One of my favorite activities to participate in while attending the National Sports Collectors Convention are the wrapper redemption programs.  I mainly focus on Upper Deck and Topps as they both seem to do the best work.  While attending the 2016 National in Atlantic City, I pulled a decent amount of valuable promos from both companies.

Upper Deck is the first manufacturer to give us a glimpse as to what their promos will look like for the National this year.  Have you heard of this guy named Shohei Ohtani?  Only a few people have been hunting for his cards 🙂  From the looks of it, he will have autographs randomly thrown into Upper Deck wrapper redemption packs.  Upper Deck seems to be bringing back the Prominent Cuts theme.  As we get closer to August, more details pertaining to VIP sets and wrapper redemption programs will become available.

I can imagine Topps will have Ohtani autographs too.  They’d be crazy not to have them.  Upper Deck has been using the Prominent Cuts name for National promos for awhile.  One of these years I’d like them to put that Fleer brand into use.  I believe Upper Deck stays away from creating special parallel promos for the National because Topps does that with their products.

The 39th National Sports Collectors Convention takes place 8/1-8/5 in Cleveland at the I-X Center.  Be sure to pickup an official t-shirt beforehand.  TRISTAR has already announced a hefty autograph lineup.

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!!!

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.