The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention Heads into the Home Stretch 

While it seems like we just got here, Sunday marks the end of the 36th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention. There is still a lot of activity taking place on Sunday. The Tristar Autograph Pavilion has a large number of Baseball Hall of Famers appearing on the final day. Headlining Sunday is Chicago White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (rescheduled from Saturday). Joining the Big Hurt in the Pavilion will be Johnny Bench, newly inducted Hall member Craig Biggio, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Tom Glavine, Whitey Herzog, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Tony Perez, Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smiith, Bruce Sutter and Joe Torre. Also signing will be Roger Clemens and Pete Rose.

A sprinkling of football stars are scheduled for Sunday including HOFers Fred Biletnikoff, Ray Guy, John Randle and Randy White. Super Bowl MVP Rickey Jackson will be on hand.

Activities on Saturday included the first ever Vintage Break sponsored by Heritage Auctions and The lucky winner chose a baseball signed by the cast of the famous movie honoring Lou Gehrig "Pride of the Yankees". Signatures included Babe Ruth and Gary Cooper.  The 14 other participants in the break were also very happy pulling down items such as an Albdrt Pujols Game-Used bat, a Wayne Gretzky Hockey Stick and a Jordan-Muhammad Ali signed framed picture.

The Panini  Grand Case Break took place Saturday on the Collectibles Main Stage. The only existing National Treasures case in existence was broken leading to some very happy winners.

Exhibitors at the National and those who want to exhibit at next year's 37th National in Atlantic City, NJ, should make sure they reserve a booth space by stopping at the Booth Selection Lottery in Room 10 at the Convention Center between 8-9 AM on Sunday morning. The best way to make sure you have space in AC is to select your booth while we are here in Chicago.

Sad to see this years event end but we know every one is already planning for next year in Atlantic City, Aust 3-8, 2016. 

Building Toward the Weekend at the National

The Tristar Autograph Pavilion was the place to be on Friday at the National. Loads of autograph guests filled the Pavilion with autograph seekers looking for their favorite star. Saturday will be very hectic as well as the largest group of guests is scheduled to appear. Joining us on Saturday will be the following list of superstar celebrities. Baseball Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson, Bill Mazeroski, Cal Ripken Jr, Reggie Jackson, Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux and  Frank Thomas will sign. Newly inducted Cooperstown members John Smoltz and Randy Johnson are scheduled, Future Hall of Famers Mike Piazza and Rafael Pameiro will also be on hand.

A first for the National - Tennis Greats Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl will be at the National. Allen Iverson, Isiah Thomas and Scottie Pippen are signing. Football Greats Barry Sanders, Lou Holtz and Brian Urlacher are on hand. Making a return trip to Chicago is former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Friday had a lot of great activities on the show flor including Pack Wars at the Topps Booth, Free Kids Case Breaks at Panini and an appearance by Mannie the Frenchieat the Topps Booth. Lots more is scheduled including the much anticipate Vintage Case Break sponsored by Heritage Auctions and Ripping One lucky dealer will be selected from among the exhibiting dealers to win a free spot in that break. There still lots of remaining  activities as we begin the final two days of the 36th National.

Thursday at the 36th National Brings a Great "Miracle" Memory

Al Michaels said it back in 1980 as the semi-final Olympic Hockey game between the heavily favored Soviet hockey team and the young enthusiastic US squad entered its final seconds, "Do you believe in miracles?"  And millions of hockey fans since then have remembered that game. The team that provided that great memory assembled again on Thursday at the National. Led by Captain Mike Eruzione and goalkeeper Jim Craig, the team was on hand to sign autographs and to meet with fans who made the chant U-S-A! U-S-A! famous. They were wonderful guests and we thank them for their appearance at the National. 

Several exciting case breaks took place including Leaf Pop Century. The Case Break Pavilion remained open once again until midnight. On tap for Friday is the Upper Deck Premier Case Break at 2:00 PM on the Main Stage. Speaking of Upper Deck, they are bringing in Manny the Frenchie on Friday between 1-3PM. A complete set of exclusive Upper Deck cards celebrating the dog who has a great following on social media. The cards can be obtained with a donation to the French Bulldog Rescue group. 

The Autograph Pavilion will be hopping on Friday with appearances by many Baseball and Football Hall of Famers. Signing on Friday will be Frank Robinson, Dave Winfield, Rod Carew, Barry Larkin, Robin Yount, Dennis Eckersley, Jim Palmer, Wade Boggs, Carlton Fisk Jim Rice, Jim Bunning and Bob Gibson. Fan favorites Manny Ramirez and Tim Raines are also sigining. There is even an special unscheduled appearance by Luis Aparicio.

Also slated to appear is Chicago Bulls Superstar Joakim Noah. Wisconsin U All American Frank Kaminsky and Basketball Hall of Famers Dennis Rodman, John Havlicek and The Human Highlight Reel Dominique Wilkins lead the basketball contingent. Football greats Jim Kelly, Lawrence Taylor, Thurman Thomas, Gale Sayers and John Riggins round out a busy day.

36th National Kicks into High Gear

The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention opened with the Topps VIP Party at 2:30 PM on Wednesday. The crowd was delighted with not only the free food but also with the free autographs from Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, Hockey Legend Pierre Pilote and WS MVP Bret Saberhagen. It was the largest VIP in National History. Topps participation made it a real crowd pleaser. VIPs hustled on to the show floor at 3:30 and quickly hit the dealer and corporate booths looking for early bargains and for that scarce card.

The show floor opened for the general public at 4 PM and added to the excitement. Dealers reported brisk business for opening night. The Case Break Pavilion had their grand opening case break hosted by Topps. This was followed by the Chicago Media Case Break.  Several members of the local Chicago media participated and got their opportunity to select authentic Chicago memorabilia. All the participants loved the new venture.

Thursday at the National brings even more activity. Stop at Never Enough Cards Booth #616 and pick up a 2015 National Exclusive Hockey OYO. Kids are invited to participate by building various items and all will leave with a bag of goodies as well. The Leaf Pop Century Case Break takes place at 2PM on the Main Stage. 

The Autograph Pavilion picks up steam as well. 18 Members of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team will signing.  It's also Football Hall of Fame Day with Curley Culp, Dan Deirdorf, Aeneas Williams, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, Mick Tinglehoff, Bob Griese, Paul Hornung and Steve Largent.  Also appearing will be Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson who will be forever tied together for the 1986 World Series.

36th National Begins on Wednesday 7/29 with VIP Party & Sneak Peek

The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention opens on Wednesday afternoon, July 29th at the Donald E Stephens Center in Rosemont IL. The event kicks off at 2:30 PM with the Topps VIP Party (open exclusively to attendees who purchased a VIP Admission Package). The National Show Floor will open for VIP attendees at 3:30 PM.  Attendees who purchase a General Admission Ticket will be permitted onto the National Show Floor at 4:00 PM.  All vendor and corporate booths will be open and ready for business. The 36th National Memory Lane Sneak Peek will close at 8:00 PM.

The Topps VIP Party will have three special guests signing free autograph from 3:00-4:00 PM. Appearing at the Party will be former Chicago Blackhawks Captain and NHL Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote.  Appearing along with him will be MLB Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and 2-time Cy Young Winner Bret Saberhagen.  There will be light refreshments, prize drawings and other activities for our VIP guests.

Beginning at 4:00 PM, the 36th National Show Floor will open to all attendees for the Memory Lane Sneak Peek. Our three special Wednesday guests will be signing autographs from 4:30-6:30 PM (one autograph per person while time permits). Pierre Pilote will be signing in the Tristar Autograph Pavilion. Rollie Fingers will be signing on the Main Stage in the Case Break Pavilion and Bret Saberhagen will sign at Booth 1429 in the Case Break Pavilion. All dealers on the show floor will be set up and open for business. 

Both VIP Admission Packages and General Admission Tickets are currently available on this web site. Click here to purchase tickets for the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention.

Whova - The Official Mobile App of the 36th National

The National Sports Collectors Convention, Inc. is pleased to offer attendees (and would be attendees) a new mobile app which should make the National experience even better. The free online app has detailed information including a schedule of events, an area map, sponsor list, exhibitor list, autograph schedule and more.

 You can  download  the free official  Whova  app for this event by clicking here and selecting your mobile platform.      

Some of the benefits include:    

  • Receive update notifications from the National
  • Access National schedule, directions, parking information, autograph schedule and more.
  • Access Exhibitors by name and by Booth number
  • Send in-app messages and exchange digital business cards and other contact info.

Following your download, sign up on Whova using your email address  or your social media accounts. Search for the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in events. See you at the National. Follow it on Whova.

Panini Announces 2015 VIP Set and Other National Plans

Panini America has announced that attendees at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, July 29-August 2 are in for a big treat. Always a hotspot of activity, the Panini Corporate Booth #846 will be buzzing with activity again this year.

VIPs will receive a 6-card set featuring the best young players in 3 sports. First Round NBA Draft Picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Kahlil Okafor head up the set. From Football comes #1 & #2 Overall Picks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. And baseball is represented by two young phenoms, Cubs Rookie Sensation Kris Bryant and Home Run Derby Runner-Up Joc Pederson from the Dodgers.

The Panini Wrapper Redemption set is unbelievable as well. The multi-sport redemption set will include Rookie Memorabilia cards numbered to 25. The spectacular College Variations subset, a 15-card chase highlighted by college baseball shots of NFL quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Jameis Winston. This year’s Team Colors chase features 10 players near and dear to the hearts of most Windy City fans, including Scottie Pippen, Jimmy ButlerMatt Forte and Dick Butkus. All 10 Team Colors cards are showcased in the gallery below, along with both Legends sets. Panini will also be doing free Kids Breaks and Live Redemption Card Trade-up during the week of the National as well as the Legendary Panini Party. 

Chicago Fans to Pay Tribute to Bears Legend Doug Buffone

Sneak Peek of New Book co-authored by Buffone at NSCC

April 20, 2015 was a very sad day in Chicago and for football fans throughout the country.  One of Chicago's own passed away too soon at the age of 70. Doug Buffone was a tough, blue collar style player possessing the passion and skills to play 14 years in the NFL for the Chicago Bears organization.  If he didn't play next to Hall of Famer Dick Butkus he probably would have gained more notoriety and special accolades but that wasn't what drove him to play the game.  He just loved to play football, Chicago Bears football.

After he retired he became a fixture in Chicago sports, including hosting various popular TV and radio shows.  He was also an entrepreneur and part owner of several Chicago businesses.  Many would say he was loyal to his family, football and his friends of which he had many. Doug will be missed by many including good friends Chet Coppock and Larry Wolfe.  Chet, an Emmy award-winning broadcaster and author from Chicago, had just recently finished co-authoring a book with Doug called: Doug Buffone Monster othe Midway before Doug passed away.  The book's official release date is tentatively scheduled for mid-September, 2015.

However, thanks to Chet and Larry, Triumph Books will make a number of printed books available for Chet to sign and sell at the up-coming National Sports Collectors Convention, July 29th thru Aug 2nd, at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, IL. 

In addition, they have created a Doug Buffone tribute signing board (see above) which will be placed within their exhibitor booth.  Chicago sports fans are urged to come down and add their signature to the many fans who knew and loved Doug.  Chet and Larry are looking to collect a total of 200,000 signatures secured from the #National and other events around Chicago, including the Chicago Bears up-coming training camp.

First Ever National "Vintage Break" Includes Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball and More

A Lucky Dealer and a VIP Ticket Holder will receive a Free Spot valued at $2500 in the Vintage Break

The National Sports Collectors Convention, Inc.  announced the first ever Vintage Case Break at the 36th National in Chicago. Heritage Auctions, the world's largest collectibles auctioneer, is teaming up with, a true pioneer in the collectible hobby's "Case Breaking" industry, to bring in some spectacular vintage memorabilia, including a Babe Ruth signed baseball, to highlight the first ever "National Vintage Break." And for some even more exciting news!  One lucky 36th National VIP attendee and one lucky 36th National dealer will each receive a free spot in the Vintage Break. Each spot is valued at $2500!  The Vintage Break will be held on the Sports Collectibles Main Stage on Saturday August 1 beginning at 12 Noon. The Case Break is open to the public. 

The event is limited to fifteen (15) participants.   Using the fifteen participants' names will be selected to determine draft order. The live draft itself will then take place on the main stage where participants can select from the items listed below. The estimated value of the vintage cards/memorabilia the winners can take home totals $40,000+

The VIP entrant for the Vintage Break will be selected at random from all VIP Tickets purchased online on or before Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12 Noon EDT. The VIP winner will be selected and the name posted on Facebook, Twitter and on the National's web site at 3PM on that day. The winning VIP will be part of the Break on Saturday at 12 noon.

Dealers at the 36th National will receive an entry blank for the spot in the Break when they check in and pick up their credentials and registration materials at the National. This entry form must be completed and turned in during the Dealer Booth Lottery (Room 10 on Friday or Saturday morning between 7:15-9:15 AM). The winning dealer will be selected by representatives of the Atlantic City Convention Center on Saturday morning following the Booth Lottery for the 2016 National.  The winning dealer will be notified at his/her booth and will participate in the Vintage Break on the Main Stage at 12 Noon.

  • Babe Ruth signed baseball with Gary Cooper and the cast of "The Pride of the Yankees"
  • Michael Jordan signed 1984 rookie style jersey
  • Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris signed baseball
  • Lou Gehrig signed album page
  • 1955 Jackie Robinson signed World Series greatest thrill questionnaire
  • Ted Williams signed baseball bat
  • 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 SGC 70 EX+ 5.5
  • 2010 Albert Pujols game used bat
  • Wayne Gretzky game used, signed hockey stick
  • Mickey Mantle signed baseball bat
  • 500 Home Run Club multi-signed baseball
  • 1961 Topps Mickey Mantle #300 PSA NM 7
  • 1932 Ty Cobb signed check
  • Michael Jordan & Muhammad Ali Signed Oversized Photograph
  • 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Ty Cobb, Red portrait PSA VG 3 

For more information concerning the first "National Vintage Break", please contact David Gelfman,  or 786­-398­-4251.

Topps Announces VIP Set - Hosts VIP Party and lists other 36th National Promotions

The Topps Company has announced that they will be the host of the 36th National VIP Party on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The event kicks off the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention at 2:30. The party features free autograph guests Hockey Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote, Baseball Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and 2-Time Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen. Topps has also announced that there will be refreshments and some great prize drawings at the VIP Party as well.  Admission to this event is limited to any attendee who has purchase one of the week-long VIP Packages. VIP Admission Packages are still available on this web site. Order yours now by clicking here.

The Topps Company has announced that it is producing a 5-card VIP set in the style of their beloved 1953 Bowman Color Issue. As has been the case in the last several years, VIPs will receive a 4-card pack.The complete set includes 5 "cards that never were". Pre-rookie cards of Chicago Cubs Favorite Ernie Banks and Tigers Great Al Kaline as well as beautiful images of Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. 


The process of including only four cards rather than the entire set of five in each VIP Package was started several years ago and has been very successful. Because there were no packages of complete sets available, the value of all the cards held strong for the National issues the last several years. We hope you will seek to complete your sets by trading with your fellow VIPs or by looking for the cards on the show floor or through the various online auction and sports card web sites.

VIP Party and Sneak Peek Free Autograph Guests Named

The National has traditionally opened by providing several free autograph guests to attendees for the VIP Party beginning at 2:30 on Wednesday 7/29 and also for the Sneak Peek which opens to the general public at 4PM. This years guest list is one of the best ever. We are pleased to announce that Blackhawk Hockey Legend Pierre Pilote, MLB Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and 2-time Cy Young Winner Bret Saberhagen will be on hand to sign free on Wednesday.

Hockey Hall of Famer and former Chicago Blackhawk Captain Pierre Pilote was  a member of the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship team. Pilote was named the Norris Trophy Winner (given to the NHL's best defenseman) in 1963-4-5. Pilote was named to the NHL Hall of Fame in 1975. Also appearing will be Hall of Famer pitcher Rollie Fingers*. Fingers was a 7-time All Star, won the Cy Young and MVP Awards in 1981 and was the 1974 World Series MVP in 1974. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992. Our third guest is Bret Saberhagen. Bret was a 2-time Cy Young Award Winner (1985 & 1989) and was the 1985 World Series MVP. Saberhagen threw a no-hitter in 1991, to date it is the last no-hitter by a Royals pitcher.

The three will sign from 3-4 PM at the Topps VIP Party which begins at 2:30 on Wednesday, July 29. The party is open exclusively to all attendees who purchase any of the week-long VIP Packages for the 36th National. Following the party, all three players will be signing for all attendees at the Memory Lane Sneak Peek from 4:30-6:30 PM.

The 36th National Sneak Peek is open to the public. Both VIP Admission Packages as well as a General Admission Ticket can be used for entry. Click here to purchase tickets for the 36th National.

*-Mr. Fingers will not sign bats or jerseys.

Autograph Tickets for 36th National in Chicago are now on sale

Tristar Productions has announced that Autograph Tickets for guests appearing at the 36th National at the Donald E Stephens Center in Chicago, July 29-August 2, 2015 are now on sale through the Tristar web site. You can click here to purchase Autograph Tickets for all National guests. Details and the signing schedule can also be found on that site.

VIP Admission Packages and General Admission Tickets are currently available through the National.  Click here to purchase tickets for the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention.

Upper Deck Announces Plans for 36th National in Chicago

The Upper Deck Company has announced its plans for the 36th National in Chicago, July 29-August 2 and it promises to make the Upper Deck Booth a busy one!!

Upper Deck's Wrapper Redemption Program brings back  the "Prominent Cuts" set featuring a variety of personalities from various sports. Randomly inserted will be very limited autograph card plus 1-of-1 cut autograph cards from deceased Chicago Legends. Players in the Prominent Cuts Redemption include: Patrick Kane, Steph Curry, Shaquille O'Neal, Maria Sharapova and others. Collectors just need to purchase five (5) packs of 2014-15 NHL Fleer Showcase, 2014-15 NHL O-Pee-Chee Platinum, 2014-15 NHL Masterpieces, 2014-15 NHL SP Authentic, 2015 Goodwin Champions or 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs to receive one (1) 2015 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Promotional Pack. Collectors just need to purchase one (1) pack of 2014-15 NHL SP Game-Used or 2014-15 NHL UD Premier to receive three (3) 2015 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Promotional Packs. These packs must be purchased from a Certified Diamond Dealer who will provide collectors with an Upper Deck issued voucher for the redemption program. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. each day starting on Thursday and run as long as supplies last. Collectors can take advantage of the promotion up to four times per person, per day

Upper Deck will also have a promotion for collectors who like cracking unopened cases. Collectors can purchase an eligible case from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the National and will receive the following: 10-2015 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Promotional Packs; 1 - Case Breaker Raffle Ticket good for a random memorabilia item, premium hobby pack/box, a premium trading card or Prominent Cuts VIP Autograph Card

National Attendees who purchase a VIP Admission Package to the National will receive a 5-card 2015 Upper Deck VIP Prominent Cuts Set. This great looking set includes BlackHawk SuperStar Jonathan Toews, Chicago Bulls Legend Michael Jordan, NFL Hall of Famer and Notre Dame Great Jerome Bettis, NHL All Time Scoring Leader Wayne Gretzky and Golf Legend Tiger Woods.

Upper Deck will give collectors the opportunity to experience a super-premium case break. Ten fans will be selected to be entered in the Upper Deck Premier Case Break during the free Thursday night raffle. The Case Break will be held Friday at 2PM on the Main Stage. Upper Deck will crack open a ten count case of 2014-15 NHL UD Premier. These cases are pre-selling for $2400. Upper Deck promises a few addtional surprises as well.

UD's "Random Acts of Kindness" Scavenger Hut is back again this year on Friday July 31. The company will hide 25 sealed Random Acts of Kindness Envelopes throughout the Convention Center and will share clues at their Corporate Booth to help collectors track them down. Lucky collectors who find these envelopes will score sweet Upper Deck prizes. Upper Deck will accept Expired Redemption Cards at the 2015 National for entry into a drawing for 100 different prize cards available immediately at the show. This drawing will take place at 11AM on Saturday morning. Expired Redemption Cards need to be submitted at their booth by 10:30AM on Saturday August 1.

Details of all these and additional Upper Deck promotions can be found by checking out the Upper Deck Blog at

Tristar Lists Signing Schedule for 36th National Signers

Tristar Productions has announced the schedule for guest appearances at the 36th National in Chicago July 29-August 2 at the Donald E Stephen Convention Center in Rosemont IL. The schedule can be found on Tristar's web site by clicking here. In addition, it was announced that autograph tickets will be placed on sale through Tristar in early May. General Admission Tickets and VIP Packages for the 36th National are currently on sale through this we site. Click here to purchase National tickets.

In addition, Tristar has updated the list of athletes appearing at the 36th National. Recent announcements include several first time National signers and, as usual, create a Hall of Fame listing of superstar athletes.

Scheduled to appear are Tennis Hall of Fame Legend Jimmy Connors along with Basketball Hall of Famers John Havlicek, Scottie Pippen, Isiah Thomas and Dominique Wilkens. Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Legends Ed Belfour, Chris Chelios, Tony Esposito and Jeremy Roenick join the previously announced Bobby Hull.

The list of baseball Hall of Famers has been increased to include All Time Stolen Base Leader Rickey Henderson, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Cubs Great Fergie Jenkins, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, Frank Robinson and Joe Torre. New Football Greats added include NFL Rushing Leaders Emmitt Smith Barry Sanders plus Hall of Famers Ray Guy, Curley Culp, Demontti Dawson, Dan Dierdorf, Paul Hornung, Jim Kelly, Steve Largent, Marv Levy, John Randle, Willie Roaf,  Thurman Thomas and Aeneas Williams. Future Hall of Famer and Bears Legend Brian Urlacher will sign as well as Legendary ND Coach and ESPN Analyst Lou Holtz. 

For a complete list of athletes signing at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention visit the Tristar web site by clicking here.

Tristar Releases Initial List of Autograph Signers for 36th National

Tristar Productions has released the initial list of autograph guests for the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention, scheduled for July 29-August 2, 2015 at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. As usual, the list is a star-studded group of celebrities including a huge number of Hall of Famers. Tristar will announce the schedule of appearances and make tickets available for all autograph signers closer to the National.  One-Day General Admission Tickets and week-long VIP Packages are available now on the National web site at .

Baseball is well represented and is highlighted by all four 2015 Inductees into theBaseball Hall of Fame. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio will all be guests at the 36th National shortly after their inductions in Cooperstown.  Joining the newest HOFers will be these previously inducted greats:  Johnny Bench, Wade Boggs, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Tom Glavine, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Tony Larussa, Bill Mazeroski, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Frank Thomas, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount.  Joining this illustrious group of Hall of Famers will be 500 HR Club Member Rafael Palmeiro, "The Rocket" Roger Clemens, Tim "Rock" Raines,  All Time Hit Leader Pete Rose as well Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner, who will forever be paired together after their exploits in the 1986 World Series.

Pro Football is well represented too. Currently slated to appear are former Bears Great Gale Sayers, along with the original LT, Lawrence Taylor, Fred Biletnikoff, Bob Griese, Bob Lilly, John Riggins and Randy White. Hockey fans will be pleased that Chicago Blackhawks great Bobby Hull will be signing.  And in a very special treat, seventeen members of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team, who pulled of the "Miracle on Ice" Gold Medal victory are signing in Chicago. Players scheduled to appear are Team Captain Mike Eruzione,  Goalie Jim Craig, Neil Broten, Dave Christian, John Harrington, Steve Janaszak, Rob McClanahan, Ken Morrow, Jack O'Callahan, Mike Ramsey, Buzz Schneider, Dave Silk, Eric Strobel, Phil Verchota, Mark Wells, Mark Johnson & Craig Patrick.  2015 marks the 35th Anniversary of this "miraculous" team's achievement.

Last but certainly not least will be appearances by two icons that are not only sports Hall of Famers but have achieved celebrity after they retired. Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and star of movies and Broadway   Mike Tyson and Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Dennis "The Worm" Rodman will both be signing at the National.  Additional autograph guests will be added once they are confirmed. General Admission Tickets and week-long VIP Packages are now available on this web site. Click here to purchase your tickets now.


  2015 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP Packages and General Admission Tickets Now Available

Tickets and VIP Admission Packages for the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention are now on sale. There are several different VIP Package options. All include admission to all 5 days of the show, a special VIP Reception on Wednesday afternoon, a gift package including promotional items not available elsewhere, free autograph tickets for exclusive VIP signers, use of a VIP Lounge for the week and more. A SuperVIP option this year provides free show-long parking in the  convenient Rosemont Public Parking Garage, located directly across from the Donald E Stephens Convention Center. For attendees looking for autograph line privileges and other autograph related perks, there are several All Access packages as well.  One Day General Admission Tickets are available and are good for any one day of the National Wednesday 7/29-Sunday 8/2. As usual children 12 and under are free all 5 days of the National.

Details on all options are available on the ticketing page. Click here to purchase and print out your tickets now and avoid standing in ticket lines at the Convention Center. Buying in advance online also saves you money. Box Office ticket prices will be higher.

35th National Closes with a Knockout!

The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention closed on Sunday August 3, 2014 with an appearance by former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson. Tyson, who appeared in the Hangover movie franchise and also on Broadway was a hit with the fans in Cleveland. His appearance capped a week of more than 100 celebrity signings at the Tristar Autograph Pavilion at the National. Starting with appearances by Cleveland favorite Carlos Baerga and the classy Dale Murphy at Wednesday's VIP Party and ending with a signing by newest Cooperstown Inductee Joe Torre late on Sunday afternoon, the Autograph Pavilion was loaded with superstars and Hall of Famers all week.

On Saturday, the Panini Grand Case Break was the highlight at the Case Break Pavilion. Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull overcame a "dental malfunction" and provided fun and some laughs for the large crowd gathered for the hockey case break. The Case Break Pavilion was a new addition to the National this year and seemed to be a very popular place throughout the week.

On behalf of the NSCC Board of Directors, the Convention Show Staff and the I-X Center, we would like to thank all the attendees, corporate exhibitors and dealers who made the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention a huge success. We hope everyone enjoyed the show. If you were looking for that rare collectible, we hope you found it; if it was an autograph, we hope you were able to get the one you wanted and if it was just a good time you were after, we hope we were able to provide that. The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention will be held in Chicago at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center, July 29-August 2, 2015. Tickets for this event will go on sale through this web site in early March 2015.

Heading into the Weekend at the National!

With 3 days already in the books, the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention heads into the home stretch with Saturday and Sunday still holding a lot of excitement. Friday saw some great autograph guests including soon-to-be Indians Hall of Famer Jim Thome.The lines for Thome were long as everyone sought to get his autograph before the Hall welcomes him as a 600 Home Run Club Member. The Case Break Pavilion is really getting a lot of play from both attendees and the media.

Saturday will take it all up a notch as the Autograph Pavilion welcomes a huge group of Hall of Famers and Superstars starting with Jim Brown. Also appearing will be Earl Campbell, Cris Carter, Bob Griese, Barry Sanders, Randy White, Mike Singletary and Ricky Williams. Newly inducted Baseball Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox will be joined by Reggie Jackson, Terry Francona, Rickey Henderson, Randy Johnson, Dave Justice, Jason Kipnis, Kenny Lofton, Pedro Martinez, Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken.

Boxes Roberto Duran, Jake Lamotta, Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns will sign as will Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving. Hockey Great Bobby Hull will be pulling double duty as an autograph guest and a host in the Panini Grand Case Break. As we wind done the 35th National, online ticket sales will close at midnight on Saturday.

Day 3 Shaping Up Well!

Friday, Day 3 of the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland is shaping up to be a strong one. The media coverage for this years National has been phenomenal and Friday adds even more TV and Radio coverage for the event. "A Piece of the Game", a syndicated TV show will be filming future episodes at the show. In addition several other crews are on site including ESPN, Fox TV and others. There was also a Bill Simmons sighting. The popular ESPN personality is a die-hard collector and has attended several recent Nationals.

The Autograph Pavilion begins to move into high gear on Friday. Hall of Famers Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Jim Palmer, Jim Rice, Frank Robinson and Dave Winfield are scheduled to appear. In addition, Future Hall of Famer and long-time Indian Great Jim Thome will sign for National attendees. Heisman Winners Archie Griffin and Eddie George, as well as Tony Dorsett will be at the show. NBA Hall of Famer and Ohio State star Jerry Lucas is scheduled. "Prime Time" Deion Sanders and Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas will also be signing. Another busy day at the National as we prepare to head into the weekend.

Tickets remain on sale both at the IX Center and on this web site. Online ticketing will shut down at midnight on Saturday.

Opening Day at the 35th National a Rousing Success!

The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention opened on Wednesday with a huge VIP crowd packing the I-X Center in Cleveland. The Memory Lane VIP Party was probably the largest in NSCC history. With autograph guests Dale Murphy and Carlos Baerga signing for the crowd, the lines were long but filled with happy collectors. Upper Deck and DACardworld provided prize drawings for the attendees. Memory Lane had a 1932 game-used Babe Ruth bat on display at the party.

At 3:30, the show floor opened to all VIP attendees and the crowd spilled out to search for that elusive card or other item from the 500+ dealer booths on the show floor. Again there were long lines for the free autograph signers. Dealers reported brisk sales for the opening evening. The first ever Case Break Pavilion had the first break hosted by Topps.

The show continues on Thursday morning with a full complement of autograph guests. Tickets are still available on this web site. Online ticket sales will end at midnight on Saturday.

35th National Opens Today!

The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention opens today, Wednesday, July 30th at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The show opens for VIP attendees at 2:30 with the Memory Lane VIP Party in the I-X Center Ballroom. VIP ticket holders are reminded to enter through the East Entrance of the I-X Center (that's the side of the building closest to the highway). Check in at the VIP Registration Kiosk there to receive your VIP credentials, gift package and VIP Autograph tickets. From there you can enter the VIP Party at 2:30 PM. Signing free at the party will be Dale Murphy, Carlos Baerga and a late addition Denny McLain. There will light refreshments and a ton of drawings from Upper Deck and Dave & Adams Cardworld. You won't want to miss it. Upper Deck is celebrating the company's 25th Anniversary at this years National.

Beginning at 3:30 VIPs will be permitted onto the Convention Show Floor. All dealer and corporate booths will be open and ready to meet the large crowd expected. General Admission attendees will enter the show floor from the West entrance of the I-X Center beginning at 4:00PM.  The first ever National Case Break Pavilion sponsored by Sports Collectibles will have its inaugural Case Break at 5:00 hosted by Topps. Carlos Baerga will be signing autographs in the Case Break Pavilion for all attendees from 4:30-6:30. Dale Murphy will be signing at the Freedom Cardboard Corporate located in Booth 347.

Both VIP and General Admission tickets are available either through this web site or at the Convention Center.

 35th National Begins Wednesday Afternoon with VIP Party

Final plans have been made for the National Sports Collectors Convention VIP ticket holders private party. Memory Lane, Inc., one of the hobby's most popular auction houses, is again the VIP Party title sponsor.  Activities began at 2:30 PM, Wednesday, July 30th, as one thousand National VIP ticket holders enter the Main Ballroom, at the East entrance of the IX Center. VIPs will be treated to a pizza plus party, VIP gifts, and free autographs by baseball's Carlos Baerga and Dale Murphy.

Upon entering the Ballroom, VIPs will be given Upper Deck Raffle Tickets. Chris Carlin, Upper Deck's senior Marketing Manager, will be giving away three packs of the 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf (valued at $500 per pack) and one spot to the company's ultra-exclusive Diamond Club Member & Candidate Reception on Saturday night. The excitement continues as Adam Martin, co-owner of, draws more lucky numbers for even more great Upper Deck products. A huge 25th Anniversary Cake will be wheeled out as we all share in wishing Upper Deck another 25 years of hobby leadership.

Additional Highlights include: An exclusive National VIP Case Break hosted by Super Break on Thursday at 3PM.  Lucky winners for this $4000 Super Break will have a coupon randomly inserted into the VIP Gift Bag they receive at check-in. 

A VIP-only drawing for an invitation to Panini's VIP Party on Saturday night worth $7500. Entry forms for this drawing will be inserted into VIP gift bags. Fill out the form and take it to the Case Break Pavilion before the drawing at 11AM Saturday.

VIPs also get 5 days of Show Admission one-half hour before the public and 12 Free VIP Autographs!

At 3:30 pm on Wednesday (one half hour before the general admission attendees), VIPs will be allowed onto the 35th National Show Floor for the 35th National Sneak Peek. This gives you a half hour head start for all the promotions and great items at dealer and corporate booths.  The Sneak Peek opens at 4PM for general admission attendees and all dealer and corporate booths will be open for business.

 WOW, are you a 35th National VIP yet? There is still time to purchase your VIP Admission Package. Click here for details.

Limited Edition OYO Minifigure to be given away at 35th National

The National Sports Collectors Convention is pleased to announce that OYO, the manufacturer of licensed collectible minifigures that share the same individual likeness to professional sports players is producing an exclusive 35th National OYO figure.  OYO is an official licensee of MLB, NFL, NHL, Little League, Minor League Baseball, Baseball Hall of Fame and Collegiate Licensing Corporation.

Long-time National exhibitor, Lisa Stellato of Never Enough Cards/Sports Evolution Marketing, has developed an OYO promotion for the second straight year for the National. At Booth #1132, 125 of the limited edition OYO minifigures will be distributed each day of the National (Wednesday-Sunday) to the first 75 kids and 50 adults. The 2014 National Limited Edition OYO will be packaged as a limited edition collectible with accessories. OYO has announced that there will be a very limited print run of only 200, 2014 OYO National Football minifigures, and 400 of the OYO National Baseball Figurine.

In addition, Thursday-Sunday between 11AM-1PM, OYO will run 45 minute sessions for kids to build an OYO field or an NHL Zamboni. There are 10 spots available per session. OYO will be providing the field sets and Zamboni kits to build there and each participant will be invited to build and play at the show. All participants will receive a bag of "goodies" from Never Enough Cards including sports cards sets, packs and other items to take home. Extra OYO figures will be given out as prizes. Parents of interested children may register their child, ages 6 and up in advance by sending an email to to reserve a spot. Parents should send an email including the child's name, day and time they would like to participate and a contact phone number.  You can also reserve a spot by stopping by the booth.

As an added bonus, stop by the Booth (#1132) and see all of the brick building displays that Never Enough Cards has created on display.

Upper Deck Invites Fans to Celebrate the Company's 25th Anniversary at the 35th National

Upper Deck will help kick off the show with a special 6-card VIP set featuring cardsfrom exclusive spokesmen Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan along with Ken Griffey Jr., Johnny Manziel and Ohio's favorite son; LeBron James. Additionally Upper Deck will be giving away three packs of the 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf (valued at $600 per pack) and one spot to the company's ultra-exclusive Diamond Club Member & Candidate Reception on Saturday night.

Personalized Cards - Upper Deck will photograph and print cards of fans on the classic 1989 card design on site for FREE throughout the show!

Wrapper Redemption & Case Breaker Promotions - For collectors looking to open Upper Deck packs, boxes and cases, the company will be running wrapper redemption promotions for a special 20-card set (5 different cards available each day) with randomly seeded autograph cards found in packs of the top names in sports including company spokesman LeBron James.

Kids Zone - Bring your youngsters by for a variety of fun promotions throughout the weekend like "Draw Your Own Trading Card," games, tournaments and much more!

Upper Deck Authenticated Man Cave - Come see the Upper Deck Authenticated Man Cave created exclusively for the NSCC with tons of limited-edition signed memorabilia on display and available for sale at special show pricing. The company will have a variety of authentic autographed items from LeBron James available that you will have to see to believe!

The Exquisite Case Break - What is it like to open up a pack of cards that retail for over $500? Upper Deck is giving fans a chance to find out for FREE with the Exquisite Case Break on the Sports Center Stage on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Don't miss it as the company gives away cards from a three pack case of 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf and 2013 Exquisite Collection Football!

Additional Celebrations & Surprises - Upper Deck will have a variety of entertainment, photo opportunities, daily giveaways and other surprises sports fans will want to be a part of as the company celebrates our 25th Anniversary! Click HERE for a full rundown on Upper Deck promotions at the NSCC!

PSA Adds "Cards That Never Were" to the 35th National

Professional Sports Authenticator will give away specially-created 1930s Diamond Stars style "cards that never were" of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Feller and Joe DiMaggio during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 30 - August 3, 2014.

Sponsored by Historic Autograph Company, the limited edition PSA-certified fantasy cards will be given to new and renewing Gold and Platinum level PSA Collectors Club members while supplies last.  


The first 500 visitors to the PSA booth (#169) who sign up for a Gold or Platinum level PSA Collectors Club membership or who renew their membership at the show will receive fantasy Diamond Stars-inspired cards.  Gold Level memberships receive one randomly-selected card, and Platinum memberships receive the complete five-card set.

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NSCC Television Media Partners 

In addition to the Cleveland Indians and WTAM AM / WMMS FM, it was announced the following television programs have joined the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention as media partners:  ESPN - Mint Condition, a weekly show broadcast nationally on ESPN Network talking about the world of sports memorabilia, A Piece of the Game, a nationwide sports memorabilia reality show broadcast on Fox Sports Net and Comcast SportsNet, reaching 65 million US Households nationwide and Cleveland's own All Bets Are Off with Bruce Drennan, a sports talk show broadcast weekdays on Fox Sports Ohio / Sports Time Ohio.

Discount Tickets to Indians Games for  National Exhibitors & Attendees 

Today, it was announced that the Cleveland Indians and their official radio broadcast partner, WTAM and WMMS have joined the official media partners of the 35th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention event, July 30-Aug 3rd being held in Cleveland, at the I-X Convention Center.

The Indians will be actively promoting the NSCC show throughout the month of July during Indians home games at Progressive Field.  In addition, they have offered NSCC exhibitors and event visitors an opportunity to purchase discount game tickets to the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers series. Great seats are available while they last.  If you're interested, visit their very special ticket offer link  NSCC code is: baseball.  Discounts vary by game and seating location but they range between 25 to 30% per seat in the designated seating locations.

As the official radio partner of the Cleveland Indians, WTAM AM & WMMS FM simultaneously broadcast all Indians games throughout the season.   In addition to NSCC promotional commercials running on both stations during the Indians games in Cleveland, they will also be included in the Cleveland Indians radio network affiliate broadcast (29 stations) which a reach of more than a half a million baseball fans each week.  WTAM & WMMS will be providing on-air promotional mentions and ticket giveaways starting Monday, July 14th everyday leading up to and during the NSCC event.

Panini unveils 35th National VIP Set & Wrapper Redemption

Panini America has announced that they will be creating a special 6-card set exclusive for VIPs at the National. Featured in the multisport set are cards of the NFL Rookies Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, MLB Rookies Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu and NBA Rookies Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum. VIPs will receive a coupon in their gift bags which can be redeemed at Panini America's Corporate Booth #643.

Panini will also have its usual exciting wrapper redemption program at the National. A 60-card set will be available with rookies numbered to 499 and 10 additional Rookie Memorabilia cards numbered to 99. The company will also participate in the First National Case Break Pavilion, host player appearances and once again run their always anticipated "Invitation Only" Party.

Leaf VIP Set and Wrapper Redemption for 35th National announced

The Leaf Trading Cards has announced that VIPs will receive a coupon to redeem at Leaf's Corporate Booth for a 4-card VIP set at the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention at the I-X Center in Cleveland, July 30-August 3, 2014.

The set will include the Cleveland Browns first round draft pick Johnny Manziel and the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft Jadeveon Clowney. Also pictured in the 4-card VIP set will be 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2014 NBA All Star Damian Lillard and a 2014 NBA All Rookie Team selection Victor Oladipo. Leaf will also have a redemption program at their Corporate Booth at the National. Six cards in a similar format will be available through the redemption. Details will be available at the Leaf Corporate Booth. Finally, in addition to the card set, Leaf will have a redemption program which will award consumers gift cards to be used at Leaf's 5000 square foot Corporate Booth on the show floor.

Topps Announces Promotions for 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention

The Topps Company has announced several promotions for the 35th National in Cleveland July 30-August 3.

Visit the Topps Corporate Booth (#455) and open a box of 2014 Allen & Ginter Baseball product to receive one of the great looking mini-promos of either Yankee pitching phenom Masahiro Tanaka or White Sox hitting sensation Jose Abreu. This 35th National will be the only place you can receive these great cards.

Topps will also host a second wrapper redemption program. Open any 3 packs of 2014 products (except Opening Day or 2014 Topps Mini Baseball) and receive a mini card of one of these past and future MLB & NFL greats to include Jadaveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, Jim Brown, Jordan Cameron, Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Bob Feller & Albert Belle. These cards wil lbe available as supplies last.

Topps will host a Meet & Greet on Thursday evening, July 31 with collectos having the opportunity to meet with the team behind the products and ask questions. Topps requests that you visit them at their Corporate Booth (#455) to receive details and an invitation to this event. Alan Narz will be on hand to host and facilitate special games, card flipping and trivia contests and to provide prizes at this event and during the week at the Topps Corporate Booth. Topps 2014 Mini Baseball will be released and available all through the National.

Autograph Tickets Now on Sale for 35th National Sports Collectors Convention

Autograph Tickets for the 35th National are now on sale through the Tristar web site. Signing times and prices for all guests announced for the National are listed. Tickets orders placed on or before July 21 will be sent via USPS. Tickets ordered after that date will be available for pickup at the Tristar Will Call Booth located inside the show at the Tristar Autograph Pavilion. Click here to visit the Tristar site to purchase autograph tickets.

First Ever "Case Break Pavilion" at the 35th National in Cleveland 

The first National Case Break Pavilion will take place at the 35th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention, July 30th-Aug 3rd, at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  "Plans have been underway for two years to bring this exciting new hobby venue to the National floor," says Mike Berkus, Executive Director of the National. "Ever since we founded the National in 1980, it has been the goal of ours to constantly add more and more excitement to our National event.  Over the years we have successfully added many wonderful and exciting components to the show, exclusive pavilions that house autographs, corporate sponsors, Olympics, and attendee benefits like the VIP programs and Family day, and now we are proud to present the very first Case Break Pavilion" Sports Collectibles, the official name badge sponsor of the National is the Title Sponsor of the Case Break Pavilion & Center Stage.

The inaugural Case Break Pavilion will be housed in a 12,000 sq. ft. arena, adjacent to the Corporate Pavilion and across from the Autograph Pavilion. We have selected David Gelfman, Ripping Wax, Inc , as our new corporate partner, to manage the Pavilion.  Gelfman brings to the National a host of experience in case breaking and technical operations and will handle advanced planning as well as the day to day operation of the Case Break Pavilion.  Exhibitor booths & corporate sponsorships are now available. Contact:

A super grand opening planned for Wednesday, July 30th, at the Pavilion, includes a ribbon cutting ceremony, free entries into the "Grand Case Break Event" (Saturday, August 2nd, at 11 am), and a free autograph signing by Carlos Baerga, former Cleveland Indian's slugger. More festivities will be added in future eBlasts.

More Firsts for the National

A first ever "Case Breakers Lounge", will be designed and sponsored by GTS Distribution and the first ever "Case Breakers Official Evening Reception", is hosted by Peach State Sports.

The Case Break Pavilion will feature 40 "plug & play" exhibitor booths, complete with electric, wifi, decorator package (skirted tables, chairs, signage), 70" large screen TVs, and a high tech setting for case breaking. All of this created by your host - Ripping Wax, Inc.

In the center section of the Pavilion will be The Sports Collectibles Center Stage, a multi-purpose stage especially suited for case breaking. It will also serve as a formal setting for contests, new product releases, special events, autographs, and case breaking.  In front of the stage, special seating will be set up for all kinds of event use, throughout the show days of the National. Interested parties wishing to make important announcements, run contests or events, PR or celebrity needs, etc. should contact Ray Schulte, the National's Pubic Relations Director  to reserve days and times. There is no charge for this opportunity.

For Case Break exhibitor space or corporate sponsorships
David Gelfman,   786-398-4251
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For Center Stage Activities & Public Relations
Ray Schulte, 410-350-6226


Free Autograph Guests for VIP Party and 35th National Sneak Peek are announced.
Carlos Baerga & Dale Murphy to Sign
NSCC officials are pleased to announce that the signers for the VIP Reception, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, July 30 from 2:30-4PM have been named. Former Cleveland Indians All-Star Carlos Baerga and former Braves Superstar Dale Murphy will be on hand to sign free autographs for their fans at the party. Baerga is a 3-time All Star and 2-time Silver Slugger Award Winner. He was also the first player ever to hit home runs both left-handed and right-handed in the same inning. He compiled a lifetime .299 average for the Indians over 8 seasons. Dale Murphy played 18 seasons in the majors, primarily with the Atlanta Braves. Murphy won back-to-back Most Valuable Player Awards in 1982 and 1983. He also won 5 consecutive Gold Glove Awards as well as 4 consecutive Silver Sluggers. He was a 7 time All Star and finished his career with 398 home runs.

After signing for VIPs at the Reception on Wednesday afternoon, both Baerga and Murphy will be signing on the Convention Show Floor for all attendees while time permits. VIP attendees will have access to the show floor one-half hour earlier than General Admission attendees. Both VIP Admission Packages and single-day General Admission tickets are available now by clicking here.

VIP Admission Packages and General Admission Tickets for 35th National are now on sale

General Admission Tickets and week-long VIP Admission Packages for the National are now on sale though this web site. The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention will be held at the International Exposition (I-X) Center in Cleveland 7/30/14-8/3/14. In addition to one-day General Admission Tickets, there are several different VIP Package options. All VIP Packages include admission to all 5 days of the show, a special VIP Reception on Wednesday afternoon, a gift package including promotional items not available elsewhere, free autograph tickets for exclusive VIP signers, use of a VIP Lounge for the week and more. A SuperVIP option this year provides free week-long parking in a special VIP Parking Area at the I-X Center. For attendees looking for autograph line privileges and other autograph related perks, there are several All Access packages as well. Details on all the admission options can be found on the National web site ticketing page by clicking here.

Tristar Productions Announces Initial List of Autograph Signers for the 35th National

Tristar Productions has announced the first group of autograph guests for the 35th National, scheduled for July 30-August 3, 2014 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, OH. As usual the guest list includes a load of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Additional names will be added as we get closer to the event.

Baseball Hall of Famers signing at the 35th National will include former Indians Roberto Alomar, Dennis Eckersley and Frank Robinson. Also slated to appear is current Indians Manager Terry Francona. Joining them will be Johnny Bench, Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Bill Mazeroski, Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Jim Rice and Cal Ripken Jr.

Future Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez will sign at the National along with David Justice and Pete Rose.

Football is well represented as well. All-Time Cleveland Brown great Jim Brown headlines a number of NFL greats. Also signing will be  newly inducted Hall of Famer Cris Carter along with Lem Barney, Nick Buoniconti, Earl Campbell, Dermontti Dawson, Fred Dean, Dan Dierdorf, Bob Griese, Jack Ham, John Hannah, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, Deion Sanders, Paul Warfield and Jack Youngblood. Appearing with them will be former Steeler greats Rocky Bleier, Andy Russell and Hines Ward. Former Ohio State Heisman Winners Archie Griffin and Eddie George are scheduled as well.

"Dr. J", the great Julius Erving will be signing at the National. Also appearing will be former Boxing Legends and Champions "Sugar" Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns.  Additional names will be announced as they are confirmed. Autograph tickets for all signers will go on sale later this year through the Tristar web site.

Tickets and VIP Admission Packages will go on sale for the 35th National beginning Monday, March 3, 2014. The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention will be held at the International Exposition (I-X) Center in Cleveland 7/30/14-8/3/14. In addition to one-day General Admission Tickets, there are several different VIP Package options. All include admission to all 5 days of the show, a special VIP Reception on Wednesday afternoon, a gift package including promotional items not available elsewhere, free autograph tickets for exclusive VIP signers, use of a VIP Lounge for the week and more. A SuperVIP option this year provides free weeklong parking in a special VIP Parking Area at the I-X Center. For attendees looking for autograph line privileges and other autograph related perks, there are several All Access packages as well. Details on all the admission options can be found on the National web site at 

35th National Scheduled for I-X Center in Cleveland July 30-August 3, 2014

The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention will be held at the International Exposition (I-X) Center in Cleveland, OH, July 30-August 3, 2014. The I-X Center has been the site of several very successful Nationals in the past, the most recent being in 2009. The I-X Center is conveniently located adjacent to Hopkins International Airport (CLE). Hotel and other travel information can be found by clicking the "Travel & Hotel" link at the left side of this page.

Cleveland is a hotbed for sports collectors and the fans there are great supporters of all the local teams. Details about the upcoming National will be posted as they are finalized. Tickets and VIP Admission Packages will be available through this web site in early March.



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