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 Butler, Matt 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 of the Midway before Doug passed
away. The book's official release date is tentatively scheduled for
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 RippingWax.com, 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 Amazon.com Sports Collectibles Main Stage on
Saturday August 1 beginning at 12 Noon. The Case Break is open to the
The event is limited to fifteen (15)
participants. Using random.org 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
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
Jordan signed 1984 rookie style jersey
Mantle and Roger Maris signed baseball
Gehrig signed album page
- 1955 Jackie
Robinson signed World Series greatest thrill questionnaire
Williams signed baseball bat
Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 SGC 70 EX+ 5.5
- 2010 Albert
Pujols game used bat
Gretzky game used, signed hockey stick
Mantle signed baseball bat
- 500 Home
Run Club multi-signed baseball
- 1961 Topps
Mickey Mantle #300 PSA NM 7
- 1932 Ty
Cobb signed check
Jordan & Muhammad Ali Signed Oversized Photograph
T206 Sweet Caporal Ty Cobb, Red portrait PSA VG 3
For more information
concerning the first "National
Vintage Break", please contact David Gelfman, David@RippingWax.com 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 http://upperdeckblog.com/2015/05/upper-deck-planning-to-make-the-2015-national-sports-collectors-convention-a-memorable-one-for-fans/
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
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 www.NSCCShow.com .
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.
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.
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 Amazon.com 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
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.
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
DACardworld.com, draws more lucky numbers for even more great Upper Deck
huge 25th Anniversary Cake will be wheeled out as we all share in
wishing Upper Deck another 25 years of hobby leadership.
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.
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 OYONationalPromo@aol.com 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
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
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
Cards - Upper Deck will
photograph and print cards of fans on the classic 1989 card design on site for
FREE throughout the show!
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.
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!
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
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 Amazon.com 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!