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 DACardworld.com, 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 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 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 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!

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.

Visit www.psacard.com/cardsthatneverwere for more information.

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 http://tinyurl.com/nationalcard14.  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"

Amazon.com 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: David@Rippingwax.com

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 Amazon.com 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 ray@schultesports.com  to reserve days and times. There is no charge for this opportunity.

For Case Break exhibitor space or corporate sponsorships
David Gelfman, david@rippingwax.com   786-398-4251
Visit www.Rippingwax.com for more details and updated announcements
For Center Stage Activities & Public Relations
Ray Schulte, ray@schultesports.com 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 www.NSCCShow.com 

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.



JULY 30-AUG 3 2014