The VIP Admission Package is the smartest way to attend the National Sports Collectors Convention if you’re planning to visit the show for more than a day. And with all there is to see at the National, you need to spend several days! Attendees who purchase any of the VIP Packages get so much more.
After picking up their VIP credentials, which provide admission to all five days of the National and special exclusive promo cards from Topps, Panini, Leaf and Upper Deck, VIPs kick off the National week. It opens with the exclusive Topps VIP Reception on Wednesday afternoon, July 29. Only VIPs can attend the reception beginning at 2:30PM. In addition to refreshments, we will have three very special guests at the Reception signing free autographs. (We will be announcing these guests very soon!!). There are always some great surprises and giveaways at the VIP Reception and this year will be no exception. Beginning at 3:30 on Wednesday, VIPs are permitted onto the show floor-a full half hour before the show opens to the public. And VIPs receive the half hour head start every day of the showgetting onto the show floor at 9:30 AM Thursday-Sunday.
VIPs also receive 12 free autograph tickets for our special VIP signers (you get tickets for all 18 signers if you purchase a SuperVIP package). This years list of VIP signers includes some great names. There are 4 Hall of Famers – Nate Archibald, Jan Stenerud, Jim Langer and Lem Barney. There are 5 Rookies of the Year – Jon Matlack, Todd Hollandsworth, Ben Grieve, Eric Hinske andDontrelle Wills. There is a Most Valuable Player – Maury Wills, a Super Bowl MVP – Dexter Jackson, a College Football Player of the Year – Vince Ferragamo and a College Football Hall of Famer – Randy Gradishar. And the others include World Series Champions like John Candelaria, Derek Bell andManny Sanguillen plus 5 time All Star Cecil Cooper. Finally – who’s the only pitcher with 100 Saves, Wins & Holds? VIP signerTom Gordon!
If you’re driving to the National. consider the SuperVIP package. In addition to all the benefits of the basic VIP, you get tickets for all 18 of the VIP guests listed above, a double serving of the Leaf, Panini, Topps and Upper Deck promo cards PLUS a Parking Pass good for Wednesday-Sunday parking at the convenient Rosemont Public Parking Garage located directly across from from the Convention Center. If you are looking for autograph line priority, consider one of the All Access Packages.