By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The Olympic Pavilion is returning the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago this summer.
Two years ago, officials from the NSCC joined with members of the Olympin Collectors Club to bring memorabilia to the National. They are back again after taking last year off due to the 2012 London Games.
Memorabilia at the Olympic Pavilion comes from so many aspects of the international sporting event. Different items include pins, medals, badges, programs, apparel, paintings and other paraphernalia.
“If you are not familiar with this collection specialty you will be amazed by the quality and amount,” said the NSCC is a release. “The Olympic Pavilion will attract collectors from the U.S. and many other countries. Olympic Memorabilia on display will range from the start of the modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 to items promoting the upcoming Winter Olympics in 2014 (Sochi).”
Former Olympic athletes are scheduled to appear at the show. Olympic Gold Medalists Dick Fosbury, inventor of the “Fosbury Flop” style of high jumping, and Bob Beamon, who broke the long jump record in the 1968 Mexico City Games, will be there. Fosbury and Beamon are scheduled to appear at the VIP Reception to sign free autographs on Wednesday. Both will also appear at the National Sneak Peek to sign and will be available in the Olympic Pavilion during the week.
The National will take place July 31-August 4 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.