National Sports Collectors Convention planned for next six years, headed back to Atlantic City

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sports collectors always want to know where the National Sports Collectors Convention is headed next.

Officials at the NSCC have the location set for the next six years, NSCC director Mike Berkus told Beckett Media.

Chicago will be a hub for the show, going there every other year. But in 2016, the NSCC is returning to an old place after a 13-year absence – Atlantic City.

Here is the list of sites:

2014: Cleveland
2015: Chicago
2016: Atlantic City
2017: Chicago
2018: Cleveland
2019: Chicago

Berkus and his group have tried to secure locations across the country, including the west coast. However, there are many issues as to why certain convention centers have not taken on the NSCC. Some facilities don’t book many years in advance and some have certain requirements for room capacity when the convention center is owned by the city – and many are.

The NSCC board gives dealers a list of potential sites and the dealers are the ones that vote for the convention site every year.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.



Glad they’re not going back to Baltimore.

Posted June 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink
Matt Bible

Well! It looks like my summers are booked for the next 6 years!

Posted June 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

WOW, no Baltimore. Any info on why? They put on a really good show.

Posted June 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink
Susan Lulgjuraj

In the end, the exhibitors take a vote on where they want to go. That’s all it boil down to.

Posted June 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink
Susan Lulgjuraj

In the end, the exhibitors take a vote on where they want to go. That’s all it boil down to.

Posted June 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

They might as well change the name from National Sports Collection Convention to the Chicago-Cleveland Sports Collection Convention. It is a good thing that nobody on the West Coast collects cards or people might get upset. /sarcasm

In 2020 the convention will be 40 years old, during that time it was held in California 7 times and Texas 3 times and the rest have mainly been Chicago/Cleveland with the occasional Mid-west or East Coast city tossed in before returning to Chicago or Cleveland. What is wrong with Phoenix, San Diego, LA/Anaheim, San Francisco/Bay Area or Seattle? A little variety would be nice.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:40 am | Permalink
Richard Gobis

2016 Atlantic City with my wife.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 6:48 am | Permalink

I do not believe that it has ever been held in Florida….I get that it is not centrally located…but how about Atlanta?

Posted June 13, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

HEY WEST COASTERS! If you can build a convention center that is…

A) Near a large airport
B) Has plenty of available hotel rooms
C) Affordable to rent out
D) Non-Union
E) Bookable years in advance, does NOT have a draconian cancellation policy, and won’t bump the NSCC for a more lucrative convention

than you too can host the NSCC. Rosemont and Cleveland have ALL of these things. That’s why the NSCC keeps going back there.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

Do they ever hold it in NYC?

Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

Orlando anyone? This city was built for vacations and conventions.

Posted June 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink
Incredible Hulk

Hey Chris and NSCC! San Diego hosts Comic Con International every year and it blows the NSCC in attendance. The venue is near an airport, does have plenty of hotel space and is in the most beautiful and perhaps best city in America. Keep collectors west of the Mississippi happy and host it there once in a decade!

Posted July 31, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink

Las Vegas or San Diego would be nice….

Chris crawl out of your cave, the largest convention town in the united states in on the West Coast – Las Vegas!

Posted August 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

Back to his list of needs. Most West Coast Conv. Centers will not book that far in advance and will bump you if they get a better offer. It’s the dealers, remember. Houston would work, Astros are next door, except most of you would faint in the heat/humidity. Phoenix same way without the humidity.

I liked Baltimore, so would go again. Cleveland should be fine once new Conv. Center is open. Chicago still the safest bet. Don’t forget where it is also limits your autograph guests.

Orlando? Are you nuts! Try and get anywhere near the convention center when they run multiple events. Besides Airports other side of town.

West Coasties, Call your local convention center and talk to them yourself. Find him a spot that fits his list, then he won’t have an excuse.

Posted August 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

Hulk and Kevin: Did you even bother to read my response? Go back and re-read it, especially points C, D, and E.

Just because your city has a large Convo Center, doesn’t mean you’re ideal to host the NSCC.

Posted August 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink
Sam Hargett

Cannot wait until next year!! How much is a VIP ticket please answer asap! Thanks

Posted December 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink
Gary Manning

Good thing it’s mostly located in Cleveland and Chicago. I will attend the Cleveland ones and maybe Chicago. I get the point as to why these locations are set. If you live in Denver, their convention center is far from DIA which is out into the plains. Yes, Las Vegas has a convention center near a major airport, but booking it that far in advanced isn’t possible. New York’s convention center is located in Manhattan, but Newark-Liberty is in a different state, and JFK and LaGuardia both are located in Queens and traffic is a stand still going from those airports to Manhattan and plus it is expensive. I hate to say this, but Cleveland and Chicago have booking in advanced, close to a major airport, and convenient. bottom line. For those coming to this years convention I will see you there.

Posted January 3, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

That it’s not in Anaheim is shameful. It has everything going for it. It’s almost offensive that NSCC will not even try any other West Coast location. I was told San Diego was out as there was not enough turnaround time between Comic-Con and any potential NSCC date, though I could not see why NSCC wouldn’t be flexible with dates to actually make it work. The Los Angeles Convention Center isn’t exactly small either and given its proximity to LA Live, would work too. I don’t buy NSCC’s 2+ years thing. At the very least, give Orlando a try, though I’d say if you’re going to try to be close to a family-friendly vacation destination, stick with Anaheim. Of course, another option could always be Las Vegas. They have the convention space there too and you would be dealing with people with plenty of money in their pockets.

Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

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