Category Archives: National Sports Collectors Convention

PSA 10 Wayne Gretzky rookie card up for auction once again

Posted on May 26, 2016 – 4:46 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The Wayne Gretzky rookie card from the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set has long been considered one of the hobby’s most celebrated and iconic cards and finding a high-grade copy can be a challenge for even the most advanced collectors – even if they have deep pockets. Now, collectors […]

2016 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Signers

Posted on April 26, 2016 – 12:50 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2016 National Sports Collectors Convention autograph signers list and schedule. More than 100 athletes are expected to be on hand at the show in Atlantic City.

National founder Mike Berkus passes away

Posted on November 21, 2015 – 7:31 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor National Sports Collectors Convention co-founder Mike Berkus, who is regarded by many as being one of the most influential forces in the history of the hobby, passed away yesterday. A longtime collector that transitioned into a show promoter in the 1970s, he played a key role […]

Coming Over from Down Under: How one Australian collector’s trip to the 2015 National changed his life

Posted on September 10, 2015 – 1:44 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor For some, getting to the National Sports Collectors Convention is a matter of rolling out of bed and maybe driving an hour or two. For others, it might involve a short flight and a stay at a local hotel. It’s a little more complicated, but still fairly simple when […]

English Teen Chases Vintage Baseball Cards

Posted on August 12, 2015 – 4:10 pm Author: Mike Payne

By Mike Payne Of the thousands who attended the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago recently, it’s likely few travelled as far as 13-year-old Owen Randell. It’s a long way from England to Chicago. Randell was attending his first National with his grandfather, Joe Kroes, a resident of upstate New York. The 13-year-old from […]

2015 Topps Allen & Ginter National Die-Cut checklist

Posted on August 7, 2015 – 11:37 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor One of the most popular exclusives at this year’s National were the 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter National Die-Cuts. Given to collectors who brought a sealed box of 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball to the company’s booth, the cards have the basic design elements with the addition of […]

Dealers offer their take on the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention

Posted on August 4, 2015 – 4:23 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor The 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention has come to a close. Other than Sunday, typically a slow day, the Chicago crowds definitely felt busier than last year in Cleveland. But more people doesn’t always translate into more sales. Talking with several dealers in the show’s closing hours, it appears […]

Topps gives out exclusive Jose Abreu autograph to 2015 National Q&A attendees

Posted on August 4, 2015 – 11:43 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor The National has no shortage of exclusive cards. However, one big one could easily slip by because it wasn’t advertised and it required a little work to get. At the end of their Q&A on Saturday, Topps announced that those in attendance would receive a special Jose Abreu autographed […]

Scenes From the Show: A massive NSCC image gallery

Posted on August 4, 2015 – 10:30 am Author: chrisolds

  Wander the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll see things you wouldn’t imagine finding from both the past and the present. Here’s just one small sampling of items seen at the NSCC and some of the other related events. Check out more than 100 images after the jump.  — Chris Olds

Panini VIP Party a culmination for many following a busy National

Posted on August 4, 2015 – 10:13 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor Much of the attention surrounding Panini’s annual VIP party at the National centers around some getting their invitation for buying a large amount of product at the show. However, there are many others for whom it’s a way to let loose and celebrate. The Panini VIP party comes following […]

Topps releases remaining NSCC sets online

Posted on August 3, 2015 – 1:48 pm Author: chrisolds

  By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor If you missed the show of all shows, Topps has two show-only releases that you can still get — at least for a limited time. Three limited sets of 5-by-7 baseball cards — one featuring notable Chicago icons and the other featuring game’s biggest young stars on High […]

Hockey has strong presence at the National

Posted on August 2, 2015 – 8:21 am Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor For hockey collectors, the National Sports Collectors Convention can be a great opportunity to pick up a few bargains and there are plenty of rare and obscure pieces of memorabilia to be found on the floor. Whether it is the latest release from Upper Deck or Leaf Trading […]

Big Red Machine and more cap off National auto guests

Posted on August 2, 2015 – 7:35 am Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Several of the greatest names in baseball history will be helping close down the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention today in Chicago and fans in attendance are excited to meet their heroes. Many of them are Hall of Famers and there will be four prominent members of the Cincinnati […]

Panini VIP Party creates moments before memorabilia

Posted on August 2, 2015 – 2:22 am Author: chrisolds

Each of them had the chance to create some moments with some of the biggest names in the sports world — and on this evening selfies and snapshots were clearly in demand. In fact, they were priceless.

Iconic cards headed for auction appear at Beckett booth

Posted on August 1, 2015 – 12:24 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Collectors that stopped by the Beckett Media booth at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention had an opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the hobby’s most coveted cards that will soon be available for bidding in upcoming events from Beckett Auctions and Goodwin & Co. These […]

Topps Q&A live blog from the National

Posted on August 1, 2015 – 9:55 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

Coming up at 11AM 11:15 AM EST we’ll be live tweeting the Topps Q&A from the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention with highlights, announcements and comments. So check back shortly and hit the refresh. Opens with questions from the crowd. Will paraphrase as best as possible.

Panini adds Mike Tyson to VIP Party guest roster

Posted on August 1, 2015 – 9:14 am Author: chrisolds

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor He’s been the world heavyweight champ, had a Hangover, joined the WWE Hall of Fame, a man who forever changed video games and is “the baddest man on the planet.” But now Mike Tyson is a Panini America VIP Party guest. Tyson is the latest addition to a […]

Young collectors get the spotlight in Panini Kids Break

Posted on August 1, 2015 – 7:18 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

Walk into a primary classroom and you’re likely to see one of two things. Some are filled with kids who are bored, restless and counting down until the clock hits three. Other classrooms are filled with excitement. It was like the latter at the Panini Kids Break on Friday afternoon at the National. It was […]

Star-studded Saturday autograph lineup has something for everyone

Posted on August 1, 2015 – 3:23 am Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion has been extremely busy thus far this week at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago and the demand for some of the world’s most iconic athletes will be strong on Saturday. While recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez had to cancel […]

John Smoltz, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar join Panini America VIP party guest list

Posted on July 31, 2015 – 7:28 pm Author: chrisolds

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor One of the newest Baseball Hall of Famers, a hardcourt legend and two more young NBA stars have been added to the Panini America VIP Party guest list for Saturday night. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar headline the latest batch […]

Clemente RC Sale a “Market Changer”

Posted on July 31, 2015 – 12:38 pm Author: Mike Payne

By Mike Payne Of the first 129 lots sold during the first night of the two-night Heritage Auctions Platinum Night auction Thursday night at the National Sports Collectors Convention, it was a piece of cardboard that shocked Chris Ivy the most. A 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente Rookie Card, graded a Mint 9 by PSA, sold […]

Pete Rose, Ricky Williams among first Panini VIP Party guests revealed

Posted on July 31, 2015 – 8:42 am Author: chrisolds

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor A hit king and a gridiron legend will be among those on hand to meet guests at the Panini America VIP party in Chicago on Saturday during the National Sports Collectors Convention weekend. Baseball’s career hits leader Pete Rose and former NFL and Texas Longhorns star Ricky Williams […]

Local Legends Shine As Part of Friday’s National Auto Lineup

Posted on July 31, 2015 – 2:46 am Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media There will be many familiar faces making an appearance at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago on Friday and local sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to reconnect with many of their heroes from the past and present. Standout shortstop Luis Aparicio, base stealing master Tim Raines […]

Case Breakers: Leaf Trading Cards Edition

Posted on July 30, 2015 – 4:36 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Boxes are being cracked open at a fast and furious pace in the Rippingwax.com Breakers Pavilion at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago this week and trading card manufacturers are taking to the Amazon Sports Collectibles Main Stage to show off their latest releases. This morning, collectors […]

Media break adds Chicago buzz + win Olds’ stuff

Posted on July 30, 2015 – 1:26 am Author: chrisolds

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. That’s how I’d describe the Media Break Wednesday evening at the National Sports Collectors Convention where I was among a panel of 10 media members — two from within the hobby and eight luminaries from […]

Father-son duo first to collect Beckett Covers set

Posted on July 30, 2015 – 12:05 am Author: Mike Payne

When 11-year-old Landen Miller and his father, Tom, arrived at the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention Wednesday, they – like so many others – were after cards. But the cards they were after did not come from packs, rather they were the chase cards in the Beckett Media Beckett Covers set. The Millers collected all […]

Olympians, Buckner and Mookie Highlight Thursday’s National Auto Lineup

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 9:05 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention is in full swing and the long lineups for autographs at the TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion from sports legends will continue on Thursday as over 30 athletes, including several members of the United States hockey team that won gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics […]

Ripping Panini America NSCC wrapper redemption packs with Tracy Hackler

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 7:40 pm Author: chrisolds

Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds joins Panini America’s Tracy Hackler to rip some wrapper redemption packs from the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Rollie Fingers, Pierre Pilote and Bret Saberhagen highlight National VIP Party

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 5:00 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Shortly into his welcoming message to the VIP party crowd, National founder Mike Berkus was up front in not knowing exactly how many people to expect. The room was packed for the kickoff event, which was sponsored by Topps. It included pizza, sliders and an autograph appearance by a Hall of Famer known for his […]

Nickels turned into thousands via vintage wax

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 2:56 pm Author: chrisolds

A visual tour of just some of the vintage wax boxes and packs at the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the NSCC. So much pocket change turned into thousands of dollars. Check it out …

Making a $100,000 case for vintage at the National

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 2:15 pm Author: chrisolds

Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange talks about a vintage case — one that’s not as old as you might think — with a six-figure price tag at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

The calm before the 2015 National begins

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 2:11 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

With a couple of hours to go before the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention officially kicks off, there’s some scrambling, some relaxing and the occasional yellow cart zooming that may require some dodging. Banners are going up, display cases are being filled and items are being priced. There’s plenty of activity happening everywhere and the […]

Promotions To Keep Collectors Busy At The National

Posted on July 28, 2015 – 9:34 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention opens today in Chicago and hobbyists from all over the world are about to convene on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Whether they are breaking boxes or hunting for a great item for their personal collections, there are plenty of opportunities to […]

Miracle Signers

Posted on July 28, 2015 – 9:17 pm Author: Mike Payne

In a reunion for the ages, 19 members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team that shocked the Soviet Union en route to capturing the gold medal in Lake Placid will be together again signing autographs at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention. The Olympic champions will be signing on Thursday, July 30, in the TRISTAR […]

Chicago’s hometown heroes at the 2015 National

Posted on July 28, 2015 – 4:05 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

By Ryan Cracknell Planning for the National Sports Collectors Convention is years in the making. Whether by chance or by fate, the locations have turned out to be places with a hotbed of hobby appeal. Last year in Cleveland, there was the homecoming of LeBron James and Johnny Manziel-a-mania. For this year’s National, Chicago might […]