Category Archives: National Sports Collectors Convention

Panini To Host Breaking Events At The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Panini America‘s corporate booth is regarded as one of the top destinations for those attending the National each year and in 2015, they have added some new elements that will appeal to collectors of all ages.

In a positive move that helps promote the hobby to youth, Panini will be hosting four Free Kids Case Breaks that will be hosted by Bryan Gavin of Ultimate Box Breaks. These will be held next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with two breaks being held on the latter day.

How do young collectors sign up for these breaks? Find out after the jump. Read More »

NSCC Notebook: What’s in store at the National?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is about a week away … here’s a rundown of some of the promotional events planned for the biggest show for sports cards and memorabilia.

Beckett Covers program
Memorable Beckett Media covers from the past have been reproduced in trading card form and can be found at 15 different booths on the show floor (click for info). This year, there’s a new twist for those who take on the challenge and collect them all — the first 200 collectors who do so (limit 50 per day) will receive an autographed and BGS-slabbed card from a set of 10 different signers. Those memorable covers will include Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith and Cal Ripken Jr. to name a few. (Details at the link above.) Beckett Media and Beckett Grading Services will have new products available and specials at the show, which will mark the debut of Beckett Vintage Collector.

Card company wrapper redemption programs
Each of the card companies in attendance will have programs for collectors. Check out the links below for the basics from each company:
Topps – VIP set and wrapper redemptions plus collector Q&A on July 30 Aug. 1
Panini America – VIP set and wrapper redemptions plus VIP Party on Aug. 1 
Upper Deck – VIP set and wrapper redemptions plus case break on July 31 and Diamond Club event on Aug. 1. The company also will have a scavenger hunt during the show.
Leaf Trading Cards – VIP set and wrapper redemptions. The company also will have “double box redemptions” for those who are recorded talking about Leaf. 
will have a free bag for any who buy a packaged product and bring it to the company’s booth. That will also enter that person into autographed memorabilia drawings.

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The National Launches Mobile App

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Collectors planning to attend the upcoming 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago later this month now have all the information they need at their fingertips as the show approaches. Organizers have partnered up with the Whova app to let the hobby convene and create connections before the world’s largest and most-enduring trading card event begins.

Included among the information found on the app is a complete schedule of events, area map, and a list of sponsors and exhibitors along with a schedule for the athletes that will be signing at the show. The National will be able to provide users with up-to-the-minute news. Show founder Mike Berkus noted that the National’s team liked the presentation of Whova and the decision to utilize it was based on quickness and simplicity.

How can a collector attending the National get the app?  Read More »

Leaf announces National redemption program plans


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Leaf Trading Cards will once again have a solid presence in the corporate section at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention later this month and it has announced it will once again hold a redemption program for hobbyists in attendance.

Those coming to the Leaf booth and breaking a box of either 2015 Leaf Legends of Sport, 2015 Leaf Clear Football, 2015 Leaf Pop Century, 2014-15 Leaf In The Game Used, or 2015 Leaf Masterworks: Sports Edition will receive a seven-card bonus pack containing exclusive cards featuring the iconic 1990 Leaf Baseball design. As an additional bonus, one in every seven packs will contain an autographed card.

Read on after the jump for autograph card images and more information about incentives Leaf has planned for case breakers. Read More »

Topps’ NSCC promos also include Ginter, Gypsy Queen


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps‘ plans for promo cards at the National Sports Collectors Convention will have even more of a retro-styled twist.

Beyond the previously announced 1953 Bowman homage that will be available to VIPs at the show beginning on July 29 in Chicago, the company is readying a wrapper-redemption program will focus on two popular retro brands.

One will be Allen & Ginter 10th Anniversary diecut cards, the other will be a youthful update to Gypsy Queen.

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College ties among baseball highlights in Panini’s National show wrapper redemption program


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

When the Panini America wrapper redemption program kicks into gear at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago on July 29, there will be plenty of familiar names inside the packs.

Jameis Winston, Russell Wilson, Kris Bryant, Matt Harvey and plenty more will be found in packs.

What might not be the norm is what uniforms they are seen in.

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Panini’s National VIP cards focus on freshmen


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Panini America has revealed details about its plans for collectors that have purchased VIP admission packages for the upcoming 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

Every bag handed out to those opting to buy the show’s VIP package is set to receive a coupon they can take to the company’s booth to exchange for a six-card set featuring some of this year’s top rookie performers from the worlds of baseball, basketball and football.

What players will be included in this special collection?  Read More »

Panini readies for VIP party at National Convention


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America released the first details for its VIP party set for Aug. 1 at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and they were the basics.

Spend $7,500 on a list of selected products on the show floor from a selected list of dealers and you’re in.

The autograph guests will be revealed at later times, while attendees will receive 500 silver VIP packs after they sign up for the event and then gold VIP packs at the event with cards made just for the program. The guests will sign photographs noting the event for attendees as well.

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Beckett Covers cards return at National Sports Collectors Convention with autographed twist


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One part of the big-show experience is the cool stuff made only for the event — cards or memorabilia that can only be collected there. At this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media will once again release a Beckett Covers set that can be collected simply by visiting the booths of dealers and group-breakers on the show floor.

This year, though, there’s an added twist — an autographed prize for those who take the challenge and complete the set during the show.

If you are one of the first 200 fans to collect all 15 Covers cards and present it at the Beckett booth for documentation (all cards will be serial-numbered), we’ll have one blind-wrapped and BGS-slabbed autograph card for you. The card will be one of 10 different covers not found in the standard set and each of them will be signed by the star appearing on the past magazine cover.

Who’s in the set and whose autographs will be found during the show from July 29 to Aug. 2? Find out … after the jump.

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Win a 2015 Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron box from Beckett Radio


By Derek Ficken | Beckett Radio Host

Beckett Radio is pleased to announce it is giving away a box of 2015 Upper Deck Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron on the latest episode. Be sure to listen in to see how you can win this box from them. Send your answers in to or on their Twitter page @beckettradio. Read More »

Topps readies Bowman homage for VIPs at National Sports Collectors Convention


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One big part of the major show experience is the ability to meet people from card companies face to face and discuss the hobby with those who create our treasures.
An even bigger part of the National Sports Collectors Convention is the show-exclusive card circuit — cards that can be mementos of a trip or a way to help pay the bills of going. It’s a big benefit of going to a big show and it’s all a part of having the major companies all under one roof — a competition of sorts between them where you can be the winner.

Topps revealed the first part of its plans on Wednesday.

For VIP bag buyers, Topps will have a five-card set of 1953 Bowman “cards that never were” — a checklist that includes Ernie Banks, Al Kaline, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays.

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Vintage Break added to the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention is a little over a month away and collectors from all over the world are expected to come to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois to enjoy the world’s largest trading card show. It is an event that has continually evolved since it debuted in 1980 and organizers are looking to expand upon last year’s case breaker pavilion with a special break that will deliver some drool-worthy collectibles.

In conjunction with Heritage Auctions and, the first National Vintage Break will take place at noon on Saturday, August 1 and 15 lucky collectors will have a shot at items that include a baseball signed by Babe Ruth.

“We are incredibly excited to host this historic National Vintage Break event, at the National, on our Main Stage,” said National founder Mike Berkus. “Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions and David Gelfman of have created a high profile live event that attracts and includes current trading card collectors and vintage memorabilia collectors simultaneously on-site and on-line, a truly unique and exciting concept.”

What are some of the other items scheduled to be a part of this historic break? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Considering autograph signings at the National? Here’s a rundown of who is appearing …


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is set for Chicago beginning on July 29 with more than 100 signers from the four major sports and beyond.

One highlight this year will be the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team reunion, while notables such as Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Allen Iverson and Greg Maddux also will be signing.

Here’s a rundown of this year’s schedule with beginning prices for each signer. (Click here for more info.)  Note: All times p.m. except where noted by *. Tickets for autographs from all members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team in attendance start at $399.


Name Time Signing Fee
Rollie Fingers 4:30 Free
Pierre Pilote 4:30 Free
Bret Saberhagen 4:30 Free
Lem Barney 5:30 $39 and up
Ed Belfour 5:30 $60 and up
Tom Gordon 5:30 $39
Tony Esposito 5:45 $50 and up
Eric Hinske 5:45 $29 and up
Bobby Hull 6 $50 and up
Paul Konerko 6:15 $80
Fergie Jenkins 6:30 $40 and up
Chris Chelios 6:45 $50 and up
Jeremy Roenick 7 $60 and up

Olds’ Bargain Pick: It’s hard to beat free, so I’d go with Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers. His penmanship is as slick as his famous mustache.
The High-end Pick: There are a few hockey legends here but I’d go with Hall of Famer Chris Chelios.

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Upper Deck divulges plans for National


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

As we get closer to the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention, trading card companies are getting ready to reveal details about their redemption programs and booth activities and Upper Deck has beat them all to the punch in letting collectors know what they can expect in Chicago from July 29 to August 2.

For their redemption program, the company is bringing back Prominent Cuts and the set will focus on sports and entertainment personalities. Participating collectors will not only be able to easily finish the set due to its availability throughout the show, but they could pull some limited autograph cards or even one of six one-of-one cut signature cards depicting a deceased Chicago sports legend.

What else does Upper Deck have planned for the National? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Miracle On Ice Comes To The National


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While members of the 1980 United States Olympic Team recently held a reunion in Lake Placid celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Miracle On Ice, collectors will get an opportunity to meet many of them this summer at the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

This will be a rare opportunity to receive an autograph and interact with 16 of the men who were behind one of the greatest upsets in sports history along with the team’s general manager, Hockey Hall of Fame member Craig Patrick. While the prices for this experience and the date and time have yet to be published, the show will run from July 29 to August 2 at Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Which players will be signing? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Does ESPN’s Cleveland Issue get collectors and The National wrong … or right?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

LeBron. Johnny Bench Football. Draft Day on DVD. The recent National Sports Collectors convention.

Those are a few signs that Cleveland rocks these days when it comes to the sports world, but yet another might be ESPN The Magazine’s “Cleveland Issue” — a magazine that (oddly) features Derek Jeter on its cover but explores many of the narratives putting the focus on the city these days.

One item that didn’t make the issue — but it’s online for all of us to see — is an online-exclusive piece by Mini Kimes that takes us all back to the NSCC, which is described as “a 500,000-square-foot yard sale dreamed up by middle-aged men with childlike hobbies.”

Maybe it progresses from there, maybe it doesn’t — I’ll let you decide and tell us below — but its focus on Cleveland and its misery might be more apt than its take on the hobby — one that I see as a big business and a hobby, too. It’s fueled by the interest of fans of all types and all tastes.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.