Category Archives: National Sports Collectors Convention

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.