National Sports Collector Convention Locations and Dates for 2018, 2019, 2020

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The 2020 National Sports Collectors Convention is returning to Atlantic City. It joins Cleveland (2018) and Chicago (2019) as confirmed upcoming cities for the biggest sports card and memorabilia show in the world.

Confirmation of the 2020 National’s location came via Twitter:


The 2018 National in Cleveland and 2019 show in Chicago were previously announced several years ago.

The National has been rotating between the three cities since 2013. The last time it was held elsewhere was Baltimore in 2012.

Atlantic City last hosted the National in 2016 before heading back to Chicago in 2017.

Here’s a quick list of the cities, dates and venues for upcoming National Sports Collectors Conventions:

2018 National Sports Collectors Convention

City: Cleveland, Ohio
Dates: August 1 to August 5
Venue: IX Center

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention

City: Chicago, Illinois
Dates: July 31 to August 4
Venue: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

2020 National Sports Collectors Convention

City: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Dates: July 29 to August 2
Venue: Atlantic City Convention Center


  1. Michael
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    VERY happy to see it coming back to AC…Had a BLAST with my son and my brother (who passed on 2 months after the national) in 2016. Although it is not the “card show” it was “back in the day” as it has become more of a Corporate Event and memorabilia show, I do love all the box breaks and give-aways that the try and involve the kids. Watching my 9 year old run around looking under mustard containers for the UD Golden Ticket was great!

  2. William
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    a dead town in 3 years…wrong move!!

  3. Trey
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Lame. There are other cities in the United States capable of hosting a successful National.

    Old arguments like how difficult some cities can be to book a convention years in advance, lack of hotels available and difficulties working with on-site labor unions often change over time.

  4. Mark
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    huge mistake. Bring the National to the west coast.

  5. Knox
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Awful town to hold the National! How about some of the major markets, like NYC, Boston, LA, etc. getting a chance at it? If a city has a professional team, then they should be able to host the National Show.

    From the general consensus at the Chicago ’17 show, Cleveland shouldn’t be a very large showing.

    Also, a permanent home in Las Vegas would be a great location!

  6. Robert S.
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Bring it to Denver or Phoenix and I’m there. Let’s start seeing something west coast at least and not the same boring 3 cities on a rotating basis.

  7. Steve
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    There are other areas that are worthy of hosting. Why not bring it back to Anaheim for a run? Anything is better then these 3!

  8. Patrick
    Posted August 4, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Share some love out here in So. Cal, Lame!!!

  9. Tom
    Posted August 6, 2017 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    What about Nashville??
    No reason on earth they couldn’t host a National. Music City Center has more than enough room to host & hotels a plenty!!

  10. Gary Wilson
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Yes Nashville!! My friend has set up at the national over 20 plus years. He says Atlantic City is the worse.

  11. Mark Johnson
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I went to the National in Anaheim. Have not been since. Bring it to the West Coast!!!!!!

  12. Tom Joseph
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    St. Louis would be centrally located and would have a convention center capable of hosting an event this size. Memphis and Nashville are also excellent locations. Keeping it in the midwest seems to be the most fair to the coastal attendees – east and west coast shows appear to eliminate a good portion of customers.

  13. Dennis
    Posted November 27, 2017 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    I have spoken to many dealers and collectors over the last 5 years who would love the chance to travel to a National in Phoenix! Plenty of hotel rooms, amazing Convention Center. Come on, bring the show out West!!

  14. Tony Corleone
    Posted December 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Love to see yous in the Motor City, Detroit!

  15. Joshua
    Posted December 14, 2017 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    What would need to be done to get the national to take place in Indianapolis

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