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


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.


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    • Susan Lulgjuraj 12 June, 2013 at 18:41

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

    • Susan Lulgjuraj 12 June, 2013 at 18:41

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

  1. Corky 13 June, 2013 at 03:40

    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.

  2. Greg 13 June, 2013 at 09:48

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

  3. Chris Harris 13 June, 2013 at 10:02

    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.

  4. Incredible Hulk 31 July, 2013 at 07:40

    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!

  5. Kevin 1 August, 2013 at 17:54

    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!

  6. dalsubfan 5 August, 2013 at 14:05

    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.

  7. Chris Harris 5 August, 2013 at 14:06

    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.

  8. Gary Manning 3 January, 2014 at 08:43

    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.

  9. Brian 21 July, 2014 at 18:03

    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.

  10. Wes 17 May, 2016 at 22:43

    For every baseball fan or card fanatic west of the Mississippi, there are 3-5 fold of that east of the river. To take the Great Lakes region into account, (chicago-ohio) it goes morr than 10 fold perhaps. Average Joes in west coast have other things, ohio and chicago people have sports. NFL hall is near cleveland. We all know Cincinnati was first MLB team. Chicago speaks for itself. You also gotta remember, for the nation’s populous still alive, west sports are less than half as old as the east’s. There are lots of reasons. Nothing to do with what’s liked. For Cleveland to be picked over Vegas or L.A. Generation after generation, proves testament to the reasons mentioned.

  11. Dennis 3 July, 2016 at 15:50

    I don’t see why Phoenix isn’t a good place for it. It has a newly remodeled convention center and its next to the airport. And I know it has enough hotel space particularly when Phoenix has hosted Super Bowls, Pro Bowl, multiple NCAA bowl games, NCAA tournament games, PGA tour, Barrett Jackson, NBA all stars games, MLB all star games. Not to mention that a number of retired players live here and a number of current players come here in the off season to train. Chicago, Cleveland and, certainly, Atlantic City doesn’t even host this much.

  12. Joseph Paul Sexton 6 July, 2016 at 19:58

    Why don’t the customers do the voting? We spend the money to get in, we pay the cost for he autographs and the merchandise that we buy. What do they do, pay YOU to set up and make money.

    Thank you, Joseph

    • Ryan Cracknell 6 July, 2016 at 23:52

      I can’t speak for the organizers of the National, but don’t customers vote by what they pay for? If we don’t like something or how it is, we don’t buy. If enough don’t buy, successful businesses won’t repeat.

  13. John Janoch 12 July, 2016 at 11:24

    Anaheim has been removed for a reason, after the 1991 record attendance show, dealers have complained that sales are low compared to cost. Dealers rule at these shows, not attendees. As for ATL, the 1999 show was the lowest attendance in 20 years…and the 2014 Cleveland show was the 3rd highest. CHI & CLE offer the best ROI for the dealers…and did I mention that dealers rule?

  14. Chuck 12 August, 2016 at 18:10

    I attended the recent Atlantic City show…the Convention Center was huge…easy to get to…lots of parking…hotels and motels were economical…lots of shopping for the ladies…casinos were close…..I think they should return again to AC…
    I often wondered if the dealers would consider Pittsburgh, Pa.

  15. John Miller 23 February, 2017 at 22:38

    And so what is wrong with great sports cities like St Louis or Houston? Even Kansas City could pull this off. Gotta think outside the box every couple of years or so.

  16. PFF MAN 10 July, 2017 at 00:08

    Nobody does it better than Comic Con International.
    What they get in attendance in one year, the national doesn’t get in 3+ / Cleveland is a blow out show, and the disposable income in Ohio is anemic ! SO out of 52 States, we have 3 Convention centers for the National Sports Convention that will accommodate what Chicago, and Cleveland is giving us…
    WOW ! If it weren’t for the Corporate Vendors your shows wouldn’t even exists anymore !

  17. Rusty 27 July, 2017 at 22:30

    Really surprised Nashville hasn’t been mentioned. Big time tourist destination, wonderful Music City Center, nearby good airport, tons of hotel rooms, awesome night life,

  18. JULIUS ULIT 3 August, 2017 at 15:44

    San Diego or L.A. would be awesome. SD Convention can hold its own. Honestly I’m tired of the Comic-Con madness and want NSCC to come here for once. Not sure if it will ever happen though.

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