2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide – This year marks the 39th occasion that collectors, manufacturers, dealers and industry professionals will congregate for the hobby’s showcase event. This year’s National will take place between Wednesday, August 1st and Sunday, August 5th. The IX Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio will once again serve as the venue for the largest sports card and collectibles show on the planet!

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2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

The National Sports Collectors Convention is an opportunity for manufactures to showcase their latest and upcoming products. It also serves as a way to give back to loyal collectors in the form of giveaways, raffles and redemption programs.

This year, The National will play host to more than 600 dealers and distributors and 50 corporate displays while providing attendees more than 350,000 square feet of convention floor space. Here, collectors will be able to find everything from dead-ball era collectibles to modern day sports cards and sports memorabilia. 

This show provides collectors with, literally, a treasure trove of opportunities. From getting a great deal on unopened wax boxes to knocking out singles off want lists, the National is an ideal place to shop regardless of what you are looking for. In fact, there is a saying, that, “If you can’t find it at the National, you don’t need it.”

Use the tabs below for a complete guide to attending the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention, including trading card manufacturer promotions, special attendee information and details about this year’s National Case Break Pavilion.

If you are planning to attend the 39th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention, August 1st- August 5th, in Cleveland to catch all the action at the world’s largest annual sports and entertainment convention you can buy your autograph tickets in advance. Scheduled to appear are over 100 legendary sports stars including Roger Clemens, Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Albert Pujols, Franco Harris, Barry Sanders, Brett Hull, Ray Borque, Dr J, Dominique Wilkins and many more.

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2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Show Details

Dates and Times
Wednesday, August 1st: 3:30pm – 8:00pm (Sneak Peek Preview)
Thursday, August 2nd: 10am – 6pm
Friday, August 3rd: 10am – 6pm
Saturday, August 4th: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, August 5th: 10am – 5pm
Venue Location
I-X Service Center
One I-X Center Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Admission Pricing
General Admission: $19 in advance, $22 at the show
Children (12U): Free
VIP Package: $139 in advance, $149 at the show
Super VIP Package: $199 in advance, $209 at the show
All-Access VIP: $259
All-Access Super VIP: $309Visit www.NSCCShow.com for more details.

Manufacturer Promotions

The following promotions are available to all attendees of the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention.

Cryptozoic  2018 National Redemption Program

The GTS Lounge (located adjacent to the Ripping Wax Case Break Pavilion and the Mike Berkus Main Stage) will be home to the Cryptozoic booth. A representative will be on hand to run a special redemption program, distribute promo cards, conduct raffles and more!

Box Break Program

Purchase a new, sealed box of any Cryptozoic product from DA Card World, Blowout Cards, Steel City or other dealer, bring it to the Cryptozoic table in the GTS Lounge and receive:

  • (1) Outlander Season 3 Promo Card #P2


  • (1) DC Bombshells II Promo Card#P4 – NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE

Regular Promos to be given out while supplies last:

  • Supergirl #P4 

Historic Autographs 2018 National Redemption Program


Leaf Trading Cards Scheduling Private Summit Meetings

Leaf Trading Cards 2018 National Redemption Program

Open a box of 2018 Leaf In The Game-Used or 2018 Leaf Pop Century and receive a two-card pack of 1948 Leaf Metal cards. Look for parallels as rare as 1-of-1 and a checklist that includes: Shohei Ohtani, Stephen Curry, Conor McGregor, Lionel Messi, Ken Griffey Jr., Pele, John Elway, Baker Mayfield, Shaquille O’Neal, Gordie Howe and more.

Open a case of one of the two previously mentioned products and receive a two-card 1948 Leaf Metal pack as well as a 1-of-1 Leaf 70th Anniversary autograph cardWhitey Ford, Nolan Ryan, Mike Tyson, Jerry Rice, Larry Bird, Messi, McGregor, Pele, Shawn Michaels and Ohtani are among the featured signers.

Break a case of 2018 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl cards at the Leaf booth and receive an exclusive bonus box with (12) autographed cards limited to no more than two copies inside. Look for 1-of-1 Metal Proof Wave Autos (four per box), printing plate autographs (two per box) and blank-back Selection Tour autos numbered to just two! ONLY 50 of these boxes have been made.

Stop by the Leaf Trading Card booth each morning for a chance to receive cards from a limited-edition 39-card promo set.


ONYX 2018 National Redemption Program

Open any case of ONYX product at the company booth and receive a FREE Victor Robles ON-CARD autograph. (Robles is an exclusive signer for ONYX.)

Panini Redemption Report June 19th, 2017 – LOADED Multi-Sport!!

Panini America 2018 National Wrapper Redemption Program

Full Base Card Gallery

Panini America 2018 National Box Wars Program

Super Break 2018 National Redemption Program

Purchase (1) CASE of the all-new Super Break Pieces of the Past Hybrid Edition from Blowout Cards and receive (2) FREE 1-of-1 promo packs!

Topps 2018 National Wrapper Redemption Program*

Topps wrapper redemption cards will feature the 2018 Bowman design and the NSCC show logo attached. Packs will be available on a as TBD basis by purchasing select 2018 Topp MLB baseball card products at the show and opening the boxes at the company’s booth.

Look for cards of: Shohei Ohtani, Ronald Acuna, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout. FULL CHECKLIST

See the Topps Blog for complete details.


Upper Deck Logo

Upper Deck 2018 National Black Packs Wrapper Redemption Program

Receive one (1) 2018 Upper Deck National Black pack with purchase of five packs of  the following Upper Deck NHL licensed hockey products:

  • 2017/18 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey
  • 2017/18 O-Pee-Chee Platinum
  • 2017/18 Synergy
  • 2017/18 SP Authentic 

Receive three (3) 2018 Upper Deck National Black packs with purchase of one pack of 2017/18 Ultimate Collection.

These packs must be purchased from an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer and opened at the Upper Deck corporate booth.

Visit the Upper Deck Blog for more details about what all they have planned for this year’s National attendees!

FREE Case Breaks

Every year, the Mike Berkus Main Stage of the National Sports Collectors Convention, in the Ripping Wax Case Break Pavilion, plays host to several FREE group case breaks courtesy of leading manufacturers. This year’s event will be no different. Check back often for an updated schedule.

Wednesday, August 1st, 6:30 pm (VIP Exclusive)

  • Topps – 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball JUMBO

Thursday, August 2nd, 1pm

  • 2018 ONYX Platinum Elite Baseball

Saturday, August 4th

  • Panini Kids Break – 11am
  • Panini Grand Case Break – 12pm
  • Upper Deck Case Break – 1:30pm
  • eBay TBD – 4:30pm


Topps VIP Party

Collectors who choose to attend the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention as a VIP, can choose from three available packages, each with different levels of perks. These include: exclusive trading card sets, free autographs and more. Complete details can be found at www.NSCCShow.com.

All VIPs are invited to attend the Topps VIP Reception & Sneak Peek. Grab a plate, eat and get in line for your opportunity to meet athletes and get FREE autographs. This event starts Wednesday, August 1st, at 3:00 pm to 4:oo pm, and you must be a credentialed VIP to attend and participate.

FREE autographs guests for this year are Calvin Murphy, Mike Hargrove and Luis Tiant. 

Autograph Guests

VIPs will receive twelve (12) randomly selected VIP autograph tickets for guests included in the group below. This will take place near the end of the autograph guest’s session – after ticket holders with the guest’s name on the ticket have entered the line. Questions? Email support@nsccshow.com

Exclusive Trading Card Sets

Leaf Trading Cards

Four-card set featuring Bo Jackson, Allen Iverson, Brett Favre, Mariano Rivera.

Upper Deck

Five-card Gold VIP Prominent Cuts set featuring Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Ben Simmons.


A five-card VIP set using the 1983 design includes: Jim Thome, Bob Feller, Omar Vizquel, Francisco Lindor, Corey Kluber.


This year’s VIP exclusive set checklist includes:

  • Shohei Ohtani
  • Rhys Hoskins
  • Ozzie Albies
  • Rafael Devers
  • DeAndre Ayton
  • Luka Doncic
  • Marvin Bagley III
  • Sam Darnold
  • Saquon Barkley
  • Baker Mayfield

Case Break Pavillion

The National Case Breaking Pavilion hosted by RippingWax.com, will feature several thousand square feet of exclusive space for breakers. The Case Break Pavilion is also home to the Mike Berkus Main Stage. The Main Stage, was a vision of  now deceased, organizer and promoter, Mike Berkus. The Main Stage has become a focal point of the National. 

The stage itself will feature professional lighting and three surrounding 70-inch video screens complete with full audio. The National Case Breaking Pavilion will feature five full days of case breaking activities. These activities will include Grand Opening Ceremonies, Sports Celebrity Appearances and much more.

Hosts of GoGTSLive – The Hobby’s Web Show, Rob Bertrand & Ivan Lovegren will once again serve as emcees providing attendees an entertaining mix of trivia contests, prize giveaways, interviews with industry personnel and much more! Be sure to stop by, have a seat and enjoy some hobby related entertainment.

Go GTS Live Main Stage Promotions

Beckett Scavenger Hunt

  • 500 cards available on a first come, first serve basis. Available at the production table next to the main stage

Custom Eye-black Giveaway and Prize Drawing

  • Available to the first 25 kids 18 and under Thursday-Sun. Get your custom Go GTS Live eye-black from us at the main stage. Put it on. Leave it on. Come back to the mainstage at 2pm, each day, if you are still wearing your eye-black get a raffle ticket for a drawing of a box of cards.

#WinWithGTS Promo Packs

  • 50 packs available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Main Stage Schedule of Events*

* Check back for updates


This is your chance to participate and learn about this great collecting option. Dozens of case breakers will be exhibiting and running breaks throughout the show.

In addition, some of the most well known group case breakers in the hobby will be on-hand breaking hundreds of products. Some of the participants include: Nasty Breaks, Jaspy’s Hobbyland, Live Case Breaks, Ultimate Box Break and many more!

Visit RippingWax.com for more details.

As a way of thanking our case breaking and retail customers, GTS Distribution, will once again be hosting a lounge area for participants in the National Case Break Pavilion area.

RippingWax.com Case Breaker Pavilion Hours

Tuesday, July 30th: 10am-Midnight

Wednesday, August 1st: 10am-Midnight

Thursday, August 2nd: 10am-Midnight

Friday, August 3rd: 10am-6pm

Saturday, August 4th: 10am-6pm

Sunday, August 5th –  10am-5pm

Autograph Guests

Tristar Productions is the official organizer and promoter of the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph PavilionTickets are available now or can be purchased at the show. Visit Tristar’s website for pricing and scheduling information.

Here is the current list of the athletes and entertainers signing at the TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion. More to be added! (Check the TRISTAR website  for additional updates and click below image to zoom)


Special Events & Activities

Panini America VIP Party

panini vip 2015Not for the budget conscious collector but instead a high-rolling affair for collectors and retailers with deep pockets. The venue is almost always a secret until the last minute and this year’s high class affair will be no different.

So just how can you attend this invite only event? If things hold true to past years, collectors purchasing a TBD amount worth of select Panini trading card products on the show floor, are automatically eligible to attend. While that might seem like a steep price, those willing to step up to the plate in past years have been rewarded with a 5-star dining experience, music, entertainment, free product and the opportunity to mix and mingle with high-profile celebrity athletes. What’s in store for this year is anybody’s guess. (Information provided is based on previous years and will be updated as new information becomes available.)

Upper Deck Diamond Club Reception

Upper Deck annually rewards members of its Certified Diamond Club with their own high-profile event.  This is an exclusive party, limited to official dealers and retailers. (Information provided is based on previous years and will be updated as new information becomes available.)



The GR8 American Collectibles Radio Show

Hosted by author and historian Tom Zappala and Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer, Rico Petroceli, The GR8 American Collectibles Radio Show broadcasts LIVE every Wednesday night on the PSA website at 9pm EST. The two will be broadcasting from the Mike Berkus Main Stage on Friday August 3rd from 2pm-4pm. Stop by for giveaways and fun conversation in an interactive format.

Upper Deck/Go GTS Live Set Collation Contest

Collectors attending the National on Saturday, August 4th, will be sure to want to stop by the Mike Berkus Main Stage at 3pm. There, 16 lucky participants will be randomly chosen, via raffle ticket, to take part in the first ever, National Set Collation Contest. Participants will face-off in a playoff elimination format. Upper Deck will be providing prizes! Stop by and show off your skills. Are you the fastest?

2016-17 Upper Deck Black NHL Hockey Cards

Additional Promotions

PSA Sweepstakes, Book Signing & Custom Card

PSA will be awarding a trio of outstanding sweepstakes prizes.

  • Thursday, August 2nd –  A 1949 Bowman #27 Bob Feller card, PSA Near Mint-Mint 8, valued at $500
  • Friday, August 3rd –  LeBron James signed basketball from Upper Deck Authenticated, valued at $2,000
  • Saturday, August 4th – Pristine centered 1958 Topps #62 Jim Brown rookie card, graded PSA Near Mint 7, valued at $4,000.

Sweepstakes entries can be made in person at the PSA booth or online starting July 6th, 2018. Winners will be announced each day of the sweepstakes at 4 p.m. EDT.

FREE, Custom Encapsulated Trading Card

Each card will come in a special PSA-labeled holder. Patrons will be photographed wearing either a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey with a basketball in hand or sporting a Cleveland Indians jersey holding a bat.

Book Signing

PSA is pleased to announce the release of the book entitled “An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories,” with vivid recollections shared in print by former Boston Red Sox All-Star Rico Petrocelli. He and the book’s editors, Tom and Ellen Zappala, will be present at the show to sign copies of the book, which will be given free of charge to anyone who purchases a Gold or Platinum PSA Collectors Club membership.

PSA/DNA On-Site Grading

FREE Sports Market Report

Pick-up your copy at the PSA booth while supplies last!


Beckett Media

Beckett Media will once again be running it’s very popular Beckett Scavenger Hunt!

Visit the Beckett website for more details!

DA Card World Concierge Service

Keep track of and participate in all of the manufacturer promotions, activities and events. Full details.

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