2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide – This year marks the 40th 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, July 31st and Sunday, August 4th. The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago (Rosemont) IL will once again serve as the venue for the largest sports card and collectibles show on the planet!

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2019 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. 

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

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 2019 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 40th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention, July 31st- August 4th, in Chicago 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 Julius Erving, Christian Laettner, Ray Lewis, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Mariano Rivera, Deion Sanders, Howie Long, Marshall Faulk, Joe Theismann, Ozzie Smith, barry Sanders, Vladimir Guerrero, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Barry Larkin, Robin Young, Dennis Rodman, William Shatner, Hope Solo, Hulk Hogan, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, Chipper Jones, Bob Gibson and MANY more.

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2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Show Details

Dates and Times
Wednesday, July 31st: 3:30pm – 8:00pm (Sneak Peek Preview)
Thursday, August 1st: 10am – 6pm
Friday, August 2nd: 10am – 6pm
Saturday, August 3rd: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, August 4th: 10am – 5pm
Venue Location
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
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, $269 at the show
All-Access Super VIP: $309, Visit www.NSCCShow.com for more details.

Manufacturer Promotions


The following promotions are available to all attendees of the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention.

Cryptozoic  2019 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

Historic Autographs 2019 National Redemption Program



Leaf Trading Cards Scheduling Private Summit Meetings

Leaf Trading Cards 2019 National Redemption Program




ONYX 2019 National Redemption Program



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

Panini America 2019 National Wrapper Redemption Program



Panini America 2019 National Box Wars Program


Super Break 2019 National Redemption Program


Topps 2019 National Wrapper Redemption Program



TRISTAR 2019 National Redemption Program



Upper Deck Logo

Upper Deck 2019 National Black Packs Wrapper Redemption Program



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, July 31st, 6:30 pm (VIP Exclusive)

Thursday, August 1st, 11am

  • 2019 ONYX Vintage Collection Baseball

Saturday, August 3rd

  • Panini Kids Break – 11am
  • Panini Grand Case Break – 12pm
  • Upper Deck Case Break – 2:00pm
  • eBay TBD – 4:30pm


Pristine Auctions VIP Reception

Collectors who choose to attend the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention as a VIP, can choose from two available packages, 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 Pristine Auctions 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, July 31st, at 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, and you must be a credentialed VIP to attend and participate.

FREE autographs guests for this year are Drew Pearson, Bill Cartwright and Ryan Klesko

Autograph Guests

*VIPs will receive six (6) random VIP autograph tickets for guests included in the group below. The other six (6) tickets (to total 12) will be “Wild Card” tickets. A “Wild Card” ticket can be used for any VIP guest that is called as a Wild Card. 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



Upper Deck









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


#WinWithGTS Promo Packs

  • 50 packs available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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, July 31st: 10am-Midnight

Thursday, August 1st: 10am-Midnight

Friday, August 2nd: 10am-6pm

Saturday, August 3rd: 10am-6pm

Sunday, August 4th –  10am-5pm

Main Stage Schedule

Main Stage Schedule of Events*

* Check back for updates

Wednesday, July 31st

4:15 PM – 6:15 PM: Drew Pearson Signing

6:30 PM – Completion: Topps Break

Thursday, August 1st

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: ONYX Free Case Break – Vintage Collection Baseball

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) Interactive Q&A

Friday, August 2nd

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Let Me Get That Podagraph Audience Interactive Podcast

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Vintage Breaks

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: FatPacks Audience Interactive Podcast

Saturday, August 3rd

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Panini Kids Break

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Panini Grand Case Break

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Upper Deck Ultimate Case Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Upper Deck Set Coalition Contest

Sunday, August 4th

Autograph Guests

Tristar Productions is the official organizer and promoter of the 2019 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 (Time and Day TBD). 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


FREE, Custom Encapsulated Trading Card



Book Signing



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!




GTS Distribution

GTS Distribution is the leading wholesale supplier of sports cards, entertainment trading cards, board games, collectible trading card games, role playing games, toys, action figures and novelties. Serving retailers worldwide with multiple locations to deliver, quick, reliable and affordable service.