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!

Historic Autographs 2019 National Redemption Program

Historic Autographs has close to $8,000 worth of buybacks available as rewards for purchases made on Historic Autographs products at the National.

Dingers & Dunks is this year’s show-only release and it will include “some of the biggest names in modern collecting” with ink as rare as 1/1. There will be less than 200 boxes made for this one and they will include today’s stars, Hall of Famers, top rookies, rookie patch autos, sets, parallels and even 1/1 Federal League art cards.

Among the inclusions will be an autographed BAS 10 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout RC, 2016 Bowman’s Best Alex Bregman Atomic Refractor auto (15/25) BGS 10/10 and rare ink from TroutBryce Harper, Yu DarvishKobe Bryant (/5), Giannis Antetokounmpo (1/1), Stephen Curry (/20) and Kevin Durant (/10). There also will be a heavy Luka Doncic presence with his autographed RCs found one in every 10 boxes.

Also available is a sealed 2003-04 Fleer Focus NBA box, a 1993 SP set (with BGS 8.5 Derek Jeter RC), a number of 2001 sets with Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki PSA 10 rookies, 2016 Bowman Chrome sets with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RCs and even two Antetokounmpo signed basketballs.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Historic Autographs has 13 top-level buybacks available at the show with a reservation redemption program that can help you get it if you’re doing some buying at the show.

Card availability must be checked on before you make a purchase in this first-come first-served program. The cards below are not for sale, but rather can be yours if you make a purchase of the appropriate amount from a dealer on the show floor.

The program is simple, stop by our booth and look at what cards are still available,” said the company announcement. “If you want a certain card, reserve that card and go to one off our distributors and work out a deal for HA product. Once you have done that, spend money on Historic Autograph products (the Dingers & Dunks product counts toward our program) and bring the receipt/product to our booth, we will give you the card you have reserved.”

Cards will be reserved for one hour only.

Card (price level)
2018 KINGS Gabby Hartnett (spend $750 to get after reserved)
2018 KINGS Muhammad Ali ($1,500)
2019 Steele Engraving Ted Williams ($1,500)
2018 KINGS Mickey Mantle ($2,000)
2017 KINGS Rabbit Maranville ($2,500)
2017 KINGS Mickey Cochrane ($2,500)
2017 HA Originals, 1930s Series 1 Mickey Cochrane ($3,000)
2017 HA Originals, 1930s Series 2 Mickey Cochrane ($3,000)
2017 KINGS Jim Bottomley ($3,000)
2018 HA Originals, Strip Cards Dazzy Vance ($3,000)
2014 HA Originals, 1941 Mel Ott ($4,000)
2018 HA Originals, Strip Cards Walter Jonson ($6,000)
2018 HA Originals, Strip Cards Ty Cobb ($8,000)




Leaf Trading Cards Scheduling Private Summit Meetings

Leaf Trading Cards 2019 National Redemption Program

Leaf is proud to announce three exciting redemption programs for the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention. Join them at booth #864 to take advantage of these redemption programs.

Program 1 – Box Level Redemption Program

Open a box of 2019 Leaf In The Game Used Sports or 2019 Leaf Pop Century at the Leaf Trading Cards Booth and receive a (1) card pack of 1992 Leaf Metal cards celebrating Leaf Trading Cards’ iconic 1992 Baseball release! Look for amazing multi-sport names such as: Hulk Hogan, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Tyson, Barry Sanders, Kyler Murray, Stephen Curry, Ichiro, Lionel Messi, Daisy Ridley, Ronaldinho, Harrison Ford, Larry Bird, Conor McGregor and more!

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Program 2 – Case Level Redemption Program

Open a case of 2019 In The Game Used Sports or 2019 Leaf Pop Century at the Leaf Trading Cards booth and receive a (1) card pack of 1992 Leaf Metal for each box in your case! PLUS a 1-of-1 Autographed Card from a list of names such as: Ichiro, Ken Griffey Jr., Giannis Antetokounmpo, Emmitt Smith, Gordie Howe, Conor McGregor, Lionel Messi, Pelé, Kyler Murray and Christiano Ronaldo.

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Program 3 – 2019 Leaf Metal All-American Bowl Football (Hobby or Jumbo) Exclusive National Sports Collectors Convention Bonus Box Offer

Open a case of 2019 Leaf Metal All-American Bowl Football (Hobby or Jumbo) and receive an exclusive 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Bonus Box! Each 2019 NSCC Bonus Box contains (12) Autographed cards, all numbered to 2 or less!

Look for:

1-of-1 Metal Proof AutosWave version! Each box will contain: (4) Metal Proof Autos (Remaining Metal Proof Autos will not be released until the next Leaf Vault product! This is a rare/early chance to collect Metal Proof Autographs!)

1-of-1 Printing Plate Autos – Each NSCC Bonus Box will contain: (2) Printing Plate Autographs.

Black Back Selection Tour Autos #’d to 2 – Each NSCC Bonus Box will contain: (6) Blank Back Autos.


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Leaf will be offering two exciting items EXCLUSIVELY at the 2019 National. These items will be available at the Leaf booth (#864) in the corporate area.

Look for 2019 Leaf Metal Rookie Set Boxes. Each box will contain a Leaf rookie set with prismatic and wave matched numbered sets randomly inserted.

Also find 2019 Leaf Autographed 1/1 Proof Football Boxes. Each box contains (2) signed and slabbed 1-of-1 proof cards. Find Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins and many more!

Box quantities will be very limited and will have strict limits on how many can be purchased. Pricing is fixed with no discounts available.

ONYX 2019 National Redemption Program

Present a proof of a $100 purchase of Onyx products at their booth (#872) and receive a bonus autograph card. Players featured are Luis Castillo and Victor Robles. See an example of Robles’ card from last year’s show below.

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

Panini America 2019 National Wrapper Redemption Program


Panini America 2019 National Box Wars Program

Topps 2019 National Wrapper Redemption Program

This year’s Topps wrapper redemption program will feature a National branded 2019 Bowman set.

Similar to last year’s program, for collectors to get the NSCC-exclusive Bowman redemption packs, they will have to purchase hobby boxes from a dealer at the National, receive a specially marked sticker, and then bring it to the Topps booth with the sealed box to redeem for a pack. The packs contain four exclusive Bowman cards with a chance at autographs and rare refractors.

One box is eligible for one or two packs depending on the product. See the table below for eligible boxes and the number of packs that can be redeemed per box. There is a limit of 12 packs per person, per transaction, and packs are only available while supplies last.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Each day of the show, there will be limited number of packs available to spread it across the duration of the NSCC.

The redemption line will open Thursday-Sunday at 11:30 am. Wednesday the pack redemption line will open at 5 pm.

The Topps booth will feature guest appearances, pack wars, contests, a card wall and much more at this year’s show. They will also announce their National Baseball Card Day checklist in advance of the special day on August 10th. Stay tuned for more details!

Hunter Greene signing

Top Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene is headed to Chicago. Greene, the No. 2 overall pick in 2017, will be signing special cards made just for the NSCC, limited to the first 100 people per day.

Time: Friday, 2-3 pm; Saturday, 11 am-noon

Artist Graig Kreindler signing

Many sports fans know the great work of artist Graig Kreindler. Kreindler has worked with Topps this year on the 150 Years of Baseball set, exclusively sold on Topps.com.

His artwork has featured many of the most iconic players throughout baseball history.

Kreinder will be signing prints included as a gift-with-purchase for the 150th Anniversary set being sold at the NSCC. There is a maximum of three autographs per person, per day.

Time: Thursday, 2-3 pm. 

Meet Master Chef Graham Elliot

As a big baseball card collector, Graham Elliot was the perfect person to be featured in 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter. Now meet the master chef at the Topps booth where he will sign specially made cards for the show.

Time: Saturday, 2:30-3:30 pm


Topps Q&A

For the last severeal years, Topps has held a question-and-answer session with its executives. Collectors can come to the event, ask their burning questions while food and drinks are being served.

Sign up at the Topps booth because there is a limited amount of seats available.

Time: Thursday 5:30-7:30 pm

Pack Wars

Pack Wars with Alan Narz is back!

It’s loud. It’s crazy. It’s a lot of fun.

To participate, come to the Topps booth at the designated times (see the show schedule on the floor), for a chance to win Topps prizes. Every one who plays gets a free pack of cards.

Case breaks

Ever wanted to learn more about case breaks? Here’s your chance. Topps will host several case breakers at the booth throughout the show.

Stop by the Topps booth and see a case break live in action. Find the full schedule of case breaks at the Topps booth.

TRISTAR 2019 National Bonus Bag Program

Along with all of the autograph signers TRISTAR will be hosting at this year’s National, they will also have bonus bags for collectors who buy boxes from select retailers at the show and bring them to the TRISTAR booth to open.

Eight TRISTAR Hidden Treasures products are eligible for bonus bags and could include items like a Ryne Sandberg autographed jersey or autographed items from Pele, Ted Williiams, Walter Payton, Jason Momoa, Sandy Koufax and more.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Also keep on the lookout for a contest tied to TRISTAR Greats of the Game involving an autographed Kirby Puckett baseball. Check out the details below.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide


2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Ultra PRO Announces Collectible Supplies Pricing Changes




Ultra PRO

Here are a list of activities available at the Ultra PRO booth #870.

  • Ultra PRO has provided 2500 raffle tickets/card gauges in snaps to all VIP attendees. They will also be giving out 500 or so at the booth
  • Ultra PRO will be participating in the Beckett Scavenger Hunt and will be giving out Vlad Jr. cards!
  • Check out their all-day raffle where they give out a variety of supplies
  • Every afternoon, Ultra PRO will have a raffle giving away signed memorabilia (Dave Henderson,  Santonio Holmes, Urban Meyer, etc.)
  • Find samples of Ultra PRO’s new Platinum Sports Sleeves

Upper Deck Logo

Upper Deck 2019 National Black Packs Wrapper Redemption Program

Wrapper Redemption programs will be available throughout the show for NSCC exclusive Prominent Cuts black packs. Visit an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer in attendance, purchase a sealed hobby box that qualifies for the program and score! Upper Deck takes the wrappers, you keep the cards you opened and you will be gifted a special Upper Deck Black pack that features a bevy of exciting content including Top Shelf NHL Rookie cards and autographs!

To receive one (1) 2019 Upper Deck National Black pack collectors just need to purchase:

Five (5) packs of 2019 Goodwin Champions, 2018-19 NHL® Upper Deck Series Two, 2018-19 NHL® Synergy, 2018-19 NHL® ICE, 2018-19 NHL® O-Pee-Chee Platinum or 2018-19 NHL® SP Authentic  and open them at the Upper Deck corporate booth.

To receive four (4) 2019 Upper Deck National Black packs collectors just need to purchase one pack of UDA Supreme Hardcourt or 2018-19 NHL® Ultimate Collection.

Monumental Multi-Sport Blind Boxes Return

Monumental returns from Upper Deck Authenticated with 125 blind boxes featuring five (5) signed UDA multi-sport items per box for $1000 plus tax. There will be several spokesperson themed hot boxes where multiple items will be signed by a superstar athlete like Ben Simmons, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid, LeBron James or Michael Jordan. There will also be larger than life redemptions for items too large to fit in the Monumental boxes that will be fulfilled on site!

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the past this product has been allocated to a certain number of boxes available each day, that will NOT be the case this year. If you want to grab a Monumental box, make plans to grab one as soon as you arrive as we do not anticipate they will last throughout the weekend!

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NHL Stanley Cup Champion Promotion

To receive one (1) 2019 Upper Deck NHL Stanley Cup Champion set, you just need to purchase any five packs of a 2018-19 NHL® Upper Deck hobby product.

Case Breaker Promotion

Collectors can open a sealed case purchased from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show of 2018-19 NHL® ICE (20 count case), 2018-19 NHL® Synergy (20 count case), 2018-19 NHL® O-Pee-Chee Platinum (16 count case), 2019 Goodwin Champions (16 count case), 2018-19 NHL Ultimate Collection (16 count case), or UDA Supreme Hardcourt (3 boxes) without waiting in any lines at any time throughout the show to receive the following:

  • Eight (8) 2019 Upper Deck National Black packs
  • One (1) 2019 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions uncut sheet
  • One (1) Case Breaker raffle ticket good for a random memorabilia item, premium hobby pack/box, premium trading card or Prominent Cuts VIP Autograph card. The item selected will be immediately available to the participant.

Similar to Monumental, these will not be allocated to a certain amount available. Fans can grab them while they are available so don’t wait as they have always sold out! Drawing for these prizes can be very exciting, especially when Upper Deck gets down to the last few available.

Upper Deck Breakers Lounge

Upper Deck learned a long time ago that fans don’t like waiting in lines to take advantage of these wrapper redemption promotions so we cultivated a fan-friendly booth set up where collectors can break in comfort and staff will bring them their items directly.

Kidority Kards

Kids are the future of the hobby and Upper Deck is bringing in the charity Kidority Kards to have a presence in the company’s corporate booth. Kids should stop by to meet the Kidority Kards crew who will be handing out free Upper Deck cards and goodies for fans in attendance. Kidority Kards is a charity focused on sharing the hobby with the next generation of collectors. They will be accepting Upper Deck cards at the booth to repackage for kids they work with and accepting donations to help them with supplies and shipping expenses. Adult collectors should consider a donation to this cause.

Daily Raffles

Each day Upper Deck will host FREE raffles to say thank you to fans for helping to make Upper Deck the best in the business. Try to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the draw to get a free ticket where you can score insert cards, signed memorabilia, sealed product, Upper Deck gear and more!

Here is a schedule of those raffles:

Wednesday: 6:00 p.m.

Thursday: 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 2:00 p.m. (Some lucky winners of this raffle will earn the opportunity to be a part of Upper Deck’s Ultimate Case Break on Saturday)

Saturday: 12:30 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m.

Upper Deck Ultimate Case Break

Upper Deck will also host the Ultimate Case Break live on the Mike Berkus main stage that fans cans earn a free entry in during a free daily raffle! Upper Deck opens a variety of exciting Upper Deck product LIVE on the main stage so this is a big thrill for fans who have never opened these types of products to be a part of.

Collation Game With GoGTS Live

Shortly after the Upper Deck Ultimate Case Break, Upper Deck will work with our friends from GoGTS Live for the annual Collation Contest open to kids age 8-12. If you are attending the National with a youngster in that age range, stop by the Mike Berkus main stage to get a ticket to participate starting at 2:00 PM. It is FREE to participate and always a lot of fun with great prizes courtesy of Upper Deck!

Custom Upper Deck Snapchat Filter

NSCC attendees can take photos at the National and make them into their very own digital Upper Deck card using a custom Snapchat filter that will be available each day of the show on the show floor during these times:

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fans can also capture video content using that Upper Deck filter to make their own talking trading card!

Expired Redemption Raffle

Fans who submitted expired redemptions to Upper Deck will have the opportunity to claim their cards starting Saturday morning through Sunday night. Fans can also drop off expired redemptions for the next draw in the Fall. For more details on the expired redemption raffle, check out this story from the Upper Deck Blog.

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

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

Leaf has announced their 2019 NSCC VIP Set. ONLY available in the NSCC VIP bags! Look for Harrison Ford, Stephen Curry, Kyler Murray and Wander Franco!

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Upper Deck

VIP’s can score a special 5-card set from Upper Deck made exclusively for the NSCC. Players will include Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Serena Williams, Ben Simmons and DeAndre Ayton.


Topps has announced their VIP only set for the 2019 National. The 5-card set contains Chicago baseball legends.



Panini has a special 10-card set that will be distributed to registered show VIPs. The multisport set will be distributed through a coupon inserted into each of the show’s VIP packages; the coupon must be presented at the Panini America booth. Featured in this year’s VIP set are show-only trading cards of Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., Eloy Jimenez, Trae Young, Luka Doncic, R.J. Barrett and one mystery card that will be unveiled as the show draws closer. You can check out the first nine cards in the set in the gallery bellow.

Panini Super VIPs

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide


For the third consecutive yearPanini America officials are offering one of the hottest tickets in the entire sports collectibles industry — the one that grants access to the company’s posh and exclusive Panini VIP Party held in conjunction annually with the National Sports Collectors Convention — on iCollectPanini.com. Beginning at 2 p.m. on July 19th while supplies last, an extremely limited number of 2019 Super VIP tickets are available at the official online store of Panini America or through the Panini Direct app. The price is steep . . . but the rewards are, in a word, incredible.

The 2019 Super VIP ticket package includes, among other things, approximately (250) VIP Gold Packs, (800) National Silver Packs, (25) cases of various Panini America products (detailed list here), (2) VIP Black Boxes, unparalleled access to a star-studded list of party guests (stay tuned for big announcements soon) and so much more. To reserve your spot, visit iCollectPanini.com.

2019 Panini Super VIP Guests will receive the following:

  • Approximately 800 National Silver Packs
  • Approximately 250 VIP Gold Packs
  • (2) VIP Boxes – formerly Black Boxes
  • Exclusive numbered Panini Authentic Kyler Murray Autographed Handprint Canvas
  • Exclusive autographed Panini Instant trading cards from the athletes in attendance at the 2019 National VIP Party
  • Exclusive access to the Super VIP Party area which will include intimate access to the party’s VIP celebrity guests
  • Exclusive VIP Party luxury backpack
  • An assortment of supplies to protect and store valuable cards and other additional Panini swag bonuses

Panini Super VIP Additional Details:
All merchandise packages will begin shipping by Friday, July 19. The cases of merchandise included in this year’s Super VIP package that have yet to be released will be shipped separately and will be delivered to the customer on the program’s release date. All Prizm White Sparkle Packs will be distributed to Super VIP customers at the 2019 National upon check-in.

The 2019 VIP Party will be Saturday night, August 3, in Chicago, Ill. Location, time and guest list will be announced prior to the event. • All guests must be 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. • All guests must be in attendance to collect merchandise. • Tickets are non-transferable. Tickets are non-refundable. • Tickets can and will sell out without notice. • Party favors are subject to change without notice. • Release dates of future products are subject to change without notice.

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.


Panini VIP Badges

Check out this year’s Panini VIP & SUPER VIP Badges below.

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The Future of Trading Cards Presentation

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

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Michael Osacky – Tips on Memorabilia Appraisal and Authentication

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

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Historic Autographs

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Baseball Treasure Box Break Bonus Program

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

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Jeopardy Champion James Holzhauer Interview & Audience Q&A – Play “Hobby Jeopardy” for a chance to win a box of sports cards!

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: eBay Break

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: GR8 American Collectibles Radio Show

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Beckett Fat Packs Podcast

Saturday, August 3rd

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

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Panini Grand Case Break (Products include: 2019 Donruss Elite Football, 2019 Leather & Lumber Baseball, 2019 Victory Lane Racing)

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

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Upper Deck Set Coalition Contest (Tickets will be handed out at 2:00 PM before the Upper Deck Ultimate Case Break)

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

Beckett Night at the Ball Park

One of the Beckett “Night at the Ballpark” prizes this year will be a Marcus Mariotta signed helmet authenticated by Panini America.

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.)

The 2019 VIP Party will be Saturday night, August 3, in Chicago, Ill. Location, time and guest list will be announced prior to the event. • All guests must be 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. • All guests must be in attendance to collect merchandise. • Tickets are non-transferable. Tickets are non-refundable. • Tickets can and will sell out without notice. • Party favors are subject to change without notice. • Release dates of future products are subject to change without notice

Upper Deck Diamond Club Member & Candidate Program

Based on support of Upper Deck’s wrapper redemption programs, Monumental sales and UDA sales at the Upper Deck booth, fans can earn an invitation to the company’s exclusive Diamond Club Reception on Friday evening (August 2nd) with a special athlete experience and tons of prizes! Visit the Upper Deck booth for details on how you can earn entry to this National party that is a must attend event for National attendees. The party is at a private off-site location and fans who earn an invite will have details provided on site about where to be and when on Friday night. (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 “Jordan a Day” Giveaway, FREE Custom T-206 Trading Card, Card Grading Competition and More!!

“Jordan a Day” Giveaway

Attendees can enter to win a Michael Jordan 1986 Fleer Rookie Card on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Winners will be announced at 4PM daily. Online entry available HERE.

FREE, Custom T-206 Trading Card

Back by popular demand, and now with a tobacco card twist! Visit the PSA booth (#1436) to be featured on your very own T-206 trading card. The card is 100% FREE to ALL PSA booth visitors and includes complimentary encapsulation!

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Grading Competition

Show your skills and you could win cash! Visit the PSA booth to test your grading skills on 25 encapsulated vintage and modern trading cards. Each contestant will have only 15 minutes to complete the grading test. Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 3rd at 4:00 PM CST at the PSA booth (#1436). $20 registration fee required to participate. Sign up NOW. Schedule below.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

PSA Collectors Club Offer

Launching at the show! FREE with Gold or Platinum Collectors Club Purchase.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Join the Platinum PSA Collectors Club to get a set of (5) NSCC EXCLUSIVE Fantasy promo cards. Limited quantities. While supplies last. Must be present at the show to receive offer and have proof of purchase for memberships purchased online. All Gold memberships will be awarded (1) of the five promo cards, at random. Any memberships purchased PRIOR to 7/1/2019 will not be eligible to receive the cards.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

PSA/DNA On-Site Grading

PSA will once again offer on-site grading. Submit NOW Online to avoid the lines! More details below.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Hobby Happenings Week Ending March 2nd, 2018






Come visit the eBay booth #876 during the National for some great activities that include:

  • One-on-one sessions with customers
  • Multiple raffles (and different ways to enter)
    • $50 eBay Gift Card raffle Thursday-Sunday (Four times a day, items TBD)
    • In partnership with Sportsmemorabilia, there will be 25 boxes of 2019 Topps Baseball Factory Sealed Retail Complete Sets up for raffle Thursday-Sunday (multiple sets and times per day)
  • $10 eBay coupon giveaway at the booth
  • eBay Kids Case Break on Main Stage (time TBD)
  • eBay Swag giveaway


2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

COMC Processing Special

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee GuideCOMC Limited Edition T-Shirt Giveaway Bonus

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee GuideCOMC Prize Wheel – Spin to Win!

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Spin the Wheel at the COMC Booth for a chance to win some great prizes:

  • $5. $10 or $25 COMC Credit
  • One of three Limited Edition COMC Branded T-Shirts
  • Entry in a drawing to win $100, $250 or $500 COMC Credit
  • Entry in a drawing to win one of three high-end trading cards featuring Chicago sports stars and legends
  • Free shipping on your next COMC order

COMC Consignment Submissions

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Time With Tim

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

Instagram Trade Night

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

COMC will be the official sponsor of Instagram Trade Night hosted by CardCollector2. They will be meeting with Instagram followers, accepting drop-off consignments, offering demonstrations of their service, doing giveaways and much more at the COMC table at Instagram Trade Night.

Follow CheckoutMyCards and CardCollector2 on Instagram for more details!

Beckett Media

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

Visit the Beckett website for more details!

Pawn Stars is coming to the National!

Tim Carroll Art

Tim Carroll (@timcarrollart) will be giving away hundreds of small signed prints at the Wax Pack Nation booth. Check out some examples and booth location below.




SGC Museum Display

The SGC Museum Display at the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention will feature a never-before-seen exhibit with a trio of historic Cubs jerseys!

At this year’s National in Chicago, SGC promises you’ll see something you have never seen before, and may never again—a collection of game-worn jerseys of that “trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds“—Tinker, Evers, and Chance!

This beyond rare grouping of early 20th century game-worn Cubs uniforms was acquired in the past year through a private transaction by a collector who was willing to invest in them based on his high level of confidence with the SGC uniform division. SGC Uniform Authenticator Dave Grob remarked: “If I had previously not had the honor and pleasure of examining these jerseys, I would be making a special trip just to see them and bask in their history and significance.

This high-end collector’s confidence has continued with his permission to allow SGC to display these historic uniforms at SGC’s booth this year. In addition to this iconic trio of jerseys, SGC will have a game-worn Ernie Banks jersey and several iconic cards on display. The SGC Museum Display will be located at booth #824 and the SGC Submission Center will be located at booth #626, both in the Corporate Pavilion.

Stop by to meet the SGC team, get your cards graded, win free swag, and experience this year’s display for something you’ve never seen before.

SGC will offer on-site grading beginning at $35 per card.






The hobby’s most knowledgeable experts will be available to accurately and quickly appraise your treasures at the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago from July 31-August 4. Stop by Lelands Booth #1104 near the front entrance..








Blowout Cards

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide

If you have unused Panini Rewards points, bring them to The National. 

BlowoutCards.com wants your points — any and all amounts — and you can bring them to their booth for instant credit on products for sale at the show of all shows. Or, if you want, you can get instant payment via Paypal.

Placed in packs in lieu of redemption, the Panini America program allows collectors to hunt for what they want or stockpile points for something better as part of the program.

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