2022 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide – This year marks the 42nd 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 27th and Sunday, July 31st. The Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ, will serve as the host venue for the largest sports card and collectibles show on the planet!
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The National Sports Collectors Convention is an opportunity for manufacturers 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 over 50 corporate sponsors 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, to ogling drool over museum-quality memorabilia, consigning a collection to ne of many attending auction houses, collecting autographs, meeting your favorite athlete, and much more – the National is an ideal place to shop regardless of what you are looking for.
Use the tabs below for a complete guide to attending the 2022 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 42nd Annual National Sports Collectors Convention to catch all the action at the world’s largest annual sports and entertainment convention, you can buy your autograph tickets in advance.
TRISTAR Productions, once again host of the Autograph Pavilion, has scheduled over 100 legendary sports stars including numerous Hall of Famers, fan favorites, living legends, retired greats and MANY more. Featuring athletes from across multiple sports, this year’s list is highlighted by: Dan Marino, David Robinson, Chuck Liddell, Floyd Mayweather, Mariano Rivera, Mike Piazza, Gary Payton, Eric Dickerson, David Ortiz and MANY, MANY MORE!
2022 National Sports Collectors Convention Attendee Guide
|Dates and Times
Wednesday, July 27th: 3:30pm – 8:00pm (Sneak Peek Preview)
Thursday, July 28th: 10am – 6pm
Friday, July 9th: 10am – 6pm
Saturday, July 30th: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, July31st: 10am – 5pm
Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401 Map
General Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the show
Children (12U): Free
Manufacturer & Exhibitor Promotions
The following manufacturer/exhibitor promotions are available to all attendees of the 2022 National Sports Collectors Convention.
Panini America will once again feature a host of promotions, events and activations. For complete details, please visit, www.PaniniAmerica.net
- PANINI VIP PARTY (Saturday Night 7pm-11pm)
- PRIZM NFT PARTY (Friday Night 7pm-11pm)
- PANINI SILVER PACKS PROGRAM – Products must be purchased at one of the three Panini Authorized Show Floor Dealers (Dave & Adams, Blowout Sports Cards & Steel City Collectibles) and you’ll be eligible to receive Panini Silver Packs from the Panini America Booth. Limited silver pack redemptions every day, or until supplies last. This year’s eligible products are listed below.
- 2022 Select UFC UFC
- 2021-22 Court Kings Int. Blaster
- 2020-21 Chronicles BK Asia
- 2022 Chronicles Draft Picks College Football
- 2021-22 Chronicles Soccer
- 2021-22 Mosaic Soccer Serie A
- 2022 Absolute Baseball
- BOX WARS
- Some of the prizes that will be randomly awarded this year – (5) tickets to the Friday Night NFT Party, 2022 Panini Black Boxes, 2021 Prizm Football, 2020 Panini One Football, 2021 Panini One Football, 2022 WWE Prizm, 2021-22 Contenders Basketball, 2021 Contenders Football and more. Collectors wanting to participate in Box Wars can purchase their product anywhere on the show floor. Product must be brought to the Panini booth sealed. Note: The products marked “NFT” will be the box wars in which we give away a ticket to the Friday Night NFT party. 2022 Box War Schedule
- KIDS CASE BREAK: Panini America’s FREE Kids Case Breaks Return in 2022. Bryan Gavin from Ultimate Box Breaks will once again host and MC the breaks this year! Open to all kids 12 and under, Panini will host two breaks per day, beginning Thursday, July 28th. Badges will be distributed blindly at 10:00am each morning at the Sales Tower – full details: 2022 National Kids Case Break Schedule @ Panini Booth
Upper Deck will be offering a box and wrapper redemption program as well as a daily raffle at their booth. Details below.
Leaf Trading Cards will be offering a redemption program good for a 1-of-1 Autographed Card. Details below.
For the first time ever, Historic Autographs will be selling select products directly to the public. Over 15 different products in various forms (Premium boxes, hobby boxes, blaster boxes, etc) will be available, including 2020 Historic Autographs POTUS, the First 36 Premium boxes.
Additionally, the company will also have one of our sketch card artists at the booth (Corporate area, booth #1631) as well as several models that have posed for “pin-up” cards that will be part of several upcoming products; our models will be signing for free.
Visit the crew at CSG Cards at Booth #1445) for:
- On-site grading
- Daily giveaways, including a chance for a $10K card!
- Submission drop offs
- Meet the experts
For complete details, please visit, www.csgcards.com
COMC will have a team of employees on hand in the corporate area at Booth #1240 to accept consignment submissions and to answer any and all questions about COMC!
Here are some of the services and events you can look forward to at our booth:
- Consignment Drop-Off Center
- Submission Promotion
- Scratch-to-Win Cards
- Time with CEO Tim
- Full details
PSA will be providing Collector’s Club members and exclusive show special on grading.
Beckett Collectibles will be in attendance offering onsite grading and take back submissions for just $20 with a 30-day turnaround time. In addition, the company will also be offering the following:
- Show specials on publications
- Onsite autograph authentication and encapsulation
- Comic book grading submissions (take back)
- Beckett Collect online platform beta signup
For full details, please visit www.beckett.com/national
Announced autograph guests for the annual, opening day VIP Reception are Ron Jaworski, Bernie Parent, Greg Luzinski. Additionally, Roy White and Mickey Morandini will also be on hand, signing on the mainstage.
*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 email@example.com
This year’s athlete guests participating in the VIP program are as follows.
- Morandini, Mickey
- White, Roy
- Bergey, Bill
- Greene, Tommy
- Listach, Pat
- Nelson, Karl
- Bumbry, Al
- Madlock, Bill
- Rozier, Mike
- Montefusco, John
- Moseley, Mark
- Nelms, Mike
- Thompson, Milt
- Baker, Stephen
- Hansen, Ron
- Shamsky, Art
Exclusive Trading Card Sets
Leaf Trading Cards
Leaf will be providing one limited edition card per VIP attendee. The checklist includes the following athletes:
RC1 Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers
RC2 Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans
RC3 Malik Willis, Tennessee Titans
RC4 Matt Corral, Carolina Panthers
RC5 Drake London, Atlanta Falcons
RC6 Garrett Wilson, New York Jets
RC7 Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints
RC8 Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions
Breaker Pavilion & Main Stage
The National Breaker Pavilion hosted by RippingWax.com, will feature several thousand square feet of exclusive space for breakers. The Ripping Wax Breaker 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 Ripping Wax Breaker Pavilion will feature five full days of breaking activities. These activities will include grand opening ceremonies, athlete appearances and much more.
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 breakers in the hobby will be on-hand breaking hundreds of products. Some of the participants include: Jaspy’s, Live Case Breaks, Ultimate Box Breaks, Mojo Breaks, Real Breaks and MANY MORE! Visit RippingWax.com for more details.
RippingWax.com Breaker Pavilion Hours
Tuesday, July 26th: 10am-Midnight
Wednesday, July 27th: 10am-Midnight
Thursday, July 28th: 10am-Midnight
Friday, July 29th: 10am-6pm
Saturday, July 3th: 10am-6pm
Sunday, July 31st – 10am-5pm
Main Stage Schedule of Events*
Once again, the guys from Go GTS Live, The Hobby’s Web Show, will be on hand as emcees of the Main Stage activities. Unscheduled time slots, pictured below, will include impromptu interviews, hobby chat, trivia and giveaways.
*All, dates, times and content subject to change
The legendary NBA trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin will be guests on the main stage discussing FLEX NBA, the red hot sports collectible game from Sequoia Games.
Tristar Productions is the official organizer and promoter of the 2022 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Pavilion.
Tickets are available now or can be purchased at the show. Visit the TRISTAR website for pricing and schedule 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
Roadshow Cards/Card Collector 2 Trade Night
This year’s event – sponsored by Panini America, Goldin, and Whatnot – will take place Thursday evening, July 28, inside the Atlantic City Convention Center, the first time a Trade Night will be held inside the NSCC venue. As has been the case from the beginning, Trade Night will be free to attend and is open to all National attendees.
Organizers are expecting this year’s Trade Night to be the biggest one yet and, as a result, are asking those who plan to attend to take one minute to fill out the online guest list. In addition to being treated to an unparalleled trading experience with collectors from across the world, attendees will receive the exclusive Trade Night T-shirt (while supplies last) and Trade Night goodie bags with randomly inserted door prizes.
Collectable and Beckett have teamed up to host a full slate of programming at The National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) focused on fostering connectivity, community, and technological innovation in the industry.
The range of events — from collector networking events with live performances to The Collectibles Market Dinner for institutional investors — shows the industry’s continued expansion. The mix of events also highlights the breadth of interest in the collectibles market, from existing industry leaders to collectors, content creators, influencers and investment firms.
Women in the Hobby will be heavily engaged in this year’s National. See list of activities below.
Whatnot will have a significant presence at the Breaker Pavilion. The will give away 60 packs of cards including 1986 Fleer and 2003 Topps Chrome packs that could include Michael Jordan and LeBron James rookie cards. The giveaways will be livestreamed from the main stage.
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