Complete Guide to the 2016 National Sports Collectors ConventionComplete Guide to the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention – This year marks the 37th 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 3rd and Sunday, August 7th. The Atlantic City Convention Center  will serve as the venue.

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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 2016 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 37th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention, August 3-7, in Atlantic City to catch all the action at the world’s largest annual sports and entertainment convention you can buy your autograph tickets in advance for autographs of the  130+ legendary sports superstars including Mariano Rivera, Mike Piazza, Joe Namath, Martin Brodeur, Dr. J, Mike Tyson and many more.

Complete Guide to the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

Show Details

Dates and Times
Wednesday, August 3rd: 4pm – 8pp (Sneak Peek Preview)
Thursday, August, 4th: 10am – 6pm
Friday, August, 5th: 10am – 6pm
Saturday, August, 6th: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, August, 7th: 10am – 5pm
Venue Location
Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Boulevard
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Admission Pricing
General Admission: $19 in advance, $22 at the show
Children (12U): Free
VIP Package: $129 in advance, $139 at the show
Super VIP Package: $179 in advance, $189 at the show
All-Access VIP: $229
All-Access Super VIP: $279Visit for more details.

Manufacturer Promotions

The following promotions are available to all attendees of the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention.

Details coming soon . . .

Beckett Media

Benchwarmer Trading Cards

Leaf Trading Cards


Daily National Promo Card Giveaway – While supplies last, Leaf will be giving away a National Promo Card of the Day featuring some of the hottest rookies.

Leaf CEO, Brian Gray, Autographed Inscription Cards – Want a truly unique collectible? Leaf Trading Cards CEO, Brian Gray, will be signing autographs with his unique brand of inscriptions.

Case Break Redemption Program – Open a sealed case of the below products and receive a FREE 2016 Best of the National Box.

  • 2016 Leaf Pop Century Trading Cards
  • 2016 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey
  • 2016 Leaf Metal Tennis
  • 2010-2016 Leaf U.S. Army All-American Football
  • 2016 Leaf Genesis Hockey

Leaf’s 2016 Best of the National Boxes contain:

  • Graded Rookie Cards
  • Buyback Autographs
  • Premium Memorabilia Cards
  • Surprises! 

Box Break Redemption – Open (2) boxes of any of the below products and receive a FREE Babe Ruth Original Yankee Stadium Seat Relic Card with the exclusive National Stamp #’d to 10 or less

  • 2016 Leaf Pop Century Trading Cards
  • 2016 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey
  • 2016 Leaf Metal Tennis
  • 2016 Leaf Genesis Hockey

For more information on Leaf Trading Cards’s other plans for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention, click here.

Onyx Authenticated


Collector’s opening $150 worth of any sealed Onyx Authenticated product will receive a FREE box of 2016 Platinum Elite Baseball Cards. In addition, random customers opening product at the Onyx booth, may receive over-sized, limited edition Onyx Platinum Elite black autographed baseball cards.


Panini America


Panini America will be providing collectors with an extensive wrapper redemption program. An exclusive set has been created that encompasses multiple sports and stars from the world of baseball, basketball, football and soccer. Rookie cards will be numbered to 1,499 or less. In addition to the images below, see the complete gallery on the Knight’s Lance.


Topps Redemption Report – June 13th, 2016 – Schwarber!

The Topps Wrapper Redemption program features exclusive 2016 Bowman “National” Refractors. These cards will utilize a prism foil pattern on chrome stock that has not been used in other 2016 Bowman products.

This pattern is exclusively available at the National Sports Collectors Convention. The checklist includes a mix of MLB veterans, 2016 rookies and top prospects for a total of 50 players. Some of the athletes included in the set are Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, Hank Aaron, Mike Trout, Yoan Moncada, Alex Bregman and more.

In addition, there will be rare parallels randomly inserted into packs. Collectors will also get a chance at pulling autographs of some of the featured athletes.

To get one of the four-card Bowman National Refractor packs, fans must open 10 sealed hobby packs of any 2016 Topps products (excluding Opening Day and Sticker Collection) or five sealed hobby packs of a 2016 Bowman product or 2015 Bowman’s Best at the Topps booth. These packs cannot be opened before coming to the booth. The wrapper redemption packs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

See Topps other plans for the National.




Collectors who purchase an eligible TRISTAR product (listed below) on the show floor, from an authorized dealer and bring it to the TRISTAR promotion redemption counter, will receive a free TRISTAR bag and be enrolled for memorabilia drawings every half-hour throughout the show.

  • (2) TRISTAR History of Football Autographed 8×10’s
  • (1) TRISTAR Autographed Football Mini Helmet
  • (1) TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Autographed Baseballs Series 8
  • (1) TRISTAR Odyessy Football

Some of the memorabilia prizes include:

  • Muhammad Ali 16×20 Autographed Photo
  • Pamela Anderson 16×20 Autographed Photo
  • Carlos Correa Autographed Bat
  • Joe Namath Autographed Full Sized Helmet
  • Kevin Costner Autographed Durham Bulls Jeresy
  • J.J. Watt 16×20 Autographed Photo
  • And MUCH More!

2016 Tristar National Promo

Upper Deck


Upper Deck 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention Wrapper Redemption Program

To receive one (1) 2016 Upper Deck Wrapper Redemption pack collectors just need to purchase:

  • Ten (10) packs of 2015-16 NHL Upper Deck Series Two or 2015-16 NHL O-Pee-Chee Platinum
  • Five (5) packs of 2015-16 NHL Upper Deck Contours, 2015-16 NHL ICE, 2015-16 NHL Champs, 2015-16 NHL SP Authentic or 2016 Goodwin Champions.

To receive three (3) 2016 Upper Deck Wrapper Redemption packs collectors just need to purchase one pack of 2015-16 NHL UD Black or 2015-16 NHL Ultimate Collection.

  • 20-Card Base Set
    • (10) Prominent Cuts – Michael Jordan, Tom Shields, Meisha Tate, Tom Glavine, Tiger Woods, Aly Raisman, Robbie Maddison, Martin St. Louis, Martin Brodeur, Wayne Gretzky

      • Prominent Cuts Autograph Set
        • Aly Raisman – #d to 50
        • CM Punk – #d to 50
        • Kevin Smith – #d to 25
        • Martin St. Louis – #d to 25
        • Miesha Tate – #d to 50
        • Tom Glavine – #d to 15
    • (10) Top Shelf NHL Rookies – Connor McDavid, Dylan Larkin, Artemi Panarin, Sam Bennett, Noah Hanafin, Jake Virtanen, Connor Hellebuyck, Oscar Lindberg, Zachary Fucale
      • Top Shelf Autograph Set
        • Connor Hellebuyck – #d to 25
        • Jake Virtanen – #d to 75
        • Noah Hanifin – #d to 25
        • Oscar Lindberg – #d to 100
        • Robby Fabbri – #d to 50
        • Sam Bennett – #d to 100
        • Zachary Fucale – #d to 75

Upper Deck Random Acts of Kindness Program – Look for envelopes hidden around the convention floor that can be good for prizes and it also will hold a “super-premium product” group break via a free raffle.

For more information on Upper Deck’s other plans for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention, click here.


Collectors who choose to attend the 2016 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

All VIPs are invited to attend the VIP Reception & Sneak Peek. Grab a plate, eat and get in line for your opportunity to meet and get free autographs.

FREE autographs guests for this year are Eddie Giacomin, Mitch Williams and Steve Garvey.

Complete Guide to the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

This event starts Wednesday, August 3rd, at 4pm CST, and you must be a credentialed VIP to attend and participate.

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

2016 National Sports Collectors Conventions - VIP Autograph Guests 1

Complete Guide to the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

Complete Guide to the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

Exclusive Trading Card Sets

Upper Deck will be offering VIPs an exclusive, five-card set from some of the biggest names in sports – Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Martin Broduer and LeBron James.

Topps will be offering VIPs an exclusive, five-card set based on the company’s 1951 Topps Red & Blue Backs design. It features legendary players including: Phil Rizzuto, Bob Feller, Bobby Doerr, Duke Snider and Warren Spahn.

Panini will be offering VIPs an exclusive, six-card set through a coupon redeemable at the Panini America booth. The set includes first round NBA Draft Picks Brandon Ingram and Buddy Hield, first round NFL Draft Picks Jared Goeff and Carson Wentz as well as current young MLB stars Kenta Maeda and Trevor Story.

Leaf Trading Cards will be providing VIP attendees with an exclusive 4-card set. The set features cards of Tom Brady, Jack Eichel, Mariano Rivera and a tribute card to legendary show promoter, Mike Berkus.

Case Break Pavillion

Once again, case breaking takes center stage at the Sports Collectible Main Stage. The Main Stage, a vision of organizer and promoter, Mike Berkus, who passed away earlier this year, will be dedicated in his honor. 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.

The National Case Breaking Pavilion, sponsored by and hosted by, will feature more than 25,000 square feet of exclusive space for breakers.

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.

The schedule for Manufacturer & Special Event Case Breaks is still TBD:

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 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.

Breaker Pavilion Hours

Tuesday, August 2nd: TBD

Wednesday, August 3rd: TBD

Thursday, August 4th: 10am-6pm:

Friday, August 5th: 10am-6pm

Saturday, August 6th: 10am-6pm

Sunday, August 7th –  10am-5pm

Autograph Guests

Tristar Productions is the official organizer and promoter of the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Pavilion.

Tickets are available now or can be purchased at the show. Visit Tristar’s website for pricing and scheduling information.

Here is a list of just some of the names attending this year’s National.

Complete Guide to the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

Baseball – Steve Carlton, Craig Biggio, Robin Yount, Roger Clemens, Frank Thomas, Ryne Sandberg, Lou Brock, Johnny Bench, Bob Gibson, Rod Carew, Mike Schmidt, Cal Ripken Jr., Mike Piazza, Eddie Murray, Dave Winfield, Al Kaline, Wade Boggs, Rickey Henderson, Frank Robinson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Pete Rose, Curt Schilling, Dennis Eckersly, Brooks Robinson, Jim Rice, Tim Raines, Ozzie Smith, Mariano Rivera

Football – Joe Namath, Vinny Testaverde, Earl Campbell, Ron Jaworski, Barry Sanders, Hines Ward, Donovan McNabb, Rockey Bleier, Bob Griese, Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Franco Harris, Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Joe Theismann, Jack Youngblood, Jack Ham

Basketball – Julius Irving, Walt Frazier, Larry Johnson, Christian Laettner, Dennis Rodman, Dominique Wilkins, Rick Barry, Nate Archibald, John Starks

Hockey – Martin Brodeur, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, Adam Graves, Gerry Cheevers, Grant Fuhr, Brad Marsh, Bernie Parent, Ken Daneyko

Wrestling, Boxing, UFC- Anderson Silva, Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Ric Flair, 

Special Events


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 $7,500 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.

Upper Deck Diamond Club Reception

Upper Deck annually rewards members of its Certified Diamond Club with their own high-profile event.  This is a more exclusive party limited to official dealers and retailers. More news on the exact details of this event will be announced in the coming days.

dd_logoMemory Lane’s Game-Used babe Ruth Bat

The premium auction house is bringing their 1930 Babe Ruth game-used bat to the 37th NationalSports Collectors Convention. In addition, fans and collectors will have the opportunity to hold the bat while getting their photo taken with this extremely rare piece of american sports history.

JP Cohen of Memory Lane Inc holds game-used Babe Ruth bat

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