Complete Guide to the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention – This year marks the 38th 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 26th and Sunday, July 30th. The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois will once again serve as the venue.

Check back for frequent updates as they become available.

Complete Guide to the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention

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. See the 2017 Exhibitor List.

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 2017 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 38th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention, July 26th-August 30th, 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 Reggie Jackson, Mike Tyson, Johnny Bench, Cal Ripken Jr., Dr. J, Dennis Rodman, Marshall Faulk, Mike Singletary and many more.

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Complete Guide to the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention

Show Details

Dates and Times
Wednesday, July 26th: 3:30pm – 6:30pm (Sneak Peek Preview)
Thursday, July 27th: 10am – 6pm
Friday, July, 28th: 10am – 6pm
Saturday, July, 29th: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, July, 30th: 10am – 5pm
Venue Location
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
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: $189 in advance, $199 at the show
All-Access VIP: $249
All-Access Super VIP: $299Visit for more details.

Manufacturer Promotions

The following promotions are available to all attendees of the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention.

 Beckett Media will once again be running it’s very popular Beckett Scavenger Hunt! Collect different 10 Beckett cover promo cards from 10 different partners on the show floor. Beckett cover promos include: Aaron Judge Cody Bellinger Kris Bryant Ken Griffey Jr Michael Jordan and other greats!

Get your first promo is available at the Beckett booth (#866) along with the list of your Scavenger Hunt destinations. Once you collect all 10 Beckett cover promo cards, return to the Beckett booth and receive Beckett’s first-ever Sketch Metal Promo Set! With every metal promo set, one will include a player autograph! A total of 400 sketch metal promo sets available, and given out throughout the show:

  • 100 on Thursday
  • 125 on Friday
  • 125 on Saturday
  • 50 on Sunday

Visit the Beckett website for more details!

Leaf Trading Cards Scheduling Private Summit Meetings

In addition to the FREE Case Break of 2017 Platinum Elite Baseball, Onyx Authenticated will be offering a redemption program this year as well. Simply bring $100 worth of Onyx product to their booth an receive a FREE autographed card of a top baseball product.

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

Panini America is once again offering a robust wrapper redemption program. The company will slowly be releasing details and card images leading up to the show. Here is a look at a very small part of the overall set Panini has in store for National attendees.

Panini will also be hosting a series of Box Wars throughout the show.  Collectors who participate in Box Wars at the Panini America booth will have the chance to win a coveted Panini Black Box as well as high-end boxes of Panini America product. Also, the winner of the 1 p.m. 2017 Pantheon Football Box War will receive a ticket to Panini America’s exclusive National VIP Party on Saturday night! See the schedule below.

Live Redemption Trade-Up Program

Back by popular demand for the sixth straight year, the unique initiative will be conducted live at the Panini America booth and will afford those collectors in attendance holding multiple outstanding redemption cards FOUR MONTHS OLD OR OLDER AND ALREADY PENDING IN THE PANINI AMERICA REDEMPTION SYSTEM the opportunity to trade them in for a card or cards of higher value. MORE DETAILS

Purchase (1) 10-box case of 2017 Super Break Pieces of the Past and receive a Limited Edition 1-of-1 Foil/Glossy Parallel card.

Similar to last year’s program, collectors can find special show-exclusive refractors only found at the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention. The cards will utilize a prism foil pattern on chrome stock on the 2017 Bowman design. Eack pack will contain four exclusive NSCC cards.

Subjects include elite prospects, top stars, retired greats and more. Collectors can expect to find rookie sensations Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, as well as retired stars such as Derek Jeter and Sandy Koufax.

The 50-card checklist will also feature a limited number of autographed cards, and low-numbered parallels including, but not limited, to Gold Refractors numbered to 50, and a Black Refractors numbered to 1-of-1.

Collectors can get the wrapper redemption packs at the Topps booth by opening select hobby boxes in front of a Topps employee. All Topps 2017 baseball hobby boxes are included in the program except Topps Opening Day, MLB Sticker Collection, and Topps Bunt. Collectors can also use 2017 Topps UFC Knockout and 2017 Topps MLS hobby boxes as part of the wrapper redemption program.


Upper Deck

Upper Deck Logo

Upper Deck will once again be hosting a series of wrapper redemption programs. Including the always popular Upper Deck Prominent Cuts set and a Chicago Legends set.

Prominent Cuts
This year’s Prominent Cuts set features 20-Cards. Fans can find both Prominent Cuts cards, which feature a variety of personalities from various sports and NHL Top Shelf Rookie cards, of the prospects this season in Upper Deck wrapper redemption packs. Randomly inserted into these packs are incredibly limited autograph cards as well as one-of-one cut autograph cards from Chicago legends! 

To receive one (1) 2017 Upper Deck Wrapper Redemption pack collectors just need to purchase:

  • Ten (10) packs of 2016-17 NHL Upper Deck Series Two or 2016-17 NHL Fleer Showcase
  • Five (5) packs of 2016-17 NHL Upper Deck ICE or 2016-17 NHL SP Authentic.

To receive three (3) 2017 Upper Deck Wrapper Redemption packs collectors just need to purchase one pack of 2016-17 NHL Ultimate Collection or 2016-17 NHL Premier.

These packs must be purchased from a Certified Diamond Dealer who will provide collectors with an Upper Deck issued voucher for the redemption program. The program will begin at the start of the show each day and run as long as supplies last. Collectors can take advantage of the promotion up to four times per person, per day.

Chicago Legends
Collectors who purchase any five (5) packs of 2015-16 NHL Upper Deck product during the course of the show can score a limited-edition Chicago Legends card. Upper Deck selected some of the best names in the Windy City to be a part of this promotion with Bobby Hull, Jonathan Toews, MJ, Patrick Kane and Stan Mikita being a part of this promotion!

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, July 26th, 6pm (VIP Exclusive)

  • TBD

Thursday, July 27th, 1pm

  • 2017 ONYX Platinum Elite Baseball

Thursday, June 27th, 3pm

  • Box break of a NEW super-premium product from Historic Autographs

Friday, July 28th, 2pm

  • Upper Deck (product TBD)

Saturday, July 29th, 11am, 12pm (Tentative)

  • Panini Kids Break
  • Panini Grand Case Break


Topps VIP Party

Collectors who choose to attend the 2017 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 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, July 26th, at 2:30pm to 4pm CST, and you must be a credentialed VIP to attend and participate.

FREE autographs guests for this year are Ron Duguay, Nate Archibald and Jose Canseco. 

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

Exclusive Trading Card Sets

Upper Deck will be issuing a special 5-card VIP Prominent Cuts set. Images have not yet been released but the checklist is as follow.

  • VIP-1 – Michael Jordan
  • VIP-2 – Connor McDavid
  • VIP-3 – LeBron James
  • VIP-4 – Ben Simmons
  • VIP-5 – Patrick Kane

Topps will be offering VIPs an exclusive, five-card set based on the company’s 1987 Topps  design. It features legendary players including: Nolan Ryan, Ted Williams, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Jr. and Cal Ripken Jr.

Panini will be issuing a 10-card, multi-sport set featuring ONLY rookies! This set will be available via a redemption coupon that will be inserted into the VIP promo bags. Collectors can take that coupon to the Paninni America booth to receive their limited edition set.

Case Break Pavillion

Once again, case breaking takes center stage at 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. 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 hosted by, will feature several thousand 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.

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.

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. Case Breaker Pavilion Hours

Tuesday, July 25th: 10am-Midnight

Wednesday, July 26th: 10am-Midnight

Thursday, July 27th: 10am-Midnight

Friday, July 28th: 10am-6pm

Saturday, July 29th: 10am-6pm

Sunday, July 30th –  10am-5pm

Autograph Guests

Tristar Productions is the official organizer and promoter of the 2017 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)


Special Events

NSCC Dick Butkus Meet & Greet VIP Sweepstakes

The National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) is excited to announce an opportunity to meet one of the games’ all-time greats, a NFL HOF’er and Chicago Bears legend, number 51, Dick Butkus.

The NSCC Dick Butkus Meet & Greet VIP Sweepstakes starts July 1st, ends Sunday, July 23,, 2017.

The lucky winner and friend will have the opportunity to personally meet Dick, July 30th on-site, at the NSCC Show which is held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, IL. In addition, the sweepstakes winner will receive two (2) VIP packages and a behind the scenes tour of the show.

Register to win today by visiting or

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. (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 July 28th from 12pm-2pm. 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, July 29th, 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



All kids, under the age of 12, are invited to booths #948-949-951 to build their own Lego Mini Figure!!

Beckett On-Site Grading

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