By David Yarger
Co-Host The Chase
It feels like we just tore down The Chase set at the 2022 National Sports Collectors Convention, but we are just mere days away from the 2023 National live from Chicago.
The National is essentially the Super Bowl or World Series – whatever sport you prefer – of cards. This is the event where card collectors, hobbyists, breakers industry leaders and more all gather under one roof for five days. In those five days, record crowds surround selling tables, business booths, autograph lines and breaking pavilions for almost 10-plus hours a day.
The Stephens Convention Center in Chicago will be the host of this year’s event and attendees can expect promotions from all the industry leaders.
In this blog, we will give you a glimpse into what to expect from the corporations as you head through the doors of the National.
Attendees who purchase Tristar packaged products at the National Sports Collectors Convention are due to receive a Tristar bag & a chance to uncover incredible treasures.
First, purchase any Tristar packaged product on the National show floor from an exhibitor (i.e. Dave & Adam’s Booth).
Next, bring the sealed/wrapped Tristar packaged product over to the Tristar corporate booth #539. The product must be opened at the Tristar booth.
Lastly, visitors will receive a Tristar bag and an entry into our drawings for the chance to receive incredible treasures. Those treasures include autographed items from the likes of Ted Williams, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joe DiMaggio, Ben Affleck, Ken Griffey Jr., Sandy Koufax, Bo Jackson, David Ortiz and more.
Jersey Fusion has two promotions that are being offered to collectors. The first puts you in control as the general manager of your own one-for-one trade.
If you didn’t get your favorite player in your Jersey Fusion pack, they will have a trade table where you can give them one card in exchange for one of theirs, while supplies last.
Say you got a Justin Herbert but you’d like to trade it for a different sport or player, Jersey Fusion will give you that opportunity to execute a trade.
On top of that promo, Jersey Fusion’s exclusive promotion for the National will include a buy three, get one free deal.
Attendees need to buy one of each Jersey Fusion products – All Sport Series 2, 2022 Football Edition and 2022 Baseball Edition. Then, bring all three to booth 2916 (next to Beckett), open them there and turn in the sleeves, you get to pick the fourth one from the Jersey Fusion table at no cost.
Next, collectors can expect the ability to get their cards graded by PSA in Chicago this year.
PSA announced recently that the deals include on-site, end of show authentication and grading services for cards, autographs & tickets. Additionally, hobbyists can save on shipping with PSA’s drop-off lane for grading submissions at all levels. On top of that collectors can submit to the PSA vault.
Fees for grading include $150 as a collectors club exclusive, with a max declared value of $2,499. Turnaround time for that option is by the end of the National on Sunday.
Additionally, there is a $250 fee for max declared value of $4,999 and turnaround time is by the end of the day that you submitted, as well as a $500 option for max declared value of $14,999, also with end of the day turnaround time.
For more information on PSA happenings at the National, visit their website.
As for UD, they will be honoring their box and case wrapper redemption program.
One box will get collectors one Upper Deck National pack, while one full case will net attendees 10 UD National packs and one raffle ticket for a random autographed card.
Boxes and case wrappers that can be redeemed are 2022/23 Upper Deck Series 2, 22/23 Extended Series, 21/22 Ice Hockey, 21/22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum, 21/22 Credentials, 2022 Goodwin Champions and 22/23 Synergy.
Leaf will be at this year’s National from booth 749! They will be offering box and case break redemptions from July 26 to 30.
For their box break redemption, if you open up any Leaf product listed in the promotion, you will get a Leaf National pack, which includes a one of one proof or autograph proof.
As for the case break redemption, if you open any sealed Leaf case at the booth from the promo list, you will receive 50% more Leaf National packs. As an example, you will receive three packs for each 2022 Leaf Metal Soccer box you open. However, if you open a 10-box case you will receive the 30 packs from the boxes (three per box) plus an additional 15 BONUS packs for a total of 45 packs.
The products eligible for the box and case break redemptions are listed in the photo below:
CGC recently announced promotional plans for the National. On their website, they said collectors can submit their cards, play games like Skee Ball and NBA Jam, as well as win prizes.
CGC, located at booth 2811, announced that their economy rate is $20 – max declared value of $1,000 – for end of the show turnaround time. The express rate is $55 per card – max value of $10,000 – with end of the day turnaround time. On top of that, there is a walkthrough option for $155 per card – unlimited value – with turnaround time in three hours.
On top of that, CGC will host panels, meet the grader, box breaks, and giveaways to name a few.
For more information, check out CGC’s website.
Topps has announced its promo plans for the National.
The wrapper redemption program is back! 2023 Topps baseball hobby boxes are all eligible for the promotion while supplies last. Stop by the Topps booth (#351) with your sealed product to receive an official National pack.
Additionally, new for this year, a limited number of Bowman U, Formula 1 and soccer exclusive packs will be available for redemption by purchasing eligible product at the Dave & Adam’s booth (#735) or the Blowout Cards booth (#743).
Topps will also host a trade night Friday, July 28 featuring Women in the Hobby!
*Editor’s Note: This blog will continuously be updated as promotions are updated by industries in the hobby.*