The 39th annual National Sports Collectors Convention is coming to Cleveland August 1st-5th, and if you are reading this blog you know this is the World Series or the Super Bowl of sports cards and memorabilia conventions! No matter what type of collector you are, you will be able to find something at the National to take home! Plus it’s always a great time to meet up with long distance collecting friends as everyone converges into one place for the week! Then there are all the ‘extracurricular’ activities like the amazing list of celebrities and athletes to get autographs and pictures from, the exclusive cards and swag, and of course the VIP parties from the likes of Panini and Upper Deck!
There are so many amazing promotions being run by the trading card manufacturers that many collectors pay for their entire trips just from what they get for free! Looking ahead, the National returns to Chicago next year for the 40th Anniversary and then it’s on to Atlantic City for 2020! Myself and the #DaveAndAdamsNationalRoadCrew are ready to get rocking in Cleveland later this Summer!
The 2018 National Important Information
Wednesday, August 1st to Sunday, August 5th
International Exposition Center (I-X Center) in Cleveland, Ohio.
Wednesday, August 1st – 4pm to 8pm (Preview Night)
Thursday, August 2nd – 10am to 6pm
Friday, August 3rd – 10am to 6pm
Saturday, August 4th – 10am to 6pm
Sunday, August 5th – 10am to 5pm
General Admission: $19 per day in advance ($22 day of show)
Children (12 and under): FREE
VIP Package: $139 in advance ($149 day of show)
Super VIP Package: $199 in advance ($209 day of show)
All-Access VIP: $259
All-Access Super VIP: $309
The more expensive packages come with extra perks like exclusive promos, autos, parking perks, etc. The main VIP package is good for 12 autographs from a designated group, while the Super VIP includes all 18 guests. The Super VIP also features free parking in a special designated parking lot. Finally, the All-Access packages include all of the aforementioned VIP perks but adds in first-in-line privileges too!
Full details for the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention ticket pricing and packages can be viewed on their website here.
The VIP parties from Upper Deck, Topps, and Panini have become must-attend events while at the National. We expect this year to be no different!
Baseball fans are in luck as Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are in town to play the Indians from August 3rd-5th. The Sunday game has a giveaway for a Topps promo set as well!
The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement will be taking place that weekend in nearby Canton, Ohio (around 55 miles away) so it’s a doable day-trip. In addition, the actual Hall of Fame pre-season game between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens is on Thursday, August 2nd.
Turn your trip to the National into a true VIP experience with the help of our National Concierge, Kevin Kramarz. Kevin is very familiar with all the manufacturer programs, and he can get you set up with what you need to take advantage of all of them. Contact Kevin at 1-888-440-9787 ext. 137 or email him at [email protected], so your experience at the show will not only be enjoyable, but potentially profitable. You can place your orders for the National with Kevin ahead of time and have them ready and waiting for you in Cleveland.
Keep it locked on our blog for all the latest news in regards to this years National as we get closer to August!