The National Sports Collectors Convention
A Historical Perspective - 35 years and still going strong!
In 1980 a group of collectors gathered in a small hotel ballroom at the Los Angeles International Airport Marriott for what became the 1st National Sports Collectors Convention. From that event has come the once a year extravaganza that is the premier showcase event of the collectibles industry. Seeking to involve collectors from around the country, founders of the National stipulated that the event should move around the country to insure all collectors and exhibitors could participate. Early Nationals were held in St Louis, Chicago, Detroit as well as the NY metropolitan area.
The National has grown to be a mega-event which can be housed in only a few locations in the country. But it still attracts all aspects of the collectibles industry. No other event can boast of participation by most of the licensing agencies of the major professional sports world along with dealers of vintage card and collectibles and the most current collectible products anywhere. With support from the major card manufacturers, card grading services, auction houses as well as from the licensees of these groups, the National is the event to attend each summer.
The recently completed 35th National Sports Collectors Convention was held in Cleveland OH at the I-X Center. It was a return visit to a site which has been extremely successful in the past and 2014 was no exception. Attendance was strong and reviews from the industry were extremely positive from attendees, exhibitors, manufacturers and licensors. 2014 saw the first ever Case Break Pavilion at the National and the Pavilion was the center of a lot of excitement for all in attendance. The National always sets the pace when it comes to highlighting new hobby innovations. Plans are already underway for the 36th National to be held July 29-August 2, 2015 at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center on Chicago (Rosemont) IL.

Autograph guests at the National are legendary and last years show was no exception, starting with the "Sneak Peek" on Wednesday night. Dale Murphy and Indians Star Carlos Baerga provided free autographs.  The parade of superstar celebrities continued throughout the week. In past years, the National has hosted almost every conceivable superstar possible including Wayne Gretzky, Joe Dimaggio, Muhammad Ali, Cal Ripken Jr., Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, Mickey Mantle, Wilt Chamberlain, Joe Namath, Joe Montana and others. 2015 promises to be another blockbuster.

The National is the event with the strongest tradition, best autograph guests, largest roster of dealers of vintage and new collectibles and the biggest selection of cards and memorabilia all under one roof. It's been said, "If you can't find what you're looking for at the National, it probably doesn't exist!" The National is the event of the year and is the place you should be in 2015 as collectors, dealers, distributors, manufacturers, licensors and everyone else in the collectibles industry all participate in the worlds most spectacular sports and entertainment collectibles industry. For information about Corporate Sponsorship at the National,please contact Mike Berkus at


Previous Sites of the National Sports Collectors Convention

  • 1980  Los Angeles
  • 1981  Detroit 
  • 1982  St. Louis
  • 1983  Chicago 
  • 1984 Parsippany, NJ
  • 1985  Anaheim
  • 1986  Dallas
  • 1987  San Francisco
  • 1988  Atlantic City
  • 1989  Chicago
  • 1990  Dallas
  • 1991  Anaheim
  • 1992  Atlanta
  • 1993  Chicago McCormick
  • 1994  St Louis
  • 1995  Houston
  • 1996  Anaheim
  • 1997  Cleveland
  • 1998  Chicago Rosemont
  • 1999 Atlanta
  • 2000  Anaheim
  • 2001  Cleveland
  • 2002  Chicago Rosemont
  • 2003  Atlantic City
  • 2004  Cleveland
  • 2005  Chicago Rosemont
  • 2006  Anaheim
  • 2007  Cleveland
  • 2008  Chicago Rosemont
  • 2009  Cleveland
  • 2010 Baltimore
  • 2011 Chicago Rosemont
  • 2012 Baltimore
  • 2013  Chicago Rosemont
  • 2014  Cleveland
  • 2015  Chicago Rosemont
  • 2016 Atlantic City NJ