The National Sports Collectors
A Historical Perspective - 35 years and still going
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
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 email@example.com.