• 36th Topps National VIP Party - The Kick-Off event for the 36th National is the annual VIP Party from 2:30-4:00pm, Wednesday July 29 and is held exclusively for VIP and SuperVIP ticketholders. It will be held in the Room 14 in the Conference Center at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center. In addition to receiving your week-long credentials and cram-packed gift package, there will be free autographs from former Blackhawks Captain Pierre Pilote, Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and 2-Time CY Young Winner Bret Saberhagen.
  • 36th National Sneak Peek - The National will hold its Grand Opening, for all consumers, on Wednesday night July 29, 4-8 PM for a special Sneak Preview of the world's most famous sports collectibles show. There will be free autographs from Rollie Fingers, Bret Saberhagen and Pierre Pilote. Autographs will be at the Tristar Autograph Pavilion, one per person, 1st come-1st served, as time permits. The Show Floor will be open and admission is free for all VIP and SuperVIP Admission attendees. One day Admission Tickets (good for any one day of the National) may be purchased at $18 each in advance through this web site or $22 at the  Convention Center.
  • Kids Free Week at the 36th National - All youngsters 12 and under will be admitted at no charge all 5 days of the show, courtesy of The National.
  • TriStar Productions National Autograph Pavilion - The Autograph Pavilion will be hosted by TriStar Productions and will showcase celebrities and athletes over the five-day period of the consumers' show July 29-August 2. To see the complete list of celebrities signing at the Autograph Pavilion,  click here
  • PSA - PSA is running daily sweepstakes for great Chicago memorabilia including a Michael Jordan Rookie card, an Ernie Banks autographed bat and a Walter Payton autographed poster. Visit them in Hall B Booth #1436 next to the Case Break Pavilion
  • Case Breakers Pavilion sponsored by Amazon.com Sports Collectibles - The Case Break Pavilion at the National is located in Hall B of the Convention Center. Throughout the week, various exhibitors will be hosting case breaks. Check out the Amazon.com Sports Collectibles Center Stage Area for daily events.
  • Case Break Pavilion Grand Case Break hosted by Topps - Be on hand for the Pavilion Opening on Wednesday at 5PM. The initial case break will be hosted by Topps at 5PM Wednesday
  • Leaf Case Break - Leaf will be doing a major case break at 2PM on Thursday
  • Upper Deck Case Break - Upper Deck will be hosting a special case break on the main stage in the Case Breakers Pavilion at 2PM on Friday.
  • Wheeler Collection Case Break - Wheeler Collection is giving away a free case to be broken on Friday at 4PM.  Visit their Corporate Booth #672 for details.
  • Panini Grand Case Break - Saturday 8/2 at 11AM.
  • Heritage Vintage Case Break - A major Vintage Case Break featuring a Babe Ruth signed ball, a Lou Gehrig autograph, a Michael Jordan signed jersey and much more. Case Break will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday.
  • Heritage Platinum Auction - Heritage Auctions is pleased to invite collectors of elite sports collectibles to its Platinum  Auction on Thursday -July 30-July 31st, held in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont.  Click here for a link with additional details.
  • Wheatland Auction Services - Register to win a signed Muhammad Ali Boxing Glove at their  Booths 433-435.
  • Beckett Covers Hunt - Beckett Media is once again sending collectors on a chase to find Beckett Covers Cards. The first 200 collectors to present a complete set of all 15 covers available at the show receive arandom slabbed BGS Autograph Card.  Details on how to collect all 15 cards will be available at the Beckett Booth #866
  • Wrapper Redemptions - Many of the card companies offer wrapper redemption programs at the National. We will list those about which we have information.