2015 ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE POSTED AS THEY ARE CONFIRMED
  • 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 8/1 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
  • OYO Figures - OYO is releasing a National exclusive figure. At Booth #616P, 100 of the limited edition OYO minifigures will be distributed each day of the National (Wednesday-Sunday) to the first 60 kids and 40 adults. The 2015 National Limited Edition OYO will be a packaged as a limited edition collectible with accessories.  With only 400 of these Limited Edition Collectibles, they will go fast! In addition, Thursday-Sunday between 11AM-1PM, there will be 45-minute sessions for kids to build an OYO field, NHL Zamboni or build their own creation or design. There are 10 spots available per session. OYO will be providing the field sets and Zamboni kits to build and each participant will be invited to build and play at the show. All participants will receive a bag of "goodies" from Never Enough Cards including sports cards sets, packs and other items to take home.
  • Memory Lane Auctions - Fans will get a rare chance to hold one of Babe Ruth's old game bats each day during the National Sports Collectors Convention July 29-August 2, 2015.  Memory Lane Auctions will have a genuine 1930 Ruth game bat at its booth inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center each day of the show and visitors will be able to stop by and have their picture taken with the 34-3/4", 37.4 ounce white hickory bat ordered by Ruth.
  • Wrapper Redemptions - Many of the card companies offer wrapper redemption programs at the National. We will list those about which we have information.
    • Upper Deck - Collectors just need to purchase five (5) packs of 2014-15 NHL® Fleer Showcase, 2014-15 NHL® O-Pee-Chee Platinum, 2014-15 NHL® Masterpieces, 2014-15 NHL® SP Authentic, 2015 Goodwin Champions or 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs to receive one (1) 2015 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Promotional Pack. Collectors just need to purchase one (1) pack of 2014-15 NHL® SP Game-Used or 2014-15 NHL® UD Premier to receive three (3) 2015 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Promotional Packs. These packs must be purchased from a Certified Diamond Dealer who will provide collectors with an Upper Deck issued voucher for the redemption program. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. each day starting on Thursday and run as long as supplies last. Collectors can take advantage of the promotion up to four times per person, per day.
    • Leaf- Open a box of 2015 Legends of Sport, 2015 In the Game Used,2015 Leaf Clear Football, 2015 Leaf Pop Century or 2015 Leaf Masterworks:Sports Edition and receive 1-2015 National 7-card Bonus Pack per box (autographs inserted 1 in every 7 packs).  Open a case of 2015 Legends of Sport (5-box mini case), 2015 In the Game Used (12-box case), 2015 Leaf Clear Football (12-box case), 2015 Leaf Pop Century (12-box case) or 2015 Leaf Masterworks:Sports Edition(8-box case) and receive the bonus packs for the boxes plus aRare Show Exclusive Autograph Bonus Pack from 2015 Legends of Sport (every autograph numbered to 10 or less)
    • Topps - Allen & Ginter -In celebration of Allen & Ginter's 10th anniversary, Topps has created exclusive Allen & Ginter die-cut cards featuring baseball, football and other figures, which are only available at the National. Each sealed hobby box of Allen & Ginter brought to the Topps booth will yield one exclusive pack of either baseball or football subjects with the chance at special autographs. The hobby box must be opened at the Topps booth in front of a Topps employee. Available while supplies last.
      Gypsy Queen box redemption: Collectors get a chance to get a three-card pack of Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton on the 2015 Gypsy Queen design. To get one of these exclusive packs - which may contain rare parallels - bring one sealed hobby box of select 2014 or 2015 Topps products (listed below). Hobby boxes eligible for the Gypsy Queen redemption include:Baseball: All 2015 Topps and Bowman Baseball hobby boxes, excluding Opening Day. Football: 2014 Bowman Football; 2014 Bowman Chrome Football; 2014 Bowman Sterling Football; 2014 Topps Chrome Football; 2014 Topps Chrome Mini Football; 2014 Topps Platinum Football; 2014 Topps Prime Football; 2014 Topps SupremeTM Football; 2014 Topps Finest Football; 2014 Topps Fire Football; 2014 Topps Football Jumbo HTA; 2014 Topps Museum Collection Football; 2014 Topps Triple Threads Football; 2014 Topps Valor Football; and 2015 Bowman Football.