Pictures from Day One of the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention

Some photos of the Wednesday afternoon/evening ‘Sneak Peek’ at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

VIP members were allowed in first at 3:30 followed by the general admission crowd.

1968 Olympic champion and high jump pioneer Dick Fosbury, who created the now standard ‘Fosbury Flop’ technique was joined by some former Cubs players inside a VIP reception and later at the autograph pavilion.

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1968 Olympic high jump champ Dick Fosbury shows off his shiny gold while posing with a fan.

Lots of packs opened at the Panini booth for the company's wrapper redemption program.

New CEO Ryan O'Hara at the Topps booth

Former Cub closer Lee Smith had a huge line for free autographs.

Baseball Card Exchange has hundreds of vintage packs and boxes including a 1971-72 Topps basketball unopened box priced at $20,000. That's a 1975-76 box in the background at $1500.

Sushine and temps in the 80s greet collectors at the Stephens Convention Center.

Chicago 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention

Main entrance to 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention. The show runs through Sunday.

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