Both the Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo in Canada and the Chicago Sports Spectaclar have canceled their in-person shows originally scheduled for November.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise with local orders on public gatherings still in place across much of North America, but the promoters of each show are teaming up to host a single, virtual event instead.
Steve Menzie, who runs the Expo in the Toronto area and took his last show virtual earlier this year, and Mitch Adelstein, promoter of the Chicago show, are creating the Virtual Sport Card Expo 2.0. It will take place November 21 and 22.
The Virtual Expo will offer collectors the chance to connect with dealers online to buy and sell in real time. They’re also planning giveaways, case breaks and question and answer sessions with sports stars and those in the hobby.
Menzie says about 4,400 people attended the first Virtual Expo this past June and spent over 8,000 hours at the two-day online version of his popular international sports card show.
Collectors can have face-to-face video conversations or talk via text during the show.
Dealers need to have a computer with a webcam and microphone and can participate from anywhere. Over 50 dealers participated in the June Expo. Applications for “booths” will open October 1. Exhibitor information can be found here beginning this week.
Registration for collectors will be available October 8. A dealer-only buy/sell event will take place the day before the show.