The first of an estimated gathering of around 50,000 collectors, sports fans and exhibitors converged on the Donald E Stephens Convention Center Wednesday as the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention returned to the Chicago area. The five-day event runs through Sunday, drawing collectors from across North America and even some from other countries who will buy, sell and trade with hundreds of dealers.
“We are excited to have Chicago showcase some of the greatest sports vintage memorabilia in existence,” said NSCC co-founder and director Mike Berkus, who has been a part of the show since the first one in southern California back in 1980.
While the traditional buying and selling takes place on the massive main floor, you’ll also find grading companies, auction houses and card company booths, among others.
Approximately 25,000 sq ft is allocated for the 2nd Annual Case Breakers Pavilion. The first National Case Break Pavilion debuted last year in Cleveland.
Over 100 current and former athletes and coaches will sign autographs over the five days. Rollie Fingers, Bret Saberhagen and Pierre Pilote kicked off the signings Wednesday with a free round at a receiption for those who purchased VIP passes.
Here’s a look at the sights and sounds of the show floor (if you can’t see the video, click here).