The 2020 Atlantic City National Sports Collectors Convention, which had been postponed from its usual late summer date to December has now been cancelled. Organizers cited concern for the safety of attendees and exhibitors and the uncertainty over COVID-19 federal and state guidelines as the major reasons for the cancellation.
The National is sports collecting’s largest in-person event by far, with hundreds of dealers from across North America buying and selling during the five-day run. Over 100 autograph signers were scheduled to attend this year’s show. The National typically attracts thousands of collectors. Last year’s event was among the most heavily attended since the show’s inception at a Southern California hotel in 1980.
“We are saddened to have to make this announcement since the event brings together all segments of the industry, old friends and business colleagues. We had hoped to put on the most exciting and well attended National ever. But the safety of our exhibitors and attendees is most important to us,” stated NSCC Board President Etta Hersh.
Those holding tickets for the 41st National may choose to use these tickets for the 2021 Chicago National with no changes required. Individuals who prefer to receive a refund may contact the National by email at [email protected]. Tickets for the Chicago National may be purchased on the National’s web site.
Exhibitors for the Atlantic City National will be contacted directly and will have the following options: 1) Roll over any payments for the Atlantic City show to Chicago 2021; or 2) Request a refund for any payments made for the Atlantic City event. Details on how booths will be assigned for Chicago will be provided to exhibitors. Exhibitors requesting booth space for Chicago should contact the National Office at 732-735-6683.
The 41st National Sports Collectors Convention is scheduled for July 28-August 1, 2021 at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont IL.
The 2022 event will be held in Cleveland with the 2023 show back in Chicago. Sites beyond that have yet to be determined.