The 31st Annual National Sports Collectors Convention will be held, for the very first time, in Baltimore at the Baltimore Convention Center August 4 – 8.
The five- day event is the largest collectibles show in the country, with dealers from all over the country exhibiting, including vintage and new cards dealers, game-used and vintage memorabilia dealers, major trading manufacturers, the top grading / authentication services companies and sports/entertainment auction houses.
“We are extremely excited that The National Sports Collectors Convention will be held in Baltimore for the very first time,” said Mike Berkus, NSCC Founder. “Baltimore has an exceptionally strong sports tradition and the city is easily accessible from up and down the Northeast corridor.”
For the past thirty years the multi-billion sports collectibles industry has looked upon The National Sports Collectors Convention, referred to as “The National”, as their crown jewel event, a place where collectors and dealers can meet annually to buy, trade and discuss collecting memorabilia, trading cards, autographs, game-used equipment and other sports related collectibles.
The City of Baltimore including retailers, downtown restaurants, hotels, rent-a-car companies, etc. will financially benefit based on the event’s draw. The following is a brief snapshot of what hosting the event will mean for Baltimore:
- Approximately 35,000 – 40,000 expected to attend the five- day event staying multiple nights
- Over 600 collectible exhibitor booths and 100 corporate booths set-up
- Exhibitors and fans collectively expected to purchase over 4,500 room nights, per night with approximately 20,000 plus restaurant customers added
- Children under twelve will be admitted free to the show
- Fans and collectors have opportunity to receive free Baltimore Orioles game ticket for Wednesday night game when they purchase a National admission ticket for Wednesday. Fans and collectors who purchased Orioles game tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday can show those game tickets at the National entrance after 3pm and get in free.
- Over 80 athletes will generate local and national media attention
Scheduled to sign autographs at the National, are Baseball Hall of Famer’s and Orioles greats: Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Earl Weaver and also includes newly elected Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Andre Dawson and Whitey Herzog. They will be joined, in Baltimore, by other legends including, Willie Mays, Joe Montana, Rod Carew, Bart Starr, Wade Boggs, Gordie Howe, Bo Jackson and future Hall of Famer, Randy Johnson. Several dozen past and current athletes from every sport will be signing at the Tri-Star Autograph Pavilion within The National during the event.