This year’s National Sports Collectors Convention drew the biggest crowds since 1991 according to organizers.
While promoters of the show don’t release specific attendance figures, they say that the number of attendees during this year’s five-day run in Chicago was the largest since the famous event in Anaheim, CA 28 years ago. Over 64,000 tickets were sold for that event, which occurred at the height of the sports card boom. In all over 90,000 attended the show that year, a number boosted by card company giveaways that turned into profitable flipping ventures for some guests who didn’t have much of an interest in the hobby as a whole.
Attendance at the National has been increasing in recent years with the 2019 event coming on the heels of a well-attended event in Cleveland last year. Chicago has proven to be a can’t miss location over the years with a central location and large collecting base living within driving distance.
“While the 40th National Sports Collectors Convention overall attendance exceeded our expectations, one of the highest in our history, it was the significant increase in Wednesday and Thursday turnouts that was most impressive,” said Ray Schulte, Director of NSCC Communications. “In addition, the purchase of NSCC VIP packages hit an all-time high and although we can’t quantify we feel certain the number of young children/teens, male and female, was the most we have ever seen on the floor, throughout the week, in the history of the show.”
The National also announced the dates for the 2020 convention in New Jersey. It’ll take place July 29-August 2 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, which last hosted the show in 2016.
The NSCC will return to Chicago in 2021 and take place in Cleveland in 2022. Dealer booths for next year are sold out, but the NSCC has created a waiting list.