Promoters for the hobby’s annual all-vintage weekend show are expecting a big turnout. The Strongsville Sports Collectors Convention takes place April 14-16 at the Best Western Conference Center in Strongsville, located just outside Cleveland.
One of the hobby’s most popular and important annual events for rare and vintage sports cards and memorabilia, the SSCC attracts thousands of collectors from across the U.S. each year. With the hobby’s continued growth, especially in the vintage market, organizers expect another big turnout.
The show was founded as the Ohio Sports Collectors Convention in 1978, with a local sports collectors club in charge. While the huge array of vintage cards and memorabilia is always the main attraction, the show has expanded its roster of autograph signers that will appear at various times throughout the weekend.
This year, the list includes Rickey Henderson, Darryl Strawberry, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Ozzie Newsome and numerous other athletes who played for Cleveland area teams including Bernie Kosar, Brian Sipe, Clay Matthews, Mike Pruitt, Greg Pruitt, Dave Logan, Reggie Rucker, Joe DeLamielleure, Carlos Baerga, Cory Snyder, Bartolo Colon, Dave Justice and Larry Nance.
The show is sponsored by Lelands and Heritage Auctions– along with autograph authenticator James Spence Authentication (JSA) and card grading firm Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG).
Attendees also have access to a wide array of experts for appraisal of their items.
Show hours for the SSCC 2023 are Friday, April 14 (2 pm – 7 pm), Saturday, April 15 (10 am – 6 pm) and Sunday, April 16 (10 am – 4 pm).
Collectors and fans can take advantage of discounted admission tickets online now at strongsvilleports.com – or purchase them for full price at the door. Autograph tickets are also available on the website, but can be had at the show while they last.