While there’s not an official dress code at The National Sports Collectors Conference (because, c’mon…how could you realistically enforce it?), many of the attendees of the annual memorabilia supershow share the same eye for fashion.
You know the look…baggy cargo shorts coupled with a mis-matched ballcap/jersey (or shersey) combo and, for some forward thinkers, a backpack to stow the most precious of precious finds. The cargo shorts, too, are a matter of utility, in a place where most buyers always need a place to store stuff.
About that jersey.
While The National is by no means the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, one has to assume the same amount of time went into selecting just the right uni to wear out in public, because, hey, bro, you never knows when the lone cutie working the autograph authentication booth is going to think your powder blue Willie McGee St. Louis Cardinals jersey is really something.
Here are some of the favorites and, full disclosure, if a 1998 Florida Marlins Mike Piazza jersey ever materialized…I’d be buying it.
MIKE TROUT – LOS ANGELES ANGELS
HEAD GEAR: Non-existent
CARGO SHORTS: No…but they are khaki.
INTANGIBLES: The balled up drawstring bag (courtesy of eBay) in the pocket and the fact dude is hitting the concession stand before making any purchases shows he may not be serious or have a strategy.
FINAL SCORE: 1 (out of three)
STAN MUSIAL – St. LOUIS CARDINALS
HEAD GEAR: Yes. Matching Cardinals hat
CARGO SHORTS: Success!
INTANGIBLES: Duffel bag in right hand
FINAL SCORE: 4 (you can’t see it, but dude was wearing a shersey beneath his jersey…bonus point!)
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