The 34th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention will be hosted by The City of Chicago at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center July 31 – August 4, 2013. Open to the public, the five (5) day family-oriented event is the largest sports and entertainment collectibles show in the world. It’s a place where sports/entertainment collectors, fans and dealers can meet to buy, trade and discuss collecting memorabilia such as trading cards, vintage game-used equipment and other sports and entertainment related collectibles, as well as meet athletes and get autographs.
“The Nationals Sports Collectors Convention is the premier showcase of the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment collectibles industries,” said Mike Berkus, Founder / National Sports Collectors Convention. “With over 300,000 sq feet, collectors, sports fans and the entire family can enjoy a sports paradise for five days at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center.”
Not only is this a once-in-a-lifetime experience for collectors and fans, but businesses in the City of Chicago such as retailers, downtown restaurants, hotels, and rent-a-car companies will benefit financially from the event. Here’s a brief snapshot of what hosting this event will mean for Chicago:
1. Approximately 45,000 are expected to attend the five day event;
2. Includes 750 collectible exhibitor booths and 100 corporate booths;
3. Translates into approximately 3,000 exhibitors – 6 to 7 hotel nights;
4. Collectively expected to reserve over 4,500 room nights per night;
5. Should also mean an additional 25,000-plus restaurant customers;
6. 90-plus high profile athletes will generate local/national media attention.
Scheduled to sign autographs at the TriStar Autograph Pavilion are: Frank Thomas, Mike Ditka, Tony Esposito, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carlton Fisk, Bobby Hull, Chipper Jones, Dan Hampton, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Rickey Henderson, Jermaine Dye, Wade Boggs, Jerry Lucas, Joe Greene, Larry Holmes, Brian Campbell, Jack McDowell, Ed Olczyk, Cal Ripken, Dick Fosbury, Bob Gibson, Bart Starr, Ron Turcotte, Randy Johnson, Bob Beamon, Neal Anderson, Roberto Alomar, Tommy Lasorda, Lou Holtz, Fergie Jenkins, Leonard “Hitman” Hearns, Elvin Hayes, Jim Palmer, Joe Morgan, Mel Renfro, Eric Davis, Tony Perez and Ozzie Smith, to name just a few.
“We are extremely excited that the 34th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention is returning to Chicago,” said John Broggi, NSCC Executive Director / Promoter. “Chicago has an exceptionally strong sports tradition with very avid and knowledgeable collectors and a diversified sports fan base. Over 750 exhibitors from around the country and 90 high-profile athletes will be signing throughout the event.”
The organizers of the 34th National Sports Collectors Convention are pleased to announce that the 2013 event will welcome the return of a pavilion dedicated solely to collectibles from the Olympic Games. The 2011 National in Chicago marked the first appearance of an Olympic Pavilion and both attendees and exhibitors alike were extremely pleased. 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist Bob Beamon (Long Jump) and Dick Fosbury (High Jump) will be signing autographs within the Olympic Pavilion throughout the duration of the five (5) day show.
National Show Hours:
VIP / Media Reception – 7//1313 – 2:30- 4pm
Sneak Peek Wednesday – 7/31/13 – 4pm – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday – 8/1/13 – 8/3/13 – 10am – 6pm
Sunday – 8/4/13 – 10am – 5pm / Family Day
Donald E Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
NATIONAL WEBSITE: www.NSCCShow.com has the list of players signing along with their designated days and times with the ability to purchase and print your admission and autograph tickets on-line to avoid the lines on-site, event up-dates, VIP package description, operating hours, etc.
Public admission and autograph tickets for the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention will also be available throughout the week on-site at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center. General admission tickets for children under 12 are FREE.