The 42n/a National Convention of Sports Collectors is back in Atlantic City, July 27-31, for the first time since 2016. The convention will transform the 400,000-square-foot Atlantic City Convention Center into a collector’s paradise that features more than 650 exhibitor booths high level across the country.
“We are extremely excited to have the 42nd Annual National Sports Collectors Convention returning to Atlantic City,” said NSCC Chief Marketing Officer Dan Berkus. “Atlantic City has an exceptionally strong sports tradition with very passionate and knowledgeable collectors and a diverse sports fan base.”
Ray Schulte, NSCC communications director, added that attendance expectations are high for the 42n/a National Convention to be held from July 27 to 31.
“Many factors contribute to the current strength and growth of the collectibles industry, including the fact that the whole family has been involved in collecting,” Schulte said. “The NSCC is the perfect event where families, spanning multiple generations, can express and share their sporting/pop culture passions and experiences.”
Schulte noted that the audience composition for collectibles events has evolved over the past few years. Previously, events such as the National Convention of Sports Collectors would generally attract a crowd of male sports fans. Today, women are the fastest growing segment of attendees at collectibles-focused gatherings.
At NSCC, sports fans can buy and sell memorabilia, have their collectibles appraised and meet some of their favorite sports stars. Schulte commented that there’s something special about bringing a ball, stick or jersey to NSCC and having it signed in person. Those who don’t have collectibles to autograph can purchase a variety of items at the show.
Congress participants will have the opportunity to meet many top athletes at the TRISTAR autograph pavilion. Notable athletes signing at the convention will include Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Chipper Jones, David Ortiz, Mariano Rivera, Floyd Mayweather, Alex English, Mike Piazza, Tony Olivia, Frank Gore, Brian Leetch, Bernie Parent, Michael Vick, Jim Thome, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Reggie Jackson, Bill Walton, Darryl Strawberry, to name a few. Tickets for the Signature Pavilion can be purchased at www.tristarshows.com.
“With over 130 autograph guests scheduled for the 42nd National in Chicago, this is our best lineup of TRISTAR autograph pavilions yet,” said Jeffrey Rosenberg, Founder and CEO of TRISTAR Productions.
This year, NSCC will partner with Signatures For Soldiers (SFS), a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for Military Missions in Action (MMIA). Athletes and artists sign trading cards, memorabilia, photos and other items with 100% of the money raised dedicated to helping disabled military veterans, members of the Armed Forces and their families.
“Military Missions In Action is thrilled to partner as an auction partner, with the National Sports Collectors Convention, powered by PristineAuction.com, to support military veterans with disabilities,” said Tim Virgilio, Board Member of administration of MMIA / Founder Signatures For Soldats. “To expand their support, The National has generously invited military families to attend the sports/entertainment show as guests and will be hosting an on-site auction at the Atlantic City Convention Center, with 100% of proceeds benefiting our assignment.
NSCC will begin with a preview on July 27 from 4-8 p.m. and continue Thursday through Saturday July 28-30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The salon will open on July 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The convention will be open to the public. General admission and VIP Admission tickets are available for sale online at www.nsccshow.com and will be available for purchase on site throughout the show. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
Although tickets are available at the Atlantic City Convention Center, Schulte suggests attendees purchase tickets online to avoid lines.