Cleveland rocks for sports collectors! The 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention calls Ohio home for the 39th annual mega-event. No matter what it is that you collect, the sprawling NSCC is very likely to have some (or lots) available for you to peruse and take home. Plus, it gives many the chance to meet up with their collecting friends. And you can't forget the many in-person signers, exclusive cards and hobby events taking place in "the Cleve" at the beginning of August.
While sports collectible shows may seem like a thing of the past, there are actually quite a few going on throughout the year and in many different regions. However, the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention stands above the rest based on the sheer size of the event and the exposure from the rest of the collecting world.
Looking ahead, after Chicago hosted the 2017 National, it gets the call again in 2019. Following that, in 2020, it's Atlantic City, which was also the site for 2016.
As there is a lot to see and do, it can be an overwhelming experience, especially for first-timers. With that in mind, be sure to check out our National Sports Collectors Convention Survival Guide so you know what to expect and how to prepare.
Important 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Details
Date: Wednesday, August 1 to Sunday, August 5
Where is it?: International Exposition Center (I-X Center) in Cleveland, Ohio. See complete directions and parking info for the I-X Center as well as the NSCC schedule of events. The National site also provides discounted hotel rooms and rates if you book ahead.
If you like to be able to see exactly where you are going, review a detailed Google map for the area around the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention below.
2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Show Dates and Hours
- Wednesday, August 1 - 4PM to 8PM (sneak peek)
- Thursday, August 2 - 10AM to 6PM
- Friday, August 3 - 10AM to 6PM
- Saturday, August 4 - 10AM to 6PM
- Sunday, August 5 - 10AM to 5PM
Admission Details: *Ticket Sales Start March 5, 2018*
Obviously, you need a ticket to get into the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention. If you want the most basic option, it's $19 per day if pre-purchased (or $22/day at the show), and don't forget that kids 12 and under get in free for the entire event. There are also more expensive packages which come with extra perks, so you have to decide what works best for you.
In addition to exclusive freebies and show admission for all five days, VIP tickets offer free autographs, as well. The main VIP package is good for 12 autographs from a designated group, while the Super VIP includes all 18 signers. The Super VIP also features free parking in a special parking lot, so that might be especially appealing for some. Even more expensive, the All-Access packages match the VIP perks and have first-in-line privileges.
Collectors can get a better price on most ticket options by purchasing before they get to the show.
Full details for the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention ticket pricing and packages can be viewed on the National's website. 2018 NSCC admission tickets officially go on sale Monday, March 5.
2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Tickets Snapshot
- General Admission: $19/day in advance, $22/day at the show
- Children (12 and under): Free all week
- VIP Package: $139 in advance, $149 at the show
- Super VIP Package: $199 in advance, $209 at the show
- All-Access VIP: $259
- All-Access Super VIP: $309
Topps is also having its annual VIP party for VIP ticket holders. This gets going at 2:30 PM on Wednesday and includes free autographs from Calvin Murphy (NBA Hall of Fame), Mike Hargrove (former Cleveland Indians Manager), and Luis Tiant (former Cleveland Indians pitcher).
Another fun aspect about the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention being in Cleveland is that collectors can explore the city. If you are looking for something else to do in addition to the NSCC festivities, there are several options
Baseball fans are in luck as the Los Angeles Angels are in town to play the Cleveland Indians on August 3, 4 and 5. In fact, the Sunday game has a giveaway for a Topps promo set.
It is also worth noting that the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement takes place the same weekend in Canton, Ohio, which is only about 60 miles away. The actual Hall of Fame game between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens is on August 2.
2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Signers Schedule
The TriStar Autograph Pavilion is a top draw at the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention. While most autographs cost extra, this is where the VIP tickets can be used for free autographs from a select group.
The tentative 2018 NSCC signers list schedule is shown below. Please note that all signers are subject to change. The TriStar website will have full information posted, including specific prices, signing times and ticket sales, closer to the event. Autograph sales begin on June 8.
*VIP guests are noted below. **Hargrove, Petrocelli, Tiant and Calvin Murphy signing free during Sneak Peak on Wednesday.
2018 NSCC Autograph Signers List
Subject to change.
Benito Santiago *
Cal Ripken Jr.
Gregg Jefferies *
Joe Charboneau *
José Rijo *
Ken Griffey Sr
Len Barker *
Liván Hernández *
Luis Tiant **
Marty Cordova *
Mike Hargrove **
Randy Jones *
Rico Petrocelli **
Tom Browning *
Tommy Helms *
Billy Sims *
Charles White *
Eric Metcalf *
Ickey Woods *
Isaac Curtis *
Ross Browner *
Steve DeBerg *
Tom Cousineau *
Calvin Murphy **
Roy Jones Jr.
2018 NSCC Autograph Signers Schedule
Subject to change. * Notes VIPs, ** Notes free Sneak Peek signers.
Wednesday (Aug. 1)
Thursday (Aug. 2)
Friday (Aug. 3)
Jones Jr., Roy
Saturday (Aug. 4)
Ripken Jr., Cal
Sunday (Aug. 5)
Griffey Sr., Ken