2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Guide

2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Guide


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

Other Events

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.

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Autograph Guests

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 pre-sales, closer to the event.

*VIP guests are noted below.*


Al Kaline
Alan Trammell
Albert Pujols
Andre Dawson
Benito Santiago *
Bob Gibson
Brooks Robinson
Bruce Sutter
Cal Ripken Jr.
Corey Kluber
Dale Murphy
Darryl Strawberry
Dave Winfield
Dennis Eckersley
Dwight Evans
Eddie Murray
Frank Robinson
Fred Lynn
Gaylord Perry
Goose Gossage
Gregg Jefferies *
Ivan Rodriguez
Jack Morris
Jim Rice
Joe Morgan
Johnny Bench
José Rijo *
Len Barker *
Liván Hernández *
Mark Grace
Marty Cordova *
Ozzie Smith
Pete Rose
Randy Johnson
Randy Jones *
Reggie Jackson
Rickey Henderson
Roberto Alomar
Robin Yount
Rod Carew
Roger Clemens
Steve Carlton
Tim Raines
Tommy Helms *
Tony LaRussa
Wade Boggs


Andre Reed
Andy Russell
Anthony Muñoz
Archie Griffin
Barry Sanders
Bernie Kosar
Bob Griese
Bob Lilly
Bruce Smith
Charles White *
Dave Casper
Dick Butkus
Donnie Shell
Earl Campbell
Eddie George
Emmitt Thomas
Franco Harris
Hines Ward
Jack Ham
Jack Lambert
Jack Youngblood
Jan Stenerud
Jason Taylor
Jerome Bettis
Jerry Kramer
Jim Kelly
Jim Marshall
Joe Greene
Joe Theismann
Joe Thomas
Ken Anderson
Lawrence Taylor
Marv Levy
Mike Wagner
Randy White
Ray Guy
Robert Brazile
Rocky Bleier
Rod Woodson
Roger Wehrli
Ron Yary
Steve DeBerg *
Steve Largent
Thurman Thomas
Troy Smith
Walter Jones
Willie Brown


Brett Hull
Jim Craig
Phil Esposito
Ray Bourque


Artis Gilmore
Christian Laettner
Dennis Rodman
Dominique Wilkins
Julius Erving
Lenny Wilkens
Mike Fratello


Mike Tyson


Barbara Eden
Corbin Bernsen
Tom Berenger

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Trey Treutel

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Comments

  1. Why always Cleveland or Chicago etc. maybe Dallas?

  2. I am in the market to sale my collection of baseball Memoriabilia. Most of the items,I have have been packaged and never opened. Length time is anywhere from 18+ years to 30 years. Also have a collection of 15000+ baseball,football,hockey,basketball cards, more baseball then anything, in mint conditions.Also have a good collection of model cars and trucks, some very antique and some in box that have never been opened.

  3. How do we get a list of who is there on certain days

  4. As noted in the guide, TriStar will post the full schedule as the event gets closer.

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