2019 National Sports Collectors Convention NSCC Guide

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention NSCC Guide

Overview

The National heads back to the Windy City for the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention. The 40th NSCC show continues its reign as the top sports card event of the year.

Moving on from Cleveland in 2018, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center just outside of Chicago (Rosemont, IL) is home to a 2019 collecting experience that is filled with a massive selection of sports cards, collectibles and various entertainment options.

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Plus, you can find a whole lineup of key signers through the Tristar Autograph Pavilion, as well as card company events, promo sets with exclusive cards, free giveaways, and the chance to meet up with your hobby friends.

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Seasoned visitors likely need no introduction, but if 2019 happens to be your first NSCC visit, it would be beneficial to review our National Sports Collectors Convention Survival Guide so you can begin to prepare.

Future National Sports Collectors Convention Locations

Following Chicago in 2019, there are many familiar locations for NSCC fans. This includes:

  • Atlantic City in 2020
  • Chicago in 2021
  • Cleveland in 2022
  • Chicago in 2023

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Details

Date: Wednesday, July 31 to Sunday, August 4

Where is it?: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. See complete information for the convention center as well as the tentative NSCC schedule of events.

The website for the National also provides discounted hotel rooms and rates if you book ahead.

Check out the detailed Google map below for a look at the area around the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention. This way you can start familiarizing yourself with the NSCC 2019 site.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Show Dates and Hours

  • Wednesday, July 31 - 4 PM to 8 PM (Sneak Peek)
  • Thursday, August 1 - 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Friday, August 2 - 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, August 3 - 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday, August 4 - 10 AM to 5 PM

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Tickets

It is always good to remember that if you purchase the tickets ahead, you can save over the 2019 NSCC door prices. At a minimum, the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention ticket options start at $19 per day ($22 at the door) and kids under 12 are free the entire time. Buying online does add an additional $1 service fee per ticket.

The VIP tickets increase the cost and perks. These options are especially worth considering if you plan to be there for the entire convention. VIP upgrades include free autographs, early admission and exclusive gift bags. Super VIP tickets include free parking at the convention center parking garage plus the regular VIP benefits.

The full ticket breakdown is available on the National website if you are unsure what package works best for your needs.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Ticket Prices

  • 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 in advance, $269 at the show
  • All-Access Super VIP: $309 in advance, $319 at the show

Check back as more information will be added to the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Guide.

Other Events Around Chicago During NSCC 2019

Of course, not everyone will want to spend every waking minute of NSCC 2019 at the convention center. In addition to museums and other normal tourist options for the city, MLB fans can look into tickets for the Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Aug. 2 to 4) and Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics (Aug. 5 to 7).

See available Cubs tickets on StubHub:

For the Chicago White Sox, they play the New York Mets on July 30/31 and August 1 before heading out of town for a road stretch.

See available White Sox tickets on StubHub:

Any live music fans out there? Lollapalooza takes place from August 1 to August 4 at Grant Park. Check out the loaded lineup at the official website.

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Autograph Signers

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Signers Schedule

As usual, the TriStar Autograph Pavilion is a driving force behind the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention. The 2019 NSCC signers list lineup is shown below. Please note that all signers are subject to change. Updates will continue as the show date approaches. Autograph tickets go on sale on May 31.

Consult the TriStar website for full details on pricing, signing times and any schedule changes as they are announced. There is also a special page for last-minute updates to the schedule.

*VIP guests are noted below. There is also a party with free signers for those with VIP tickets.* 

Baseball

Roberto Alomar
Moises Alou
Jeff Bagwell
Harold Baines
Craig Biggio
Wade Boggs
Rod Carew
Roger Clemens
Andre Dawson
Jim Edmonds
Carlton Fisk
Ralph Garr - VIP *
Dwight Gooden
Vladimir Guerrero
Bob Hamelin - VIP *
Josh Hamilton
Rickey Henderson
Trevor Hoffman
Reggie Jackson
Chipper Jones
Ryan Klesko - VIP Party *
Barry Larkin
Tony LaRussa
Jim Lefebvre - VIP *
Greg Maddux
Edgar Martinez
Jack McDowell - VIP *
Fred McGriff
Paul Molitor
Eddie Murray
Rafael Palmeiro
Jim Perry - VIP *
Gary Peters - VIP *
Lou Piniella
Tim Raines
Rick Reuschel - VIP *
Jim Rice
Mariano Rivera
Brooks Robinson
Ivan Rodriguez
Pete Rose
Dwight Smith - VIP *
Lee Smith
Ozzie Smith
Bruce Sutter
Cory Snyder - VIP *
Jim Thome
Alan Trammell
Robin Yount

Football

OJ Anderson
Gary Beban - VIP *
Kurt Becker - VIP *
Dick Butkus
Earl Campbell
Curley Culp
Eric Dickerson
Mike Ditka
Tony Dorsett
Marshall Faulk
Dan Fouts
Mike Garrett
Kevin Greene
Bob Griese
Ray Guy
Dan Hampton
Desmond Howard
Michael Irvin
Rocket Ismail
Rickey Jackson
Jim Kelly
Jerry Kramer
Steve Largent
Ray Lewis
Matt Leinart
Bob Lilly
Howie Long
Jim McMahon
Joe Montana
Christian Okoye - VIP *
Drew Pearson - VIP Party *
Andre Reed
Jerry Rice
Dave Robinson
Barry Sanders
Deion Sanders
Emmitt Smith
Lawrence Taylor
Joe Theismann
Emmitt Thomas
Thurman Thomas
Randy White
Dave Wilcox - VIP *
Kellen Winslow
Jack Youngblood
Chris Zorich - VIP *

Basketball

Bill Cartwright - VIP Party *
Julius Erving
Elvin Hayes
Allen Iverson
Christian Laettner
Dennis Rodman
Bill Wennington - VIP *

Hockey

Daniel Carcillo - VIP *
Chris Chelios
Jim Craig
Marcel Dionne - VIP *
Phil Esposito
Bobby Hull
Brett Hull
Brent Sopel - VIP *

Wrestling

Hulk Hogan

Soccer

Hope Solo

Entertainment

Patrick Renna
William Shatner

 

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Cards

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Exclusive Cards

Another prime option at NSCC for collectors, various exclusive cards are issued by most of the companies. There are usually a few different wrapper redemptions going to encourage collectors to buy boxes at the National.

2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Wrapper Redemption Cards

2019 Topps NSCC Wrapper Redemption Cards

For Topps, there are the 2019 Bowman Chrome National Convention Redemption cards at the Topps booth (#646). These offer limited Refractor parallels and even some rare autographs.

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There is a full rundown of the NSCC events on the Topps website.

2019 Upper Deck NSCC Wrapper Redemption Cards

UD again provides NSCC Black Packs at their booth (#646). The 2019 Upper Deck National Convention Redemption cards include Prominent Cuts base cards from various athletes and Top Shelf hockey inserts. Random autographs are in play, as well, with exclusive cards and memorabilia available for case breakers.

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Additional NSCC happenings are covered on the UD blog.

2019 Panini NSCC Wrapper Redemption Cards

The 2019 Panini National Convention Wrapper Redemptions plans include NSCC Silver Packs available from the Panini booth and VIP Party Gold Packs exclusive to the high-rollers at Panini's private event.

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2019 Leaf NSCC Wrapper Redemption Cards

Leaf works in three levels for the 2019 Leaf National Convention Wrapper Redemption promotion. Those that open a box of 2019 Leaf In the Game Used Sports or 2019 Leaf Metal Pop Century at the Leaf booth (#864) earn a 1992 Leaf Metal pack with one card. The multi-sport and entertainment set has cards for many different stars.

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  • Barry Sanders
  • Conor McGregor
  • Daisy Ridley
  • Harrison Ford
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Ichiro
  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Kyler Murray
  • Larry Bird
  • Lionel Messi
  • Mike Tyson
  • Ronaldinho
  • Stephen Curry

If you open a case of ITG Used Sports or Pop Century, you get a 1992 Leaf Metal pack for each box in the case and one exclusive NSCC  autograph (1/1). Signers include:

  • Conor McGregor
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Emmitt Smith
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Gordie Howe
  • Ichiro
  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Kyler Murray
  • Lionel Messi
  • Pele

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Program 3 of the 2019 Leaf National Convention Wrapper Redemption promotion centers on 2019 Leaf Metal All-American Bowl Football. For each case opened, collectors are awarded one 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Bonus Box with 12 autographs. The boxes include very limited cards from 2019 Leaf Metal All-American Bowl, including Metal Proof Autos Wave (4 per box - 1/1), Printing Plate Autos (2 per box - 1/1), and Blank Back Selection Tour Autos (6 per box - #/2). Total production is just 50 boxes.

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2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Exclusive VIP Cards

In addition to the wrapper redemptions, the card companies provide exclusive trading card sets to VIP ticket holders. These are only issued to collectors who purchase VIP tickets to the National.

2019 Topps NSCC VIP Baseball Cards - 1984 35th Anniversary (5-card set)

  • Carlton Fisk
  • Ernie Banks
  • Frank Thomas
  • Kris Bryant
  • Ryne Sandberg

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2019 Panini NSCC VIP Cards (10-card set)

  • Daniel Jones
  • Dwayne Haskins
  • Eloy Jimenez
  • Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Kyler Murray
  • Luka Doncic
  • R.J. Barrett
  • Trae Young
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Zion Williamson

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2019 Upper Deck NSCC VIP Prominent Cuts Cards (5-card set)

  • Ben Simmons
  • DeAndre Ayton
  • Serena Williams
  • Tiger Woods
  • Wayne Gretzky

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2019 Leaf NSCC VIP Cards  (4-card set)

  • Kyler Murray
  • Harrison Ford
  • Stephen Curry
  • Wander Franco

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Author

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. Author

    It is unfortunate that the people in charge of running the National, keep parading the same names for autograph guests. These same athletes are there every National. You might want to put some effort into getting some new names, but then again they can use the same autograph list and save money on advertising and printing.

  2. Author

    Chicago , Cleveland , Chicago – ever heard of Houston and the JBrown Convention Center .
    Take a step forward and join an elite city and Convention Center … lets move out of the Midwest for the Convention .

  3. Author

    Loking for a 1969 Sports Illustrated featuring Chicago Bleacher Bum fans.

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