Celebrating the 41st NSCC for a second year, the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago marks the return to the Windy City, which last hosted the National in 2019.
As 2020 showed us, nothing is set in stone. The 2020 NSCC in Atlantic City was initially postponed and later canceled due to the ongoing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic.
If the 2021 date is moved, the planned backup period is in October.
At this point, everything is on track for the 2021 NSCC to happen as scheduled (from July 28 to August 1). As long as Ilinois reaches Phase 5 in the reopening plan, there should be no issues.
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2021 National Sports Collectors Convention NSCC Guide
Featuring many autograph signers, giveaways and promotions, plus cards and other collectibles as far as the eye can see, the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention is the biggest collecting event of the year for sports fans.
Whether you are attending the convention to track down missing cards from your collection or just to catch up with old friends, NSCC is an annual destination for many in the hobby.
Future National Sports Collectors Convention Locations
- Atlantic City in 2022 (*moved from Cleveland*)
- Chicago in 2023
2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Details
Dates: July 28 to August 1, 2021
Where is it? Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018)
Get the full details for the venue and view directions to the Rosemont convention center.
The interactive Google Maps section below offers a look at the immediate area so you can start planning.
Where to stay? Collectors already certain they will attend can look into the discounted NSCC hotel room rates.
2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Show Dates and Times
- Wednesday, July 28 - 4 PM to 8 PM (Sneak Peek)
- Thursday, July 29 - 10 AM to 6 PM
- Friday, July 30 - 10 AM to 6 PM
- Saturday, July 31 - 10 AM to 6 PM
- Sunday, August 1 - 10 AM to 5 PM
2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Tickets
For those fans and collectors in the immediate area, a basic daily ticket is likely the best choice. However, if you are traveling from farther away and/or planning to attend all five days, the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP ticket packages might be worth a look.
In addition to admittance every day of the show, including the Wednesday Night Sneak Peek, there are various perks associated with each choice. Depending on the level, that can include early admission, free parking, free autographs and first-in-line autograph privileges.
If you are not sure which VIP package works best, there's a rundown of the different tiers.
2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Ticket Prices
*Online tickets add a $1 service fee.*
- Children (12 and under): Free all week
- General Admission: $19/day in advance, $22/day at the show
- VIP Package: $139 in advance, $149 at the show
- Super VIP Package: $199 in advance, $209 at the show
- All-Access VIP: $269 in advance, $279 at the show
- All-Access Super VIP: $319 in advance, $329 at the show
Other Events Around Chicago During NSCC 2021
Given the current pandemic issues, there are no guarantees in terms of what will be happening during the National. Nevertheless, Chicago is obviously a major destination for tourists and that includes sports and much more.
The popular music festival Lollapalooza takes place the same weekend at Hutchinson Field Grant Park. The lineup includes Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Miley Cyrus, Tyler the Creator, Megan Thee Stallion and many more. Get tickets on Stubhub.
As for live sports, top options include MLB games. We've identified the baseball games scheduled around the NSCC timeframe.
Chicago Cubs Game Tickets
- Mon, Jul 26 vs. Cincinnati Reds - Buy on Stubhub.
- Tue, Jul 27 vs. Cincinnati Reds - Buy on Stubhub.
- Wed, Jul 28 vs. Cincinnati Reds - Buy on Stubhub.
- Thu, Jul 29 vs. Cincinnati Reds - Buy on Stubhub.
- Fri, Aug 6 vs. Chicago White Sox - Buy on Stubhub.
- Sat, Aug 7 vs. Chicago White Sox - Buy on Stubhub.
- Sun, Aug 8 vs. Chicago White Sox - Buy on Stubhub.
Chicago White Sox Game Tickets
- Fri, Jul 30 vs. Cleveland Indians - Buy on Stubhub.
- Sat, Jul 31 vs. Cleveland Indians - Buy on Stubhub.
- Sun, Aug 1 vs. Cleveland Indians - Buy on Stubhub.
- Tue, Aug 3 vs. Kansas City Royals - Buy on Stubhub.
- Wed, Aug 4 vs. Kansas City Royals - Buy on Stubhub.
- Thu, Aug 5 vs. Kansas City Royals - Buy on Stubhub.
- Fri, Aug 6 @ Chicago Cubs - Buy on Stubhub.
- Sat, Aug 7 @ Chicago Cubs - Buy on Stubhub.
- Sun, Aug 8 @ Chicago Cubs - Buy on Stubhub.
The NWSL's Chicago Red Stars are also in action that weekend against the Washington Spirit on August 1.
In addition to being a hub for the four major sports (Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Blackhawks), the city is well-known for its premier cultural, dining and shopping options.
If you've never been to Chicago, this U.S. News article offers a solid overview of the classic landmarks and sites worth checking out.
2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Signers
The planned lineup of signers at the TriStar Autograph Pavilion for the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention can be seen below. More names are expected and the list will be updated.
Pre-sale autograph tickets release June 11 at 5 PM (Eastern).
Visit Tristar for regular updates, including any cancellations and time changes.
2021 NSCC Autograph Signers List
Subject to change. *VIP ticket signers noted.* **VIP Party signers noted.**
Stan Bahnsen - VIP
Jeff Burroughs - VIP
Jack Clark - VIP
Cecil Cooper - VIP
Darrell Evans - VIP
Cecil Fielder - VIP Party
Wally Joyner - VIP Party
Ron Kittle - VIP
Greg Luzinski - VIP
Gary Matthews Sr.
Brian McRae - VIP
Tim Stoddard - VIP
Joe DeLamielleure - VIP
Dexter Jackson - VIP
Charlie Joiner - VIP
Billy Shaw - VIP
Jan Stenerud - VIP Party
Everson Walls - VIP
Randy Brown - VIP
Cliff Levingston - VIP
Calvin Murphy - VIP
Previous NSCC Information
- 2020 National Sports Collectors Convention Guide (Atlantic City)
- 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention Guide (Chicago)
- 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention Guide (Cleveland)
- 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention Guide (Chicago)
- 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention Guide (Atlantic City)
- 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention Guide (Chicago)