2021 National Sports Collectors Convention NSCC Guide

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention NSCC Guide

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.

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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.

Ultimate 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.

See also: National Sports Collectors Convention Survival Guide

Future National Sports Collectors Convention Locations

  • Atlantic City in 2022 (*moved from Cleveland*) - NSCC Guide
  • Chicago in 2023

Overview

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)

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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 (SOLD OUT)
  • Super VIP Package: $199 in advance, $209 at the show (SOLD OUT)
  • All-Access VIP: $269 in advance, $279 at the show (SOLD OUT)
  • All-Access Super VIP: $319 in advance, $329 at the show (SOLD OUT)

Signers

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.  The autograph tickets are available now.

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.**

Baseball

Jeff Bagwell
Stan Bahnsen - VIP
Johnny Bench
Vida Blue
Jeff Burroughs - VIP
Chris Carpenter
Jack Clark - VIP
Roger Clemens
Cecil Cooper - VIP
Marty Cordova
Andre Dawson
R.A. Dickey
Darrell Evans - VIP
Cecil Fielder - VIP Party
Rollie Fingers
Steve Garvey
Rich Gossage
Ozzie Guillen
Felix Hernandez
Fergie Jenkins
Andruw Jones
Chipper Jones
Wally Joyner - VIP Party
Ron Kittle - VIP
Chuck Knoblauch
Greg Luzinski - VIP
Fred Lynn
Juan Marichal
Gary Matthews Sr.
Denny McLain
Brian McRae - VIP
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
David Ortiz
Dave Parker
Mike Piazza
Ivan Rodriguez
Pete Rose
Bret Saberhagen
Ryne Sandberg
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Ozzie Smith
Dave Stewart
Tim Stoddard - VIP
Jim Thome
Alan Trammell
Larry Walker
Frank White
Mike Witt

Football

Jerome Bettis
Dave Casper
Jim Covert
Curley Culp
Joe DeLamielleure - VIP
Eric Dickerson
Marshall Faulk
Antonio Gates
Joe Greene
Ray Guy
Dante Hall
Dan Hampton
Ted Hendricks
Michael Irvin
Dexter Jackson - VIP
Charlie Joiner - VIP
Luke Kuechly
Ray Lewis
Tom Mack
Drew Pearson
Jim Plunkett
John Randle
Spencer Rattler
Dave Robinson
Barry Sanders
Billy Shaw - VIP
Art Shell
Will Shields
Billy Sims
Emmitt Smith
Jan Stenerud - VIP Party
Lynn Swann
Jason Taylor
Lawrence Taylor
Thurman Thomas
Gino Torretta
Everson Walls - VIP
Jack Youngblood

Basketball

Nate Archibald
Rick Barry
Randy Brown - VIP
Bill Cartwright
Michael Cooper
Bob Dandridge
George Gervin
Gail Goodrich
Horace Grant
Ron Harper
Toni Kukoc
Cliff Levingston - VIP
Kevin McHale
Calvin Murphy - VIP
Charles Oakley
Robert Parish
Byron Scott
Bill Walton
James Worthy

Hockey

Chris Chelios
Bobby Hull
Brett Hull

Wrestling

Ric Flair
Hulk Hogan

Entertainment

Ari Lehman - Friday the 13th
Patrick Rena - The Sandlot

 

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention NSCC Tristar Autograph Pavilion Signers Schedule

 

Cards

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Exclusive Cards

Exclusive cards are yet another appealing part of the NSCC experience. Most of the major manufacturers offer multiple choices. This includes VIP sets as an added perk for the VIP tickets, plus various wrapper redemption programs for those purchasing sealed wax at the National.

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Wrapper Redemption Cards

Additional set details will be added when known. 

2021 Panini NSCC Exclusive Events 

Visitors to the Panini both can find the Silver Pack redemption along with Box Wars, free kids case breaks, "Panini America’s highly anticipated Kids Crate program," and the Live Redemption Trade-Up program.

2021 Panini NSCC Silver Packs Redemption Exclusive Cards

To acquire the exclusive Panini cards at the National, collectors must purchase boxes from select retailers at the show. This year, only five specific box formats are eligible for the promotion.

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2021 Topps NSCC Exclusive Events 

Visit the Topps booth (#676) to get in on the NSCC excitement, including "giveaways, pack wars, a trading card wall, special guest appearances and more!"

2021 Topps NSCC Box Break Redemption Exclusive Cards

Awarded to those purchasing select 2021 Topps Hobby boxes from designated retailers at the show, the 2021 Topps National Sports Collectors Convention Wrapper Redemption exclusive set features the 2021 Bowman Baseball design. Subjects include past and present MLB players along with key prospects.

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2021 Upper Deck NSCC Events 

Upper Deck doesn't have a booth for the National this year, but VIP ticket holders can find "limited-edition" UD breaking mats in the gift bags.

Visit the Main Stage at 3:00 PM Thursday for Upper Deck announcements and free box breaks.

The GTS booth will be hosting Upper Deck's welcome raffle (Friday at 3:00 PM) and the unscratched expired redemption raffle (Saturday at 11:00 AM).

2021 Upper Deck NSCC Box Break Redemption Exclusive Cards

In addition, UD is still providing a wrapper redemption set. These Summer Promo Pack offerings are available through select retailers at the show displaying signs for the black packs.

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2021 Leaf NSCC Box Break Redemption Exclusive Cards

Fans opening certain Leaf boxes at the 2021 NSCC can take advantage of the box break redemption. For each box opened, collectors are awarded one 1992 Pro Set card featuring 2021 NFL draftees. The five-card XRC set also offers ultra-short-print black-and-white editions.

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1992 Pro Set XRC

  • Justin Fields
  • Mac Jones
  • Trevor Lawrence
  • Trey Lance
  • Zach Wilson
1992 Pro Set B/W SP

  • Justin Fields
  • Mac Jones
  • Trevor Lawrence
  • Trey Lance
  • Zach Wilson

2021 Leaf NSCC Case Break Redemption Exclusive Cards

In addition, those opening a case can earn a box of the exclusive 2021 Leaf National Signature Series, which has a one-of-one autograph in each box.

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2021 Wild Card NSCC Box Break Redemption Exclusive Cards

Featuring football prospects, the 2021 Wild Card National Redemption program covers the pricey Hobby format. Purchase the 2021 Wild Card Matte Black or White box at the show and take it to booth #773 to open it.

The first 500 collectors to do so can earn one 2021 Wild Card 30th Anniversary Football box with four autographs and five Stripes parallels.

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VIP Cards

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Exclusive VIP Cards

By purchasing a 2021 NSCC VIP ticket package, the exclusive cards are already waiting for you. If you buy the Super VIP tickets, you earn two of each VIP set.

2021 Panini NSCC VIP Cards  

  • VIP1 Trevor Lawrence - Jacksonville Jaguars
  • VIP2 Zach Wilson - New York Jets
  • VIP3 Justin Fields - Chicago Bears
  • VIP4 Trey Lance - San Francisco 49ers
  • VIP5 LaMelo Ball - Charlotte Hornets
  • VIP6 Anthony Edwards - Minnesota Timberwolves
  • VIP7 Tyrese Haliburton - Sacramento Kings
  • VIP8 Wander Franco - Tampa Bay Rays
  • VIP9 Jarred Kelenic - Seattle Mariners
  • VIP10 Julio Rodriguez - Seattle Mariners

2021 Leaf NSCC VIP Cards  (4-card set)

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  • Blaze Jordan
  • Justin Fields
  • Spencer Torkelson
  • Trevor Lawrence

Events

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Events

Many of the sports card and memorabilia companies are hosting VIP events. They either require a paid ticket or have some other stipulation for entry.

Onyx Authenticated VIP Party

Dave & Busters - July 29 at 7 PM. 

For $899 per person, the event features Randy Johnson, Fergie Jenkins, Frank Gore and Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson. Attendees also receive food, drinks and exclusive items.

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Chicago Events

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 Lollapalooza tickets on Stubhub.

As for live sports, top options include MLB games. We've identified the baseball games in Chicago that are scheduled around the NSCC timeframe.

Chicago Cubs Game Tickets

Chicago White Sox Game Tickets

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.

 

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Previous NSCC Information

 

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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.

User Comments

  1. Will there be card grading services at the event and do you have to schedule or sign up? Thanks in advance. Potentially visiting from Pittsburgh Area. Look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks again.

  2. All major grading companies should be in attendance. You would need to visit the booth for the specifics.

  3. Thank you some much for the immediate response and the information. Look forward to being there. Thanks again, Much appreciated!

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