2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore

A lot of information was just released for the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) in Baltimore this year.

First, sadly, I will not be able to attend this mecca of card collecting once again this year. At least this year I have a very valid excuse: I’m getting married. The NSCC will be held from August 1-5, 2012. I am getting married on August 7th. While a trip would be great for myself and the blog…I’d rather not get an early divorce.

The Baltimore Convention Center should be packed once again with sports card collectors from around the world. With over 40,000 people expected to visit during the few days it should be a good time in the Charm City.

From what I’ve seen on the official NSCC website, there are going to be A LOT of awesome names signing autographs at the show all week long. Hall of Famers from all four sports and some big names currently playing their respective games. Names like Gordie Howe, Alexander Ovechkin, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Barry Sanders, Jamal Lewis, John Havlicek, Gary Payton and more. That list doesn’t even scratch the surface of the names expected to be there.

And of course, you go for the deals. With every top trading card manufacturer in attendance as well as some of the major online retailers, it will be a good time for everyone.

Except for me. I won’t be there. Maybe I can find a way to spread the word about SportsCardBlog.net without going? Who among my readers is going to the National? Maybe I can send some t-shirts for people to wear…

Are You Ready For The 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention?

Well I sure hope that you are prepared. I hope you have your plane tickets to Chicago or your hotel rooms in that area paid for because as always, it will be an awesome time. I have never been to the National before, but I think it would be a great experience. It hasn’t visited the west coast since I think 2005 or 2006 so I’ve been definitely disappointed. Oh, and it won’t come back west anytime in the foreseeable future. For the record, I believe it would do well again in Anaheim, Phoenix, or even Seattle (my personal choice). If I had the money, I would create a NSCC-West Show every winter. Just something to think about.

Anyway, the show is coming up the first weekend in August and the major trading card companies are announcing their plans for the show. So here is a rundown of the information I have found regarding each company and their wrapper redemptions, VIP swag, and whatever else I can find. I will update this post as I find more information for everyone and the day draws closer.

Panini:

Panini unveils autographed memorabilia available as prizes in their wrapper redemption packs!

Panini unveils its wrapper redemption set!

You think Panini forgot about it’s hockey collectors?

More Panini autographs in redemption packs.

Panini is putting the goods in this year, Football Hall of Fame autos!

How about some box war prizes?

More specifics about redemption packs at the Panini booth.

Upper Deck:

Upper Deck announces plans for 2011 National in Chicago!

Press Pass:

Press Pass announces promotions for 2011 National!

Topps:

Topps announces limited Heritage set for 2011 National!

If you are interested in the VIP experience or getting some great free autographs make sure to visit the official National Sports Collectors Convention website for all information related to this year’s National.