ITG’s Plans for 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention

The 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention is heating up with more news daily from manufacturers and announcements from the show itself. Today we have some new information from what ITG fans can expect from the company at this year’s National.

In The Game has some big redemption plans for the National this year in Baltimore.

There will be three products able to be redeemed for exclusive cards at this year’s National: UM-11 National SuperBox, Broad Street Boys and 2011-12 Between The Pipes.

Collectors opening a box of 2011-12 Broad Street Boys at the In The Game booth will receive a 1/1 stamped game used memorabilia card from the product.

Collectors opening a box of 2011-12 Between The Pipes will receive a special game used memorabilia card made for the National as well.

And finally, collectors opening UM-11 National SuperBoxes at the In The Game booth will receive a special 1/1 game used memorabilia card.

ITG will be ready and primed for their box breaking event and I’m sure with a few other surprises along the way.

Topps Announces VIP Cards for 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention

Today, Topps released the cards that will be added to the VIP packages for those VIPs attending the 2012 NSCC in Baltimore. The cards look great as they are modeled off of vintage ’52 Topps designs featuring some of the greatest players to play the game in their minor league uniforms. Check out some of the cards the VIPs will be receiving. If you haven’t picked up your VIP pass yet, it’s probably a good idea!

Click here for more information about the 2012 NSCC.


Topps Announces 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention Plans

Topps announces that it has created two special sets for the 2012 National Collector’s Convention in Baltimore, MD.  Both are available exclusively via redemption at the Topps Booth.


Topps has created an exclusive 25-card sequentially numbered 2012 Bowman Platinum Blue Foil Parallel.  Collectors opening a full box of 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball at the booth will receive the set.  The set will include Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish and more.  In addition, autographed versions of selected cards will be randomly inserted.


There is also a special 9-card 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini Card set featuring the hottest rookies in the NFL and MLB. Collectors opening 3 packs of any 2012 Topps/Bowman MLB or NFL products can redeem their wrappers for one of nine NFL/MLB Rookies.  The subjects are:

  • Bryce Harper
  • Yu Darvish
  • Yoenis Cespedes
  • Andrew Luck
  • Robert Griffin III
  • Ryan Tannehill
  • Trent Richardson
  • Michael Floyd
  • Justin Blackmon

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 without going? Who among my readers is going to the National? Maybe I can send some t-shirts for people to wear…

Panini Doing It Right at the 2011 National

When you watch sporting events you always hear about that one dedicated player who does everything they can and works extra hard for their team. Announcers love to use the example how the player is always the first one on the court or field and the last one off.

Well from reports I’ve heard at the National, Panini has been just that this past week. From the time the doors opened on the first day, until after everyone else was packing up Sunday night, Panini was there for it’s customers and future customers delivering the goods they had prepared for the National. Wrapper redemptions, autographed memorabilia, and great displays available from beginning to the very end.

Panini even earned some kudos from of it’s toughest critics in the blogging community for the way they handled their corporate area at the 2011 National. At times, it seemed like Panini could do nothing right to them. But Panini’s work at the National even turned the biggest critics into fan boys, even if only for this one weekend.

From reports, the Panini booth was swamped all weekend long with people opening thousands of dollars worth of products to get their hands on some great wrapper redemptions and other offerings from Panini. And from what I’ve been told, Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha, the marketing men over at Panini, handled it with zen like abilities.

For one weekend, no matter which brand of cards you preferred and no matter what your previous opinion was, everyone was a Panini fan.

Check out some live blog posts from Panini.

A Frenzied First Day at the National

Wrapper Redemptions Highlight Panini’s Thursday

Wrapper Madness on Day 2

Sights and Sounds from Day 3

A Wild Saturday at the National

If you didn’t get a chance to head out to the National, Panini saved some wrapper redemption packs just for you.

I will try and have complete coverage of the National and final thoughts about it from a guest in the coming days. But look out Baltimore in 2012, I’m saving up!