One Day I Will Attend the National

One day I will attend the National.

The meat and potatoes of the National in Chicago started today but I’ve been reading blog posts across the internet about companies and other bloggers going to the National. I first learned of the National in 2005ish when I first got back into card collecting and thought it would be amazing to go someday. Well, it’s 2011 and I still haven’t gone. But I am making it my personal goal to attend next year. I have a crappy job which pays crap and I have to start saving for my own wedding. But maybe I can pinch the pennies even more to be able to attend the National. Maybe I’ll start being one of those coupon addicts?

I mean, these blog posts and videos are just awesome. A ton of people, tons of beautiful cards, meet ups with people I’ve chatted with online for what seems like forever, and baseball games. I would probably go and not really buy much, but to me it’s more about the experience. I’d go visit the dealers and check out their beautiful cards and memorabilia, I’d stop by the social media groups and visit my friends at the various sports card forums I visit, and of courseĀ  stop by the manufacturer booths and chat it up with the likes of Tracy Hackler and Chris Carlin.

Afterwards, grab a drink with some people and start it all again the next day. I would feel like a kid in a carnival. Free swag, wrapper redemptions, historic memorabilia…what is there not to love? Even watching guys get arrested by the Postal Inspector police, those guys mean business.

It just seems like a great experience and a great time. I have a wedding fund, a blog fund, and I think it’s time to start a National fund so one day I will attend the National.

Anyone have some great National experiences to share with me?

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.