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The National Sports Collectors Convention is this Weekend; Here’s What You Need to Know

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After missing out on celebrating the 41st National Sports Collectors Convention last year in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National will celebrate the 41st event in Chicago.

After missing out on celebrating the 41st National Sports Collectors Convention last year in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National will celebrate the 41st event with the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention in the Windy City of Chicago, which last hosted the National in 2019.

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention NSCC Information

At this event, you will get your yearly fill and more of autograph signers, giveaways, and promotions, plus cards and other collectibles. For any fans of memorabilia, sports collecting, and sports in general, the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention is the biggest collecting event of the year.

Attending the convention can help you complete that ever-elusive set, or just allow you to meet up with other collectors in the hobby of sports memorabilia.

Next year the event will return to Atlantic City, and then in 2023, the event will make its way back to Chi-Town.

This year’s event will be this weekend from July 28th to August 1st at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018).

Fans and collectors who live in the immediate surrounding area have the luxury of being able to purchase daily tickets as their best choice. 

However, if you are traveling from farther away and/or planning to attend all five days of the convention, the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP ticket packages might be worth a look.

The package will include admittance to every day of the show, including the Wednesday Night Sneak Peek,  as well as several other perks associated with each choice. 

Depending on the level of the VIP package you select, it could include early admission, free parking, free autographs, and first-in-line autograph privileges.

Unsure which VIP package works best? Here is the rundown of the different tiers.

Tickets for the VIPs are very limited so many guests who have not purchased tickets yet may have to settle for the Daily passes.

Children 12 and under are free all week and General Admission is $19/day if purchased in advance, and $22/day if purchased at the show.

Signers in Attendance

What makes this event so special is the numerous star athletes and legends that the event is able to attract and book to sign at this event. 

Below are the designated signers for each sport, with VIP signers specified.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Chris Chelios
  • Bobby Hull
  • Brett Hull
  • Wrestling
  • Ric Flair
  • Hulk Hogan


  • Ari Lehman – Friday the 13th
  • Patrick Rena – The Sandlot

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention Exclusive Cards

In addition to the many signers, exclusive cards are yet another appealing part of the NSCC experience. 

Most of the major manufacturers such as Topps, Panini, and Upper Deck offer multiple choices. 

This includes VIP sets as an added perk for the VIP tickets, or various wrapper redemption programs for those purchasing sealed wax at the National.

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention 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


With such a long weekend of open card booths, signing sessions, and the opportunity to win some exclusive memorabilia, this event is surely one that top collectors and fans of sports around the country will not want to miss. 

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