2017 National Sports Collector’s Convention – Chicago

As you probably noticed I have had a countdown on the homepage of the site for the National.

While working for Layton Sports Cards, I had attended the Atlantic City convention in 2016. Prior to that, I had attended the previous years’ in Cleveland and a couple years prior to that, in Chicago.

In Atlantic City, I was there to work and get the word out about R90 Sports Cards and in turn Layton Sports Cards. Thanks to Rich and Sara, Jaxson came with me and he and I worked to make sure we were present everyday as soon as the doors opened for us and that we were online and hanging out with everyone online as we streamed.

There was a lot of activity around the booth. We weren’t breaking all the time but we did witness LSC continue to stay busy. We did break and I pulled my very first superfractor for an attendee that was also celebrating his birthday. It was a cool event and Jaxson and I were worn out when we got home.

This year, I will be attending the National on Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30. Jaxson won’t be attending which I think he might enjoy as he will have time to hang out with friends and maybe even stay with my Mom and hangout with his cousins.

Meanwhile, I will be attending as a … get this… attendee. I will be focused on checking in with manufacturers and some distributors, friends I have made during breaks, and others I have not had the pleasure of befriending as of yet.

I know attending my first National I had no idea what to expect, or what I should do while I was there. I think it is beneficial for your first time to check out the site for the show and make a list of what you want to do. Oh and very important, set a budget! If you will be there one day or multiple days, set a budget, just trust me.

Here is what I have on my list before this show.

  1. Show budget of  $500.
  2. Say hi to Scott and Tracy at Panini’s booth.
  3. Stop by LSC’s booth.
  4. Meet and chat with anyone I know from hosting breaks to chatting during breaks.
  5. Walk the show floor and take it all in.
  6. ENJOY MYSELF.

That’s it for my list. Seems short right? Those are the musts… I have all kinds of things running through my head. Oh and if you are really focused on getting autos from the ridiculous line-up that Tristar has? Please plan that well. The National website has all the information and can keep you updated so please check that site out.

If you make it to the National, please let me know you are there, would love to meet ya and shake your hand. I know too many people by their screen names, would be nice to meet the people behind them.

See you there and keep checking back on my posts as the countdown to the National and for a post National summary.

Mahalo,
Ryan