The first autograph guest, scheduled to sign at the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention was recently announced by Tri-Star Productions and The National. Headlining the list are Baseball Hall of Famer’s and Orioles greats: Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Earl Weaver.
Newly elected Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Andre Dawson and Whitey Herzog will also be signing at The National shortly after their induction into Cooperstown. They will be joined, in Baltimore, by other legends including, Willie Mays, Joe Montana, Rod Carew, Bart Starr, Wade Boggs, Bo Jackson and future Hall of Famer, Randy Johnson, to name just a few. In all, approximately seventy (70) Hall of Fame and current athletes from every sport will be signing at the Tri-Star Autograph Pavilion within The National during the five (5) day event.
In addition, on February 1st The National announced that Schulte Sports, Inc. has been retained to spearhead PR and media relations efforts for the 2010 National event.
“Ray Schulte brings tremendous knowledge of the collectibles industry, previously consulting with MLB, the NFL, NHL, and NBA, as it pertains to the collectibles set-up at their All-Star and Super Bowl events,” said Mike Berkus, Co-Founder The National Sports Collectors Convention. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Ray and his team at Schulte Sports.”
The 31st annual National Sports Collectors convention will be held, for the very first time, in Baltimore at the Baltimore Convention Center August 4 – 8, 2010. The five (5) day event is the largest collectibles show in the country, with dealers from all over the country exhibiting, including vintage and new cards, game-used and vintage memorabilia dealers, major trading manufacturers, the top grading / authentication services companies and sports/entertainment auction houses.
For the past thirty years the multi billion sports collectibles industry has looked upon The National Sports Collectors Convention, referred to as “The National”, as their crown jewel event. A place where collectors and dealers can meet annually to buy, trade and discuss collecting memorabilia, trading cards, autographs, game-used equipment and other sports related collectibles.
This is a once in a lifetime experience not only for collectors and fans but for the City of Baltimore including retailers, downtown restaurants, hotels, rent-a-car companies, etc based on the event’s draw. The following is a brief snapshot of what hosting this event will mean for Baltimore;
1. Approximately 30,000 – 35,000 expected to attend the five (5) day event staying multiple nights
2. Over 600 collectible exhibitor booths and 100 corporate booths set-up
3. Above translates to approximately 3,000 exhibitor personnel in the city for 6 – 7 nights
4. Exhibitors and Fans collectively expected to purchase over 4,500 room nights, per night
5. Children under twelve (12) will be admitted free to make it a family destination
6. 70 plus athletes will generate local and national media attention
“We are extremely excited that The National Sports Collectors Convention will be held in Baltimore for the very first time,” said John Broggi, NSCC Executive Director / Promoter. “Baltimore has an exceptionally strong sports tradition and the city is easily accessible from up and down the Northeast corridor.”
The East Coast hasn’t experienced a collectibles show of this magnitude since 2003 when The National was hosted by Atlantic City. The event that launhced The National was the 1991 Anaheim event when 101,000 attended the igaguaral convention.
Although Baltimore won’t reach the 101,000 attendance mark set in 1991 many, including myself, feel the 2010 event will exceed the projected 30,000-35,000 attendees which will be great for the Hobby. The rest of the country will be watching, waiting to see how Baltimore delivers!
For more information on how you can purchase a ticket to the event and/or participate as a sponsor please visit www.nsccshow.com or www.SchulteSports.com. Admission tickets for the 2010 National Sports Collectors Convention will go on-sale via the website starting in late February. Visit the website to see when athlete signature tickets will be sold on-line as well.
I am very excited to have Baltimore host this national event and look forward to working with the NSCC executive staff to maximize marketing and public relations exposure for the event and Baltimore!