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Highlights From the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention

Attending the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago just wasn’t possible for me. Luckily, growing hobby interest means folks constantly shared terrific images from the event on social media.

While I’m sharing photos of many high-end items, you don’t need a $50k bankroll to enjoy The National. Plenty of my friends showed up with $100 and had a fantastic time meeting people, discussing the hobby, searching dollar boxes to complete sets, learning, and checking out unique collectibles. The hobby is fun and affordable if you are willing to show a little flexibility and patience.


Let’s not forget that relationships drive the hobby and the point of it is to have fun.

Leave a Card – Take a Card
Hulk Hogan
Trade Night

Baseball Card Exchange

I’m a big fan of vintage unopened material, and I’ve covered it a few times here on the blog – one of my favorite articles is Classic Images of Unopened Sports Cards.

One of Four 1971 Topps Baseball Wax Boxes
1991 Topps Desert Shield Box
Modern Basketball Boxes
Graded Hockey Packs
High-End Baseball Wax Boxes
Hockey and Football Unopened Products
Basketball and Non-Sports Wax Boxes

Auction House High-End Items

All the major auction houses have a presence at The National, and it’s a great way to check out high-end material you won’t see anywhere else.

1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle
2003 Ultimate Collection Lebron James Ultimate Logos Signature
1954 Topps Hank Aaron PSA 10
Green Bay Packers Memorabilia
T206 Honus Wagner
1969 Topps Basketball Wax Box
T206 Cobb Collection

Crowds and the Show Floor

My dealer friends have told me this was one of the busiest Nationals they’ve experienced in a long time.

2021 National Sports Collectors Convention
2021 National Sports Collectors Convention
2021 National Sports Collectors Convention
2021 National Sports Collectors Convention
2021 National Sports Collectors Convention

High-End Display Cases

There’s no shortage of high-grade/high-value cases at The National.

2021 National Display Case
2021 National Display Case
1952 Topps Low Number Set
Vintage Type Photos
Rovell’s Ticket Collection
Wrestling Cards
Basketball Card Display at the 2021 National

More Unique Unopened Material

These are just a few more photos of scarce unopened products.

1980 Topps Star Wars and 1986 GPK Cases at the 2021 National
1985 OPC Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Box
Vintage Breaks Wall of Empty Cases at the 2021 National

If you were there, what was the highlight of the show for you? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to check @PostWarCards on Twitter; I’ll be posting many more photos from this and previous NSCC shows.

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