Hi everyone! This is post 1 of 2, or maybe more.
Well, the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, has come and gone, but you already knew that. This was the 35th NSCC, and it was, in a word, awesome.
The shows rarely aren't awesome. In fact, every time I have gone they have just gotten better and better. I think what I will do is just plaster random pictures of things between the words in this post, because I have so much to show.
This year I was able to experience the NSCC from a business side. I was part of Layton Sports Cards' booth in the brand new group breaker pavilion.
In terms of aesthetics, the venue (the IX Center) was pretty cool. It was very big, and it had a ferris wheel in the middle. An actual, functioning ferris wheel that I wanted to ride, but didn't have the time to. Some people even did breaks from the ferris wheel and it was awesome. There were lots of food vendors, and ice cream stands. I really wanted a soft serve cone, but we were too busy and I never got around to it! We did breaks almost all day and when we weren't breaking we were sorting cards, sleeving cards, or buying cards to open ourselves! It was so much fun...a collector's utopia.
There were many redemption programs, but not nearly as many as I remember from years past, especially at Topps. I think companies might have realized that they really are a pain to deal with, people fight, and they just aren't really necessary. Or at least as many as there were weren't necessary. Anyway, in years past I waited in line after line to get special sets of Bowman Platinum with cards #/125. This year that didn't happen, because they did away with the set! They did, however, have a small redemption program where you could get exclusive Allen and Ginter cards of hot players. I wanted a Manziel, so I bought the required three hobby packs, took them to Topps, and opened them. Three packs of Topps Series 2, would I get lucky with them? Yes!
Let's see, what else, what else...