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Yes!!! National Baseball Card Day is back for 2017, August 12th to be exact. Reports from Topps and MLB claim that NBCD will be bigger and better this year. Collectors be on the look out at the end of July for more info, the full checklist will be released at the 2017 National held in Chicago.

As in years before card stores will be handing out free packs with additional packs available to collectors who make purchases. This years promotion will also have a tie in with MLB stadiums. Leading up to August 12th, be on the look out when you head to the ballpark, every stadium will be giving out packs at some point during the season.

Hobby Shops looking to take part in the promotion can sign up at the Topps website.

NSCC Official Site

NSCC Schedule

Who to Follow – Twitter

The National

Sports Collector Daily


Topps to Host 37th VIP Party


This year the National Sports Collectors Convention will be held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL  from July 31st-Aug 4th. Below I will be posting links and stories to help collectors find anything and everything about this years National. Feel free to post comments, tips, or your plans for this years show.


NSCC Official Site

National FAQ

Posts about the 2013 NSCC

Blow Out NSCC Message Board

Sports Collector Daily

Cardboard Connection



MOJO Breaks from The National

Follow DPMsportcards for the latest on The National

FourSquare – DPMsportcards

Twitter – @DPMsportcards

Floor Plan

So much to see yet so little time as the 2012 National is almost over.  Those great deals, and unbelievable finds will all be over this time tomorrow leaving us collectors wanting more and waiting for next year in Chicago. This years show seemed to have enough of a mix for all collectors, no matter what you might have been looking for. Vintage, Boxes, single cards, game used the list could go on and on, if you wanted it there was a good chance someone had it… Well almost, let’s just say I’m still searching for those 2006 Topps World Series cards I need. Here’s a quick rundown of the good, the bad, and the ugly of this week.


1. Lines – They line up early in hopes to crack packs and boxes  in order to grab those redemption packs but some collectors were left out when the lines were cut off, leaving them holding boxes that they only bought to get those “Special” cards. Gotta be a better way to handle this.

2. Heard some talk of dealers not giving “deals”  – I didnt see to much of this in fact, got a few items cheaper by talking the guys down but what I did see at a few tables, were alot of cards overpriced to begin with.

3. Blowout Giveaway Guy – A GREAT idea by Blowout, the 3 o’clock give away. I understand that you could use your tickets from the day before and by Saturday people had a few tickets, but the guy standing next to me had to have at least 50, YES 50!!!! After each number was called he’d go through them one by one, shocked he wasnt winning. Like it or not in the end he walked away holding those tickets… No Win For You!!!

4. More Lines – This years list of autograph guest was pretty impressive, but once again there must be a better way in handling this. I did get one auto from my free VIP tickets and didnt have to wait super long, but when I’m at the show the last thing I would want to do is wait in line for 3-4 hours.

5. Yuuuuuuuup – People paying for Storage Wars star Dave Hester’s autograph.


1. Selection – Like I said, the show had everything. Tables filled with rare graded cards to the guy that had tubs were every item was just $1. (That table ate up some of my time)

2. Twitter – A great tool, to let collectors know what was going on when and where. It really was used well this year.

3. Twitter 2 – I gotta give a shout out to @SportsCollector and @SportsCardNews these guys had the show covered, giving updates on everything both on Twitter and the web, a must follow for collectors.

4. Box Breaks – A wide selection of boxes/cases available from Blowout, D&A, Atlanta Sports Cards, Pittsburgh Sports Cards, Baseball Card Exchange and few more that I left out.

5.  Ball Boys – The crew was out and about, and very open to talking shop with fans and collectors. A great way to get the word out and get that 2nd season on air.

6. Blowout – The giveaways were a great idea, it brought people 3 to 4 rows deep around there table. I looked over at some of the other tables selling ‘wax” while this was going on only to see those people watching the giveaway also.

7. Blowout 2 – Swedish Fish, enough said….

8. Bins – If you spend the time, O the things you may find. Alot of dealers had there bargain bins out, cards for .25 cents to $1 and some great buys.


1. Mel Ott bat being “Misplaced” – This is a hard to believe story on many levels and hopefully has a happy ending. Check out these stories on the missing bat – Beckett and Sports Collector Daily

Thats a quick recap of the good, bad, and the ugly from this weeks National. Check back later as I add a few more items.

The National

Posted: June 28, 2012 in Baltimore, NSCC, The National

This year National Sports Collectors Convention will be held in Baltimore, Aug 1st-5th. Below for the next month I will be posting links and stories to help collectors find anything and everything about this years National. Feel free to post comments, tips, or your plans for this years show.

NSCC Official Site

National FAQ

Downtown Baltimore Map

Post about NSCC

Blowout Cards Message Board Thread

Net54 dress code?

Q&A with Mike Berkus, Director and Co-Founder of the NSCC

National News

  • ThePit will provide VIP attendees with a 1987 Topps Rookie Card of baseball’s newest member of the Hall of Fame Barry Larkin. Each card will be attached to a flyer containing information on
  • Leaf has announce that they will be bringing in 3 personalities for autographs…. Check out the flyer below.

It’s the event we’ve all waited for, The National Sports Collectors Convention and that it was coming back to the best city in the U.S.A made it even better. Flash back to about 9 months ago, that’s when the Dr. told me and the wife that we were expecting our first child, yes the week of The National. So DPM, will not be in Chicago but plans are in the works for next year in Baltimore.  I will be posting stories, links, and tweets from other collectors this week that are at the National so be sure to check back often. Have a great week, collectors…..

BLOG Stories

Sports Collector Daily – Things to do near Stephens Convention Center

The Cardboard Connection – A Practical Guide to attending NSCC

Sports Cards Uncensored – Giveaways and Swag Rule the Show

Beckett – Five Ways to Enjoy The National from Afar – Chris Goes to The National Day 1

Sports Collector Daily – Game Worn Dealer Arrested

Beckett – Vintage at the National

Upper Deck – What your missing at The National Sports Collectors Convention

Sports Collector Daily – National Thoughts

Beckett – Man Wins Rare Shoeless Joe Jackson Cut Sig

Sports Collector Daily – Thefts Take Fun Out of National

Beckett – Doug Cataldo (VFTS) on Beckett, wow.


@Chrisolds2009 – This year’s custom business card for the show. With variations…

@WesYee –  Just offered two NFL first round pick 1/1’s for a Kourtney Kardashian auto and got turned down

@Chrisolds2009 – Topps was asked during its #NSCC session whether it was planning to do video cards. Its response of no was met with a smattering of applause

@FCBlanning – #nscc quotable quotes…..”and that was the night I traded punches with a 70 year old man” #collect

Click here for NSCC Photos

The 31st National is over, and as collectors and dealers make there way back home everyone must have a few ideas on how we can make this show better. Below are the some ideas from Sports Collectors Daily, Sports Cards Uncensored and A Cardboard Problem.

The National Card Show: New Directions?

Ten Ways to Improve The National

Can The National be more like San Diego Comic-Con?