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What’s up for grabs at The National Sports Collectors Convention? by Chris Olds

Topps has unveiled its limited edition cards for the National Sports Collectors Convention, which will take place about a month from now in Baltimore, Md.

For the last few years, the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards — and the lone MLB licensee — did not have a presence at the show, but this year the company will be there.

And, the first portion of that presence is being in the $119 VIP goody bag.

Topps will produce a five -card set for the show in the style of 1960 Topps — two Mickey Mantle cards (only one version per bag), a Nolan Ryan, a Yogi Berra and a Cal Ripken Jr.

While there will undoubtedly be more promotions, wrapper redemptions and other specially made cards for the event, here’s a rundown (and a gallery of images) of the other VIP freebies and other show-exclusive cards after the jump.

Press Pass will produce a six-card NASCAR set, which will include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick. All but Patrick will be in the gift bags. Her card will be available at the Press Pass booth.

Upper Deck will have a six-card set for VIP “Sneak Peek” Day (Wednesday, Aug, 4). The set will include LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky among others. During the show, UD will hold its wrapper redemption program where collectors will receive one of four show-exclusive five-card sets. There will be different sets each day.  Among the players will be Jordan, Julius Erving, James, Gordie Howe, Sidney Crosby, Tiger Woods, Gretzky and David Robinson. Howe, James and Jordan autographs will be randomly inserted into the sets.

Upper Deck also will have a 10-card “Million Pack March for the Troops” set at The National. The cards will include Jordan (only available during VIP “Sneak Peek” Day), Robinson, James, Mike Modano and more.

FCB will have a four-card set free for show attendees, which includes Pedro Alvarez, Matt Wieters, Casey Kelley and Brett Lawrie. The set will have rarer parallel versions as well. FCB also will have a few autograph guests who will sign free for attendees. They include Blue Jays relief pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, Red Sox prospect Junichi Tazawa and Orioles prospect Josh Bell.

PSA will have a copy of the Collecting Sports Legends: The Ultimate Hobby Guide hardback book ($35 cover price) in each VIP bag as well as a copy of its Sportscard Market Report, which will be given to the first 5,000 attendees.

Panini America has not yet announced its National exclusives, but as the only company licensed to produce NFL, NHL and NBA cards, you can expect a healthy presence.

TRISTAR has not yet announced any show-exclusives, but the company is in charge of all of the autograph guests. Here’s a rundown of guests signing at the show.

Blowout Cards announced earlier this summer that as part of the “Sneak Peek” it is giving that night’s attendees a ticket to a Baltimore Orioles game. SuperVIP package buyers will receive two Orioles tickets good for Wednesday-Saturday nights.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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Pingback by Anonymous

Its our pleasure to offer the free tickets to all attendees on Wed.
Camden Yards is a magnificent stadium. We hope everyone enjoys the game and all of the “goings on”
at this years National Sports Collectors convention.Be sure to stop our corporate booth and say hello.

Comment by blowoutcards

that nolan ryan card is pretty sharp.

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