We are quickly approaching the best time of the year for trading card collectors: the National Sports Collectors Convention. Since 1980, the NSCC has consistently been the premier event for hobby enthusiasts. And this year is no exception, as the show will make its way to Atlantic City, NJ on July 27-31. While it has become a hotspot to meet new people and add grails to your collection, it’s also a place to see unreal pieces of memorabilia. Just last year, Goldin Auctions featured displays of game-worn Air Jordans and an authentic boxing robe of Muhammad Ali. Needless to say, this show is like a trip to the Smithsonian at times, but how do you prepare for the National?
When you are attending the biggest card show on this planet, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the buzz and excitement circulating in the building. If this is your first time navigating through the National, it may be wise to channel your best Phil Jackson and make a game plan. Luckily, we know just the right person to explain the atmosphere of America’s greatest card show.
Card Talk’s own Ryan Johnson (aka CardCollector2) has an excellent YouTube series on how to prepare for the National. As a prominent figure in the hobby, Ryan has been documenting his experiences at shows for years now, all while sharing important tools of the trade with newer collectors. And chances are that if you are reading this article, you have seen a few of his videos.
Today we are going to highlight a few of Ryan’s key tips from his series and hopefully add a couple more quick pointers that will make your trip to the NSCC a success. So, let’s just get right into it. Without further ado, here is a quick guide to the biggest card show in the world: