It’s summer, and that means it’s almost time for the National Sports Collector’s Convention – this year taking place in Cleveland, July 29-Aug. 2.
But wait, there’s another. Taking place two weeks before that event is another Chicago show, and no, it’s not named SportsFest. Held July 17-20 will be first the 1st Annual FansEdge Sports Spectacular at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
It’s interesting timing to have another even so close to the National, especially when dealers are watching their dollars more than ever when it comes to travel. But it should provide a bonus for collectors.
The National won’t bowl you over with flashy glitz and glamour. What it does have is stuff for serious collectors – good guests, exclusive card sets and the biggest and best dealer lineup you’ll find in the country. And all those manufacturers, distributors and auction houses show up, too.
The new FansEdge event is offering a free admission day (thursday) and something called “Rollback Friday,” where autograph guests will be at prices way less than the usual asking price. Plus, it’s an all-day Friday show, so take off of work and take advantage of the savings.
But there needs to be more to attract people, so Mounted Memories – who is running the event – is also offering kids activities like a mini golf course, moonwalk and obstacle course.
So how exactly do you go from a moonwalk to buying an autographed Cal Ripken Jr. jersey? I’m not sure, but we’re going to find out.
So it will be interesting to see how these shows do. Attendance will be key for both, as shows have been hit hard the last few years – especially in Chicago.
And if you’re looking for Tuff Stuff, we’ll have a booth at both events. Stop by for some prizes and let us know how that golf course treated yoy.