Monday, August 3, 2009

Sunday's National Sports Collectors Convention Recap

The last day of The National Sports Collectors Convention looked like the hotel lobby the morning after a wedding. A wandering herd pulled their luggage throughout the convention floor. Most of the guests seemed to be looking for moving day specials from card distributors and dealers.

Sunday's attendance seemed much smaller than Saturday's. Unlike Saturday, there wasn't a line to get into the parking lot, there wasn't a long line to get into the show, and there wasn't a line to buy the newest box. While this may be an issue for dealers and organizers to agonize about with pie charts and pivot tables, it wasn't a problem for collectors.

Those who attended Sunday were able to take advantage of the extra elbow room by finding more opportunities to get a Blake Griffin autograph ticket, enjoy the smaller crowds at the redemption areas, and have smaller lines at the Tristar booths.

The NFLPA had free autographs for kids (although plenty of big kids were in line too). The family area near the I-X Center Ferris Wheel had autograph sessions for Cleveland Browns Lee Suggs and Greg Pruitt.

The Ferris wheel has taken its last spin for the 30th Annual National. Next year's National Sports Collectors Convention will take its turn on the east coast in Baltimore, Maryland.

- My Wednesday Night Recap on Cardboard Connection

Special Thanks to The Cardboard Connection for inviting me to work with them.

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