PSA Unveils Plans for 40th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago3 min read


This PSA Mint 9 1986 Fleer MJ #57 rookie card will be awarded to some lucky collector on Sat., August 3.

The biggest sports collectibles show of the year is nearly upon us! And the team at PSA is once again ready to provide onsite grading and produce free, custom encapsulated trading cards for collectors at the fast-approaching 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC), which will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, from Wed., July 31, through Sun., August 4.

To start, PSA is hosting a “Jordan a Day” daily sweepstakes and will be giving away a trio of 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan #57 rookie cards valued at more than $10,000 during three different days of the show: Thurs., Aug. 1; Fri., Aug. 2; and Sat., Aug. 3. The three PSA-graded ‘86 Fleer Michael Jordan #57 RCs of the Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer (PSA NM-MT 8, PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 and PSA MINT 9, respectively) will be randomly awarded. Sweepstakes entries can be made in person at the PSA booth (#1436) or by going online at Winners need not be present and will be announced at 4 p.m. CDT at the PSA booth during each of the three designated days.

PSA’s custom cards this year will take on a tobacco-themed twist.

As always, PSA will be providing on-site authentication, grading and encapsulation for all items except for tickets and packs. To receive access to PSA’s special “Express Line” at the show, be sure to use the online submission center to place orders prior to visiting the booth. PSA will also be offering authentication for items signed at the show for a discounted rate of $10. For additional details on PSA’s special pricing at The National, visit Finally, PSA Customer Service reps will be accepting any take-home trading card and autograph authentication submissions for all levels of service.

To interact with collectors and sports fans alike, PSA is once again providing show goers with the opportunity to take home personal, encapsulated trading cards in special PSA-labeled holders. This time around, the cards – sponsored by Love of the Game Auctions – will feature a tobacco theed twist! Visit the PSA booth to be featured on your very own T206 trading card. As always, the card is 100% FREE to all PSA booth visitors!

In addition, PSA has produced an incredible, limited-edition set of five “2019 NSCC Promo” cards that features baseball legends Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Nap Lajoie and “Shoeless Joe” Jackson. Exclusively distributed at the National, the complete set of all five promo cards will be given to new PSA Platinum Collectors Club members who either purchase memberships at the show or who attend the show and provide their proof of purchase (after July 1, 2019) for any memberships secured online. New PSA Gold Collectors Club members who attend the show and provide their proof of purchase will be randomly awarded one of the five promo cards. The promo card set is being sponsored by Mile High Card Company.

Five legendary baseball greats adorn this year’s NSCC Promo card set.

Lastly, and for the first time ever, PSA is hosting a “National Card Grading Competition” at this year’s National. The contest, which is open to 77 contestants, will be held at PSA’s corporate booth and the overall winner will walk away with a $1,000 check! The entry fee is $20 and each participant will have 15 minutes to grade 25 encapsulated vintage and modern trading cards. To sign up, visit PSA’s National Card Grading landing page. The winner will be announced on Sun., Aug. 3, at 4 p.m. CDT at the PSA booth. See you all in Chi-town!

Test your card grading skills at the PSA booth.

Posted by Terry Melia

Terry Melia is a hobby veteran who has served in various PR and marketing roles for industry movers and shakers including The Upper Deck Company and SCP Auctions and is currently working as PSA's Public Relations Specialist.

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