And I'm not talking about Christmas. If you are a collector, and you wouldn't be reading this if you aren't, this week kicks off The Hobby's annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the National Sports Collector's Convention. Hosted in the city it should really always be held in, Chicago, this year marks the event's 34th assembly of collectors, manufacturers, dealers, support services and athletes.
There is a whole host of activities going on and the Cardboard Connection did a great job of providing a detailed run down of all the happenings.
Being in our hometown, Cardboard Connection Radio is bringing attendees an experience they'll never forget. It starts this week with the awarding of a ticket to Panini's VIP event to one lucky listener.
Friday, August 2, 2013 – Special autograph guest: Lisa Marie Varon, aka Tara from Impact Wrestling, aka Victoria from WWE. Autographs are free for collectors in attendance.
Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Artist Sean Kane will be at our booth showing off his amazing skills and painting in person.
Sunday, August 4, 2013 – Sam Smith will conduct a live case break of 2012-13 Panini Rookie Anthology Hockey at our booth. Two lucky listeners will earn spots in the break.
We'll be giving away boxes of trading cards, mystery packs with autos and memorabilia, a table full of commons, t-shirts and more!
After hours, the crew will be partying on either Thursday or Sunday night at the Squared Circle in Chicago.
Friday night we'll be at the Hyatt for the Net54 dinner and Saturday night we'll be hanging with the Panini big wigs and their high rolling clientele for their VIP extravaganza.
Be sure to listen to the podcast of the Friday show on 7/26 for the "Phrase that Pays" and visit us at Booth C1 right in the media area between the autograph and Olympic pavilions.
Hope to see you in Chicago!!