2020 National Sports Collectors Convention has been Canceled
This year’s National has been canceled due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus
Go ahead and knock another premier event off the list due to COVID-19. The continued spread of the coronavirus has officially forced the 2020 National Sports Collectors Convention to be canceled.
The National is, quite simply, the most well known baseball card show on the planet. It was due to be held originally in August in Atlantic City but was rescheduled until December of this year. However, the continued spread of the virus has not eased fears to the point that the show could go on.
Here’s the short, official announcement from the event’s Twitter site:
The difficult but (we believe) correct decision has been made to cancel the 2020 National … we look forward to making The 41st National in Chicago the BEST ever #NSCC21 https://t.co/yjVrXl7N23 pic.twitter.com/IU8UOJ7UBJ
— The National (@nsccshow) August 13, 2020
The cancellation, of course, is not a surprise. Large events are being canceled all over the country and while some sporting events are happening, they are mostly doing so without being open to the general public. Holding an event like the National, which has thousands of collectors in a crowded space, isn’t something that makes good sense. And consider that, even if the show did go on, many collectors and the show’s many autograph guests would be fearful to attend, anyway.
The link in that tweet to the longer announcement indicates that planning for the 2021 National are underway. That event is scheduled for July 28 through August 1 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL (near Chicago).
Tickets already purchased for the 2020 National can be used in 2021 or may receive a refund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Exhibitors for the event will be contacted and can request a refund or roll over payments for the 2021 show.