Update on the National Sports Collectors Convention
While it might seem like a while away, the National show is actually fast approaching. It’s scheduled for July 28 through August 1 in Chicago, meaning it will be here in about three months time.
Card shows have began coming back this year after the cancellation of most in the wake of the Coronavirus last year. But the National isn’t just any small town show — it’s the largest gathering of card collector in the country every year. And with Covid-19 not going away anytime soon, despite the public rapidly becoming vaccinated, there’s no guarantee it will even take place.
Organizers released a statement this week, stating that a decision on the show would come around June 1.
The National continues to get questions and hear rumors about the upcoming 41st National scheduled for July 28-August 1, 2021 at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. We are at the mercy of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) which has published metrics describing when large conventions may be held in the state. We know that attendees and exhibitors are waiting to make arrangements for travel and hotels for the National. Based upon this we will continue to follow the IDPH guidelines and make a decision on the July dates on or around June 1, 2021. Should the National be postponed we are currently looking at October dates as a backup. Exhibitors and attendees will have the choice of a rolling over booth deposits/ticket revenue to the postponed show or may request a refund.
Even if the show is postponed to October, even that is no guarantee it would be held. Last year, the show was pushed back only to ultimately be canceled altogether. Still, with vaccinations climbing every day, the hope is that a postponement, if necessary, would not mean the cancellation of the show.