Behind the Scenes Photos from The National Sports Collectors Convention

Just Collect Takes You Behind Closed Doors Before the Show
  • July 25, 2023

The 2023 National Sports Collectors Convention is almost here! The World Series of cards officially opens their doors to you tomorrow, and we are here in Chicago right now. We want to give you a special, all-access look at the convention to get you ready for the big show. Enjoy these behind-the-scenes photos you won't find anywhere else!

If you've ever dreamed of owning a card or piece of sports memorabilia, you'll find it here at The National. Inside the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Just Collect will be on-hand to purchase your vintage cards and collections, as well as offering exquisite items. We will have a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card from the Tampa Collection, T206 Ty Cobb cards from the Joe McCord Family Collection, and Babe Ruth cards from the Arizona Goudey Find that consisted of 22 Ruth and Lou Gehrig cards and we're just getting warmed up. We'd love to see you come visit our booth #2102 with our good friend, Darren Rovell. As we began setting up our booth for you today, we thought - let's take YOU on a tour! 

Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures from the 2023 National that you won't find anywhere else yet: 

Walk in, and take a right and a then a left to come find Just Collect


Our Vice President, John, is hard at work, building our display for you:


Our owner, Leighton, holding a rare item signed by Martin Luther King, Jr., Ed Sullivan, and Jackie Robinson:


Darren is showing the employees of JSA an original story board from the movie Rocky signed by Sylvester Stallone. One of the many items you'll want to see here at booth 2102:


Our friends at Baseball Card Exchange have this jaw-dropping sealed 1952 Topps wax pack:


A real peek behind the curtain here. What do you think this will be filled with tomorrow?


We asked; they wouldn't let us play with the saw:

The eBay vault will be here:

We're sure the new Fanatics Live stage will be packed tomorrow:

We can't say no to either game! If you need a partner, come get us a booth 2102; we'll bring the quarters.

See you here tomorrow!

Whether you have complete sets, single vintage cards of stars and Hall of Famers or rare and monumental tickets, we would love for you to stop by. Be on the lookout for more behind-the-scenes photos from the show; once the doors officially open, you won't believe what is happening here at The National!


Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect Buy List.

We always offer a FREE APPRAISAL for your collection here at the Just Collect site. Just click here:


We offer may ways to evaluate your cards other than or using our website, too.

  • Travel to Us

If you can make the trip here like the son from my hometown did for this collection- we can make a deal at the office. We once met a father-son duo that drove eight hours from Virginia to meet us to sell a Michael Jordan rookie card stored in Tupperware since 1986 - great read here

  • Come to convention

We keep a LIST of card shows we'll be attending.  Come stop by the Just Collect table and chat.

  • Meet in-person

If you have a valuable collection and want us to come to you, we'll hop on the next plane out.

  • Meet in New York City

We have another location in New York you can meet us at; read all the information here.

  • SHIP your collection 

If you choose to mail your cards for an appraisal, we will evaluate your cards for FREE still. If you choose not to sell the cards, we'll ship them back shipping fees paid by us!  We can offer our FedEx account with 2-day shipping, fully insured, all covered by us. Simply contact the office to set up this option.


We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.


Whether you have vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to us any time! 


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