Day One Recap of the 2023 National Sports Collectors Convention

The National in Chicago is THE Place to Be
  • July 27, 2023

When the doors opened at 3:00 PM today, you got your first glimpse of the 2023 National here in Chicago. If you haven't stopped by the Just Collect booth to sell your cards, or pickup a great vintage card to take home, we are here all week, and can't wait to meet you at booth 2102. Today was AMAZING! Take a look at a few behind-the-scenes photos as we recap Day One of The National.

The Donald E Stephens Convention Center here in Chicago opened the doors earlier for the first day of the 2023 National Sports Collectors Convention. Thank you for stopping by the Just Collect booth #2102! From open to close, we had the pleasure of reviewing your collections, purchasing your cards, and offering you the rarest and finest vintage cards in the hobby. You also enjoyed seeing our friend, Darren Rovell, and his display of show-stopping memorabilia including the vest Matthew Broderick wore in Ferris Bueller' Day Off. If you haven't arrived to the show yet, don't worry; we are here all week! Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos of Day One at the National.

When you see an SGC 9 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, you know you're at the National; only here can you find such a treasure:


Our owner, Leighton, is holding a 1967 Topps Series 2 rack pack he will open for you through our sister company, Vintage Breaks. You can see how to take home a card from this pack HERE:


If you saw a man reviewing a collection of Babe Ruth Goudey cards at the Starbucks here in the show, that was Leighton! When you're here at the National, you get so excited, you forget to take lunch and spend your break doing what we love - buying baseball cards:


Speaking of Babe Ruth - this is a ticket to the game where he called his shot! During game 3 of the 1932 World Series, The Sultan of Swat pointed to where he was going to knock a home run...and then he homered:


If you're looking for rare tickets, Darren Rovell is your go-to here at booth 2102. The CEO of  PSA, Nat Turner, stopped by to see Darren's collection:


Darren also has the original vest that Matthew Broderick wore in Ferris Bueller's Day off here at booth 2102:


Our Vice President, John, is telling a story on the provenance of the cards we offer you. Each card comes with an amazing story, many of which you have read about right here on the Just Collect blog:


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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