Just Collect Selects Booth Numbers for the 2024 National in Ohio

Go Behind the Scenes in a Secret Location to See Old School Booth Selection Process
  • August 14, 2023


We had so much fun with you at the 2023 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago that we already signed up for a booth at the 2024 show! Let's go behind the scenes where you will see how old school the process is. Follow us through the closed doors, in a secret location, as we draw our booth number. We're not sure if recording was allowed but we won't tell if you don't.

The 2023 National was phenomenal! From interviewing Derek Jeter to purchasing collections, and getting to meet you in-person, we loved every second of this year's convention. We enjoyed the show so much, we've already picked out our booth numbers for 2024! The process is a true throwback to the early days of collecting; there is not a single computer in the room! Imagine that - a convention with hundreds of buyers, sellers, and the biggest companies in our hobby put on a show for 100,000 people like yourself and not a single computer is used when mapping out the booths. We knew you wouldn't believe the old school process, so we took video as we chose our booth number! We're not 100 % certain cameras were allowed, but this was too good not to capture.

At 8:00 AM on the Saturday morning of the 2023 National, we went into a side entrance of the Donald E Stephen's Center. While the show was taking place on the floor, our owner, Leighton, was about to be "drafted" for 2024! The line was VERY long but we were able to catch up with old friends, share donuts and smiles.


Upon entering, there are employees on the right that took the Just Collect form that consisted of our company name, address, and contact information. Leighton exchanged his form for an index card with his name printed on it. That index card was delivered to the master of ceremonies who then shuffled all index cards. One by one, an index card was drawn and the name read aloud. When Leighton heard his name, he first held up his index card like he was at the NBA Draft! Leighton then ventured to the map of the 2024 National showroom where he was able to select an open booth.

For 2024, Just Collect will be with our good friends at Baseball Card Exchange and our 2023 Booth Buddy, Darren Rovell. Steve Hart, owner of Baseball Card Exchange, and Leighton are in the video together as they draw numbers.



Doesn't this process take you back to the days of $2.00 admission tickets, an autograph from a legend like Lou Brock for $12.00, and the days when nobody knew what a graded card was? Thank you to all of the employees of the National for all of their hard work, and doing so by hand!

Leighton chose booth numbers 1642-1543. Mark your calendars for July 24th-28th; we will see you in Cleveland, OH!


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.

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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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