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2004 National Sports Collectors Convention

TCC is at the National!
The National The National Sports Collectors Convention is the largest sports and collectibles show in the world and TCC is in Cleveland, OH all this week to cover the event. We plan to provide the most extensive coverage in the hobby, so check back each day, from the 21st through the 25th, for daily updates and images, the latest news and other information relating to the National.

One of the most popular booths throughout the entire evening of the National Sneak Peek was the one from McFarlane Toys as collectors stood in line (see image below) to make certain they were able to get the exclusive National figures which had been limited to a first-day purchase of four sets per person. The first National figure is a twist on their original LeBron James figure which shows James in his NBA series 5 pose and dressed in his all-white Cleveland uniform. The other exclusive National figure is a different look at an Allen Iverson figure which shows Iverson in his NBA series 6 pose featuring a jersey never offered before; the 76ers' blue alternate uniform. The figures, priced at $15 each or $25 for both, are extremely limited and considered to be highly collectible.

Read the full July 21st update...


2004 Show Details
International Exposition Center
International Exposition Center
Cleveland, Ohio
July 21-25, 2004

Event Name:
25th National Sports Collectors Convention
"The World's Largest Sports & Entertainment Convention"

Location:
International Exposition (I-X) Center
Cleveland, Ohio

General Admission Dates:
The event is open to the general public July 22-25, 2004

Tickets:
VIP Tickets
$99.00 On-site

Single Day General Admission Tickets
$15.00 On-site

Contact Phone:
1-877-5-NATIONAL (1-877-562-8466)

Exhibit Area:
The National will play host to over 700 dealers and distributors, 50 corporate displays utilizing over 400,000 sq. ft.

Activities & Events:
Autograph Pavilion with over 50 athletes and entertainment celebrities, VIP Club Program, Kids Free Program plus exciting new events to be announced

Type of Collectibles:
Event offers a wide range of sports and entertainment cards and collectibles, toys, event-used equipment, sports and entertainment autographs and more

Lodging:
Specially discounted rooms and shuttle service is available for the National. Click here for details.

2004 Show Schedule and Events
Monday July 19:
10AM-4PM Corporate Registration & Move-in
12Noon-4PM VIP & General Admission Ticket Sales

Tuesday July 20:
8AM-5PM Corporate Registration & Move-in
9AM-5PM Dealer Registration & Dealer Move-in (advance registration required)
8AM-5PM VIP & General Admission Ticket Sales

Wednesday July 21:
8AM-5PM Dealer & Corporate Registration
8AM-4PM Dealer & Corporate Move-in
10AM-8PM VIP & General Admission Ticket Sales
11:30AM-1:00 25th National Press Reception (Invitation Only)
2PM-7:30PM VIP Registration & Gift Distribution
5PM-9PM 25th National Sneak Peek Preview Night

Thursday July 22:
Cleveland Indians Day at the 25th National
8AM-6PM VIP & General Admission Ticket Sales
8AM-5PM VIP Registration & Gift Distribution
9:30AM-6PM Show Floor Open for VIPs
10AM-6PM-Show Floor Open for General Admission Attendees
Show Closes 6PM

Friday July 23:
Kids Free Day (15 and under) at the 25th National
Cleveland Cavaliers Day at the 25th National
8AM-6PM VIP & General Admission Ticket Sales
8AM-5PM VIP Registration & Gift Distribution
9:30AM-6PM Show Floor Open for VIPs
10AM-6PM-Show Floor Open for General Admission Attendees
Show Closes 6PM

Saturday July 24:
Cleveland Browns Day at the 25th National
8AM-6PM VIP & General Admission Ticket Sales
8AM-5PM VIP Registration & Gift Distribution
9:30AM-6PM Show Floor Open for VIPs
10AM-6PM-Show Floor Open for General Admission Attendees
Show Closes 6PM

Sunday July 25:
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Day at the 25th National
8AM-4PM VIP & General Admission Ticket Sales
8AM-4PM VIP Registration & Gift Distribution
9:30AM-5PM Show Floor Open for VIPs
10AM-5PM-Show Floor Open for General Admission Attendees
Show Closes 5PM

Monday July 26:
Corporate and Dealer Move-out, if required

2004 Planned Happenings
Some of the planned happenings at the 2004 National include:
2004 Autograph Lineup
Current athletes scheduled to appear for autographs include:
  • Baseball - Carlos Beltran, Johnny Bench (1989), Angel Berroa, Casey Blake, Ben Broussard, Dean Chance, Rocky Colavito, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers (HOF 1992), Whitey Ford (HOF 1974), Juan Gonzalez, Travis Hafner, Reggie Jackson (HOF 1993), Ralph Kiner (HOF 1975), Juan Marichal (HOF 1993), Victor Martinez, Denny McLain, Dave Parker, Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt (HOF 1995), Bill Virdon, Maury Wills, Dave Winfield (HOF 2001)
  • Basketball - Spencer Haywood, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (HOF 1995), Robert Parish (HOF 2003), Oscar Robertson (HOF 1980)
  • Football - Jim Brown (HOF 1971), Dick Butkus (HOF 1979), Earl Campbell (HOF 1991), Len Dawson (HOF 1987), John Elway (HOF 2004), Ahman Green, Mean Joe Greene (HOF 1987), L.C. Greenwood, Bob Griese (HOF 1990), Ernie Holmes, Jim Kelly (HOF 2002), Leroy Kelly (HOF 1994), Jack Lambert (HOF 1990), Dan Marino, Joe Namath (HOF 1985), Carson Palmer (VIP Party Only), Jim Plunkett, Antwaan Randle El, Gale Sayers (HOF 1977), Lawrence Taylor (HOF 1999), Thurman Thomas, Paul Warfield (HOF 1983), Dwight White
  • Wrestling - John Cena, Lita

Click here to buy tickets to obtain autographs at the show.

VIP tickets to the show include free autographs from a selection of:

  • Baseball - Len Barker, Jim Bibby, Johnny Blanchard, Joe Charboneau, Jim Coates, Elroy Face, Tito Francona, Jerry Grote, Mike Laga, Rick Manning
  • Basketball - Dolph Schayes (HOF 1972, VIP Party)
  • Football - Walter Beach, Tom Brown, Monty Clark, Joe DeLamielleure (HOF 2003), Vaughan Johnson, Leroy Kelly (HOF 1994), Bernie Parrish, Dick Schafrath, Billy Sims (VIP Party), Bill Willis (HOF 1977)
  • Hockey - Ken Sabourin (VIP Party)
  • Non-Sports - Jay North (TV's Dennis the Menace), Jon Provost (Timmy from TV's Lassie)

On Saturday, July 24th from 3-6 PM, the 40th Anniversary of the 1964 Cleveland Browns will be honored including autographs from:

  • Walter Beach, Larry Benz, John Brewer, Jim Brown (HOF 1971), Monte Clark, Vince Costello, Galen Fiss, Bobby Franklin, Bob Gain, Bill Glass, Ernie Green, Gene Hickerson, Jim Houston, Jim Kanicki, Leroy Kelly (HOF 1994), Dick Modzelewski, John Morrow, Bernie Parrish, Dick Schafrath, Paul Warfield (HOF 1983), Paul Wiggin, John Wooten

Click here to buy tickets to obtain autographs of the 1964 Cleveland Browns at the show.

The Canadian Post Office will have the following athletes appear for autographs at their booth:

  • Hockey - Johnny Bower, Marcel Dionne (HOF 1992), Brad Park

Christmas in July - Cast members from A Christmas Story will be available for autographs and photos, including:

  • Ian Petrella (Randy Parker), RD Robb (Schuartz), Scott Schwartz (Flick), Zack Ward (Scott Farcas)
  • Items from Peter Billingsley (Ralphie) will also be available.

Click here to buy tickets to obtain autographs of the cast of A Christmas Story at the show.

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