By Harvey Hoffman
The National Sports Collectors Convention returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center tomorrow through Sunday, July 31.
The Convention gathers collectors, dealers and anyone interested in trading cards, autographs and memorabilia and will feature 130 athletes including former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Joe Montana, former Miami Dolphins Quarterback Dan Marino, former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, Philadelphia 76ers Hall of Famer Julius Erving and many more.
“(The athletes) enjoy it because they get treated well,” says Ray Schulte, president and CEO of Schulte Marketing and Public Relations, Inc. “They get to meet a lot of their fans. And it’s just a celebration, basically. We just feel like it’s just a great way for a family to come out and enjoy themselves over the course of the day. I have to say, though, it’s a five-day show and most people will come out and think they can get through it in one day. You really can’t. It’s going to take about two or three days. If you really want to go through the entire show and see everything and meet the people that are there … it’s an experience of a lifetime.”
The convention will feature approximately 750 exhibitors who are expected to draw between 75,000 to 100,000 attendees.