PSA Delivers at the 41st National Sports Collectors Convention
Last week was one for the hobby record books. After watching the 2020 National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) get cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, PSA assembled a small but stellar team of graders, operations personnel, and customer service reps to tend to the pent-up demand of tens of thousands of collectors who converged on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. Outward enthusiasm, optimism and excitement defined the mood throughout the 41st National, which was held from July 28 through August 1. Over the course of the five-day show, which included Wednesday’s Sneak Peek Preview, PSA authenticators and graders examined no less than 10,000 collectibles including trading cards and autographs. Best of all, the card backlog at company headquarters in southern California was smaller upon return from the show than it was the day before The National began. What was graded in Chicago, was returned to customers in Chicago. No additional orders from the show were piggybacked onto the backlog. The energy at the show was electric. The attendees came from far and wide, young and old. There was a lot of activity around Pokemon and other TCGs. And there was a lot of unopened product. An interesting statistic shared by NSCC officials was that 46% of the general admission tickets to the show were purchase by first-time attendees. The hobby is growing and thriving.