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The National Sports Collectors Convention: Show Tips 


The National is one of the best opportunities for collectors to connect with other enthusiasts to buy, sell, and trade cards, with people from all over the world! However, the show is MASSIVE and can be intimidating, especially if you are new to the Hobby. To ensure that you have the best experience possible, it’s important to follow proper etiquette at these shows. So let’s go over some of the card show best practices to keep in mind when attending The National. 

Tip 1: Respect People’s Personal Space 

  1. Even though The National is a HUGE show, you’ll still be in close proximity to other collectors. It’s important to respect their personal space and not crowd them while they’re looking through cards or engaging in a transaction. Give them enough room to browse and handle their cards without feeling cramped or uncomfortable.

Tip 2: Have Positive Energy

  1. You should greet other attendees/dealers and engage in friendly conversation, even if you don’t plan on buying or selling to them. BUT if you are planning on buying, being nice is always a solid way to get a deal started. Remember that everyone is at the event to enjoy the hobby, so it’s important to foster a positive and welcoming environment.

Tip 3: Do not treat a dealer’s table as if it is your home 

  1. Avoid spreading your cards or personal items across multiple tables or displays. DEFINITELY DO NOT slam your belongings on people’s cases either. Try not to linger at one table for too long, especially if there are others waiting to browse or trade, that could anger the dealers.

Tip 4: Avoid Peer Pressuring 

  1. Trading is a big part of The National, but it’s important not to pressure others into trades or be overly aggressive in your negotiations. Respect the value that others place on their cards, and don’t try to pressure them into trading something that they don’t want to part with.

Tip 5: Remain Fresh! 

  1. It’s essential to practice good hygiene. Make sure that you’re clean and presentable. It’s also a good idea to bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently to prevent the spread of germs because you’ll be shaking a lot of hands! 

In conclusion, following these tips at The National is essential to creating a positive and welcoming environment for all attendees. By being polite, respectful, and mindful of others, you’ll be able to enjoy The National to the fullest and build positive relationships within the trading card community.

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