CLEVELAND, Ohio – The National Sports Collectors Convention has been postponed from July to December in Atlantic City, New Jersey, because of coronavirus concerns.

The convention – a multi-day gathering of collectors that features everything from baseball cards, artifacts, jerseys, mementos and more – was set to begin Wednesday, July 29. Organizers have tentatively rescheduled it to Saturday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 16.

The annual show, which started in 1980, rotates between cities. Cleveland – a regular stop – is scheduled to host the convention in 2022 at the International Exposition Center. It was last held here in 2018.

It’s not a surprise the show is delayed amid restrictions put on social distancing and public gatherings. Billed as the world’s largest annual sports and entertainment collectible show, it drew 40,000 to 45,000 attendees during its last stop in Cleveland.

The show covers an array of sports and items, but takes on a regional flair from its city of origin, to no surprise. So in 2018, many of the autograph signers were athletes who had played for Cleveland teams, and jerseys and other paraphernalia for Indians, Browns and Cavs from different eras was common.

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Day 4 autograph session

Day 5 autograph session

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