National Sports Collectors Convention, Ripping Wax and Heritage Auctions Announces 1st Vintage Break in Chicago

August 1st, 2015 — Estimated value $40,000+

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Sponsored by Heritage Auctions and

The National Sports Collectors Convention (@NatSportsShow) is excited to announce they will be hosting the first ever “National Vintage Break” (hit draft) sponsored by Heritage Auctions (@Heritage Auctions) and (@RippingWax), located at the Case Break Pavilion on the Main Stage, at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center on Saturday, August 1st at 12 noon.

Heritage Auctions, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, is teaming up with, a true pioneer in the collectible hobby’s “Case Breaking” industry, to bring in some spectacular vintage collectibles, including a Babe Ruth signed baseball, to highlight the first ever “National Vintage Break.”

The event will be limited to fifteen (15) participants who will assemble on the Main Stage to participate in the live vintage break (hit draft), which will be simulcast online. Each participant will purchase a spot with a $2,500 entry fee. Using the fifteen participants’ names will be selected to determine draft order. The live draft itself will then take place on the main stage where participants can select the available slots shown below. The estimated value of the significant vintage cards/memorabilia the winners can take home totals $40,000+.

  •     Babe Ruth signed baseball with Gary Cooper and the cast of “The Pride of the Yankees”
  •     Michael Jordan signed 1984 rookie style jersey
  •     Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris signed baseball
  •     Lou Gehrig signed album page
  •     1955 Jackie Robinson signed World Series greatest thrill questionnaire
  •     Ted Williams signed baseball bat
  •     1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 SGC 70 EX+ 5.5
  •     2010 Albert Pujols game used bat
  •     Wayne Gretzky game used, signed hockey stick
  •     Mickey Mantle signed baseball bat
  •     500 Home Run Club multi-signed baseball
  •     1961 Topps Mickey Mantle #300 PSA NM 7
  •     1932 Ty Cobb signed check
  •     Michael Jordan & Muhammad Ali Signed Oversized Photograph
  •     1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Ty Cobb, Red portrait PSA VG 3


“We are incredibly excited to host this historic National Vintage Break event, at the National, on our Main Stage”, said Mike Berkus, Founder, National Sports Collectors Convention. “Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions and David Gelfman of have created a high profile live event that attracts and includes current trading card collectors and vintage memorabilia collectors simultaneously on-site and on-line, a truly unique and exciting concept.”

The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention is the multi-billion dollar collectible industry’s premier show. Over 45,000 collectors, sports fans, exhibitors and ninety (90) high profile athletes are expected to converge on the Donald E Stephens Convention Center during the five (5) day event, July 29th thru Aug 2nd.

Open to the public, this is a “Once in a Lifetime” experience the entire family can enjoy. Children twelve (12) and under get in free all week!

For more information concerning the first “National Vintage Break” and/or the 36th National please contact Ray Schulte, PR and Media Relations Director or (410) 350-6226. Those interested in purchasing a National Vintage Break spot can call David Gelfman @ (786) 398-4251, visit the website or email for more information.

You can follow The National Sports Collectors Convention via Twitter (@NatSportsShow), Facebook and their website ( for up-to-date event news.


About The National Sports Collectors Convention

For the past thirty six years, the multi-billion sports & entertainment collectibles industry has looked upon The National Sports Collectors Convention, referred to as “The National”, as their crown jewel event. A place where collectors, sports fans and dealers can meet annually to buy, trade and discuss collecting memorabilia, trading cards, autographs, game-used equipment and other sports & entertainment related collectibles.

The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention will be hosted by the City of Chicago, at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center, July 29th thru Aug 2, 2015. Visit for more information.


About Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $900 million, and 900,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit


About, a leader and pioneer in the Hobby’s collectible industry, strives to provide a quality experience in which sports collectors of all kinds can interact while group breaking with the most reliable, knowledge, and innovative breakers in the business. If you’re looking for the biggest variety in products, fast-filling breaks, the best prices, access to products exclusive to other countries, and having a great time with other collectors, is where you want to be. will be hosting the Breakers Pavilion at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention, at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, July 29th thru Aug 2nd.