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National Notes: BCW Offering Fan Cave Sweepstakes, Case Break Pavilion Debuts

The 35th National Convention, slated for July 20-Aug. 3 in Cleveland will have a few new twists this year, including a Case Break Pavilion and a chance to win items that will fit nicely into your man cave.

The National Sports Collectors Convention is on the horizon, to be held July 30-Aug. 3 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Aside from ticket information and the autograph guest lineup that can be found here, the following are additional events being held during the premier sports collectibles show in the country.

BCW Fan cave Sweepstakes
BCW will be awarding sports cards and autographed sports memorabilia to the lucky winners of the 2014 Fan Cave Sweepstakes. All of the cards and memorabilia will be protected by holders or display cases provided by BCW Supplies. Prizes include a Larry Bird signed Celtics Jersey, a Jimmy Brown signed Browns helmet, a Peyton Manning signed official NFL Football, a Joe Namath signed N.Y. Jets jersey, rare single cards and sets, plus much more.

BCW Fan_Cave

Visit the BCW Fan Cave page to see the entire list of prizes available. All the prizes will be displayed at the BCW Corporate Booth #1455 at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention. BCW will award the prizes shortly after the NSCC.

Case Break Pavilion
The debut of the National Case Break Pavilion will take place at the 35th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention as well.

“Plans have been underway for two years to bring this exciting new hobby venue to the National floor,” says Mike Berkus, show manager of the National. “Ever since we founded the National in 1980, it has been the goal of ours to constantly add more and more excitement to our National event. Over the years we have successfully added many wonderful and exciting components to the show, exclusive pavilions that house autographs, corporate sponsors, Olympics and attendee benefits like the VIP programs and Family Day, and now we are proud to present the very first Case Break Pavilion.” Sports Collectibles, the official name badge sponsor of the National, is the title sponsor of the Case Break Pavilion & Center Stage.

The inaugural Case Break Pavilion will be housed in a 12,000 sq.-ft. arena, adjacent to the Corporate Pavilion and across from the Autograph Pavilion. We have selected David Gelfman, Ripping Wax Inc , as our new corporate partner, to manage the Pavilion. Gelfman brings to the National a host of experience in case breaking and technical operations and will handle advanced planning as well as the day-to-day operation of the Case Break Pavilion.

A grand opening is planned for Wednesday, July 30 at the Pavilion,to include a ribbon cutting ceremony, free entries into the “Grand Case Break Event (Saturday, August 2, at 11 a.m.) and a free autograph signing by Carlos Baerga, former Cleveland Indian’s slugger.

More National "Firsts"
A first-ever “Case Breaker’s Lounge” will be designed and sponsored by GTS Distribution, and the first-ever “Case Breakers Official Evening Reception will be hosted by Peach State Sports.

The Case Break Pavilion will feature 40 “plug & play” exhibitor booths, complete with electric, wifi, decorator package (skirted tables, chairs, signage), 70-inch large screen TVs, and a high tech setting for case breaking. All of this created by your host – Ripping Wax Inc.

In the center section of the Pavilion will be The Sports Collectibles Center Stage , a multi-purpose stage especially suited for case breaking. It will also serve as a formal setting for contests, new product releases, special events, autographs and case breaking. In front of the stage, special seating will be set up for all kinds of event use, throughout the show days of the National. Interested parties wishing to make important announcements, run contests or events, PR or celebrity needs, etc. should contact Ray Schulte, the National’s pubic relations director to reserve days and times. There is no charge for this opportunity.

Show hours for the National will be: Wednesday 4-8PM, Thursday- Saturday 10AM-6PM and Sunday 10AM-5PM.