The last National I attended was Dallas in 1990. My boys and I had a great time, but I hadn't attended another one because it just didn't seem practical. This year an invitation to The Panini VIP Party and the fact that my son Jeff can handle whatever comes up at The Super Hit Factory, made the 2014 National a practical adventure.
I saw tons of really great singles at the National but only bought one, an S-72 John McGraw Silk PSA 6. However, I did buy tons of great autographed memorabilia. My favorite is a pair of Lebron James Shoes signed "King James" with a drawing of a crown. I bought a Kobe Bryant Autographed Game Shoe dated 2007. I bought an autographed Rory McIlroy 16" by 20" photo. I also bought some boxing autographs, Sugar Shane Mosley, James Toney, and Ray Mercer. Come to Sports Cards Plus and check it out.
The highlight of the trip was the 2014 Panini VIP Party. Each VIP received one Panini Black Box, 110 Gold Panini VIP Packs and the opportunity to meet & greet with Joe Namath, Johnny Manziel, Dr. J, Dominique Wilkins, Kyrie Irving, Trey Burke, Tom Glavine, and Jose Canseco. All the special guests were friendly and engaged in conversation. Among all theses stars, Joe Namath stood out as the most memorable. He was a genuine pleasure to meet. I watched as he left the room. He sought out people, stopping three times to say hi and shake hands.
I decided to share with my good customers some of what I brought back from the 2014 Panini VIP Party. Get ONE FREE Gold VIP Pack with you purchase total of $200 of the following products: 2013-14 Crusade Basketball ($55 per box), 2013-14 Innovation ($79.95), 2013-14 Intrigue ($125), 2013-14 Signatures ($95.95), and 2013-14 Preferred ($180).
What? You want more? At Sports Cards Plus, you always get more. For each $100 you spend on the above products you get a FREE entry into our drawing for an Autographed Dr. J VIP Party Photo. These photos were made exclusively for the VIP Party guests (less than 200 guests). So come on in and be a Sports Cards Plus Panini VIP!
Below are some pictures from the 2014 Panini VIP Party. J. D. and I arrived early and the first photo shows "The Guardian of the Panini VIP Black Boxes" before we claimed our Black Box. Each guest got one Black Box. Next two photos gives you an idea of the size of the room. Last photo shows the VIPs later that night when the music got louder. Everyone had a great time.