My wife and I are going to the National for the first time this year. I'm starting to get excited, and I normally can't visualize more than a week ahead of time. We have our flights and hotel booked. We will be buying our show tickets online shortly when we decide which day(s) to go. We have White Sox tickets for the Wednesday and Cubs tickets for the Saturday. We thought about making it an extended trip and trying to hit MKE and/or MSP, too, but trying to keep things real. We are working out a little and getting in shape for lots of walking and food. I'm starting to sell stuff to put together more raw cash. I even got my crypto account activated again so I could sell the little bit of fake money I still had now that it's on an upswing. We're saving money by not buying crap now so we can buy other, presumably better crap later. And to that end, although I normally have 4-5 pages worth of stuff on my ebay watchlist, I deleted it down to about 15 items that I'm pretty sure to bid on. That last part helps me from distracting myself from more important targets, keeping me focused. It's also relieved a big psychic weight. I now don't have to contemplate why I don't just go ahead and get this card or that that I would like to own but don't have a real compulsion for. Out of sight, out of mind. It's been a good experience so far, and the show isn't for another 4 months.
Anyone else going? Any tips for stuff that happens? I know Topps, Panini, etc sometimes have promotions where you open packs or something at their booths to get special promo packs, like the Bowman Chrome cards and stuff. Is that all the time or a special event? Wife loves ripping packs more than anything, so she lit up when she heard about that. Neither of us are big IP autograph people, so probably won't get any unless it's someone incredible.