For the first time in the history of Collectors Showcase, Marco Rol and company delivered the complete classes of both the football and baseball halls of fame.
The show took place in Chantilly, Va., in July, with the new classes signing on the Saturday portion of the show. The signings included newly elected baseball inductees Rich Gossage and Dick Williams, along with new football HOFer Fred Dean, Art Monk, Darrell Green, Andre Tippett, Emmitt Thomas and Gary Zimmerman.
Collecting autographs has been a long-time passion for Pittsburgh collector Fred Sanutelli. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Fred in his home in Clairton, Pa., which is 13 miles south of Pittsburgh. Driving through Clairton reminded me of the steel mill history of the region, with the large factories, warehouses and train tracks set along the Monongahela River.
The Collector’s Showcase of America (CSA) set a single-day record attendance with more than 2,000 paid admissions on the Saturday portion of its recent show held in Chantilly, Va., on March 14-16. There was a whopping 25 football guests on Saturday, all of them either Pro Football Hall of Famers, Super Bowl winners or both. Although this show was light as far as baseball autograph guests, the football formula proved to be a successful, with the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers heading the list.
There were several members of the famed 1972 Dolphins squad at this show, including Mercury Morris, Garo Yepremian, Bob Kuechenberg, Paul Warfield and Earl Morrall (also a Steeler). There was a particular demand for Paul Warfield, and it was a great opportunity to see future Hall of Famer Kuechenberg. Dolphin Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson was also in attendance.