Drawing on the success of the 2010 San Francisco Giants, Tristar sees one of its best West Coast shows in five years.
The March Chicago Sun-Times Show saw a big boost in attendance, thanks to autograph guests that included Derrick Rose and newest Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman.
Tristar Productions’ show in Houston includes a reunion of the Houston Oilers, including head coach Bum Phillips. Other guests included Earl Campbell, Ken Stabler, Mike Renfro and many more.
Willie Mays doesn’t sign at shows often, but when he does there is sure to be some hiccups along the way. His San Francisco Tristar appearance was no different.
The former fiery relief pitcher was once dubbed Pancho Villa by his teammates. Senior Smoke, another nickname, reflects on his four World Series appearances and on collecting.
The sports memorabilia market certainly has taken a hit in Detroit. The financial woes of the Big Three automakers have, obviously, smacked Motown with the severity of an up-and-in fastball from Bob Gibson.
Amos Otis didn’t stop the world during his 17 seasons in the Major Leagues. But he feels in today’s ballparks, he might have gotten a shot at 3,000 hits.
Former Detroit Tigers pitcher John Hiller is one of few players who feels selling his signature is like prostitution.
Willie Wilson was one tough autograph to get during his playing days, which stretched from 1976-94. And he’s the first to admit that. He was one of the most elusive major leaguers around, rarely obliging the swarm of autograph-seekers that followed him.
In fact, he regularly would tell autograph hounds his opinion, whereas other players would just keep walking away.
Due to the economy, Bobby Mintz of Tristar Productions said that now more than ever, card shows must be innovative to be successful.
So, for its annual Houston Collectors Show, held June 27-29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Tristar went to its well of past successes: professional wrestlers.