Tristar’s Houston show shook off a winter storm and provided an outlet for sports memorabilia collectors and fans. A guest lineup of Dwight Howard, Andy Pettitte, Tony Dorsett, Earl Campbell, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Mike Singletary and Clyde Drexler, among others, didn’t hurt.
What vintage card dealers bring to a show depends on the dealer, where the show is being held and how much new inventory has been added to the mix. A recent Chicago Sun-Times Show provides the perfect backdrop to ask dealers what works in attracting customers and what they pack for each show.
Canada’s version of Comic-Con is taking place this August, and the four-day event that draws 100,000 to Toronto is adding sports stars to the agenda this year, including appearances by Joe Montana, Bobby Orr, Joe Sakic, Gordie Howe and even Hulk Hogan.
While autograph guests tend to draw the crowds and get people talking at Tristar shows, the January Houston show had dealers glowing about vintage card sales and the big crowds on Saturday.
There are many ways to celebrate a milestone anniversary. For Tristar, celebrating 25 years meant a one-day show with members of the Houston Texans as autograph guests, free attendance and plenty of smiling fans.
Harmon Killebrew, the legendary Minnesota Twins slugger, defined ‘gentleman’ and provided my mom with a great keepsake.
Tristar Productions is hosting a one-day show at the Reliant Center. Admission is free and the autograph guests include a host of Houston Texans, including J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, Matt Schaub and many more.