Despite flooding in Texas, Rockets and Astros stars draw fans to the autograph area, while collectors seek out Koufax, T205s
The Toronto Expo is known as the best hockey show in North America, and rightly so, considering its location. But for the spring event, baseball shared some of the focus, including spotlight on Bert Campaneris and card artist Paul Madden.
The Long Beach Expo will be held Sept. 4-6, complete with great sports displays and the chance to hold a bat of the great Bambino.
The show will feature more than 300 vendors and guests, including appearances and autograph sessions with some of the top players in baseball, grading and authentication services available and plenty of door prizes.
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.