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Weekend Highlights: Card shows, minor league baseball & more

2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Bo Jackson relic card from my collection

This is a good weekend to head to a sports card show – you’ve got a few to choose from.

Collectors’ Showcase of America is running a big football autograph show at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center at Raritan Center in Edison.

More than 30 former football players are scheduled to be there to sign autographs, but one of them was also an All-Star baseball player. Bo Jackson is one of the guests on Saturday, and on Sunday Hall of Famer Whitey Ford is scheduled along with the football guests.

If you’d prefer to go to a show with less emphasis on football, S&B Sports Promotions is holding one at the Woodbridge Mall all weekend. Kevin of Ridgedale Sports will be on hand with Shea Stadium memorabilia in case you’re still looking for a Father’s Day gift.

There are also three smaller sports card shows listed on the Beckett Card Show Calendar for the weekend: one at the Hampton Inn in Woodbridge on Saturday, one at the Rahway Senior Center on Sunday, and one at the East Dover First Aid Squad in Toms River on Sunday.

If sports cards are not your thing, you can learn about Black Baseball at Yankee Stadium at a special presentation at Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. A college professor and two former Negro League players will share stories of baseball from another era.

On Thursday, June 16th, Newark Bears coach and former New York Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz will sign copies of “Catching Heat” at Bookends in Ridgewood.

Of course, there are also plenty of baseball games to go to.

Photo credit: Paul Hadsall

The Trenton Thunder host the Binghamton Mets this weekend. The first 1,500 fans at tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game will receive the 2011 Thunder baseball card set. If you miss out, you should be able to pick up a set from the gift shop for around $10. Saturday’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday’s contest is a 1:05 p.m. start. The Thunder are off Monday and start a three-game series with the Harrisburg Senators on Tuesday. All three games start at 7:05 p.m. Former New York Giants football player Otis Anderson will be on hand to throw out the first pitch and sign autographs on Wednesday, and their will be post-game fireworks on Thursday.

The Lakewood BlueClaws are finishing up a series with the West Virginia Power to start the weekend. Tonight, they’ll complete a game that was suspended last night with the BlueClaws leading 3-0 at the top of the fifth, starting at 6:05 p.m. The regularly scheduled game will follow, but it will be shortened to seven innings. Afterwards, there will be fireworks. Pro wrestlers Nickolai Volkov and the Iron Sheik will be at Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game to sign autographs. On Sunday, the BlueClaws will begin a four-game series with the Hagerstown Suns, bringing the Bryce Harper show back to First Energy Park. Sunday’s game begins at 4:05 p.m.; the other three are 7:05 p.m. starts. On Monday, there will be a pre-game autograph session with BlueClaws players before the game. Wednesday, the first 2,000 fans will receive a BlueClaws hat.

Jeff Nettles (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Somerset Patriots take on the Camden Riversharks this weekend. The first 2,000 fans at tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game will receive a Jeff Nettles figurine. (Somebody send me a picture of the figurine – I want to see if it looks anything like Nettles.) There will be fireworks after Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. contest, and on Sunday the first 1,500 kids at the 1:35 p.m. game will receive a youth baseball jersey. After a day off on Monday, the Patriots will begin a three-game series with the York Revolution Tuesday. All three games start at 7:05 p.m.

The Riversharks return home Tuesday for a three-game series with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. All start at 7:05 p.m.

The New Jersey Jackals will host the Worcester Tornadoes this weekend for three games, beginning at 7:05 tonight, 6:35 p.m. Saturday and 2:05 p.m. Sunday. There will be fireworks after Saturday’s game. The Pittsfield Colonials come to town for a four game series beginning on Monday; Wednesday’s game is an 11:05 a.m. matinee, but all of the others start at 7:05 p.m.

The New York Mets and the Newark Bears are on the road all week.