After a very quiet February, the autograph show circuit picks up a bit in March with the White Plains sports card show as the major event.
If I lived a bit closer (and had some money that I could afford to spend), I’d love to go – there are some “fresh” autograph guests that haven’t done shows in the area recently, if at all, and I’ve heard good things about the card show aspect.
If money really was no object, I’d also take advantage of Joe Torre‘s appearance at the Steiner Sports store this week to obtain his autograph for my All-Time Mets collection.
Reality says that I should be happy to be able to buy the basic 2014 Topps Heritage Mets team set once the cards come out, but here’s the information on those upcoming events in case you’ve got more money available for discretionary spending than I do.
White Plains “March Madness Show”
JP’s Sports & Rock Solid Promotions will hold its bi-monthly sports card show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y. on March 21st-23rd. Admission is $8 per day, with kids under 12 admitted free.
Five members of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets team are scheduled to attend and sign autographs on Sunday, March 23rd: Ed Kranepool, Jerry Grote, Art Shamsky, Ron Taylor and Jim Gosger. Kranepool and Grote will cost $15 per signature; the others will cost $20 each.
Other notable guests for the weekend include future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera ($299), 1987 NL Rookie of the Year Benito Santiago ($25), 1978 NL Rookie of the Year Bob Horner (1 free autograph with paid admission Sunday), and 4-time AL All-Star Ruben Sierra (1 free autograph with paid admission Saturday)
Steiner Sports is planning a public signing with new Hall of Fame member Joe Torre at its store in the Roosevelt Field Mall on Saturday, March 15th, from noon-1:30 p.m. Autographs start at $149 ($199 for equipment), and inscriptions are another $49. (There are combo pricing specials with new Hall of Famer Bobby Cox and former New York Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon, who will also be signing in the store that day.)
For those who cannot attend, Steiner will allow you to send in your own items.
Steiner Sports will also have private signings with Bret Saberhagen on March 23rd and Rickey Henderson on March 29th. Find out how to send in your own items here.
Chris Potter Sports
Chris Potter Sports has a new batch of private signing offers, including a few former Mets. Items and payment are due by May 12th for an estimated return by June 27th. The original Frank Thomas ($15-$30), Choo Choo Coleman ($20-$40), J.C. Martin ($10-$25), Sammy Taylor ($15-$30) and Herm Winningham ($10-$25) are among the players scheduled.
Other notable names featured are Hall of Famer Steve Carlton ($60-$70), 1978 AL Rookie of the Year Lou Whitaker ($35-$70), and 1962 NL MVP Maury Wills ($25-$50).
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