Phillies & Steelers Card Show Day!

Today I attended the 34th annual Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card & Memorabilia Show.  The show takes place at the Ephrata Rec Center which is in Ephrata, PA.  I’ve been attending this show ever since my early days of collecting.  How long ago is that?  Well lets just say that when I first started going I would buy older packs (1987 Topps) and hope to pull a valuable card.  Overproduction was not a word in my vocabulary at the time.

The main reason why I go is because they usually have a lot of Phillies stuff.  In addition to that, the Lions Club brings in a good Phillies player from the past to sign autographs.

My pickups include the following:

  • Harry Kalas 2012 Reading Phillies talking bobblehead
  • Darin Ruf 2010 Bowman Chrome #122
  • Veteran Stadium – 1971 – 2003 – Final Season pin
  • (1) 2012 Topps Valor Football box – break/review can be seen here

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Former Phillies pitcher Steve Bedrosian was signing autographs for fans.  Bedrosian won the N.L. Cy Young Award in 1987 and got a World Series win with the Twins in 1991.

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I’ve been wanting to pick one of these Harry Kalas talking bobbleheads up for awhile.  Upon pushing the button, you can hear Harry call the last out of the 2008 World Series.

At the same time the Lions Club Sports Card & Memorabilia Show was going on, over at the Harrisburg Mall the Big 33 was holding their own show.  Since we pass the mall on the way home, it couldn’t hurt to stop in.  When we arrived people were lined up all the way down the entire length of the mall.  Everyone was waiting for Franco Harris.  About five minutes of waiting, Franco Harris came walking by, said “Hello”, and went to work.  There were many other players from the Steelers, Penn State, and Notre Dame scheduled to sign this weekend.

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’87 Cy Young Award Winner Steve Bedrosian Signing At 2013 Ephrata Rec Center Show

Sports card & memorabilia shows worth attending are becoming smaller in my opinion.  The two shows I enjoy attending the most include The National Sports Collectors Convention and the Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card Show & Auction.  When I first started collecting, I thought the show put on by the Ephrata Lions Club was the biggest thing in the world, then I went to The National.  Then again, size doesn’t matter.  Its the content that really makes a show good.  The Ephrata Lions Club Show has tons of Phillies stuff.  I’ve picked-up a lot of nice Phillies items there.  Their next show takes place Saturday, March 23, 2013.  1987 Cy Young Award Winner Steve Bedrosian will be signing autographs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Here are some links to the past shows I’ve attended:

The 2012 Ephrata Rec Center Show with Larry Bowa

For 33 years the Ephrata Lions Club has been holding their annual sports card & memorabilia show at the local recreational center in Ephrata, PA.  I’ve been attending it for the last 15 years or so.  Its always been a good show packed with Phillies stuff and bobbleheads.

The show opened up at 8:30am this morning and there was nice sized line to get in.  I’ve seen bigger lines there before, but it was a line.  The show got fuller as it got closer to 11:00am when former Phillies shortstop and Manager Larry Bowa arrived to sign autographs.  While waiting in line, we got talking to a gentleman who handles Rocky Colavito’s fan mail.  Colavito played for a variety of teams including the Indians, Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Dodgers, and Yankees.  He was also a 9x All-Star and now resides in Berks County.  We talked to the gentleman for awhile about baseball and some of the minor league games we go see during the summer.  He attends shows looking for Colavito stuff.  Before going into the show, he said that he would send us a couple of tickets to a Reading Phillies game this year.  Sounds cool!  You never know who your’re going to meet while waiting in line.

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Larry Bowa arrived early and started signing on-time.  I had ticket #30, but was the second person to get his autograph.

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Now for the pickups…

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Jamie Moyer 2007 Philadelphia Phillies stadium giveaway bobblehead – I always come out of this show with a bobblehead.  Can you believe Moyer will be the Rockies 2nd starter this season?  That man is a machine.  I hope he gets to pitch in Philadelphia this year.

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Joe Paterno 1997 Press Pass Red Zone #48 – This is the first Paterno ’97 Press Pass card I’ve seen in person.  It was pulled from production back in 1997, but a few made their way into boxes.  It was supposedly removed from the production line due to a licensing dispute.  At least that’s what the public was told.  I think I got a deal on this card too – $30.00.  The only ones I could find up for sale online were the gold base and blue parallel.

I also busted (2) packs of 2012 Topps Tribute Baseball.  I didn’t hit anything big, just a Mike Minor auto #’ed/99, and a Troy Tulowitzki jersey #’ed/99.

Around 2:00pm the Lions Club held an auction.  This year they had some interesting memorabilia.  I liked the old baseball bank.  The weirdest thing I saw on the auction block was a box filled with 50-card sets based on Amish Life.  They were made by a company called GNM.  I can officially say everything has been placed on a trading card now.  I have to get me some of those 🙂

I can see it now, 2012 Topps Five Star – Amish Life Edition.  If they really did that, collectors would have a cow…haha!

CBS should have taken a look at this show, because it was quite packed in my opinion.  Good news everyone!  The hobby is still alive 🙂

Larry Bowa Signing At The 2012 Ephrata Rec Center Show

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Former Phillies shortstop and manager, Larry Bowa, will be signing autographs at the 2012 Ephrata Rec Center Sports Card & Memorabilia Show put together by the Lions Club.  The show is on Saturday, March, 31, 2012.  Bowa will be signing autographs from 11:00am – 1:00pm.  I’ve been going to this show for years and have picked-up a ton of Phillies stuff here.  If your in the area, I suggest taking a look.  For more information about the show, click here.

Here are a few links to past shows I’ve attended:

Ephrata Rec Center Sports Card Show Results

I’ve been attending the Ephrata Rec Center Sports Card Show for years.  It has been around for over 30 years, and is usually packed with a ton of good Phillies stuff.  I busted (2) boxes of 2010 Panini Century Collection, and picked-up a few Phillies singles for my collection.  Former Phillies catcher Bob Boone was signing autographs.

2010 Panini Century Collection “Hits”:

Box #1

  • Greta Garbo Hollywood Materials Relic #’ed/250
  • Frank Sinatra Hollywood Materials Relic #’ed/250
  • Knute Rockne Souvenir Stamps Relic #’ed/250
  • Eddie Mathews Relic #’ed/250
  • Norm Ullman Souvenir Stamps Auto/Relic #’ed/15
  • Duke Snider Brooklyn Ballpark Auto #’ed/10

Box #2

  • Tony Perez 2-Color Patch/Auto #’ed/25
  • James Cagney/Judy Garland Dual Hollywood Materials Relic #’ed/250
  • Knute Rockne Souvenir Stamps Relic #’ed/250
  • Jim Rice Blast From The Past Relic #’ed/250
  • Willie Stargell Relic #’ed/100
  • Bruce Jenner Souvenir Stamps Auto #’ed/36

Individual Pick-ups:

  • Gary Matthews 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Auto
  • Jamie Moyer 1996 Leaf Signature Series Auto

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Bob Boone

  • 4 x All-Star selection
  • World Series Champion – 1980
  • 7 x Gold Glove Award winner

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I couldn’t pass up on this Jimmy Rollins bobble-head.  This was a stadium giveaway in 2008 with the Clearwater Threshers.  The dealer didn’t know what he paid for it, and said “Give me $20.00”.  I took it!

Bob Boone To Appear At The 2011 Ephrata Rec Center Show

The Ephrata Rec Center Show has always been one of my favorite shows to attend.  They have some of the best Phillies stuff.  Next year’s show is on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Former Phillies catcher Bob Boone will be there to sign autographs.  For more information about the show click here.

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Ephrata Rec Center March 2010 Show Report

The Ephrata Rec Center Show is one of my favorites to attend because it has always had a bunch of Phillies stuff.  Its not the biggest show in the world, probably only a few basketball courts filled with dealers.  Ever since I’ve started collecting I’ve gone to this annual show.  The Ephrata Lions Club has been holding this show for 31 years and it never seems to disappoint.

Its about a 2 hour ride to the Rec Center, and the show opened at 8:30 a.m.  I wanted to get there early because the Lions Club was selling tickets for collectors to get their items signed by Fergie Jenkins.  I arrived right at 8:30 a.m. and my ticket number was 111.  That means at least 110 other people came before me, not counting the dealers because they can get their items signed without purchasing a ticket.  I thought the show was very well attended and the prices on the singles (at least the ones I purchased) weren’t that bad.  The boxes were priced higher than usual, but thats common for this show since there is usually only one dealer that sells a large portion of unopened products.

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Jenkins signing my bat.

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Fergie Jenkins’s rookie can be found in the 1966 Topps set.  He was also the first Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

I had a great time at the show, and picked up some good stuff.  Check it out!

Singles:

  • Domonic Brown 2008 Playoff Contenders RC
  • Domonic Brown 2008 Bowman Chrome Refractor

Box Breaks:

2009 UD Ultimate Collection Football –

  • Brett Favre base #’ed/375
  • Brandon Jacobs base #’ed/375
  • Drew Bledsoe Ultimate Legends #’ed/375
  • Don Maynard / Steve Largent Ultimate Dual Signatures Auto #’ed/35

2010 Topps Finest Baseball –

Refractors:

  • Felix Hernandez #’ed/599
  • Pablo Sandoval Blue #’ed/299
  • Nelson Cruz #’ed/599
  • Mark Reynolds #’ed/599
  • Manny Ramirez Blue #’ed/299
  • John Hester Green #’ed/99
  • Paul Konerko #’ed/599
  • Pedro Viola #’ed/599
  • Nelson Cruz Blue #’ed/299
  • B.J. Upton Blue #’ed/599

Autographs:

  • Dustin Richardson Letterman Auto #’ed/217
  • Ian Desmond Letterman Auto #’ed/170
  • Justin Morneau Finest Moments Auto

Rookie Redemption:

  • 2010 Topps Finest Rookie Redemption #1

Ephrata Rec. Center 2010 Show Information

For those collectors that live in Central Pennsylvania one of the best sports card shows takes place once a year in Ephrata at their Recreational Center.  When I first started collecting this was the big show of the year for me.  Its still a very good show, especially for Phillies fans.  I can’t recall another show that has so much Phillies stuff.  Next year it will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Baseball Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins will be signing autographs that day for collectors.  For more information about the show click here.

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Ball Player Siting

Today I went down to Lancaster and spent most of the day with my aunt and grandmother.  We decided to go out for lunch to a local marketplace that has a ton of great food.  Going through the front door, my aunt said “hello” to a woman and her husband, but I didn’t pay attention to who it was until we were inside and they were out near their car.  After sitting down I found out that she was talking to Tom Herr and his wife.  My aunt use to work for a clothing store in Ephrata where Herr’s wife would shop a lot.  Herr played for the Phillies from 89-90, was an All-Star in 85, and won the World Series back in 1982 with the Cardinals.  Currently he his a bench coach for the Lancaster Barnstormers in the independent Atlantic League.  Last year I met Herr while attending the Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show in Reading and obtained his autograph.   

Have you ever seen a pro athlete at a non-sports related event?

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Ephrata Rec Center Sports Card Show Report

Its not the size of the show, its the content that counts.  This is one simple phrase that I could use to sum up the 2009 Ephrata Recreational Center Sports Card & Memorabilia Show put together by the Lions Club.  

The show opened Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and as I was pulling into the parking space I could see the line going all the way out the front door.  The line moved pretty fast and within a few minutes I had my hand stamped and purchased an autograph ticket.  After attending the Philadelphia Show and the 2007 National, I knew this show wouldn’t seem as big.  Before making any purchases I browsed around the 30 plus tables of cards and memorabilia.  The major reason I go to this show is because it always has a ton of Phillies stuff, and this time it really delivered.  

Check out some of the Phillies and other single cards I picked up for my personal collection.  I did bust a few packs, but after seeing all the Phillies stuff I decided to stick with singles.

Around 11:00 a.m. they started calling ticket numbers for autographs.  This year the autograph setup ran mucher smoother unlike two years ago.  Darren Daulton was signing autographs in the old room they use to hold the card show in.  I think the last time I was in that room was 11 years ago when I got Garo Yepremian to sign my Dolphins pennant.  Having the autograph guest outside of the card show and in another room, really helped keep the traffic down around the show entrance.  

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The line to get in went all the way out the front door.  Waiting in line may not seem fun for some people, but I think this is a great sign that so many people still enjoy this hobby.

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Inside the show there were about three dozen dealers.

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Here is Darren Daulton signing my bat.  He has to be one of the nicest athletes I have ever met.  He really enjoyed talking with his fans and taking photos.  He wanted to know who else signed my bat.

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Championship ring

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As I was passing by one dealer, they were putting these bobble heads out for display.  I had to pick one up for my collection.

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How could I not pass this up?  Its a dual bobble head of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn.  I also purchased a 2004 Philadelphia Phillies Inaugural Citizens Bank Park pin & 2008 World Series Champions button.

Overall, I think this was a successful show, especially if you’re a Phillies fan.  I can’t wait to go back next year.

The next event Sports Card Info will be attending is the Tailgate at the Dome dinner with former Penn State stars Blair Thomas, Shane Conlan, D.J. Dozier, and Kenny Jackson on April 23, 2009.  Be ready for more photos!