2015 Central PA Sports Card Show Review

Hey!  Look at this!  Its a card show!  These are becoming rare at least where I live.  Outside of the annual Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card Show and National Sports Collectors Convention, there really aren’t that many shows worth going to anymore.  Last month I heard about the Central PA Sports Card Show from a dealer I met in Ephrata – VSM Sports Card Outlet.  It was held at the Lancaster Host Resort.  Judging by the flyer, it looked like it might be a decent show.  So I decided to give it a try.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but there was a good supply of vendors.  A lot more than what I thought was going to be there.  Before making any purchases I like to make my way around the whole show.  There was a good mixture of vintage and modern cards.  Neither was too dominant.  All of the dealers were quite friendly and helpful too.  I’m a Harry Kalas collector, and that list of cards I need is small.  Not only is it small, but the cards are difficult to locate.  The only Harry Kalas item I saw all day was a duel bobblehead of Harry and Richie Ashburn, which I already own.  At one time I couldn’t find that bobblehead at all.  Now I see it all the time.

VSM Sports Card Outlet was where I spent most of my time and money.  In addition to high-end cards under glass cases, they had autographs and relics divided up in boxes.  I spent a chunk of time flipping through the Phillies section, but didn’t come up with anything I need.  But the fun of it is not knowing what you might find.  They also had the best supply of newer boxes.  I bought two boxes of 2015 Topps Five Star Baseball.

Throughout the day they had a steady run of autograph guests.  Guests included Sean Landeta, Lenny Moore, Lydell Mitchell, Brian Propp, and Bob “The Hound” Kelly.  The prices were very reasonable.  Sean Landeta was free with the $5.00 price of admission.  Lenny Moore was only $25.00 (20.00 for the autograph, and $5.00 for the photo op).  Both guys were really nice and happy to interact with their fans.  After signing my football, Sean Landeta gave me an autograph photo for free too.

The only negative part of the day really didn’t have to do with the show itself.  You had to walk down a few steps in order to get onto the show floor.  I don’t use steps because I’m in a wheelchair.  Luckily there was a ramp right next to the steps, but they had a table blocking it.  The table was there so people wouldn’t go down the ramp and skip out of paying the admission fee.  It was a little inconvenient having to move the table each time I went in and out of the show.

Another issue was the bathroom.  The Lancaster Host Resort really didn’t have a bathroom I could use.  The bathroom most people were using was nothing my wheelchair could even fit into.  According to the Lancaster Host Resort, I would’ve needed to hunt somebody down for a key and hop on a lift in order to get to the bathroom I had the best chance at using.  Even that one wasn’t the best.  Its an old hotel, and I guess that should be expected.

Overall it was a pretty nice show.  I would say that its about the same size as the Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card Show, maybe a little smaller or bigger.  The dealers were spread out a lot more here which can make it look bigger.  If they decide to have this show again next year, I’ll probably check it out as long as the autograph guests are different.

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Baltimore Colts halfback and 1975 Hall of Fame inductee Lenny Moore

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Retired punter Sean Landeta

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Sean Landeta had a very long career as a player (’83-’06).  This is one of the longest inscriptions I’ve ever received during an autograph signing.

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Landeta’s rings from Super Bowl XXI and XXV

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee Pin

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Will Johnny Manziel be the #1 draft pick?  Could the Dolphins have another perfect season?  Will Ryan Leaf make a comeback and quarterback for the Raiders?  Nobody knows the answers to these questions.  All we know for sure is that Super Bowl XLIX will be played on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

The Super Bowl is all about merchandising.  The second that clock hits 0:00 QVC and HSN can’t start selling the winning team’s stuff fast enough.  There isn’t much merchandise for Super Bowl XLIX right now, but I’m sure it’ll come.  The only item available now is this host committee pin which isn’t sold to the public.  You’ve gotta know the friend of a friend who’s father is probably high up at the NFL.  Or you could buy one on eBay.  They are currently selling for $20.00 – $30.00.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Super Bowl XLVIII – Host Committee 1-28-14 – Media Party Pin

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If you were lucky enough to make it into the Super Bowl XLVIII Media Party that took place last Tuesday, you know all about this pin.  Individuals that were allowed in, got one of these exclusive pins.  They’re one of the more in demand pins that collectors can obtain since these weren’t sold in retail gift shops.  Most of them sell for between $30.00 and $50.00.

The Super Bowl is one of the most merchandised sporting events.  Given its location this year, you can definitely see that.  Even though the actual game takes place in New Jersey, New York is making out well.  Macy’s Herald Square in New York City created an entire lineup of pins to giveaway leading up to this year’s Super Bowl.  The lines are quite long, but collectors do love their pins.  Not to mention most of the Macy’s Limited Edition pins are selling for $45.00 a piece.

Crosscutters Host 8th Annual Hot Stove Banquet

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The Crosscutters held their 8th annual Hot Stove Banquet at the Genetti Hotel last evening.  It was a night filled with old friends, new friends, great food, stories, giveaways, and autographs.  Some of the guests included Philadelphia Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Phillies third baseman Cody Asche, and Phillies broadcaster Greg Murphy.  Returning for a second year in a row was Montoursville native and former major league third baseman Tom O’Malley.

Whoever made the decision to hold the Chinese Auction out in the lobby is a genius.  This allowed for more tables in the ballroom and a lot more room to eat at your seat.  In the past things have been a bit cramped.  The only drawback to the evening was that everyone wasn’t able to get autographs from all the guests.  After obtaining signatures from Cody Asche and Greg Murphy, I went to get in line to see Ryne Sandberg.  Unfortunately they cut the line off for Sandberg right in front of me.  That’s alright.  I had never attempted to get three autographs during this sold out event before.  On a positive note though, when I returned to the table I discovered I had won a prize pack from the Chinese Auction.

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Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg

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Phillies 3B Cody Asche

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Phillies broadcaster Greg Murphy

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The prize pack I won was donated by the State College Spikes.  It included a T-shirt, signed baseball, signed program, and a Stan Belinda mini bobblehead the Spikes gave away last year.

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee Pin

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Super Bowl XLVIII is only 267 days away.  It might be a little early to order those pizzas and make the nachos, but the Super Bowl XLVIII host committee is hard at work ensuring all fans attending have a great Super Bowl experience.  This will be the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl in the history of the NFL.  The game will take place at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey.  Both New York and New Jersey will be sharing the hosting duties.

This pin has been given to employees of Metlife Stadium and lots of people that are part of the host committee.  They’re selling for about $30.00 to $40.00 right now.

What do you think the odds are of Tim Tebow being the MVP of this Super Bowl?  I think the Marlins should hire him to sit at random spots throughout Marlins Park.  Don’t tell the fans either.  Let them discover him on their own.  That would bring their attendance up.  I hope the marketing people for the Marlins are reading this.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee Pin

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I was really hoping that the 49ers would make it to the Super Bowl this year.  Instead it looks as if we’re going to have a repeat of the 2008 Super Bowl.  I hope the Giants win tomorrow because the Patriots have won it enough times.

Earlier this week I thought this pin was given out by the media.  I was completely wrong.  Instead it was given out by the Super Bowl Host Committee after last year’s game.  There are people on eBay trying to pass these off as the Super Bowl XLVI media pins but that’s not true.  One that was advertised as a Host Committee pin recently sold for $25.00.

Host Hotels for March Philly Show

I just received an e-mail from Paul Kutch, who is the Show Manager for the Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show.  They were able to negotiate cheaper room rates for vendors and guests of the show.  Check out the e-mail below.  Remember that the show is March 13-15, 2009 at the Valley Forge Convention Center.  

“Hi Everyone,

I had a meeting with the Valley Forge Convention Center earlier in the week.  After a discussion with them regarding the room rate in the two host hotels that are attached to the convention center, I was able to negotiate a much better room rate for vendors and guests of the show.  The original rate they gave us was $129/night.  If you contact them at the information provided below you can obtain a Room rate of $89/night plus tax for either the Radisson or the Scanticon hotels.  Be sure to tell them that you are part of the Sports Collectibles show to obtain this rate.

IN-HOUSE RESERVATIONS610-337-2000

The packets are being finalized in regards to things such as electric, banner hanging, phones, etc.  I should have them out to everyone shortly. 

Paul Kutch

Show Manager

Philadelphia Sports Collectors Show
“The Philly Show”
256 Welsh Pool Road
Exton, PA 19341

ph: 302-455-9438
www.phillyshow.org