The 35th Annual Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card Show

The Ephrata Lions Club held their 35th Annual Sports Card Show on Saturday, March 29 at the Ephrata Recreation Center.  This is always one of my favorite shows to attend.  It usually has around 40+ dealers all packing Phillies stuff.  It may not be the biggest show in the world, although when I started attending 17 years ago it was for me, but for Phillies fans it has a lot.

This was actually the first card show I’ve been to since the Lions Club held their show last year.  Card shows around my area don’t pop-up like they use to.  The Ephrata Lions Club always has someone signing autographs for about two hours.  Its usually a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame or an older Phillie.  The Lions Club website originally had Brad Lidge scheduled to appear, but for some reason I guess he couldn’t make it.  He was quickly replaced with 1992 HOF inductee Rollie Fingers.

If you want a low ticket number for the autograph signing, you’ve got to get there right when they open or perhaps a little before.  I arrived about 30 minutes before they opened the doors to the public obtaining autograph ticket #22.  It cost $5.00 to get into the show and $20.00 for an autograph.  That’s not bad!  Especially when the inscriptions and photos are free.  If this were the National, you couldn’t pull that off.

Not only do you want to arrive early for a low ticket number, but it gives you the chance to look around.  I recently sold two bobbleheads from my collection on Sports Card Album and was looking to fill those empty spots.  I happily came across two that struck my fancy.  My goal was to find a Larry Andersen/Scott Franzke dual radio announcer bobblehead, but I didn’t see one.  Its funny.  This year I found five Harry Kalas/Richie Ashburn dual bobbleheads for sale that were a stadium giveaway in 2002.  One year I couldn’t find any and this time I found five.

Speaking of Harry Kalas, I’m always on the lookout for the few cards he has.  One of the new dealers I came across had one under glass that I needed for my collection.  Harry Kalas cards rarely show up for sale online, and finding one I don’t have at a one day card show is a long shot.  I now have all the 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Signatures cards of HK.

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1981 AL Cy Young Award Winner Rollie Fingers

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Harry Kalas 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Black Ink #’ed/100

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Arnold Palmer 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates SGA bobblehead

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Crazy Hot Dog Vendor/Ryan Howard 2012 Reading Phillies SGA bobblehead

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Show was quite busy!

Brad Lidge Set To Sign Autographs For The 2014 Ephrata Rec Center Show

Update:

Brad Lidge will not be signing.  Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers will be attending instead.  All other details remain the same. 

For me, there are only two card shows worth going to each year.  One of them would be the National Sports Collectors Convention, and the other is the annual Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card Show.  The Ephrata Lions Club has been holding this show for the last 35 years.  Its been held at the Ephrata Rec Center for as long as I can remember, and they always have an autograph signer scheduled to appear.

Former Phillies closer Brad Lidge will be signing autographs during next year’s show which takes place on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  Lidge threw the last pitch to win the 2008 World Series for the Phillies.  Below are the details on the autograph signing:

  • Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge will sign autographs between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Autograph policies: $20.00 each for one autograph on a “flat” (e.g., a card, photo, or yearbook) or a baseball, or $25.00 each for all other items (e.g., equipment or apparel).
  • Only four hundred (400) autographs will be sold, and are only available on the day of the show.  Additional autographs beyond the initial 400 will be sold if time permits.
  • Autograph sales stop at 12:30 p.m., and you must be in the autograph line by 12:45.
  • No mail orders accepted.  No advanced sales.  No exceptions (so please don’t ask).
  • Brad Lidge appears courtesy of the Ephrata National Bank, B2B Baseball & Softball Academy, and the Ephrata Lions Club.

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When I began collecting, I use to think this was the biggest show in the world.  It usually has about 40 tables packed with Phillies stuff.  That’s why I enjoy it so much.  Maybe I’ll find some Harry Kalas stuff or bobbleheads I need.

Here are some of the past shows I’ve attended:

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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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 🙂

CC Collectibles Show With Bill Bergey

This morning I made the 40 minute drive to the Marysville Lions Club to attend one of the CC Collectibles shows.  The show was a little bigger than your standard mall show and I got to see some of the regular dealers.  Former Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagle’s linebacker Bill Bergey arrived around lunchtime to sign a few autographs.  They had a lot of Eagles memorabilia you could purchase for Bergey to sign, but I took along my football.  I think this was the last autograph on this football because its getting a little full.

It didn’t take long to look through many of the dealer’s tables.  I picked up the following singles for my personal collection:

  • Lynn Swann ’08 UD Premier Dual Jersey #’ed/65 – this was the first Swann relic I’ve seen in person.  Goes great with my old relic collection.
  • Christy Mathewson ’09 Topps Commemorative 1905 World Series Patch – I know its a manufactured patch, but I really like Mathewson cards and it looks cool.  I go by his college and grave everyday on my way to school.
  • J.A. Happ ’04 Bowman Chrome First Year – One dealer had an album full of Phillies cards.  As soon as I found this one I knew I had to have it.
  • Shane Victorino ’03 Bowman’s Best First Year – Another dealer had a huge stack of Victorino cards from 2003.  Even though he is in a Dodgers uniform I bought it.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Victorino rookies at one dealer’s table in all my life.

I also purchased a box of ’09 Absolute Memorabilia Football from a dealer located in York, PA.  I pulled the following hits:

  • Shonn Greene Jersey/Ball/Jersey Auto #’ed/299
  • Jason Smith Jersey Auto #’ed/25
  • “Cadillac” Williams Prime Jersey/Shoe #’ed/50
  • Leon Washington/Jerricho Cotchery/Thomas Jones Triple Patch #’ed/25

Overall it was a decent show.  A lot of Phillies, Eagles, and Steelers stuff.  Another dealer had a box full of vintage graded cards going all the way back to the 30’s.  It was fun looking through all of those cards.  I give this show 3 hot dogs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).

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Bill Bergey has autographs in ’97 UD Legends, ’99 UD SP Signature, and ’04 UD Legends.