Go For It! Roadshow – Rediscovered Relic With Mystery Signature

When I was in 6th grade at Cedar Crest Middle School my class went on a field trip to Hershey, PA to see the Go For It! Roadshow.  This was around 1997 or 1998.  The Go For It! Roadshow was an interactive educational health event for kids and was operated by the HealthSouth Corporation.  It was meant to promote healthy living and exercise.  The show ran from 1995 to 2003.  In 2003, a major accounting scandal unfolded at the HealthSouth Corporation and the show was canceled.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out we were going.  All I knew was that I didn’t have to sit in the class room for a good portion of the day.  When the show started, I quickly discovered that professional athletes were involved in it.  During the show, Bo Jackson walked by where I was sitting and handed me a t-shirt signed by all the athletes involved with this particular show.

Recently I rediscovered this shirt hanging in my closet.  It’s been in there for the last ten years.  I recognize three signatures – Bo Jackson, Matt Bahr, and Jennifer Chandler.  Bahr was a kicker for Penn State, played professional soccer, and went on to play with numerous NFL teams such as the Steelers, 49ers, Browns, Giants, Eagles, and Patriots.  Chandler received a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics for diving.  As for Jackson, well if you don’t know who Bo Jackson is stop reading this and go open a box of ’87 Topps in hopes of pulling an autograph 🙂

Here are a couple of photos.  Does anyone have an idea whose signature that is next to Bo Jackson?  I’ve never known.

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Bo Jackson / ???

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Matt Bahr / Jennifer Chandler

**Update**

The mystery signature is of former NY Giants linebacker Steve DeOssie.

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:

Collectors’ Showcase of America Show – 11/12/11

Today I attended the Collectors’ Showcase of America show that was held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center which is in Oaks, PA.  After hearing a few good things about it during the last Philly Show, I decided to give it a shot.

The layout is nicer than what the Philly Show has turned into.  There is a lot more space and it reminds me of The Fort Washington Expo Center or The Greater Reading Expo Center.  When I arrived, it wasn’t that crowed.  But I got there shortly after it opened.  Some of the dealers I talked to were disappointed because people weren’t spending money.  As the day went on, more people showed-up.  The food is better and you can at least close the bathroom stall doors.  The walk in is much shorter too.

I saw a lot of nice singles, mostly vintage, but I did see some dealers that had modern stuff.  Nothing really jumped out at me though.  Every time I see a glass case filled with Phillies stuff I’m hoping to find one of those Harry Kalas cards I don’t have, but rarely does it happen.  I picked-up some supplies and three boxes.  I was hoping to find some 2011 Leaf Valiant and 2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy, but didn’t find any.  Instead I bought a box of 2011 Leaf Sports Icons, 2011 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball, and 2010 Panini Century Collection.  I still have to bust the Metal Draft Baseball.  I’m hoping for an Ichiro redemption.  I will blog about what I pulled later this weekend.  Marty’s Sports Card Exchange usually has the best prices on wax when it comes to these shows.

I got recognized again by a Sports Card Info reader.  I always find this funny.  Its a small ego boost 🙂  That’s something I never thought would happen when I started Sports Card Info.  I’m sorry I didn’t catch your name, but if your reading this please let me know what it is an how you made out at the show.

Overall, I thought it was a good show.  I don’t think I’ll get there as early next time.

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JIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This has to be one of my favorite in-person autographs I’ve ever gotten.  As soon as I heard that Jimmy Rollins was going to be there I had to go.  This is his first show appearance in 10 years.  I hope this isn’t one of his ways of saying goodbye to Phillies fans.

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Close-up look at Rollins signature on my bat

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Boxing legend Michael Spinks

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Vince Papale – Former Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver

Papale was the inspiration for the movie Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg.  I think he looks like Tommy-Lee Jones.

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Tommy McDonald – Former Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver and 1998 Pro Football HOF inductee

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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PHOTOS: The 2010 Little League World Series

This morning it was pouring and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it up to Williamsport today.  But after awhile the clouds cleared, the sun came out and I decided to head up.  I picked up a bunch of new pins and got some great photos.  Check them out!

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Casey At The Bat

The Little League World Series is known for its pins.  Here are some that I picked-up.

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2010 LLWS logo

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2010 LLWS ring pin

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Honda’s promo pin is in 3D

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active.com’s promo pin

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The Wilson Trophy Co. will be selling pins and having giveaways at the Holiday Inn downtown Williamsport this week each day from 2:00 p.m. until midnight.

Beer Fest Yields New Baseball Pin

Downtown Selinsgrove this afternoon they had the annual Brew Fest.  This is where a lot of micro breweries come together and you can taste some of their most popular brands of beer.  One of the breweries that was there was the Brooklyn Brewery, and one of the beers that they allowed people to taste was called Pennant Ale.  There was a ton of promotional items floating around this place and my eyes went straight to this baseball pin.  These were covering an entire table.  Being such a huge sports pin collector, I couldn’t let this one go.  What can I say?  Baseball and beer go together like Bert and Ernie 🙂

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Card of the Day: Chris Heisey ’09 Bowman Sterling Gold Refractor Auto

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Possible Paterno Relics Coming Soon?

Most likely not.  Thats why two Penn State graduates paid $9,000.00 for an autographed pair of Joe Paterno’s glasses.  Last month Paterno had eye surgery and he no longer needs those thick Coke bottle like glasses to see.  You can read the whole story over on ESPN.

Joe Paterno doesn’t have a lot of cards for collectors to add to their collection.  The cards he does have will hit your wallet hard because they are so rare and valuable.  Last year Razor and Panini created a few cut signatures that sold well into the high hundreds.  And if your looking to add an authentic 1950 Topps Felt Backs Paterno RC to your collection you better get ready to spend some big bucks.  I think it would have been great if Press Pass, Upper Deck, Panini, or Topps would have purchased this pair of glasses to insert into a set.  It wouldn’t be the first time a pair of glasses found their way into a pack.  A few years ago Topps included the eyeglass frame once used by Woodrow Wilson into a pack of Triple Threads.

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Where Are The Reich Relics?

On January 3, 1993, Frank Reich led the Bills to the largest comeback in NFL history.  At halftime the Bills were losing 35-3 and in the second half Reich led the Bills to a 41-38 victory over the Oilers.

Reich was a rookie for the Bills in 1985, but didn’t get an actual rookie card made until 1989.  His only two rookies can be found in ’89 Topps Traded and ’89 Score Supplemental.  From ’89 to ’97 he had a steady flow of trading cards, but nothing really major.  He went 11 years (’97-’08) without having a card made, until Upper Deck included him in their Masterpieces set.  What surprises me the most is the fact that Reich has no memorabilia or autographed cards.  I would think that leading your team to the greatest comeback in NFL history would stand out to most manufacturers.  Perhaps Reich doesn’t want his relics and autographs floating around?  I guess some athletes are like that.

Right now, Reich is the quarterback coach for the Colts.  His playing career ended in 1998 with the Lions.  I remember when he gave a speech at Cedar Crest High School about his playing time.  For one year I attended the same school as Reich before moving.

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PHOTOS: 4th Annual Hot Stove League Dinner & Auction

Last night the Williamsport Crosscutters presented the 4th Annual Hot Stove League Dinner & Auction at the Genetti Hotel.  This is the third dinner I have attended and it was a lot of fun.  I’m really glad the Crosscutters are affiliated with the Phillies because they have brought in some great people who tell some very entertaining baseball stories.  This was the first time the event took place without Harry Kalas who was deeply missed.  Before any interviews took place they played a short movie which was a tribute to Harry and featured some of his most famous calls.

During dinner, you could sit back and relax while listening to various guests that included Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy,  former Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles, Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson, and the Phillies Asst. GM Scott Proefrock.  Throughout the evening, the Crosscutters mascot Boomer and the Phanatic made their way around to everyone’s table.  Check out some of the photos.  Click on each one to enlarge.

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Phillies Asst. GM Scott Proefrock on the left, and the Crosscutters Vice President/Marketing & Public Relations Gabe Sinicropi to the right.

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Phillies play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy

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Former Phillies outfielder and now hitting coach Milt Thompson

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Former Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles being interviewed by Gabe.

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I took one of my new bats along and got Tom McCarthy, Dickie Noles, and Milt Thompson to sign it.

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Phanatic came over to say “hi”.

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The Genetti Hotel has been around for 87 years.  It has seen a ton of historic figures pass through its halls.  The hotel has a bunch of photos on display of some of the celebrities who have visited.  This picture of Cy Young and Connie Mack stood out to me.  I could have gotten some autographs that night 🙂