The Dec. ’09 Philly Show Report

After talking to one of my local shop owners, I didn’t know what to expect while attending The Philly Show this weekend in Valley Forge, PA.  I arrived at the Valley Forge Convention Center at about 9:15 in the morning and the parking lot didn’t seem too full.  Browsing around the show floor you could see that about one third of the dealers weren’t there.  I highly doubt it was the weather, but instead probably because of the increasing setup fees from Hunt Auctions.  Did you know Upper Deck owns Hunt Auctions?  Today was the first time I had heard that.  MAB-Celebrity was in charge of getting the autograph guests for the show, and I think they did a great job.  All of the signers this weekend were or still are Phillies.  Bringing all Phillies in is a great idea from MAB-Celebrity.  Being so close to Philadelphia it just makes sense.  Ever since Hunt Auctions purchased The Philly Show, MAB-Celebrity has brought in big name players like Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and Frank Robinson, but they really hit the jackpot when it comes to Phillies.  I had never seen so many people lined up for signatures.  This was by far one of the fullest shows I’ve been to.  The dealer that told me Upper Deck owns the show said he wishes they would bring in Michael Jordan and/or LeBron James and just let people get their photo with them for a few bucks.  If Upper Deck did that the place would be extremely packed, but I like the idea.  I hope they continue to bring more Phillies to the show.

While heading for lunch, I met the blogger who runs Phungo and he handed me some custom made Phillies cards for my collection.  The pack even included a card of Harry Kalas.  I also saw Chris Harris from Stale Gum from a distance.  When I started blogging, I never thought I would get recognized at shows 🙂  Thanks Phungo for the cool cards!!!!!!!!!

I got a few autographs, busted some wax, and pulled some insane stuff!!!!  Here are some of the highlights.

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Former Phillies catcher Todd Pratt

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Pete Rose signing my bat.  I hope he makes it into the HOF someday.

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Mike Schmidt

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Pratt’s signature is all the way to the right.

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Rose has such a huge signature.  It takes up a good portion of the bat and looks awesome.

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This Rose ’08 Sports Legends jersey #’ed/100 is the only single I purchased from a dealer.

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Pulled this Stafford autograph jersey/ball/jersey #’ed/299 from a single pack of ’09 Absolute.

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I took a chance with ’09 UD Black Football and man did it pay off.  This is my first Peyton Manning autograph and it is #’ed/18.  It also contains a piece of film.

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Tried a pack of ’09 Leaf Limited and pulled this Brees autograph jersey #’ed/25.

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Pulled this from my pack of ’09 Leaf Limited too.  Quad jersey relic of Turner/Peterson/Jones/Brown #’ed/100

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I wanted to try a box of ’09 Topps Unique.  Pulled this 3 color Freddy Sanchez patch #’ed/99.  While opening my box of Unique, another collector sat down at the table and started opening their box of Unique too.  They pulled an Utley jersey and an Ibanez autograph 🙂

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This was probably my best hit from ’09 Topps Unique and it isn’t even “game used”.  These Presidential Bat Barrels are quite difficult to pull.  I think they come one per case.

Overall, this was probably one of the better shows since Hunt Auctions purchased The Philly Show.  I think Hunt Auctions and MAB-Celebrity finally learned what draws in the fans.  Hopefully some of those dealers return for the show in March.  You can definitely say the “MOJO” was with me today, after seeing all the cool stuff I pulled like the Manning autograph.  I give this show 4.5 hot dogs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).

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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.

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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More Photos From The ’09 Little League World Series

This morning I headed up to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.  This year I had a lot more fun because I took part in many of the promotional campaigns some of the major sponsors were doing.  Aside from baseball and football cards, I also collect pins.  Pin trading is HUGE at the Little League World Series.  Obtaining some of the pins from the sponsors reminded me of being at The National, because you need to do certain things to get a pin.  I had a really good time and if you’re a baseball fan you should go.  I even found a few baseball cards 🙂  When I was there, Mexico and Canada were playing.  Click on each photo to enlarge.

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Kellogg’s

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Coca-Cola

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David Sunflower Seeds

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New Era’s booth is in the shape of a baseball.

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This was one of the pin trading tents.  There were thousands of pins in here.

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2009 Little League World Series logo pin

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2009 Little League World Series ring pin

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This ACE Hardware pin was a giveaway around lunchtime.

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All I had to do was answer a few questions at the Honda booth and they handed me this pin.

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Quality Inn was just giving these away at their booth.

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Coca-Cola gave me this pin because I recycled one of their soda bottles at their booth.

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While I was getting lunch, a man came up to me and said he was an umpire for Little League and gave me this pin.  Its an umpire pin from Johnson City, TN.

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These cards were a giveaway from Sunkist.  Upper Deck made them back in 2005 for the Little League World Series.  Each came wrapped in a clear pack.  There are 5 cards to the set.

PHOTOS: Inside The Little League World Series Museum

I went through the Little League World Series Museum about 7 years ago and I hadn’t been back until today.  Its not the biggest museum in the world but if your a baseball fan you’ll enjoy it.  Click on each photo for a closer look.

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Jackie Robinson display.  Inside the case they have two Robinson baseball cards – 1954 & 1955 Topps.

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Buck Leonard

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George W. Bush

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Connie Mack – this would be the ultimate addition to my Phillies collection

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Jimmy Carter – Did you know he only attended one MLB game while he was President?

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The Little League Trophy – this was on display at the National Baseball HOF until 1984.  Little League started the year the Baseball HOF opened to the public.

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I need one of these in my room.  The bats rotate when you push the buttons.

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Very early Little League uniform

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Carl Stotz started Little League baseball in 1939.  With all the crazy cards put into circulation today, I’m surprised they never made one of him.  Many pro baseball players have played in the Little League World Series like Cal Ripken, Jr and Dale Murphy.  I could see a cut signature being made of Mr. Stotz.

PHOTOS: Lou Marson / Card Show & Eagles Summer Event

Yesturday I made my way down to the Park City Center, located in Lancaster, PA, where they had a sports card & memorabilia show.  A little after 12:00 p.m. Lou Marson of the Phillies arrived to sign autographs.  This was the first time I had been to a show at the Park City Center and I didn’t know what to expect.  The dealers were really spread apart, but thats probably because they wanted customers to walk all over the mall.  I did pickup a few things:

  • Carlos Ruiz 2005 Donruss Classics Auto #’ed/1200
  • (1) 2008 Upper Deck Philadelphia Phillies World Series Box Set
  • (1) Hobby Box of 2009 Upper Deck Draft Football – will post the results later

One dealer had a really nice Richie Ashburn Cut Signature, but he wanted $200.00 for it and wouldn’t negotiate on the price.

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Lou Marson signing my bat

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I think this looks really cool.  I hope Marson makes it back up to the Phillies soon.

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I give this show an overall rating of 3 hot dogs out of 5 (1=poor  5=perfect).  The dealers were really spread out, and PAC Signatures who got Marson to come to the show said he would be signing in the Center Court, but I later found out he was going to be near Sears.  The person working at the mall information desk had no idea what was going on and I think PAC Signatures should have communicated a little better with the mall.  Other than a few miss communications, I found a lot of wax and Phillies stuff.

Across town over at the Rockvale Outlets, the Philadelphia Eagles had a summer event where they had the cheerleaders, SWOOP, and a few players signing autographs.  The players included: Stewart Bradley, Juqua Parker, Todd Herremans, and Quintin Demps.  Driving in you could see the line people were in to get autographs.  It must have been over 200 yards long, so I decided not to wait in line.  I stayed for a little while and got a few pictures.

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Stewart Bradley throwing footballs into the crowd

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Eagles Cheerleaders 🙂

Eagles End Zone Summer Event

On Saturday June 13th 2009 the Philadelphia Eagles will be coming to the Rockvale Outlets in Lancaster, PA.  The event is scheduled to go from 12 – 3 and as of right now Stewart Bradley and Todd Herremans look to be coming to sign autographs.  They expect a few other players to show up too.  I will be down in Lancaster that day at the Park City Center for a show and autograph signing with Lou Marson.  I might try and get over to the Eagles signing as well depending on how much time I spend at the show.  Either way get ready for some photos and a report!

For more information about the Eagles End Zone Summer Event 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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Lou Marson Public Signing

On Saturday June 13th, Lou Marson will be doing a public signing at the Park City Center in Lancaster, PA.  PAC Signatures will be arranging for Marson to attend and sign autographs from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Along with the autograph signing there will be a sports card and memorabilia show.  I’ve never been to a show at the Park City Center so it will be interesting to see how it goes.  

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PHOTOS: Card Show with Kyle Brady

The Capital City Mall located in Harrisburg held a sports card & memorabilia show promoted by CAC-Shows today.  When I was there Kyle Brady and LeSean McCoy were signing autographs.  Later in the day Ryan Clark and Tyrone Carter of the Steelers showed up to sign autographs too.  I busted a few packs and picked up some stuff for my collection.  Take a look!  

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This is the setup where you would get your autographs.  It was right inside of a closed Disney Store.  It really is the happiest place on Earth 🙂

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They had a ton on items to purchase if you needed something to get signed.

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Kyle Brady signing my new Rawlings Black/Gold Penn State football.  It doesn’t get more authentic than this.

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LeSean McCoy signing autographs.

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This is the first time I’ve gotten something signed in gold.  I think it turned out nice.

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The main center of the show.  I’m glad to see it so packed.

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I had to pick one of these up for my collection.

 

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I give this show a total of 4 hot dogs out of 5 (1=poor  5=perfect).  There were more dealers than what I thought there would be.  It had a great combination of vintage and modern cards which appeals to different collectors.  There was only one dealer really selling wax, and they had a great selection.  He only had two tins left of 2007 UD Sweet Spot Classic and I snatched them up quick.  CAC-Shows handles the autograph signings very well.  If you don’t have anything to get signed, they provide a wide array of items to get autographed.  They also have an informative setup showing autograph seekers where to go for each athlete.