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!

Poehler Parks and Recreation Relic Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to KMH on being the lucky winner of the Amy Poehler 2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation Dress Relic.  Once KMH sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Poehler Parks and Recreation Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for an Amy Poehler 2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation 2-Color dress relic from Season 2 Episode 16.  Good luck!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation Box Break & Review

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The 90-card base set covers various scenes from Seasons 1-4.  Each card in the base set is designed to look like a page from a comic book.  There are multiple images on every card separated by block panels.  When it comes to the autographs and relics Press Pass made good use of the color white which allows them to really pop.

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Boxes are currently selling for $63.00.

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Every box should contain at least (2) autographs and (1) relic.  I was surprised to see that other than the (1) foil parallel you get in each pack, there are no other inserts to look for.  With a strong autograph checklist, its safe to say the autographs are probably the real meat and potatoes of this product, especially the ones with inscriptions.  I like that Press Pass tells you which season and episode the relics come from.  They also picture the entire relic on the back of the card.  This use to be the practice with sports cards years ago, but it quickly died out.  You see this a lot more today with entertainment products.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Rob Lowe Blue Ink Auto
  • Parker Posey Blue Ink Auto

Relics

  • Amy Poehler 2-Color Dress from Season 2 Episode 16

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Overall, I give 2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation 4 NBC peacocks out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Press Pass announced during the Industry Summit earlier this year that they planned to get into more entertainment properties.  Besides KISS and Elvis, Press Pass never really stepped away from the sports world.  There are a lot of television shows that have a strong following, but very little for its fans to collect.  I’d like to see Press Pass produce a set based on Seinfeld or Saturday Night Live if they decide to stick with NBC shows just for now.

One card I would keep my eye on, especially next year, would be the Chris Pratt autograph.  Pratt is scheduled to play Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy due to be released in August 2014.  If that movie is a success and for some reason they don’t make a Guardians of the Galaxy product, this card could be on the rise.

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2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation Preview

During the Industry Summit, Press Pass announced that they plan to get into more entertainment properties.  Their newest entertainment product will surround NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation.  Collectors will find (2) autographs and (1) relic card per (24) pack box.  The base set will consist of (90) cards covering scenes from seasons one through four.  Press Pass has seen much success with their other entertainment properties such as Elvis and KISS, so it makes a lot of sense for them to move into areas like this.  Along will all the main characters from the show, think of all the guest stars that could have autographs in this product.

I know its probably a long shot, but I would like to see Press Pass make an autograph/relic card of Will Ferrell’s character Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.  Given their long history with NASCAR, and the notion of wanting to make more entertainment driven products I think it would be a perfect fit.  Trading card products based on pop-culture television shows is nothing new, but there are a ton of unexplored areas that haven’t been touched yet.  Lets hope Press Pass can obtain a license to make Seinfeld cards.

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