Sports collectors have several big shows to choose from in Chicago this spring and summer. The first opens Friday.
Mounted Memories, the memorabilia division of Dreams, Inc. is providing a long list of athletes from the past and present for the autograph pavilion at the 36th Chicago Sun-Times sports collectors show, to be held Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30.
Dreams Inc., the parent company of Mounted Memories and Schwartz Sports who are co-producing the show, acquired the 15-year-old collectibles show in September 2007 from Sports News Productions. In a news release, the company stated it is "looking to increase attendance and enhance the entire show experience for its dealers, patrons, sponsors and athletes."
“Once again, we have assembled a stellar group of athletes that represent the most accomplished and well-loved personalities in their respective sports,” said Mitch Adelstein, president of Mounted Memories. “Every year, this show is a magnet for both sports superstars and their loyal fans, and it’s always rewarding to bring them together in this outstanding setting.”
Friday Night is Customer Appreciation Night, with Dave Parker, Steve Garvey and Dave Kingman scheduled to appear. Autographs will cost $15 each.
Saturday showcases football greats including NFL All-Time Leading Rusher Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Jim Kelly, Gale Sayers, Colts' running back Joseph Addai, future Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, Hopalong Cassidy and members of the Cowboys' famed “Doomsday Defense” will be on hand – Bob Lilly, Jethro Pugh, Larry Cole and George Andre.
On Sunday, NFL Rookie of the Year Adrian Peterson will join some former baseball stars on center stage, including Hall of Famers George Brett, Mike Schmidt and Jim Palmer as well as 2008 inductees Goose Gossage and Dick Williams as well as Cubs' and Expos' great Andre Dawson.
Other notable autograph guests include Larry Csonka, Joakim Noah and “The Golden Jet” of hockey Bobby Hull.
The three-day show will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. Hours for the show are: Friday, March 28 from 5 pm to 9:30 pm, Saturday, March 29 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday, March 30 from 9:30 am to 4 pm.
Prices for autographed memorabilia vary.
Can't make the show? You can buy autographs on line at: ProSportsMemorabilia.com