1980’s fan favorite Dale Murphy and former Cleveland Indians’ second baseman Carlos Baerga will be signing free autographs for those who purchase VIP passes at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.
The 35th National opens on Wednesday afternoon, July 30 with the exclusive VIP Reception. Open to all attendees who have purchased any of the VIP Admission Packages, the Reception runs from 2:30-4:00PM. In addition to receiving their VIP credentials, gift package and VIP autograph tickets, VIPs are treated to a reception with food and beverage.
Murphy won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1982 and the first of his five consecutive Gold Glove Awards. He followed that with another MVP Award in 1983 making him one of the few back-to-back MVP Award winners in NL history. One of the most productive and decorated players of the 1980s, Murphy led the National League in games, at bats, runs, hits, extra base hits, RBIs, runs created, total bases, and plate appearances during the decade. He also accomplished a 30-30 season (30 home runs with 30 stolen bases) season in 1983.
Murphy played in 740 consecutive games, at the time the 11th longest streak in baseball history. His jersey number 3 was retired by the Atlanta Braves on June 13, 1994.
Baerga joined the Cleveland Indians in a December 1989 trade that sent the popular Joe Carter to San Diego. He recorded over 200 hits in both 1992 and ‘93. Baerga became the first second baseman since Rogers Hornsby to have back-to-back 200+ hit, 20+ home run, 100+ RBI, and .300+ average seasons when he accomplished the feat those two seasons. A three-time All-Star, he was the first player to ever hit one home run from each side of the plate in the same inning, accomplishing the unusual feat April 8, 1993, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium against the New York Yankees.
After signing at the VIP Party in the afternoon, both players will be signing for attendees on the 35th National show floor on Wednesday evening as time permits.
Advance tickets for the National are available at NSCCShow.com.