Strasburg, Shaq Will Sign in Chicago

Mounted Memories has announced a pair of big name additions to its autograph lineup at the 45th Sun-Times show in Chicago this fall.

Shaquille O’Neal, retired and apparently now with plenty of time on his hands for commercials and autograph signings, will make his first-ever card show appearance.  Better start saving now, though.  It’ll cost you $299 for a Shaq signature. That’s higher than what many authenticated O’Neal items .   No word on whether that will get you his full name or just the traditional four-letter Shaq scribble (see here).

Fifty people will have a chance to have their photo taken with the big man for another $199.  He’ll be at the Stephens Convention Center on Saturday, November 17.

Stephen Strasburg will also be doing his first sports card show signing, with the Washington Nationals pitcher slated to appear on Sunday.  Strasburg’s autograph will set you back $149 for a regular item such as a ball or 8×10 photo.  Bats and oversized items will be $179 and jerseys $199.  Have him inscribe it with something creative and it’ll be an additional $49.

Mounted Memories is taking a new tack with guests for this show–bringing in more than a dozen former Olympians including Nancy Kerrigan, Janet Evans, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, Bruce Jenner, Mark Spitz, Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and seven medal-winning gymnasts.

More traditional autograph collectors will see Anthony Rizzo, Evan Longoria, Brooks Robinson, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, Ryne Sandberg and other current and former pro athletes at various prices.

The show takes place from November 16-19 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.