Think ‘card show’ and you probably think of a hotel ballroom. Maybe a mall. Big thinkers think convention center.
Why not a ballpark?
Why not, indeed thought Chicago area promoter Dan Campana. This Saturday, he’s taking his show promoting talents to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, home of the Kane County Cougars who will host the “Take Me Out to the Card Show” from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
In the planning stages for months, the event will take place at the Class A Midwest League team’s upper deck level overlooking the stadium. It will include about 20 dealers from around the Midwest, a few autograph guests, pack wars, box breaks and hourly drawings. Panini America has contributed prizes.
“Every show has to start somewhere,” said Campana. ”I’m excited by the response the show has received from the hobby community and local media. Overall, I expect a fun day.”
The show has gotten quite a bit of attention in local newspapers and on radio shows in addition to the publicity provided by the team, which is affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.
Campana says he’s sold out the Super Suite (shown above), which as has 18 tables, as well as four private suites with a variety of table/display set ups. They’ll use some additional space – three tables or so – for the autograph signing and merchandise area.
Admission is $3 for adults along with children age 13, with $1 from each admission being donated to Ozzie’s Outreach, the Cougars’ charitable foundation. Youth baseball and softball players wearing their team uniform will receive a special door prize.
Both the team and the promoter are hoping it proves to be a win-win idea with the ballclub looking to win over some collectors who might not otherwise go to a minor league game and Campana hoping the hobby picks up some collectors who walk around and catch the collecting bug.
Chicago Blackhawks legend Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Savard is scheduled to sign autographs from 10-11:30 a.m. Autograph pricing is as follows: $15, or two for $25, on any item except for the Blackhawks Ambassadors “Blue Line” photo, which is $40. Authentic Autographs Plus will have pucks, mini-sticks, mini-helmets and 8X10 photos available for purchase. Local favorite Randy Hundley will sign autographs from 12-1:30 p.m. Autograph pricing for the former Cub catcher will be $10 or two for $15, on any item, with an additional $5 for inscriptions.