Over 70 athletes, including more than a dozen current Chicago Cubs and the bulk of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team members will be among the autograph guests for this weekend’s Fanatics Authentic Show in Chicago.
The show opens late Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
The show is expected to be one of the largest Midwest events of 2016, thanks in part to the appearance of the Cubs players, fresh from their first World Series title in 108 years. You won’t see Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo but Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell, Javy Baez and Kyle Schwarber are among those who’ve stuck around town.
Prices for autographs vary greatly with some Hall of Famers priced significantly less than what you’ll pay for a current player. An autograph from Cubs Hall of Famer Billy Williams or Blackhawks great Bobby Hull will cost the same as an autograph from Cubs’ pitching coach Chris Bosio ($39).
Fanatics, the show sponsor, will offer lower than normal prices for several Hall of Famers on Saturday and Sunday including Ferguson Jenkins ($29); Paul Hornung ($39); Fred Biletnikoff ($39) and Rickey Henderson ($99) on Saturday and Jim Palmer ($29), Don Sutton ($29), Orlando Cepeda ($39), Lou Brock ($49) and Bob Gibson ($49) on Sunday.
A handful of Hollywood stars including the Dukes of Hazard cast, John Cusack and Tatum O’Neal are also slated to sign on Saturday.
Daily general admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10 and free for kids under three years of age. VIP packages with early admission and a few free autographs are available.
Complete details are available on the show’s website.
If you can’t make the show, you can order autographs here.