It’ll be an autograph-a-palooza in Chicago this weekend. Dozens of current and former athletes including a large delegation of the 2016 World Series champion Cubs and the 1985 Super Bowl winning Bears will be signing at the Stephens Convention Center as part of the three-day Chicago Sports Spectacular.
Among the headliners is former Rookie of the Year and MVP Kris Bryant who will join teammates after the Cubs game with the Pirates at Wrigley Field on Friday (approximately 5:30-7 PM). The price for a signature starts at $199 with larger items or memorabilia costing more. Several other Cubs will sign at the same time including Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Javy Baez, Ian Happ and Wilson Contreras. Autograph tickets are limited to 300 and prices vary based on the player.
There will be free autographs from former Cubs Dave Kingman and Jerome Walton on Friday night as well.
All weekend, PSA/DNA will be examining and authenticating previously signed memorabilia as well as items signed on-site and is offering a special $10 autograph authentication fee for any Chicago Cubs single-signed item (past or present). Turnaround time varies with demand; two-hour service is available for an additional fee. Letters of Authenticity will be issued onsite. They’ll be accepting take home submissions for PSA grading services and autograph encapsulation service, where return shipping is required.
Saturday’s autograph lineup includes Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson, Andre Dawson (also signing Friday), and Allen Iverson along with Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, former hockey great Chris Chelios, several other former baseball stars such as Maury Wills, Tony Oliva, Ted Simmons, Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Harold Baines and Gary Mathews.
On Sunday, over 25 members of the 1985 Bears including Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Jim McMahon and Richard Dent will sign. The show’s Baseball Rookies of the Year theme continues through the weekend with Frank Robinson, Jose Canseco, Fred Lynn and others on the schedule.
Several dozen dealers will be set up on the show floor, offering modern and vintage cards, memorabilia, autographs and other items.
Admission to the show is $10 or $5 for kids 10 and under.
Pricing information for autographs and hours are available on the show’s website.