Collectors hoping to snare an autograph from rookie quarterback Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles as the Philly Show opened this Friday won’t get the chance.
Representatives for Fanatics, which manages Wentz’s autograph appearances, say they were told by team officials that Wentz isn’t coming to the show at the Valley Forge Resort because it might disrupt his preparation for Sunday’s game.
A private signing scheduled Friday with Sports Vault, a local sports memorabilia dealer, has also been cancelled.
“Carson Wentz committed to the Philly Show signing several weeks ago when he was the third string quarterback,” company officials wrote in a statement to Hunt Auctions, which owns the show. “Given that Carson is now the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson and the Eagles felt that he needed to cancel the appearance. This was due to a short week and need to prepare for the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers by spending as much time with his coaches and teammates to prep for the game.”
The Eagles beat the Bears on Monday night and do have one less day to get ready for their in-state rival. However, autograph appearances by receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and defensive tackle Beau Allen are still on for Friday night. Both will sign from 6-7 PM at the King of Prussia site.
The show will have several other autograph guests during the three-day run including Mookie Wilson, Bill Buckner, Dwight Gooden, Wilbert Montgomery, Ron Jaworski and members of the 1980s Philadelphia Phillies championship teams.
PSA, SGC and Beckett will all have booths at the show, which also draws a few dozen major dealers.
Hours are 3 to 8 PM Friday; 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday. Admission is $8. More info is on the show’s website.