The Long Beach Expo returns next weekend with sports cards, stamps, coins and other collectibles sharing the same space in southern California. This year, the expo will also host the 2018 World Olympic Collectors’ Fair.
The September edition of the expo will again be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center located at 100 S. Pine Ave. It’s hosted by Expos Unlimited, a division of Collectors Universe, parent company of PSA, which will provide on-site card grading and autograph authentication. While it’s primarily a coin and currency show, there will be several dealers offering vintage sports cards and autographs, along with memorabilia giveaways and an autograph signing appearance by a well-known former boxer. Over 70 members of the international community of Olympic collectors will be buying and selling and there will also be displays of Olympic pins, torches, stamps and other items at booth #948 within the expo.
An Opening Ceremony for the Olympic show will take place Thursday, September 6 at noon with autograph sessions with former Olympians slated for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1 PM.
Tables for the expo are now sold out.
“We’re extremely proud of this milestone for the Long Beach Expo,” said Cassi East, President of Long Beach Expo. “The sold-out trade show floor is a positive sign of the growing interest in the collectibles hobby. This September expo will be an unforgettable collectibles show, offering collectors of all interests and expertise the rare opportunity to share and experience historic collections.”
Former heavyweight boxing star Earnie Shavers is signing autographs at the show all three days. Best known for his boxing fights with famous boxers, Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali, Shavers is considered by many boxing experts to be the hardest puncher of all time, holding a 91.8 percent knockout-to-win ratio. Shavers competed from 1969 to 1995, and challenged twice for the world heavyweight title in 1977 and 1979.
Shavers will be on site signing autographs and available for photo opportunities at the expo’s Autograph Pavilion (booth #1539). Times include:
- Thursday, September 6: 12 – 2 p.m.
- Friday, September 7: 12 – 2 p.m.
- Saturday, September 8: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Photos and boxing gloves are available to purchase and Shavers will provide extensive inscriptions on gloves for $35. More information is available here.
Raffles for autographed Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Warren Sapp jerseys will also take place during the show.
Expo hours are:
Thursday, September 6: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 7: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 8: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at [email protected].