One of the hobby’s longest continually running sports card shows is back for another year with the the 41st annual Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card Show and Auction set for Saturday, March 28. The show has been held each year since 1979, with at least one autograph guest each year since 1980.
A fundraiser for local kids’ charities, the event features over 70 dealer tables and an auction with over 225 items.
A live auction will begin at approximately 2:30. Over 225 items will be auctioned, including valuable individual sports cards, complete card sets, sports publications, photographs, figurines, baseballs, and other memorabilia. Bidders must be present to bid. A smaller silent auction runs from the beginning of the card show until 1:30.
Former Penn State and current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley will sign autographs between 11:00 AM and 1 PM.
Autograph tickets are $25 each for one autograph on a “flat” (e.g., a card, photo, or magazine) or a mini- helmet; or 325 each on all other items (e.g., footballs, full-sized helmets, equipment, apparel, or pennants). All autographs may include only one inscription. Only 300 autograph tickets will be sold, and are only available in person on the day of the show. No mail orders will be accepted, and there are no advanced ticket sales. Ticket buyers may bring their own items to be autographed, or items may be purchased from dealers or from the Ephrata Lions Club. A representative from Certified Authentication Service (CAS) will be onsite to provide authentication of autographs, including in-the-presence certifications for Trace McSorley at a reduced cost of $5 per autograph.
Dealer tables are sold out and there is a waiting list. Admission to the show is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Show hours are from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
Proceeds benefit Ephrata youth sports programs and the Ephrata Recreation Center, in addition to Ephrata youth counseling and support organizations.
Additional details, including the auction list can be found on the Ephrata Lions website.