The National Sports Collectors Convention will have former athletes from three different sports signing autographs at the 2019 VIP party in Chicago.
Drew Pearson, a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s, will join six-time NBA champion Bill Cartwright and 1995 World Series champion Ryan Klesko at the event, which is open to attendees who buy a VIP package.
The 2019 party will take place beginning at 2:30 on Wednesday, July 31 with the guests signing from 3-4 PM.
Pearson was a member of the Super Bowl XII Dallas Cowboys and was named All-Pro three times.
Klesko had a 16 year major league career, breaking in with the Atlanta Braves in 1992. He later had stints with the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. As a member of the 1995 Braves World Series Champions, Klesko was the first player to homer in three consecutive World Series games. In 2001, he hit 30 homers and drove in 113 runs.
All three will also be signing free for all attendees (first come first served) at the Memory Lane Sneak Peek on Wednesday. Pearson will sign from 4:15-6:15 while Cartwright and Klesko will appear from 4:30-6:30. Details will be announced when signing locations are confirmed.
TRISTAR Productions, which runs the autograph pavilion as the National has now released the days on which the dozens of athletes will be signing at the show. While times aren’t set yet, you can see the list here.
The 40th National Sports Collectors Convention will be held July 31-August 4 at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Chicago (Rosemont) IL. General Admission Tickets and VIP Admission Packages for the National are available on the National’s website.