The Manchester, MO Police Department has arrested a man who has been impersonating former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Omar Olivares. His name hasn’t been released yet but officers say the man had stolen Olivares’ identity and was using the ruse to set up paid autograph signings. He also used this scam to trick victims into “loaning” him money that was never paid back.
The real Omar Olivares retired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 and still lives in Pennsylvania. He does not sell any sort of memorabilia in the St. Louis area.
Charges of Identity Theft, Stealing and Forgery are pending. The impersonator’s name will be released once charges are issued.
Thousands of fans are expected for the annual St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-Up, the annual baseball celebration at the Hyatt Regency. A baseball card show will be held on the second floor.
A presentation entitled “150 Years of Baseball Cards,” bobblehead giveaways and player autograph sessions are just part of the event, which runs from this Saturday through Monday. The entire itinerary is here.
Former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans star Eddie George and former Detroit Tiger and Atlanta Brave Darrell Evans will sign autographs at the Nashville Sports Cards and Collectibles Show at Lighthouse Christian School in Antioch, TN on February 29.
The first of two larger annual events conducted by promoter Jeff Roberts, the show runs from 8 AM to 4 PM. 1968 World Series champions Denny McLain and Jon Warden will also sign autographs at the show, which draws 135 dealers from several states. Smaller, twice-monthly shows are also held at the school.
Greg Yozzo of Orange County Collectibles is organizing the event on behalf of the National Junior Honor Society at Temple Hill Academy in New Windsor.
“Each year they do an annual fundraiser (and) we had the idea of doing a card and comic show,” he told us. “There are no regular shows in our area, the closest being Connecticut, Albany or White Plains. There has been good local buzz around the show. We have 36 tables available. Currently we have 20 tables sold. Right now there’s a good mix of vintage and modern cards, some comic books and even a Pokemon dealer.”
Vendor tables are $30 or 2 for $50. The Show is on Saturday February 22 at Temple Hill Academy, 525 Union Ave in New Windsor. Hours are 10 to 4. Admission is $1 with a $2 early bird admission from 9-10.
There will be hourly door prizes and refreshments will be available. More info is available on the Orange County Collectibles Facebook page and vendors can call Yozzo at (845) 527-3688.
The Dallas Card Show’s first event of 2020 will be held in a larger venue. The show is moving from Frisco to the Springhill Suites on Angels Drive in Plano. The show runs from 10 AM- 4 PM. Former big leaguer Ken Suarez will sign autographs from noon to 2.
They’re planning a large three-day show for April 24-26 at the Watters Creek Convention Center in Allen with 300 tables and multiple autograph signers.
Here’s a story from The Beach Reporter on the opening of the new brick-and-mortar store operated in the same location where Jaspy’s Hobbyland does its online box breaking.