A fifth major sports card and memorabilia show is off the spring calendar in the wake of the Coronavirus.
Mainline Autographs’ Jim DiCandilo, promoter of the Pittsburgh Show in Monroeville, announced Thursday that the event would be postponded following the latest recommendations from the CDC and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.
The show will instead take place September 11-13 at the Monroeville Convention Center.
“We expect to have most of our announced guests and we are currently working on adding a few of the greatest Football Hall of Famers of all time and also more Baseball Hall of Famers,” Candilo reported.
More information is available on the show’s website.
A PSA 10 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter rookie card sold for $140,400 on eBay Wednesday night via PWCC.
Only 21 of more than 16,000 graded by PSA have been awarded a 10 grade.
In January, Memory Lane sold a ’93 SP Jeter in the same grade for $180,000. In December, two others sold for $138,000 and $168,000.
An associate of convicted sports memorabilia fraudster John Rogers will spend time in prison for his role in a scheme to peddle phony goods.
John A. McLean, 59, a former Presbyterian minister, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in federal prison. He had pleaded guilty in October to wire fraud. Federal investigators say McLean helped Rogers sell numerous fake items directly to buyers as part of a long-running scheme. McLean said in court Wednesday that he had not made restitution to any of the victims, at least nine of whom are owed at least $5,000 and as much as $48,000.
In his guilty plea, McLean admitted to fabricating stories about his father acquiring some of the memorabilia from well-known football coaches. The fake items McLean and Rogers were pushing included footballs they said were used in Super Bowl I, trophies, travel trunks, numerous autographed items, photographs, at least two briefcases they said had been used by John F. Kennedy, at least 21 University of Alabama footballs and other memorabilia associated with pro and college athletes, movie memorabilia and even one of famous baseball photographer Charles Conlon’s old cameras.
Nine people lost a total of over $209,000 as a result of McLean’s actions, according to federal prosecutors.
Rogers is currently serving a 12-year sentence and was sentenced to pay millions in restitution.
“I clearly lost my bearings in my dealings with John Rogers. I’m incredibly ashamed of myself. “There are no excuses for what I did.”
NWA Online was in the courtroom and has details on the sentencing.