Back in the region for the first time in a long time, the National Sports Collectors Convention autograph lineup will have a bit of a New York flair.
Among the over 60 confirmed guests for the event in Atlantic City are members of the 1970s and 90s World Series champions, some former Knicks including Patrick Ewing, former Giants Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson, Jets’ icon Joe Namath and several former Mets. By the time the list is finalized, it’s expected more than 120 current and former athletes will be grabbing a pen between August 3rd and 7th.
2016 Hall of Fame inductee Mike Piazza will be signing at the National as will the entire class of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees– Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.
Future Hall of Famer and all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera will be joined by several members of the late 90’s Yankees Championships including Wade Boggs, Tino Martinez and a rare appearance by Andy Pettitte. From the 70’s Yankees Championship run, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, Bucky Dent, ALCS Hero Chris Chambliss and Mike Torrez will sign.
1990s Knicks teammates Larry Johnson and John Starks will join Ewing at the signing table.
Baseball Hall of Famers set to appear include Cal Ripken, Jr., Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Frank Robinson, Johnny Bench, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Tom Glavine, Al Kaline, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, Jim Bunning, Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount. Also appearing will be Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Tim Raines.
Mike Tyson, who fought a few times in Atlantic City, makes his return to the TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion at the National. Tyson, who has appeared previously at the National, has been a very popular guest and returns to the site of several of his fights including encounters with Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks.
A group of former Steelers greats, including Jack Ham, Rocky Bleier, Jack Lambert, Andy Russell and Hines Ward are on the list, joining Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, Earl Campbell and Former Washington Redskins’ QB Joe Theismann.
Former Duke and College Basketball Hall of Famer Christian Laettner will appear at the National.
The first group of VIP signers has been announced as well. Signing for free for those who purchase a VIP package will be former Philadelphia Phillies greats Greg Luzinski, Dave Cash and Von Hayes. Former Eagles All Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Maxie Baughan is part of the VIP Program. In all there will be 18 VIP signers announced before the show. VIPs get tickets for 12 VIP autographs while attendees who purchase a SuperVIP Package will receive tickets for all 18 VIP guests.
For more ticket info, see the show’s website.