The setup at the Baltimore Convention Center is a little unusual. More rectangular than anything with the autograph and corporate areas on the opposite end of the main entrance.
With over 90 current and former stars signing autographs between Wednesday and Sunday, there are bound to be a few hiccups. Jim Palmer, Red Schoendienst, Jack Youngblood and Jennie Finch have all canceled at the semi last minute for various reasons, primarily logistical from what we hear.
Former Baltimore Ravens running back was scheduled to sign on Saturday but he’s got other problems. Lewis was arrested for child abandonment on Wednesday.
A couple of tips if you’re heading this way…
If you come to the show, grab a program. It’s much easier to locate the dealers and companies you want to visit.
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Checkoutmycards.com is giving away free mouse pads and 550-count storage boxes in conjuction with their special. Over 4.2 million cards have been sold on the site since launch in 2007.
eBay has a booth at the show for the first time ever and the company is making a strong push to woo buyers and sellers. We chatted with the man who runs their collectibles category, Gene Cook. More with him tomorrow.
Julien’s Auctions is also here for the first time as the company begins its push into the sports memorabilia field. They held their first auction a few weeks ago and have Evander Holyfield’s memorabilia with them including the ‘Bite Fight’ gloves, ’84 gold medal and robe, rings and a couple of heavyweight title belts.
Too bad the Orioles aren’t in town. Camden Yards is just a short walk away. Coming from the airport? You’ll pass right by M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Ravens.
Flying in? Grab the light rail at the airport if you’re staying close by. $1.60 will get you here.
In Baltimore and looking for something to eat? We’d highly recommend the Thai Chicken Salad at the Pratt Street Ale House, right across the street from the Convention Center.
More news, photos and video as we continue.