It’s been a long wait, but one of the sports collecting hobby’s long-running events is back in the game.
For the first time in 15 months, The Philly Show will open up for three days of buying, selling, trading, signing and consigning June 11-13 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA. The upcoming event is the 135th edition of a show that had its genesis in the 1970s.
It’s the first one since March 2020 when the first of four quarterly events turned out to be the hobby’s last major gathering before the pandemic took hold. The show normally takes place four times per year.
Not only is the show returning to the schedule, the June event will be its biggest yet, with over 300 exhibitor tables and more than 100 dealers from around the country. The strong and growing market for sports cards and memorabilia has created plenty of pent-up demand. Organizers say they have already sold a record number of admission tickets for the three-day event. For the first time in the show’s history, they’re offering a “sneak peek” ticket that will allow collectors to begin browsing the floor two hours ahead of general admission guests.
Early entry takes place from 1-3 PM on Friday with the show continuing until 8 PM. Hours on Saturday are 9-5 and the final day, doors will be open from 9-3. Vaccinated guests don’t have to wear a mask to attend.
Among the autograph guests are Eagles’ running back Boston Scott, defensive back Darius Slay and tight end Dallas Goedert, former NFL receiver Chad Johnson and linebacker Bill Bergey, former Phillies players Greg Luzinski and Mitch Williams. 1952 American League MVP Bobby Shantz will also sign, including 100 free autographs to the first 100 collectors on Friday and Saturday.
Several auction companies will be on hand to take consignments and show off items in some of their upcoming events.
Two more shows will be held later this year, on September 24-26 and December 3-5.
More information is available on the show’s website.