One of the hobby’s longest-running events is back for another three-day run.
Dealers, collectors and some big time autograph guests will gather this weekend for the 103rd Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show.
Launched by the Eastern Pennsylvania Sports Collectors Club in the mid-1970s, the show is now run by Hunt Auctions of nearby Exton, PA.
Among the autograph guests appearing will be ace pitcher Cliff Lee, outfielder Shane Victorino, Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt, all-time hits leader Pete Rose and other members of the 2009 National League champions. While pricing for each signer varies, former Phillies Todd Pratt and Keith Moreland will be providing one free autograph with the price of admission at select times. Signers will add personalized inscriptions for an additional fee.
The athletes will appear along with top companies specializing in memorabilia, authentication and card grading. A new addition to the Philly Show, representatives from Louisville Slugger will be on hand selling customizable bats.
"As the holidays approach, you can find the perfect gift for the sports fan in your life. We have a selection of unique sports items you won’t find elsewhere," said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions, the show’s parent company.
The Philly Show runs Friday, December 4th from 5pm-9pm, Saturday, December 5th, from 9am-5pm and Sunday, December 6th, from 9am-4pm at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA. Admission is $7 per day, or $18 for a weekend pass. Children under 8 are free.
Long considered one of the premier events of its type in the country, the show was held three times annually for many years at the Fort Washington Expo center before moving to Reading, PA. In the fall of 2008, Hunt Auctions assumed ownership of the show. The event takes place three times per year–in March, September, and December.