For the first time since May 2019, the big show is back in Pittsburgh and there’s been plenty of interest from collectors and dealers.
Mainline Autographs, which took over what the hobby commonly referred to as the “Robert Morris Show,” is planning a three-day event at the Monroeville (PA) Convention Center September 17-19. It’s the 42nd edition of the area’s biggest sports card and memorabilia show, which began at Robert Morris College many years ago but moved to Monroeville in 2018.
Over 30 autograph signers are scheduled to appear including Joe Greene, Tony Dorsett, Donnie Shell, Jimbo Covert and Jim Leyland.
The show was a casualty of the pandemic in 2020 and promoter Jim Candilo says they plan to follow whatever state and local guidelines are at the time of the event next month. The long awaited reopening combined with the overall boom in the hobby means the show will be among the biggest held in the eastern part of the country since early 2020.
“This is the most interest in booths since we bought show eight years ago,” Candilo told SC Daily. “We have 250 tables with a waiting list. Our VIP packages are almost sold out and have sold the most three-day admission tickets in advance since we purchased the show.”
Admission is $8 with three-day passes available for $20. VIP passes, which offer early admission and $100 worth of randomly selected autograph tickets, are $99.
Show hours are 3-8 PM Friday; 10-5 on Saturday and 9:30-4 on Sunday. Additional details, including the autograph schedule can be found here.
Candilo says another show is planned for May 2022.