Collectors in the middle of the country will have a couple of large sports card shows to attend this weekend.
The Westport Sports Collectible and Autograph Convention returns to the St. Louis suburbs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. About 70 dealers are expected as well as the hobby’s three main authenticators-PSA/DNA, James Spence and Beckett Authentication.
Among the autograph guests are Reggie Jackson, Lou Brock, Jack Morris, Red Schoendienst, Ted Simmons, Tony Oliva and Grant Fuhr. Orlando Cepeda had been slated for a Sunday appearance but as of Tuesday night, the 80-year-old Hall of Famer remained in a Bay Area hospital after being rushed there Monday night for what Giants officials say is a “serious” illness.
The show is being held at the Double Tree Hilton at Westport. Admission is $5 with young children free. Hours are 3-8 PM Friday; 9:30-4:30 Saturday and 9:30-3:30 Sunday.
A few hundred miles to the southeast, the first of two large shows held by the Nashville Sports Cards and Collectibles Show each year is set for Saturday at Lighthouse Christian School in Antioch, TN.
Ninety-five dealers will be manning 180 tables inside two rooms at the school. One of the country’s fastest growing events, the Nashville event is open from 8 AM to 2 PM on Saturday only. Denny McLain is the autograph guest.
There is no admission charge at the show, which offers a smaller lineup of dealers at twice monthly shows held at the same location.
More information can be found on the show’s Facebook page.