The company reviving an old tradition is hoping Cleveland still rocks when it comes to vintage sports memorabilia shows.
Paul Fusco has his hands full.
Year-round, the company he runs in Willoughby, Ohio is busy with online and live auctions of sports cards and memorabilia as well as antiques, stamps, coins and other collectibles. Now, Fusco has something new on his plate and he’s hoping it warms the hearts of those who remember the classic baseball card shows of years past.
Fusco Auctions is promoting The Ohio Sports Collectors Convention, a 120-table show that will be geared toward rare and vintage cards, autographs and other memorabilia. Hosted by the Holiday Inn Select in Strongsville, Ohio, the show is set for April 11-13.
It’s a reincarnation of sorts. The Cleveland Area Sports Collectors Show was a staple in the hobby for years before fading away earlier this decade. Fusco, who promoted several three-day shows during the 1990s unaffiliated with the original Strongsville affair, is hoping the tradition can be restored.
"We’ve actually had some really great response to this event," Fusco told Sports Collectors Daily.
Dealers from fifteen states and Canada have signed up and the show will also include a corporate area and some autograph guests, with Cleveland favorites Rocky Colavito, Jim Chones, Hanford Dixon, Reggie Rucker and Ted Toles already committed. While a few dealers with newer material will be invited, the dealer guest list leans heavily toward those who specialize in items produced before 1970.
"We decided to promote this show because we felt that the Cleveland market can sustain and support a once a year, high end National level vintage show without a problem," Fusco explained. "Cleveland is readily accessible to all major airports. The costs of coming into Cleveland for a show or to atttend a show of this venue are among the cheapest in the country."
"Our goal is to make this an annual event that becomes a mecca for pre-1969 sports collectors. Not only will we attract seasoned collectors and dealers from across the country, but we hope to encourage attendance by new collectors who are interested in learning more about the vintage sports collecting field,” Fusco noted. “This is the perfect opportunity for collectors at all levels to interact with professionals.”
Show Admission is $4.00 per day. Weekend passes for all three days are $10.00. Super Tickets are $15.00 and include admission to all three days plus Early-Bird entry on Friday at 10:00am.