Tristar Productions wrapped up its 2006 show circuit in dandy fashion on the East Coast, with its second show of the year at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J.
The Dec. 1-3 show featured the first-ever autograph appearance by “Dandy” Don Meredith, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who went on to fame and fortune as a voice of “Monday Night Football.” Tristar officials said the show attracted 3,000 collectors.
The show also showcased Gordie Howe, Bart Starr, Earl Campbell, Ryne Sandberg, Jaromir Jagr, Bo Jackson, Jack Youngblood and Tony Dorsett.
Also appearing were Eric Duncan, Pedro Beato, Dellin Betances, Ernie Holmes, Dwight White, L.C. Greenwood, Joe Greene, Tim Brown, Eddie Giacomin, Mike Rozier, Orel Hershiser, Don Perkins, Henrik Lundqvist, Howard Cassady, Brian Bannister, George Rogers, Huston Street, John Maine and Billy Rowell.
Billy Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, did not appear due to travel problems.
“It was a good show. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t a dog,” said Tristar vice president Boby Mintz. “There are a lot of shows going on this quarter, so that might have had something to do with it, I’m not sure. Of the 12 shows that we produced in 2006, I’d put this one right in the middle. It was a very good, well-rounded lineup, that’s for sure.”
Mintz said he was quite pleased with the ticket sales for Bo Jackson and Ryne Sandberg, yet “a little surprised” with the slow sale of Meredith tickets. “He didn’t sell as many as we expected, which was very surprising to me,” he said. “Not sure what the reason was, perhaps that he was just an MVP, not a Hall of Famer.
“I also was surprised at the Mets’ Brian Bannister and John Maine. I thought they would have drawn more collectors.”
The show marked the first Tristar show in years that featured multiple hockey stars signing – and that certainly brought out the hockey sticks to be signed, especially for Jagr and Lundqvist.
“It was a great autograph lineup, that’s for sure,” said Marty Teddleton of MB Sports of Farmington, Ark.
“It was a very well-planned show, with good attendance,” said Mike Philpott of California-based Home Run Sports Inc.
Mintz confirmed that Tristar plans to return to the East Coast in 2007, though an exact date and location has not been finalized.
Here is a look at the top-selling boxes at the show, according to dealer Philpott: 2006 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Football, $325; Topps Turkey Red, $75; Leaf Limited Football, $59; Upper Deck Sweet Shot Basketball, $90; Topps Updates & Highlights, $55; SP Legendary Cuts baseball, $99.