The 33rd annual Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectible & Autograph Convention takes place Nov. 17-19 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in suburban Rosemont. As always, the twice-a-year Sun-Times Show features a loaded lineup of autograph guests, starting Friday night with Mike Ditka and perennial Pro Bowler Brian Urlacher, he of the dynamic Chicago Bears’ defense.
The autograph lineup is every bit as strong on Saturday, anchored by appearances by Hall of Famers John Riggins, Bruce Sutter, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench. Also scheduled to appear Saturday: Pat Summerall, Red Schoendienst, Tony Perez, Gale Sayers, Duke Snider, B.J. Armstrong, Dustin Hermanson, Orlando Hernandez and Freddy Sanchez.
The autograph lineup on Sunday features baseball icons Cal Ripken Jr., Mike Schmidt and Rickey Henderson. Also signing on Sunday: Orel Hershiser, Justin Morneau, Bobby Jenks, Jim Rice, Jack Morris, Ralph Branca, Bobby Thompson and Gary Carter.
Consumers who purchase VIP packages have their shot at eight more signers, each signing free autographs, including 1960 National League Cy Young award-winner Vernon Law and 1961 American League Rookie of the Year Don Schwall. Other VIP guests include Tyrone Keys and Keith Ortego of the 1985 Chicago Bears, plus Vance Law, J.R. Richard, Bill Madlock and Carlos May.
So what is the VIP Package? For $89, a limited number of collectors gain access to the show 30 minutes per day before the general public. Plus, VIP Guests receive one random autograph ticket from the all-star lineup and a special gift from Riddell. In addition, VIP Guests receive a gift bag, loaded with valuable cards and promotional items. There also is a VIP Raffle, featuring a Dan Marino autographed helmet as the top prize, followed by a Dick Butkus-signed mini helmet.
The show also features appearances by the officials from grading and authentication services PSA, Beckett, Global and JSA.
For more information on the annual Sun-Times Show, call 630-585-3636. Or, go to www.sportsnewsshows.com