Hollywood is coming to the Boston area. No, it’s not a big-budget movie or a “Cheers” reunion. The Hollywood in this case is Hollywood Collectibles, with owner/promoter bringing the Rich Altman Boston Show to the Boston area. The huge sports memorabilia event is slated for April 30-May 2 at Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington.
The Hollywood, Florida-based company has promoted shows for years and Altman has high hopes for the upcoming Boston event.
“There are some real die-hard collectors in Boston and I expect to have a real successful show for dealers and collectors,” said the veteran promoter.
Altman said he has “the cream of the crop” dealer-wise slotted for the show including Hunt Auctions, Leland’s, Ron Oser, Mike Stoner, Andy Medec, Ace, Bill Goodwin, Levi Bleam and many others.
In the authentication department, Altman has also assembled a strong lineup with PSA, SGC, Beckett and JSA all scheduled to attend.
More than 250 tables will be stocked with, as Altman put it, “a good mix of vintage and newer items.” Altman, whose own sports memorabilia collection is headlined by a Babe Ruth autographed baseball, said the vintage element of this show is “a real strong suit.”
Bill Goodwin has strong expectations for that three-day weekend as well.
“I anticipate a well-organized and wellrun show,” he said. “I’ve done thousands of shows but I’ve never done one in Boston and I’m really looking forward to it,” said the veteran dealer/auction. The Goodwin and Co. owner said hobbyists can also expect a good experience. “Rich organizes a show with the collector in mind, they’ll be very happy with it.”
From a Boston perspective, Celtics legends Bill Russell and Sam Jones, who have had exclusive arrangements with Altman for several years, lead the autograph guest lineup. Russell and Jones “will be appearing in Boston at a show together for the first time in many years,” said Altman. The pair were teammates for many seasons and own an amazing 21 NBA Championship rings between the two of them.
Meanwhile, hockey superstars Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull will also be signing.
“Photofile has tailor made a limited-edition autographed photo with Howe and Hull specifically for this show,” said Altman. That print comes in two sizes, 11-by-14 and 16-by-20, and includes signatures from both of the NHL legends.
The print is priced at $119.
“And that’s a good price for both signatures of those superstars,” he said.
Other scheduled autograph opportunities include pitcher Bill Monbouquette (1958-68, mainly with Boston) and infielder Pumpsie Green (1959-63, almost all chiefly with the BoSox)
“Green was the first African-American on the Red Sox,” said Altman. In 1959 Boston became the last MLB team to integrate.
“Rich Altman’s Boston Show” is also planning a raffle to help raise money for a Shriner’s charity.