GENEVA -- Blackhawks legend Denis Savard and Randy Hundley, a member of the beloved 1969 Cubs, headline a new sports card and memorabilia show coming to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on April 27.
"Take Me Out To The Card Show" will feature autograph signings -- courtesy of Authentic Autographs Plus -- by Savard and Hundley as part of a unique hobby event hosted by the Kane County Cougars on the ballpark's suite level with its beautiful views of the field and stadium.
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Promoter and longtime collector Dan Campana saw an opportunity to bring a new style of show to Chicago-area collectors, and used the natural connection between the hobby and a sports venue as a starting point to create it. Beyond the picturesque setting, Campana aims to offer attendees a diverse combination of dealers, activities and giveaways to create the feeling of the bigger shows on a smaller scale.
"For collectors, it's a reason to get excited about a show that's trying something different -- and they get to go to a ballpark to do it," Campana said. "For Cougars and baseball fans, it's a chance to be introduced, or reintroduced, to a hobby that remains fun for kids and adults."
In addition to autographs, the show is scheduled to include, among other things, many tables with sports cards and memorabilia, pack wars, door prizes for kids wearing their youth baseball or softball jersey and a drawing to win two Super VIP passes to the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, which will be held in Rosemont this summer. More announcements are expected in the coming weeks on the show's Facebook and Twitter pages.
"Take Me Out To The Card Show" runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, the home of the Kane County Cougars. The Cougars are entering their first season as a Class-A minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
Admission is free for children 12 and under, and $3 for everyone else, with $1 of each paid admission being donated to the Cougars' charity, Ozzie's Outreach.
** Autograph Signing Details **
Denis Savard: 10 to 11:30 a.m. - $15 any item, or two items for $25; $40 for Blackhawks Ambassadors "Blue Line" photo. All proceeds of photo signings will go to the Denis Savard Foundation.
Randy Hundley: Noon to 1:30 p.m. - $10 any item, or two items for $15.
Authentic Autographs will have baseballs, hockey pucks, mini-sticks, mini-bats, mini-helmets and photos available for purchase.