Hines and the Hurlers

Hines Ward

Hines Ward

Pittsburgh Steelers’ star receiver Hines Ward and former New York Yankees’ stars Bob Turley and Ryne Duren will be the featured attractions at the 2004 Harrisburg Area IUP Alumni Chapter’s sports card show.

Turley and Duren will appear to sign autographs Saturday, February 21, and Ward will be at the show for the same purpose the next day. The show’s location is the Harrisburg East Mall, located off I-83 at the Paxton Street Exit. Readers of IUP Magazine may order advance autograph tickets for use at the show or purchase autographs by mail on eight-by-ten inch color photos.

Ward is one of the biggest stars on the current Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster, breaking numerous team receiving records the past few seasons. At the start of the current season, he was already considered the best blocking wide receiver in football, often opening up holes for the vaunted Steelers’ running game. Ward’s autographs at the show will cost $30 each on flat items and $45 each on footballs, jerseys, and helmets.

Turley was a three-time American League All Star and winner of the 1958 Cy Young award as that year’s top pitcher. He will sign autographs at the show for $20 each on eight-by-ten inch color photos, cards, or baseballs.  Autographs on bats, helmets, and jerseys will be $30 each.

Duren was widely considered the top reliever in the American League in the late 1950s, with the best fastball in baseball, and was a three-time American League All Star. Duren’s autographs will be $10 each on photos, cards, or baseballs and $20 each on bats, helmets and jerseys. 

The three-day sports card show, which starts February 20, will feature seventy dealer tables selling vintage and new sports cards, sports memorabilia and collectibles, and non-sports cards. Proceeds from the show and from autograph signings will benefit the university and the scholarship endowment fund created by the chapter for IUP students from the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster area. To date, more than $37,000 has been donated from previous card shows to the Foundation for IUP, including more than $28,000 to the scholarship endowment fund. More than $4,000 was raised from last year’s show.

Mail order prices (which include postage and handling) are $37, $27, and $17, for Ward, Turley, and Duren, respectively, for an eight-by-ten inch color photo supplied by the chapter. For other mail order items, contact Carl Hisiro ’76, the show’s promoter, for pricing and mailing instructions. 

Those planning to attend the show to obtain autographs may order tickets in advance by sending a check, made payable to Carl Hisiro, to him prior to the show at 108 Nicolas Court, Harrisburg, PA 17110. For advance ticket sales only, a self-addressed, stamped envelope should be sent with the order. Mail order prices include return postage.

The chapter has a limited number of autographs on color photos of former New York Yankees’ greats Bobby Richardson, Tommy Henrich, Gil McDougald, Tom Tresh, and Clete Boyer, former Pittsburgh Pirates’ great Vernon Law, and former Pittsburgh Steelers’ star John Fuqua for sale from previous shows. For information on these or on the upcoming show, call Hisiro at 717-545-1181 or e-mail him at chisiro@paonline.com.