In the Cards

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Duce Staley and former New York Yankees stars Graig Nettles and Rollie Sheldon will be signing autographs on Saturday, June 18, at the Harrisburg Area IUP Alumni Chapter’s sports card show.

Graig Nettles

Graig Nettles

The show is at the Harrisburg Mall, located off the I-83 and Paxton Street Exit. Readers of IUP Magazine have the chance to order advance autograph tickets for use at the show or to purchase autographs by mail on eight-by-ten-inch color photos. According to Carl Hisiro ’76, the show’s promoter, Nettles, who had 390 career home runs, starred with the Yankees in the 1970s and early 1980s and played on four World Series teams, including the 1977 and 1978 World Series championship teams. Nettles also played for the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, and Montreal Expos.  

Nettles was a five-time American League All-Star with the Yankees and was a National League All-Star in 1985 as a member of the Padres. Nettles will sign autographs at the show for $25 each on eight-by-ten-inch color photos, cards, or baseballs. Autographs on bats and game jerseys will be $35 each. Inscriptions on any item will be $10 extra.

Rollie Sheldon, former New York Yankees starting pitcher on the 1961 and 1962 World Championship teams, will appear from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Duce Staley, running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers (and former Philadelphia Eagles’ star), will appear from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

Duce Staley

Duce Staley. Photo copyright Pittsburgh Steelers

The June show will feature seventy dealer tables selling vintage and new sports cards, sports memorabilia and collectibles, and nonsports cards. Proceeds from the three-day show, scheduled for June 17-19, and from the autograph signings will be donated by the chapter to the Foundation for IUP for the chapter’s scholarship endowment fund that benefits IUP students from the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster area and for the proposed Regional Development Center. The chapter has donated $57,000 from previous card shows to the Foundation, including approximately $40,000 to the scholarship endowment fund. The June show is the second this year; a February show was expected to raise additional funds.  

Mail-order prices (which include return postage and handling) are $32 for Nettles for an eight-by-ten-inch color photo supplied by the chapter.

Advance ticket prices for Sheldon are $10 for flats, baseballs, and helmets and $20 for bats and jerseys. Mail order pricing is $17 for an 8x10 color photo and $13 for a photo, card, or baseball.

Advance ticket prices for Staley are $25 for flats; $35 for mini-helmets, footballs, and 16x20s; and $45 for full-size helmets and game jerseys.

Rollie Sheldon

Rollie Sheldon

For other mail order items, readers are asked to call Hisiro to obtain 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 and sent to him prior to the show at 108 Nicolas Court, Harrisburg, PA 17110. For advance ticket sales only, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your order.  

Readers are urged to check the chapter’s website at www.hbgareaiupalumni.org for an update on player appearances, prices, and times.

Finally, the chapter has for sale from previous shows a limited number of autographs on color photos of former New York Yankees greats Bobby Richardson, Tommy Henrich, Gil McDougald, Tom Tresh, Joe Pepitone, Bob Turley, and Ryne Duren; former Pittsburgh Pirates greats Vernon Law, Bob Friend, and Kevin Young; and former Pittsburgh Steelers stars Mike Wagner and John Fuqua. To obtain more information on how to make these purchases or about the upcoming show, call Hisiro at 717-545-1181 or e-mail him at chisiro@paonline.com.