Pittsburgh Steelers Heath Miller and Larry Foote and baseball and football celebrities will sign autographs the weekend of February 16 and 17 at the Harrisburg Area IUP Alumni Chapter’s sports card show at the Harrisburg Mall, located off the I-83 and Paxton Street Exit. Readers of IUP Magazine can order advance autograph tickets for use at the show or purchase autographs by mail on 8x10 color photos.
According to Carl Hisiro ’76, the show’s promoter, Steelers tight end and former number-one draft pick Miller will appear Sunday, February 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. He will sign autographs at the show for $35 each on 8x10 color photos, cards, and other nonpremium items. Autographs on footballs, mini-helmets, and 16x20 photos will be $45 each; on game jerseys and full-size helmets, they will be $55 each.
Inside linebacker Foote will appear Sunday from noon to 2:00. Foote’s autograph prices are $22 each on 8x10 color photos, cards, and other nonpremium items; $32 each on footballs, mini-helmets, and 16x20 photos; and $42 each on game jerseys and full-size helmets.
On Saturday afternoon, former Yankee Hector Lopez will appear at the show to sign autographs from 1:00 to 3:00. Lopez will sign autographs for $17 on 8x10 color photos, cards, baseballs, and other nonpremium items and for $27 on bats and game jerseys. Cincinnati Bengals’ running back Kenny Watson will sign autographs from 3:00 to 4:00. Watson’s prices are $17 on any flat item other than 16x20 or larger photos; $22 each on footballs, mini-helmets, and 16x20s; and $27 on game jerseys or full-size helmets.
The sports card show, which starts Friday, February 15, and continues through the weekend, will feature more than seventy dealer tables selling vintage and new sports cards, sports memorabilia and collectibles, and nonsports cards. Proceeds from the three-day show will be given to the Foundation for IUP for the scholarship endowment fund the Harrisburg Area IUP Alumni Chapter created to benefit IUP students from the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster area. The chapter has donated more than $84,000 from previous card shows to the Foundation, including more than $56,000 to the scholarship endowment fund.
Mail-order prices (which include return postage and handling) are $29.50 for Foote and $42.50 for Miller on an 8x10 color photo supplied by the chapter and $59 and $72, respectively, on Steeler mini-helmets supplied by the chapter. Mail-order prices are $24.50 for Lopez on an 8x10 color photo supplied by the chapter and $33 on chapter-supplied baseballs. For other mail-order items, readers can call Hisiro to obtain pricing and mailing instructions. Mail orders must be received by February 13 to ensure autographs.
Those planning to attend the show to obtain autographs may order tickets in advance by making a check payable to Carl Hisiro and sending it prior to the show to 108 Nicolas Court, Harrisburg, PA 17110. For advance ticket sales only, a self-addressed stamped envelope should be sent with the order. Each autograph comes with a James Spence Authentication witnessed protection certification sticker.
The chapter has for sale from previous shows a limited number of autographs on color photos of former New York Yankees Bobby Richardson, Gil McDougald, Tom Tresh, Joe Pepitone, Bob Turley, Rollie Sheldon, Luis Arroyo, Bud Daley, Art Ditmar, and Ryne Duren; former Pittsburgh Pirates Bill Virdon, Vernon Law, Bob Friend, and Kevin Young; and current and former Pittsburgh Steelers James Farrior, Ike Taylor, Duce Staley, Mike Wagner, and John Fuqua. Information about these items or about the upcoming show can be obtained on the chapter’s website or by calling Hisiro at 717-545-1181 or e-mailing him at email@example.com.