Postseason Signers

Pittsburgh Steelers players Cedrick Wilson and Nate Washington and New Orleans Saints player Marques Colston will be signing autographs Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, at the Harrisburg Area IUP Alumni Chapter’s sports card show.

Marques Colston

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, Steelers’ wide receiver Nate Washington will replace fellow Steelers’ wide receiver Willie Reid to sign autographs on Saturday February 17, 2007, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the chapter’s sports card show. Washington was a member of the Steelers’ Super Bowl XL team and has moved into a more prominent role in the Steelers’ offense for the 2006 season. Washington will sign autographs at the show for $14.50 each on eight-by-ten inch color photos, cards, and other nonpremium items. Autographs on footballs, mini-helmets, and 16x20 photos will be $20.50 each, and on game jerseys and full size helmets they will be $25.50 each.

Steelers wide receiver Cedrick Wilson will appear February 17 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wilson was a member of the Steelers’ Super Bowl XL team and moved into a starter’s role in the 2006 season.  Wilson will sign autographs at the show for $21.50 each on eight-by-ten-inch color photos, cards, and other nonpremium items. Autographs on footballs, mini-helmets, and 16x20 photos will be $26.50 each; on game jerseys and full-size helmets, they will be $31.50 each.

Nate Washington

On Sunday, February 18, New Orleans Saints star rookie wide receiver and Harrisburg native Marques Colston will appear from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Based on his performance to date for the fast rising Saints, the speedy Colston, a graduate of Susquehanna Township High School in Harrisburg, is vying to be rookie of the year in the National Football League. Colston’s autograph prices are $21.50 each on eight-by-ten inch color photos, cards, and other nonpremium items; $26.50 each on footballs, mini-helmets, and 16x20 photos; and $31.50 each on game jerseys and full-size helmets.

The sports card show will feature seventy-five dealer tables, selling vintage and new sports cards, sports memorabilia and collectibles, and nonsports cards. Proceeds from the three-day show, scheduled Thursday through Sunday, and from the autograph signings will be donated by the chapter to the Foundation for IUP for the chapter’s scholarship endowment fund benefiting IUP students from the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster area and for the Indiana Regional Convocation Center, soon to be built near campus. The chapter has donated $70,000 from previous card shows to the Foundation, including approximately $45,000 to the scholarship endowment fund.      

Cedric Wilson

Mail order prices (which include return postage and handling) are $29 for Wilson and Colston, and $22 for Washington on an eight-by-ten-inch color photo supplied by the chapter. For Steeler mini-helmets supplied by the chapter, the cost will be $53.50 for Wilson and Colston and $48.50 for Washington. For other mail-order items, readers may 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, a self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included with the order. Also, new for this show, every autograph will come with a certification sticker from James Spence Authentication; this will greatly enhance the value of every autograph sold at the show.

The Harrisburg Chapter has 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, Rollie Sheldon, Luis Arroyo, Bud Daley, Art Ditmar, and Ryne Duren, former Pittsburgh Pirates’ greats Bill Virdon, Vernon Law, Bob Friend, and Kevin Young, and current and former Pittsburgh Steelers stars James Farrior, Ike Taylor, Duce Staley, Mike Wagner, and John Fuqua for sale from previous shows. For information about these or about the upcoming show, call Hisiro at 717-545-1181 or e-mail him at chisiro@paonline.com. Be sure to check the chapter’s website at www.harrisburgareaiupalumni.org for updates on player appearances, prices, and times.