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Two Yankees Join Randle El in Harrisburg

Former New York Yankees stars Sparky Lyle and Johnny Blanchard will sign autographs on Saturday, February 19, 2005, and current Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver and return specialist Antwaan Randle El will sign them the next day at the Harrisburg Area IUP Alumni Chapter’s sports card show.

Antwaan Randle El

Antwaan Randle El

The show is held annually 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 eight-by-ten-inch color photos.

According to Carl Hisiro ’76, the show’s promoter, Lyle starred with the Yankees in the 1970s and played on two World Series teams, including the 1977 championship team; that was the same year Lyle won the American League Cy Young award as the year’s top pitcher. A three-time American League All-Star, Lyle 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.

With the Yankees from 1959 until he was traded during the 1965 season, Blanchard played on five World Series teams with the Yankees, including the championship seasons in 1961 and 1962. Blanchard was a key player in the 1961 season, hitting twenty-one home runs, often late in the game as a pinch hitter. His autographs will be $10 each on any item.
Antwaan Randle El is one of the fastest-rising stars on the current Pittsburgh Steelers roster as both a wide receiver and record-breaking return specialist. Randle El’s autographs at the show will cost $25 each on flat items and $35 each on footballs, jerseys, and helmets.

The sports card show will feature sixty dealer tables, selling vintage and new sports cards, sports memorabilia and collectibles, and nonsports cards.

Proceeds from the three-day show 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 IUP’s Regional Development Center.

The chapter has donated $50,000 from previous card shows to the Foundation, including approximately $33,000 to the scholarship endowment fund. More than $12,000 was realized from the 2004 show.

The chapter has donated $50,000 from previous card shows to the Foundation, including approximately $33,000 to the IUP scholarship endowment fund.

Mail order prices (which include return postage and handling) are $32, $17, and $32 for Lyle, Blanchard, and Randle El, respectively, for an eight-by-ten inch color photo supplied by the chapter. For other mail order items, readers should 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, to him prior to the show at 108 Nicolas Court, Harrisburg, PA, 17110. For advance ticket sales only, a self-addressed stamped envelope should accompany the order.

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, 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 for sale from previous shows. For information on those items or about the upcoming show, call Hisiro at 717-545-1181 or e-mail him at chisiro@paonline.com.