Thursday, February 07, 2013

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: The Long Beach Expo, Compton Cummunity Day, and RaiderFest

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


Starting tonight til Saturday, the Long Beach Convention Center will be hosting the Long Beach Expo.  This is one of the longest running collector conventions in the southland.  Historically, they have always focused on coins and stamps, but of late they have been trying to bring sports collectibles into the fold.  Last year, there were only a handful of Baseball card dealers, and I suspect there will be the same number -if not a little more.  Still, there are some notable guest signers; such as Magic Johnson and Jerry West.  Go here for details.  BTW, admission is $8, but is free to Collectors Universe Collectors Club members, Set Registry participants, and PCGS CoinFacts subscribers.  Go here for that information.

Long Beach Convention Center
100 South Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
Show Hours  
Thur. and Fri.: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday
Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Laffit Pincay, Jr. will be there on Saturday to sign autographs.
Session Times: (Saturday, February 9)
12 p.m.  Laffit Pincay, Jr.
12 p.m.  Jerry West
1 p.m.  Magic Johnson 

Session Prices:
$29  Laffit Pincay, Jr. signature
$99  Magic Johnson signature
$99  Jerry West signature
$179  Magic Johnson and Jerry West combination rate
$25  Inscriptions


In celebration of Black History Month, Compton Community Day will be held at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton.  On top of that, numerous Baseball greats and dignitaries will be there.  Below are the particulars.  I do not know if any autographs will be available, but with Frank Robinson in the house, how can you not give it a try?

Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy
El Camino College, Compton Center
901 East Artesia Blvd.
Compton , California 90221
Sunday, Feb. 10
11:00 a.m. – Welcome and introduction of VIPs and sponsors
11:30 a.m. – Youth Baseball Skills events – Hosted by Compton College baseball team
Girls Softball games – Hosted by MLB UYA coaching staff
Baseball Basics – Hosted by area high schools
2:00 p.m. – MLB UYA ceremonies
2:30 p.m. – Negro Leagues Tribute Game
MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson; three-time World Series Champion Manager Tony La Russa; MLB Urban Youth Academy Manager and former MLB All-Star Don Buford; former MLB All-Star Jim “Mudcat” Grant; MLB UYA coach and former MLB All-Star Ken Landreaux; MLB Vice President Youth and Facility Development and former Angels catcher Darrell Miller; former Negro Leagues player Simon “Pops” Peters; Compton Mayor Eric J. Perrodin; NAACP President-Compton Chapter Paulette Simpson Gipson; NAACP Vice President-Compton Chapter LaTanya Ganter; Compton College President Dr. Keith Curry; L.A. Southwest College President Dr. Jack Daniels; L.A. Southwest College Vice President Ferris Trimble; and Compton Unified School District school board members. Performing the national anthem at the 11 a.m. ceremony will be China Anne McClain from the Disney Channel original series A.N.T. Farm and the McClain sisters.  

This Saturday is also RaiderFest at Frank & Sons.  Check out the below flyer's for information, or go here for details about autograph prices.

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