Major Autograph Expo Coming to Canterbury Park

Harrison Smith
Harrison Smith is among the athletes set to attend the Minneapolis Sports Collectible Show and Autograph Convention at Canterbury Park from March 23-25.

Come check out the Minneapolis Sports Collectible Show and Autograph Convention, featuring appearances by Adam Thielen, Harrison Smith, & many more!Some of the biggest stars of sport will be on hand at Canterbury Park from March 23-25.

The Minneapolis Sports Collectible Show and Autograph Convention, presented by Cactus League Sports, will bring in stars from football, baseball, hockey and wrestling.

From Adam Thielen to Rod Carew and Baron Von Raschke, the event is sure to draw excitement from a range of sports fans. These sports stars and several others will be available to sign items and memorabilia, with on-site verification of signatures provided by James Spence Authentication.

George Johnson, president of Cactus League Sports, has been putting together these events for 30 years. With expos across the country, organizers generally look for a local angle when they call agents and marketing departments to try to secure athletes, he said.

Six Minnesota Vikings, coming off an NFC championship game appearance, are expected to attend.

“They had a great season,” Johnson said. “We’ve got a really good group.”

Other than finding athletes from the state where the convention will be held, Johnson said there’s another factor they consider when reaching out to sports figures.

“We look for hall of famers,” he said.

Schedule

There will be a special VIP signing from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The weekend schedule is:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24
  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25

Tickets cost $5 and children 7 and younger get in free. (There is a separate cost associated with having items signed.)

Athletes

The full lineup of stars, as well as what they are charging to have specific items signed, is below.

Rod Carew
Rod Carew

Saturday, March 24

Rod Carew, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$65 for flats, baseballs or equipment

$145 for bats

$175 for Jerseys

$25 for inscriptions (each)

Goose Gossage, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$49 for flats and baseballs

$69 for any other item

$29 for inscriptions (each)

Graig Nettles, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$39 for any item

$19 for inscriptions (each)

Jim Palmer, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$39 for any item

$15 for inscriptions (each)

Adam Thielen, 1-2:30 p.m.

$69 for flats or minis

$79 for any other item

$29 for inscriptions (each)

Everson Griffen, 1-2:30 p.m.

$49 for most items

$59 for helmets or jerseys

$29 for inscriptions (each)

Eric Kendricks, 1-2:30 p.m.

$45 for any item

$20 for inscriptions (each)

Harrison Smith, 1-2:30 p.m.

$39 for most items

$49 for helmets or jerseys

$20 for inscriptions (each)

kyle-rudolph_3Kyle Rudolph, 1-2:30 p.m.

$59 for flats or minis

$79 for helmets or jerseys

$20 for inscriptions (each)

Andrew Sendejo, 1-2:30 p.m.

$29 for any item

$15 for inscriptions (each)

Sunday, March 25

Roberto Alomar, noon to 1:30 p.m.

$60 for flats or balls

$90 for any other item, including Hall of Fame-related items and plaque cards

$30 for inscriptions (each)

Ray Bourque, noon to 1:30 p.m.

$59 for flats, pucks or minis

$69 for any other item

$29 for inscriptions (each)

Bobby Hull, 1:30-3 p.m.

$49 for flats up to 11×14

$69 for oversized flats or pucks

$89 for jerseys or other equipment

$15 for inscriptions (each)

Brett Hull, 1:30-3 p.m.

$59 for flats, pucks or minis

$69 for any other item

$19 for inscriptions (each)

Baron Von Raschke, noon to 1:30 p.m.

$10 for any item

Jim Brunzell, noon to 1:30 p.m.

$10 for any item

 

Note: The lineup of athletes is subject to change.

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