Tony Oliva, Steve Jordan Highlight Sports Autograph Expo

Some of the biggest names from the Minnesota sporting scene will be at Canterbury Park from Oct. 26-28 for the Cactus League Sports Minneapolis Sports Collectible Convention.

This is your chance to meet some of the stars of your youth and have items signed by the former athletes.

Hours

• Friday, Oct. 26 – 4-8 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 27 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 28 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Admission is $5 and kids 7 and younger get in free.

The athletes charge different prices for signing different items. Visit the Cactus League Sports website for full details.

Athletes

The lineup of athletes includes many of the state’s sports heroes. Here’s a look at each of the players planning to attend the Oct. 26-28 autograph convention, along with some of their career highlights.

Tony Oliva

Former Minnesota Twin Tony Oliva was one of the best hitters of his era, playing 15 seasons in the league and compiling a career .304 batting average.

• 1964 Rookie of the Year
• Eight-time All-Star
• Gold Glove winner
• Three-time batting champion

Steve Jordan

One of the major contributors of the Minnesota Vikings offenses of the 1980s and ’90s, Steve Jordan is a member of the team’s Ring of Honor and was known

• Six-time Pro Bowler as a tight end
• Named one of the 50 greatest Vikings
• More than 6,300 career receiving yards

Chuck Knoblauch

Chuck Knoblauch, a member of the Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series team, played 12 seasons in the major leagues.

• 1991 Rookie of the Year
• Gold Glove winner
• Four-time All-Star
• Two-time Silver Slugger winner

Roy Smalley

Roy_Smalley_TwinsFormer Twins shortstop Roy Smaller played 13 years in the majors and is now a baseball analyst for Fox Sports North.

• 1979 All-Star
• Member of Twins’ 1987 World Series team
• Member of USC Hall of Fame

Randy Bush

A longtime Minnesota Twin, Randy Bush is currently a member of the Chicago Cubs front office.

• Two-time World Series Champion
• 12-year MLB career
• Won World Series as part of Cubs front office

Denny McLain

Playing most of his career with the Detroit Tigers, Denny McClain won 31 games as a pitcher in 1968.

• 1968 American League MVP
• Two-time Cy Young Award winner
• Three-time All-Star

Junior Ortiz

Known as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball during his career, Junior Ortiz was a member of the 1991 Twins World Series team.

• Played 13 MLB seasons
• Batted .335 in 71 games in 1991

 

*Athlete lineup subject to change.

 

 

 

 

Rod Carew, Kevin McHale Headline Sports Show

Have you ever wanted to meet your childhood hero face to face?

If so, Canterbury Park is the place to be this Saturday and Sunday, when Cactus League Sports hosts the Minneapolis Sports Collectible Show and Autograph Convention.

Several high-profile former athletes are set to attend–Cal Ripken, Jr., Christian Laettner, Robin Yount and more.

There are also plenty of Minnesota connections for fans, including:

  • Former Twin Rod Carew
  • Gophers basketball legend and former Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale
  • Former Vikings Joe Kapp and Ron Yary

 

The event will give autograph-seekers a chance to get their memorabilia signed by some of the greats of sport. From football to baseball to baseball, the convention offers autograph opportunities for nearly every kind of fan.

Details

Dates and times

The Minneapolis Sports Collectible Show and Autograph Convention will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29.

Costs

Tickets cost $5. Children 7 and younger may attend for free. Each athlete has different costs for signing different items. See the list below for further details.

Verification

On-site verification will be provided by James Spence Authentication, a company that specializes in ensuring signed collectibles are legitimate.

Athlete Lineup/Cost Details

Below is a list of former players expected to attend and the costs associated with signatures for different items. The lineup is subject to change. For more information visit the Cactus League Sports website or call 480-998-2061.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Bob Gibson

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Flats up to 11×14 and balls: $79
  • Oversize flats, caps and equipment: $89
  • Bats and jerseys: $99
  • Inscriptions: $29

Christian Laettner

  • 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Flats up to and including 16×20: $49
  • Everything else: $59
  • Inscriptions: $30

Tim Raines

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Flats up to 11×14 and balls: $79
  • Oversize flats, caps and equipment: $89
  • Bats and jerseys: $99
  • Inscriptions: $29

Ron Yary

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Any item: $49
  • First inscription: Free
  • Each additional inscription: $15

Rollie Fingers

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Baseball or flat item: $30
  • Bat or jersey: $40
  • Inscription: $10

Mike Epstein

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Any item: $20

Bill North

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Any item: $20

Vida Blue

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Any item: $25
  • Inscription: $10

Sunday, Oct. 28

Cal Ripken Jr.

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Flats up to 11×14 and balls: $159
  • Oversize flats: $179
  • Caps and equipment: $189
  • Bats and jerseys: $249
  • Inscriptions: $69
  • *This pricing includes a free photo opportunity

Rod Carew

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Flats and balls: $99
  • Caps and equipment: $149
  • Bats: $179
  • Jerseys: $229
  • Inscriptions: $29

Jack Ham

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Flats and minis: $49
  • Everything else: $59
  • Inscriptions: $20

Mark Grace

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Flats up to 11×14 and balls: $49
  • Oversize flats, caps and equipment: $69
  • Bats and jerseys: $79
  • Inscriptions: $20

Robin Yount

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Flats up to 11×14 and balls: $99
  • Oversize flats, caps and equipment: $119
  • Bats and jerseys: $159
  • Art: $189
  • Inscriptions: $39

Ed Marinaro

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Any item: $39
  • First inscription: Free
  • Each additional inscription: $15
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Kevin McHale will be on hand for the event on Sunday.

Kevin McHale

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • All flats and mini basketballs: $69
  • Everything else: $89
  • Inscriptions: $29

Jan Stenurud

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Any item: $39
  • First inscription: Free
  • Each additional inscription: $15

Joe Kapp

  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • Any item: $30

John Henderson

  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • Any item: $15

Also on Sunday, the following players will sign any item for $20:

  • Ron Davis (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
  • Cookie Rojas (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
  • John Mayberry (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
  • Willie Wilson (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
  • Amos Otis (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
  • Ben Oglivie (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
  • Clint Jones (11 a.m. to noon)