By Ray Schulte, SchulteSports.com
This past April, MAB Celebrity and Schulte Sports teamed up to co-promote one of Baltimore's most memorable signature and collectible shows in recent history. Charm City Heroes brought in some of Baltimore's best current and former athletes to sign autographs for fans, including Joe Flacco, Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken Jr., Davey Johnson, Michael Oher, Buck Showalter and Earl Weaver.
"The positive response from the fans, collectors, athletes and exhibitors concerning Charm City Heroes exceeded our expectations," said Mollie Braciglioano, MAB Celebrity Founder and Charm City Heroes co-promoter. "It just made our decision to create Charm City Heroes 2 such an easy one to make."
MAB Celebrity is considered one of the largest and most respected signature/collectible show promoters in the country. Primarily working shows on the East Coast, MAB prides itself in creating unique sport/entertainment themes and Charm City Heroes 2 is no exception.
Since Maryland has such a rich tradition and heritage when it comes to thoroughbred horse racing, both MAB and Schulte Sports felt strongly it was time to recognize and provide the opportunity to meet and get an autograph from the best of the best professional jockeys in the country.
The show dates have been set, the athletes are being confirmed and the venue remains the Pikesville Hilton. Charm City Heroes 2 will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
For the very first time, Baltimore fans and collectors will have the opportunity to meet and purchase autographs from legendary thoroughbred jockeys. United States Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Famers and Triple Crown Winners, including Ron Turcotte (HOF 1979), who rode Secretariat (TCW 1973); Steve Cauthen (HOF 1994), who rode Affirmed (TCW 1978); Jean Cruquet, who rode Seattle Slew (TCW 1977) and LeFitt Pincay Jr., (HOF 1975) who rode Swale to a Kentucky Derby win in 1984, will be making rare signing appearances.
There will be themed licensed products, using the jockeys' names and likenesses, which the fans and collectors can purchase to have them signed. Even though this is considered a rare appearance by the jockeys, more and more collectors throughout the country are seeking horse racing signed and un-signed collectibles.
In addition to the featuring legendary jockeys, Charm City Heroes 2 will still have many of Baltimore's current and former athletes in their signature lineup. At press time, Ray Lewis has confirmed to sign Friday night, future National Football Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden will be signing, as will members of the Baltimore Colts Super Bowl V Championship team. Additional players will be added to the Charm City Heroes 2 lineup.
For more information on the schedule of player appearances and pricing for autographs, visit mab-celebrity.com.
32nd National Sports Collectors Convention
Having been retained to manage the National's media relations, I've been in Chicago all week. It is great to see many of the Baltimore dealers and exhibitors out here either exhibiting or just walking the floor.
With more than 750 exhibitor booths and 100 corporate booths here in Chicago, many of the exhibitors have expressed to me how excited they are Baltimore will be hosting the 33rd National Sports Collectors Convention.
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Issue 164: August 2011