Doors to the bi-annual Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo will open Friday at the Toronto International Centre in Mississauga, ON, just down the road from the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The Spring 2014 edition is expected to attract 8,000-10,000 fans over three days (May 2-4), with more than 200 exhibitors spread out over 100,000 square feet.
Show hours – as always – are Friday 1-9pm, Saturday 10-6pm, and Sunday 10-6pm. A series of public signing sessions (retired hockey players) and wrapper redemption programs (via hockey card manufacturers) are scheduled throughout the weekend. The show is billed as North America’s largest hockey collector’s show. More information on the show is available via sportcardexpo.com.
Admission to the show is $12 for adults, but just $3 for kids aged 6-12 (albeit free using this coupon). A three-day weekend pass for adults is $25.
Sports enthusiasts will find a little bit of everything when it comes to sports collectibles and merchandise, especially hockey. There are hockey cards, autographs, jerseys, publications and, as they say, “much, much more.”
On Friday, the four autograph guests are all former goalies, with Tom Barrasso, Greg Millen, Richard Sévigny and Ron Tugnutt signing in the evening.
On Saturday, the guests are former Flyers Bill Barber, Bobby CLarke and Reggie Leach, former goalie Jon Casey and José Théodore, and Canadian Olympic champion Hayley Wickenheiser.
On Sunday, the guests are former Flames Theoren Fleury, Doug Gilmour and Joe Nieuwendyk as well as hockey/movie stars the Hanson brothers.