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Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo to Feature Appearance by Rob Ray

Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo to Feature Appearance by Rob Ray

Western New York’s next Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo, the area’s largest biannual sports card and memorabilia show featuring over 100 tables of merchandise, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Former Buffalo Sabres great Rob Ray will be on hand to sign autographs at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per autograph on any item. 

This show will feature local and out-of-state dealers showcasing vintage as well as newer sports cards and memorabilia, including items from Memorial Auditorium, publications, programs, pennants, autographs, photos, videos, souvenirs and much more. J.M. Bobbing Head Restorations, specializing in paper mache dolls, will also take part in the event; bring in any paper mache dolls needing repair for evaluation.

Sports Collectors Expo to Visit Batavia Downs This Weekend

Sports Collectors Expo to Visit Batavia Downs This Weekend

A huge lineup of professional athletes — including several Hall of Famers and members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 18 and 19 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 18, are:
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Denny McLain, Ray Bentley
• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Don Luce, Craig Ramsay
• 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Gerry Meehan, Phil Myre, Don Edwards
• 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Clint Malarchuk
• 12 to 1 p.m.: Adrian Dantley, Gar Heard, Dave Schultz, Bob Weiss, Bob Sauve
• 1 to 2 p.m.: Lawrence Taylor, James Harris, Herman Boone
• 2 to 3 p.m.: Vinny Pazienza, Clark Gilles, Grant Ledyard, Kevin Mitchell

M&T Free Farmstead Thursdays Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

M&T Free Farmstead Thursdays Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, is honored to announce Free Farmstead Thursdays made possible through funding by M&T Bank. Free Farmstead Thursdays will begin in May of 2017. 

Admission is free for all to enjoy and offers visitors access to:
• Family-friendly educational programming
• Demonstrations by costumed historic interpreters
• Guided tours of the historic village and farmstead 
• 20,000 square feet of curated exhibit space

M&T Bank’s financial support of Free Farmstead Thursdays has made this initiative the first of its kind at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. It will ensure that quality, immersive history is accessible to visitors of all ages.   

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

The Elmwood Village Farmers Market will hold its seventh annual poster contest to promote the outdoor market’s upcoming 2017 season. Entries for the poster competition are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 10. Whether you’re a student studying the arts, a professional graphic designer or just someone with a creative streak, you’re invited to submit your design for an 11x17-inch color poster that accurately reflects the feel of the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, sponsored by the Elmwood Village Association.

Athletes and Special Guests are Part of the Buffalo Auto Show’s Impressive Lineup

Athletes and Special Guests are Part of the Buffalo Auto Show’s Impressive Lineup

Current members of the Buffalo Bandits, former stars of the Buffalo Sabres, superheroes and larger-than-life characters are all scheduled to appear at the 2017 Buffalo Auto Show! Western New York’s premier new vehicle automotive event, the Auto Show will celebrate its annual return to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Feb. 9-12.

Three members of the Buffalo Bandits — Ryan Benesch, Dhane Smith and David Brock — will appear at the Auto Show from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, to sign autographs and have photos taken with their fans. 

On Saturday, Feb. 11, former Buffalo Sabres superstars Danny Gare, Don Luce and Craig Ramsay will reunite to sign autographs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Guests will be entitled to one free autograph per player.

Call the Right Play for Super Bowl LI and Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver

Call the Right Play for Super Bowl LI and Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver

Football fans across the country will celebrate America’s most watched national sporting event, Super Bowl LI, on Sunday, Feb. 5. For many, the celebration will include drinking alcohol.

That’s why highway safety advocates and law enforcement officials are teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a special “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” reminder to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend by passing the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

Beckett Card Grading, Authentication Event Coming to Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Beckett Card Grading, Authentication Event Coming to Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles will host representatives from Beckett Grading Services and Beckett Authentication Services from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the store, located at 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.

Beckett Grading Services provides collectors with the most thorough, consistent and accurate grading efforts available in the industry. Your BGS-graded cards will be returned in a unique, protective cardholder. Beckett uses an easy-to-understand one- to 10-point grading scale to rate sports cards, which are graded on four key categories: Centering, corners, edges and surface. Grades from each of these key categories will be considered in determining your card's final overall grade. Beckett also grades non-sports cards, magazines, pocket schedules and gaming cards.