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Sports Card Show (General Information)

Our next (43rd) card show and auction is Saturday, March 25, 2023.
Below is information regarding our previous card show and auction.

Ephrata Lions Club's 42nd Annual Sports Card Show and Auction.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Autograph session 11:00 to 1:00, featuring former former Penn State and current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley.

Silent auction starts at 8:30 and closes at 1:30.
Live sports memorabilia auction begins at approximately 2:30.

  • $5.00 for Adults.
  • $1.00 for children under 12.

Ephrata Recreation Center
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Click here for the show flyer.

Show Details

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley, formerly with Penn State and the Baltimore Ravens, will sign autographs between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Trace McSorley's appearance is sponsored by Keystone State Baseball & Softball Academy, Summers Trucking, and the Ephrata National Bank.


This project was first held in 1979, began having sports celebrities to sign autographs the following year, and has grown steadily through the years. It is now known as one of the largest and longest-running one-day sports card show on the east coast.

The show features over seventy (70) vendor tables, where attendees may buy, sell, and trade baseball cards and other sports-related items. (All available vendor tables are currently sold for 2022.)

Proceeds benefit Ephrata youth sports programs and the Ephrata Recreation Center, in addition to Ephrata youth counseling and support organizations. The event helps enable Ephrata area boys and girls to participate in the local sports programs. The event also helps the Lions Club sponsor the 17U Ephrata Lions baseball team.

The card show also supports the Mountaineers' Table (community food program) and the Samaritan Counseling Centerís TeenHope program (for the Ephrata Area School District). Exceptional Ephrata High School students are recognized via the Club's Senior Service Award, Students of the Month program, and a sponsorship for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar).

Autograph Policies

  • Autographs are $25 each for flats and mini-helmets (cards, photographs, programs, etc.), and $35 each for all other items.
  • Autographs may include only one (1) inscription.
  • Cash, credit cards (3% fee), PayPal (3% fee), or local checks (with proper government-issued photo ID) accepted.
  • Only three hundred (300) autograph tickets will be sold, and are only available to purchase in person on the day of the show.
  • Autograph ticket sales stop at 12:30, and all ticket buyers must be in the autograph line by 12:45.
  • No mail orders accepted. No advanced sales. No exceptions.
  • Ticket buyers may bring their own items to be autographed, or items may be purchased from the Ephrata Lions Clubor from other vendors.
  • The Ephrata Lions Club reserves the right to limit an individual to 10 autographs initially, so everyone has an opportunity to purchase an autograph. If someone wants more than 10 autographs, additional autographs may be purchased at 11:00.

The Ephrata Lions Club will have the following items for sale (quantities limited) at the show:

  • Penn State mini helmets ($25)
  • Authentic blue Penn State jerseys ($45)
  • Trace McSorley Penn State and Ravens photographs ($6)
  • Photograph sleeves ($2)

Sports Memorabilia Auction

  • Quality auction will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m., featuring individual cards, complete card sets, sports publications, photographs, bobbin' heads, figurines, baseballs, souvenirs, and other sports memorabilia.
  • Auction includes autographs by various past and present professional athletes and sports stars.
  • Bidders must register before bidding.
  • IMPORTANT: Live auction only. Bidders must be present to bid. No telephone or proxy bids accepted.
  • Payment terms are cash, credit cards (3% fee), PayPal (3% fee), and local checks (with proper government-issued photo ID).
  • No reserves, no buyers' premium.
  • Donation or consignment items for the auction will be accepted through November 30 of the previous year. Please contact Jack Forney (see below).
  • Auctioneer, David F. Birmingham, AU-2127-L.
  • Click here for the auction list.

Silent Auction

In addition to memorabilia auction, a smaller silent auction runs from the beginning of the card show until 1:30. The silent auction features items like autographed photos and game tickets. Winning bidder (or a proxy) must be present at 1:30 to claim their item(s).

Vendor Information

  • Cost is $70 per table (base fee for payment received in January, with discounts for early payment and penalties for late payment). Table reservations are forfeited if payment is not received by February 15.
  • Requests for tables will be granted only if availability exists. Currently all tables have been reserved (sold out). Contact us to be placed on the waiting list in case of cancellations and/or for future shows (usually the last Saturday of March). Currently, the waiting list has about 25 names on it.
  • Pennsylvania Sales Tax numbers are required of all vendors.
  • Vendor table pooling is not permitted.

Other Information

In addition to our sponsors, the Ephrata Lions Club wants to thank the following local businesses for their donations/hospitality/promotions during recent shows:

  • Blue Ridge Communications
  • Ensinger Printing
  • Ephrata Baseball Association
  • Ephrata Leo Club
  • Ephrata Recreation Center
  • The Ephrata Review
  • The Historic Smithton Inn
  • The Shopping News

Future Shows

March 25, 2023
March 23, 2024 (NOT the last Friday in March due to Easter)
March 29, 2025

Card Show Contacts

  • Jack Forney, telephone 717-314-0962 (primary contact for the auction)
  • Brad Lauderman, telephone 717-471-3968, e-mail (primary contact for other aspects of the card show)

Click here for our press release.