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Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players and coaches — including members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 20 and 21 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.

Athlete signing times have recently been announced. Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 20, are:
11 a.m. to noon: Claude Humphrey, Joe Altobelli, Gilles Villemure, Don Luce
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ray Bentley
12 to 1 p.m.: Sammy Stewart, Dave Ford, Tim Stoddard, Al Bumbry, Bill Swaggerty
1 to 2 p.m.: Adrian Dantley, Jim McMillian, Ernie DiGregorio, Jack Marin, Gar Heard
2 to 3 p.m.: Walt Patulski, Scott Norwood, Jim Lorentz, Ruben Brown, Gabe Northern

Special Guests Will Keep the Buffalo Auto Show Buzzing All Weekend Long

Special Guests Will Keep the Buffalo Auto Show Buzzing All Weekend Long

The Buffalo Auto Show, Western New York’s premier new vehicle automotive event, makes its annual return to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Feb. 11-14, and along with the latest and greatest new vehicles, visitors will also have a chance to see some very special guests!

Three members of the Buffalo Bandits — Ryan Benesch, David Brock and Dhane Smith — will appear at the Auto Show from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, to sign autographs and have photos taken with their fans. Several members of the Buffalo Bandettes, the professional dance team for the Buffalo Bandits, will also be on hand to greet fans!

Nearly 30 Athletes Scheduled to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 Athletes Scheduled to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players and coaches — including members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 20 and 21 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.

Former Buffalo Bills scheduled to appear include Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Marv Levy, Steve Tasker, Scott Norwood, Ruben Brown, Ray Bentley, Jeff Nixon, Walt Patulski, Billy Shaw, Al Bemiller and Ed Rutkowski. In addition to the Bills, Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey is also scheduled to appear at the show.

NHL players on the appearance roster include former Buffalo Sabres Don Luce and Jim Lorentz, along with former Buffalo Bison and New York Rangers goalie Gilles Villemure.

Ray Bentley coming to WNY for book-signing events

Ray Bentley coming to WNY for book-signing events

Ray Bentley, the former Buffalo Bills linebacker (1986 to ’91) and preseason TV play-by-play announcer now in his 13th season with ESPN as a college football game analyst, will appear in Western New York to promote his debut fiction novel, “Driftwood,” the weekend of Dec. 19. Bentley has scheduled several appearances to sign copies of his book and meet with fans.

Bentley will kick off his schedule from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Nice Ash Cigars & Lounge, 5334 Transit Road, Depew, with a Bills roundtable discussion and book signing. Later Saturday, Bentley will visit Dave and Adams Card World, 8075 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, from 6 to 8 p.m.  

Bases Loaded to Host Buffalo Bandits Players for Free Holiday Signing Event

Bases Loaded to Host Buffalo Bandits Players for Free Holiday Signing Event

Several members of the Buffalo Bandits will visit Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga, for a free holiday signing event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 16.

Tentatively scheduled to appear are Ryan Benesch, Dhane Smith, David Brock, Mitch Jones, Brandon Goodwin, Adam Will, Nick Weiss and Anthony Malcom. Guests can meet and have photos taken with the players, and receive a free autographed team photo or yearbook. Fans can also bring their own items to get autographed.

Players are subject to change. For more information, please contact Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles at 656-0066. You can also follow Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles on Facebook for frequent updates.

New Book Features the Best of Newspaper Columnist Phil Ranallo; Two Signings Planned

New Book Features the Best of Newspaper Columnist Phil Ranallo; Two Signings Planned

Paul Ranallo, son of the late newspaper columnist Phil Ranallo, will hold two book-signing events Dec. 4 and 5 during the annual Hertel Holidays. Ranallo’s very first signing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at The Pasta Peddler/Blackbird Sweets, 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo. The second signing is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave.

Ranallo’s book, “What’s New, Harry? The Best of Buffalo Courier-Express Columnist Phil Ranallo,” features more than 100 of Phil Ranallo’s greatest columns originally written during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The columns cover a variety of public figures — from Ralph Wilson, Tim Horton and Jack Kemp to Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens and Martin Luther King — in addition to historic moments in American history. Each story, according to the author, is like opening a long-lost time capsule.

WNY Sports Card Expo to Host Impressive Lineup of Athletes

WNY Sports Card Expo to Host Impressive Lineup of Athletes

 

Several NFL, MLB and NLL stars — including Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas, Rayfield Wright, Charlie Joiner and Gaylord Perry — will take part in the annual Western New York Sports Card Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia. 

Nineteen athletes are scheduled to sign autographs during the event:

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Darryl Talley (Buffalo Bills), Thurman Thomas (Buffalo Bills), Charlie Joiner (San Diego Chargers) and Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd (Boston Red Sox).