The 42nd annual Cranston Card Show, which was created by Tom McDonough and now run by Mike “Mango” Mangasarian, will be held this weekend at Coventry High School.
The event raises funds for the Immaculate Conception Roman Church, and this year will feature 130 tables full of sports memorabilia. The show will also benefit the St. Vartanantz AYF sports program, as well as Coventry High School.
This year’s event will also welcome Cy Young winners Denny McLain and Jim Lonborg for autographs, while the No. 1 autograph authentication in the collectible industry, James Spence Authentication, will also be present.
Other museum pieces to everyday sports collectibles will be available. An 1881 Yale vs. Michigan program will be on display with touchdown treasures of which only six are known to exist. There will also be a 1985-86 Super Bowl ticket with a white border of which only three are known. Champion Sports Cards will have a 1966 graded-9 Topps Mickey Mantle card, while Charlie O'Neil, who has done the show since the very first one in 1976, will be present. Hobby supplies by Lin Terry will also have six tables.
The event will run on Saturday, Feb. 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., however, early bird passes are available which would allow shoppers to begin at 8 a.m. Hours on Sunday will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For more information, Mangasarian can be reached at (401) 601-5703.