Coming Events

09/24-28 Bingo, Ephrata Fair

11/02 Marathon Bingo, noon-7:30, Ephrata Rec

02/22 Marathon Bingo, noon-7:30, Ephrata Rec

03/28 Sports Card Show & Auction† read more

04/04 (or 04/11) Easter Egg Hunt, 10am, Tom Grater Park (ages 1 thru 11)

Club Meetings

Sports Card Show (General Information)

Our next card show & auction is Saturday March 28, 2020

Ephrata Lions Club's 40th Annual Sports Card Show and Auction.

Charlie Manuel

Brent Celek

Saturday, March 30, 2019

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

In honor of our 40th anniversary, we will have two autograph signers:
  • Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will sign autographs from 11:00 to 1:00.
  • Former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek will sign autographs from 11:30 to 1:30.

Silent auction starts at 8:30 and closes at 2:00. 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

To support the show's 40th anniversary, we have several tiers of autograph sponsors.

Lester R. Summers Trucking
Keystone State Baseball & Softball Academy
Ephrata National Bank

Home Run†

Blue Ridge Communications
The Ephrata Review

Ephrata Lions Club

An Ephrata Lions Club Member
An Ephrata Lions Club Member

222 Dutch Lanes
Chikes Orthodontics
Four Seasons Produce
Historic Smithton Inn
Salon Art-Tiff
Sudbrink Oral Surgery

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) dealer tables, where attendees may buy, sell, and trade baseball cards and other sports-related items. (All available dealer tables are currently sold for 2019.)

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 baseball, softball, lacrosse, and football programs. The event also helps the Lions Club sponsor the 16U Ephrata Lions baseball team.

The card show also supports the Power Packs Project (Ephrata Area School District and Ephrata Rec Center) and the Samaritan Counseling Centerís TeenHope program (Ephrata High School). 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

  • Charlie Manuel autograph tickets are $25.00 each for one autograph on any item.
  • Brent Celek autograph tickets are $30.00 each for one autograph on a "flat" (e.g., a card, photo, or magazine), a ball, or a helmet; or $40.00 each for all other items (e.g., equipment, apparel, or pennants).
  • 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 two hundred and fifty (250) autograph tickets will be sold for each signer, and are only available in person on the day of the show. Additional autographs beyond the initial 250 will be sold if time permits.
  • Autograph ticket sales stop at 12:30 p.m., and you 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 dealers or from the Ephrata Lions Club.
  • 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.

Mike Root, Director of Authentication for Certified Authentication Service (CAS) will be available during the show and autograph session to provide authentication of items that attendees would like to have authenticated. Authentications by CAS provide future proof that your autographed item is genuine, and is the best way to maximize the value of your investment.

Card Show Special: CAS will provide in-the-presence certifications for Brent Celek and Charlie Manuel at a reduced cost of $5 per autograph.

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 2:00. The silent auction features items like autographed photos and game tickets. Winning bidder (or a proxy) must be present at 2:00 to claim their item(s).

Brent Celek

  • Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
  • Played his entire 11-season career with the Eagles.
  • Set the Eagles franchise records for yards in a game with 131 in 2008 and for receptions in a playoff game with 10 in the 2009 NFC Championship game.
  • Won Super Bowl LII with the team over the New England Patriots during the 2017 season, and subsequently retired that off-season.

Charlie Manuel

  • Managed the Philadelphia Phillies 2004-2013, finishing with a record of 780 wins and 636 losses, the most wins by a Phillies manager.
  • Managed the Phillies to the World Series championship in 2008, and the National League championship in 2009.
  • Managed the Phillies to five consecutive NL East titles, 2007-2011.
  • The second manager in Phillies history to manage a team to at least 100 wins in a season, and a franchise-record 102 regular season wins.

Dealer 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 20 names on it.
    Pennsylvania Sales Tax numbers are required of all dealers.
  • Dealer 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

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.