Coming Events

03/23 Sports Card Show & Auction† read more

03/30 Easter Egg Hunt, 1pm, Ephrata Rec Center

04/28 Spring Bingo

Club Meetings

Sports Card Show (General Information)

Ephrata Lions Club's 44th Annual Sports Card Show and Auction.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

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

Autograph session 11:00 to 1:00, featuring former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Ham.

Silent auction starts at 8:30 and closes at 1:30.
Live sports memorabilia auction begins at approximately 2:30.
A separate online auction will be available from March 18 to March 29 (see details below).

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

Ephrata Recreation Center
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Click here to download the show flyer.

Show Details

Former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers Jack Ham will sign autographs between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Jack Ham'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, but a waiting list is available for future years.)

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 enables the Lions Club to 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 the "HOF 88" 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 Club or from other vendors at the show.
  • 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 items for sale (quantities limited) at the show, such as photos, photo sleeves, and mini-helmets.

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 to download the updated auction list.
  • Click here to view the auction web page.

Silent Auction

In addition to our 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). More details can be found on the auction web page.

Online Auction

For the first time, we will also have a separate online-only auction of sports memorabilia, run by Pannebecker and Wolf Auctioneers, Inc. at The online auction will run from Monday March 18 until Friday March 29. All details will be posted on the Pannebecker and Wolf auction site.

Vendor Information

  • Cost is $75 per table (with $25 late fee if not received by December 31). Table reservations are forfeited if payment is not received by January 31.
  • 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 30 names on it.
  • Pennsylvania Sales Tax numbers are required of all vendors.
  • Vendor table pooling is not permitted.

Current vendors, click here for additional information.

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:

  • Akron Lions Club
  • Blue Ridge Communications
  • Ensinger Printing
  • Ephrata Area Varsity Co-ed Rifle Team Booster Club
  • Ephrata Baseball Association
  • Ephrata Recreation Center
  • The Ephrata Review
  • The Historic Smithton Inn
  • The Shopping News

Future Shows

March 29, 2025
March 28, 2026
March 20, 2027 (NOT the last Friday in March due to Easter)

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 to download our press release.