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Chantilly, National News and Notes

A bunch of national sports shows are on the horizon, including two stops in Chicago and the popular Chantilly Show in Virginia. Check out who's signing and how you can get tickets.

The show season is going to heat up as we head into spring and then turn up the heat of summer. Some information has been revealed on a pair of upcoming shows, the Chantilly Show in Virginia and the National Convention that will take place in Rosemont, Ill., this summer.

And don't forget, the March Chicago Sun-Times Show will take place Mar. 22-24 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Check out the show details here. Adrian Peterson and Drew Brees will be on hand to sign autographs.

Chantilly Show
For a semi-annual East Coast event, it’s hard to top the Collectors’ Showcase of America event in Chantilly, Va. Held at the Dulles Expo Center, the show has become a great place to swap collectibles and meet professional athletes face-to-face.

This spring show, which will be held April 5-7, features an impressive autograph lineup, which ranks among the best in the show’s storied history.

Among the headliners are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ernie Banks, Dave Bing, Dave Cowens, Mark Gastineau, Dan Fouts, Bobby Knight, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Barry Sanders and a whole cast of current and former Washington Redskins, including Robert Griffin III, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien and London Fletcher. Nearly 50 guests are scheduled to appear at the three-day event.

Show hours will be: Fri.: 2-8 p.m., Sat.: 9-5 p.m. and Sun.: 10-4 p.m. The show will also feature 250 dealer tables. Advance tickets are on sale now. Admission is $5 daily or $9 for a ticket good for Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit or call (540) 456-6877.

National Convention
VIP Packages and General Admission Tickets for the 34th National at the Donald E Stephens Center in Rosemont, IL, July 31-August 4, 2013, are now on sale through the web site.

The format for the National is similar to recent years. A Sneak Peek (open to all attendees) is slated for Wednesday 7/31 from 4-8 PM. All exhibitor booths will be open and ready for business. In addition, several free autograph guests will be on hand to sign for Sneak Peek attendees. The show continues Thursday-Saturday with show hours of 10AM-6PM and on Sunday from 10AM-5PM. A General Admission Ticket provides entrance on any one of the show dates.

Among the guests who will conduct signings at the show are Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Johnny Bench, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Ernie Banks, Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Lucas, Sugar Ray Leonard and Bobby Hull.

More guests are on the way, and the Olympic Pavilion will be back for the 2013 edition of the National.