Mounted Memories and Schwartz Sports, the wholesale and manufacturing divisions of Dreams, Inc., have finalized plans to launch the FansEdge Sports Spectacular presented by the Chicago Sun-Times. Slated to run July 16-19, 2009, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the summer blockbuster event comes on the heels of their widely-popular November and March shows.
“After the amazing success of our sports shows in November and March, we decided to produce a summer show to bridge the gap for all of the sports fans,” said Brian Schwartz, president of Schwartz Sports. “The show will feature many all-time greats across the major sports, as well as some of today’s stars. Our autograph lineup will truly set the standard for summer sports shows.”
High-profile athletes Dan Marino, Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose and Dick Butkus have already agreed to participate in the show, which will be held in Main Hall A of the convention center, as opposed to the November and March shows which are held upstairs in the smaller convention room.
Also taking part in the show will be “Mr. Mint,” Alan Rosen, a long-time staple at the Sun-Times shows who will have his familiar table inside the main entrance, along with his equally familiar briefcase full of cash. “I am thrilled to once again be participating in a major summer sports show,” said Rosen, “especially in Chicago, which is consistently one of my strongest buying markets.”
Along with the athlete appearances, the first 1,000 visitors in the door each day will receive a scratch-off ticket for a wide range of prizes, including free premium athlete autographs worth as much as $200 and rewards certificates and merchandise from Fansedge.com. In addition, the center of the show will house a corporate pavilion hosted by FansEdge, Dreams Inc’s Internet retail division and title sponsor of the show, which will feature 10-by-20-foot and larger corporate booths of some of the biggest players in the industry.
As a special incentive, all dealers who commit to a booth by Dec. 31, 2008, will receive a $100 discount. For more information on the show, contact Becky Batista at (954) 742-8544, or visit www.SchwartzSports.com.