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Gibson, Bulldog Reunite

Posted: January 26, 2008 2:40 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2008 2:02 a.m.
 
Many of you remember it.

Maybe it's the swing or the trot around the bases.
Maybe it's Vin Scully saying: "High fly ball to right field, she is gone."
You can actually have that moment.
The featured guest at this weekend's West Coast Sports Collectors Expo at Hollywood Park Casino and Convention Center is Kirk Gibson.
Gibson, alongside fellow 1988 World Series hero Orel Hershiser and many other former Dodgers, will be signing autographs, for a price of course, on Sunday.
It's all part of a Dodgers-themed show.
On Saturday, the main feature is 1981 World Series heroes Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey and Santa Clarita resident Bill Russell.
The goal, said Christopher Weber - owner of Hall of Fame Sports Collectibles, a San Dimas based sports memorabilia company - is to have 50 Dodgers signings throughout the year at the two expos he holds each year or his shop in San Dimas.
It's all to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers coming to Los Angeles.
This is the 13th year for the expo.
The difference this time, Weber said, is he believes its the first time Gibson, who hit the game-winning homer off Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the series, and Hershiser, the series MVP, have signed together.
"The picture with his fists in the air is one of our top-five selling items year after year after year," Weber said.
For non Dodgers or baseball fans - the expo always has many dealers selling autographed and non-autographed memorabilia and sports cards.
"I would say with confidence that this show is known nationally of having the best vintage sports cards dealers west of Mississippi," Weber said.
He added that the biggest sale to one customer ever at the expo was nearly $80,000.
So there will be a lot of valuables and money flowing through the building.
One of the memorabilia business' top auction houses Mastro Auctions, Inc., also has a booth.
The top draw at the last expo were Angels players Howie Kendrick and Reggie Willits.
At that show, memorabilia from you name it was for sale.
And you can actually bargain with some of the dealers.
Weber said there are usually 2,500 to 5,000 people that go to each show.
He said he hopes to do a show with Lakers greats in the future.
The next show should be around Labor Day.
For more information, visit www.halloffamesports.com


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