Baseball Card Shows Near Chicago

By Bryan Ordman
The Chicago area hosts a handful of baseball card shows.

Baseball card and related sports memorabilia shows have struggled remained a staple in the sports collectible community throughout the years in the greater Chicago area. While many shows may have closed down, a few still exist to cater to both the casual and hard-core collectors These shows offer the opportunity to mingle with other collectors and examine baseball cards before buying.

Orland Park Civic Center

Orland Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago, has been running a baseball and sports card show at its community Civic Center for nearly two decades. Admission is still only $1 and there are typically 70 vendors showcasing a plethora of baseball cards and related merchandise. Vendors can purchase a 6-foot table for $35 or an 8-foot table for $40. The shows occur the first and last Saturday of each month. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

John Leary 708-423-1758 newpulse@comcast.net

Orland Park Civic Center 14750 S. Ravinia Ave. Orland Park, IL 60462 708-403-6200

Schaumburg Radisson

Twice each month, Chicagoland show promoter Fred Copp hosts a baseball card and sports memorabilia show in Schaumburg, a northern suburb of Chicago. Admission is always $1. The Sunday shows showcase 40 vendors, while Saturday shows are a slightly smaller, with 30 vendors. Each show lasts from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Fred Copp 847-967-7824 fcopp@sbcglobal.net

Radisson Hotel 1725 Algonquin Road Schaumburg, IL 847-397-1500

Brunswick Zone

Fred Copp also hosts a small baseball card show from 5-8 p.m. every Tuesday at the Brunswick Zone bowling alley in Niles, a suburb north of Chicago. Typically, there are only 10 tables to browse at this show, but it can serve as a great weekly meeting place for enthusiasts to buy, sell, and trade cards. Admission is free.

Fred Copp 847-967-7824 fcopp@sbcglobal.net

Brunswick Zone 7333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Niles, IL 60714 847-647-9433

About the Author

Bryan Ordman is a film school graduate of Columbia College Chicago and has been working as a freelance writer since 2007. His primary focus while attending college was screenwriting. He has written in the past primarily as a film columnist but is now regular writer for eHow and Answerbag. Ordman obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2008.