2012 National Autograph Lineup Led by Cal Ripken Jr.

2012 National Autograph Lineup Led by Cal Ripken Jr.

TriStar announced the first group of signers for the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, which takes place August 1-5 in Baltimore. Not surprisingly, the Baltimore Orioles are well represented with Cal Ripken, Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson and Reggie Jackson all slated to appear. Several members of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine," including Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, will also be on hand to sign autographs. Other highlights on the initial list of guests for the 2012 National include Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, Rickey Henderson and Ozzie Smith.

Here are the confirmed signers.

Baseball:

  • Cal Ripken Jr.
  • Jim Palmer
  • Brooks Robinson
  • Frank Robinson
  • Eddie Murray
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Jim Rice
  • Carlton Fisk
  • Fergie Jenkins
  • Bob Gibson
  • Lou Brock
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Bruce Sutter
  • Whitey Herzog
  • Pete Rose
  • Johnny Bench
  • Joe Morgan
  • Tony Perez
  • George Foster
  • Cesar Geronimo
  • Dave Concepcion
  • Ken Griffey Sr.

Football:

  • Randy White

Hockey:

  • Alexander Ovechkin

Triple Crown-Winning Jockeys:

  • Ron Turcotte (Secretariat)
  • Jean Cruguet (Seattle Slew)
  • Steve Cauthen (Affirmed)

Autograph tickets to the 2012 National go on sale in late-spring. Admission tickets and VIP packages will be available in March. More autograph signers are also expected to be announced in the months ahead.

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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