QUINCY -- Former St. Louis Cardinals Ted Simmons and Scott Spiezio will headline the 29th annual Quincy Mall Baseball Card Show on Jan. 28 and 29.
Mike Jenkins, property manager at the mall, feels this will be one of the most popular -- and largest -- baseball card and memorabilia shows in recent years.
"This is the longest-running show of its kind in West-Central Illinois," Jenkins said. "We're expecting some long lines of people seeking autographs from Simmons and Spiezio, and we're anticipating an increase in dealers from across western Illinois, Northeast Missouri, southeast Iowa and St. Louis."
Simmons will be signing 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, with Spiezio signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.
Jenkins said line tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. each day at the mall's community service area.
"Mall doors will open at 7 a.m. each day," Jenkins said. "We're expecting quite a few people to be there when the doors open."
Jenkins said it is events like this that are becoming more important to shopping centers like the Quincy Mall.
"Shopping habits have changed, and we have to look more at community events like this to bring in the foot traffic -- and let the merchants take it from there," he said.
Drawing cards like Simmons and Spiezio should help the cause.
Simmons, 67, is an eight-time All-Star who hit 285 home runs and batted .285 over a career that spanned 1968-88 with the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves.
Simmons, a member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame, caught two no-hitters -- thrown by Bob Gibson in 1971 and Bob Forsch in 1978. Simmons played for the Cardinals from 1968 to 1980.
Spiezio, 44, compiled a .255 average and hit 119 home runs during a 12-year career where he played for the Cardinals, Angels, A's and Mariners. His biggest claim to Cardinals fame was serving as a utility player on the 2006 World Series championship team.
Jenkins is expecting about 20 dealers. Interested vendors should call 217-641-9203 for additional information about the show and available space. Fees include $150 for two tables and chairs.