Shady day ahead for Eagles fans

By JOHN MEDEIROS jmedeiros@timesleader.com

August 19, 2013

There’s nothing better than when one of the big names from your favorite team comes to the area to sign autographs.

Being here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, we are fortunate to have plenty of pro teams to root for. Your favorites might be from Philadelphia, or from Pittsburgh, or New York. There are some deeper rooted fandoms with teams from Baltimore or Boston as well.

Well, Sports Fever in the Steamtown Mall will be bringing up to our area one of Philly’s finest. Former Harrisburg-area (Bishop McDevitt) and University of Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy, now a star with the Philadelphia Eagles, will be signing autographs for a couple of hours at the sports memorabilia store.

McCoy has nearly 4,000 yards rushing in his first three NFL seasons, all with the Eagles, including two 1,000-yard campaigns. He’s also a dangerous threat out of the backfield in the passing game for Philadelphia, with 220 receptions for more than 1,500 yards in 58 professional games.

McCoy will be at Sports Fever from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. It would be best to secure yourself tickets, as appearances like these often sell out in advance. Sports Fever can be reached at 343-7148.

Dutch treats

Former Philadelphia Phillies catch Darren Daulton has taken to putting his signature on a number of items as he continues to wage his battle against brain cancer.

“Dutch” is working with Under the Radar Sports Promotions, LLC, to make autographed memorabilia available to his fans everywhere. At www.undertheradar.net, there are a variety of autographed photos available for $29.99, signed baseballs for $10 more, and autographed bats and jerseys — the latter top out at $399.99.

You can also make arrangements to send your item of choice that you already have to Under the Radar for Daulton to autograph. Contact information is available on their website.

Under the Radar has some other former Phillies that they have partnered with, including Mickey Morandini, Glenn Wilson and Von Hayes. Their website offers a variety of baseball players from both the American and National leagues.

According to the Morning Call of Allentown, Under the Radar was founded by Craig Waters and Todd Schafer. Waters is a teacher and football coach at Parkland High School, and Schafer has a company that provides video for almost every high school football team in the Allentown area.

Big sales

The Associated Press reported that a 1934 Lou Gehrig baseball card sold for $125,332 and a 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card went for $51,450 in SCP Auctions’ Summer Auction that closed Saturday.

SCP Auctions said Thursday that the auction amassed over $2.2 million, with a 1980-1981 Larry Bird/Magic Johnson rookie card selling for $60,667 and Travis Jervey’s 1996 Green Bay Super Bowl ring going for $37,610.

In the fun department, three Johnny Manziel autographed items — Texas A&M jersey, helmet and an NCAA football — went for $715.20. The offering included a handful of the legendary T206 baseball cards and items going back to the late 1800s.