Magic Johnson and Jerry West Highlight Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo

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Magic Johnson and Jerry West

Basketball Hall of Fame members Magic Johnson and Jerry West will sign autographs and a famous, rare U.S. nickel valued at $2.5 million will be among the multi-million dollar exhibits of historic collectibles and memorabilia at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, February 7 – 9, 2013.

A never-before-seen-in-California, multi-million dollar display of eight valuable 1909-era Honus Wagner baseball cards will be exhibited at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo in the Long Beach Convention Center, February 7 - 9, 2013.   (Photo credit: Professional Sports Authenticator.)

A never-before-seen-in-California, multi-million dollar display of eight valuable 1909-era Honus Wagner baseball cards will be exhibited at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo in the Long Beach Convention Center, February 7 – 9, 2013. (Photo credit: Professional Sports Authenticator.)

“Eight of the famous 1909-era Honus Wagner baseball cards will be exhibited in the largest public display in California of these historic cards,” said Cassi East, Long Beach Expo President. “The exhibit also will include a game-worn Wagner jersey from the Hall of Fame player’s 1913 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.”

Former Los Angeles Lakers stars Johnson and West, along with Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., will sign autographs and meet with fans at the show on Saturday, February 9. Members of the Laker Girls will perform cheerleading routines and sign free autographs at the show at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The multi-million dollar rare nickel coming to Long Beach is the legendary 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was unsuspectingly stored in a closet for four decades after the owners were mistakenly told it was a fake. Only five of the 1913 Liberty nickels are known, and this one was recovered from a 1962 car crash. It now has been authenticated by Professional Coin Grading Service, and this is the first time it will be displayed in California, courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

There also will be an exhibit of early American pennies dating back to 1793, and a limited quantity of five-ounce silver Panda medals specially struck by an official mint of the People’s Bank of China will be available for purchase at the show. A free Long Beach Expo Panda medal will be given away daily as a free door prize to a lucky, registered visitor.

The Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo is open to the public for buying and selling gold and silver, rare coins, vintage paper money, rare stamps, sports memorabilia and other collectibles and estate jewelry. Many of the 300 dealers attending the show will offer free, informal appraisals for the public. There will be educational seminars and collector’s club meetings, and Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) will conduct a $10 million public auction of rare coins.

The show will be open to the public Thursday and Friday, February 7 and 8, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public admission is $8 (good for all three days); $6 for members of any coin or stamp club; $4 for seniors 65 and older and for children ages 8 to 16. Free admission for children ages 7 and younger. More admissions discount information and a Schedule of Events are available online at www.LongBeachExpo.com.

For additional information and to pre-purchase autograph tickets, contact Cassi East by phone at (949) 567-1332 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com. During the show, call (562) 499-7455.

The appearance of Magic Johnson at the Long Beach Expo is courtesy of Prince Marketing Group.

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