BALTIMORE NON-SPORTS CARD CONVENTION UPDATE
Hotel Changes Name To Towson Place Hotel & Suites, Formerly The Holiday Inn Baltimore-Towson
HERSHEY, Pa – Organizers of the upcoming Baltimore Non-Sports Card Convention officially announced some important updates, including a name change of the hotel where the convention is being held, explained Ronald M. Vastola, Outreach Coordinator of USA Theatres, the organization that is producing the convention.
“The name of the hotel is being changed due to remodeling and new ownership,” Vastola said.
“While being remodeled, we will be called the Towson Place Hotel & Suites,” said Hanni Wudtke, Catering Sales Manager of Towson Place Inn & Suites (formerly the Holiday Inn Baltimore-Towson).
“We will not be a flagged hotel during this time, but after the remodel is complete, we will be again,” Wudtke said.
Although the name of the hotel has been changed, the address of the hotel will remain the same (1100 Cromwell Bridge Road, Towson, Maryland).
Speaking of name changes, the convention is now boasting over twelve newly added special guests including Ted Dastick Jr. (a professional sketch card artist who has worked on a variety of cards and sets including licensed properties such as Indiana Jones), Sir Shadow (a unique 21st century artist who has internationally acclaimed works), Joseph and Ronda Havlock (two contemporary artists that combine state of the art technology with state of the art human dynamics), Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson (authors of the up-coming “Green Hornet” book due for publication January 2010), the U.S.S. William Penn (a newly-forming chapter of Starfleet, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc.), and Steven Miller (a professional sketch card artist who has worked for Rittenhouse Archives’ Art and Images of Xena: Warrior Princess, Art and Image of Star Trek The Original Series, X-Men 3, and The Complete Avengers).
Newly added manufacturers and publishers appearing at the convention include trading card manufacturer Rittenhouse Archives, Ltd, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, an American pop culture museum located in historic Camden Station at Camden Yards in Baltimore Maryland, owned by Stephen A. Geppi (President and CEO of Diamond Comics Distributors), and TheTradingCardMuseum.com, a website built by and for trading card collectors, artists, dealers, producers and enthusiasts.
Both Rittenhouse and TheTradingCardMuseum.com will be producing and providing giveaway promotional cards designed exclusively for this event.
Previously announced guests include Jeff Zapata (art director at Topps), Mark Pingitore (a full-time artist in the animation business who did concept work for the Garbage Pail Kids card series and also Hollywood Zombies), Jim Kyle (a professional illustrator now working in the non sport field and who has done work for all of the major non sport companies including Topps, Rittenhouse, Breygent, Marvel, DC, and Lucasfilm), and Non-Sport Update, a magazine published bi-monthly for the discriminating collector of non-sport cards.
Other highlights of the convention will include a free limited edition “Great Defender” Baltimore Non-Sports Card Convention promo card with each paid admission, while supplies last. Only 1,000 cards will be printed, so distribution will be limited to only one per person, courtesy of Custom-TradingCards.com by Creative Instinct.
The show will feature up to 40 tables of exhibitors, including dealers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York, specializing in non-sports cards from the 1930’s to the present day.
The premier debut’ of the convention is scheduled to be held on Sunday, March 21, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free admission for children under 12.
“It’s going to be a brisk and fantastic convention,” Vastola added.
For more information, visit their website, www.usatheatres.com/conventions.html.