SI King's Team
Sam Lynagh –
One of my closest
friends in life.
Sam and I have known
each other since 1985. We’ve racked across the country and nailed
thousands of signatures together for years. Philadelphia’s “mayor” of
autographs is the owner of one of the city’s greatest Restaurant / Bar’s
called The New Wave Café.
The walls are lined with signed SI & Time
magazines as well Album covers from the past.
Visit their website and
make sure you swing by his joint when you pass through Philly.
Corner of 3rd
Ace Marchant –
My main magazine
supplier for over 20 years and a great friend. Money has never
exchanged hands as we’ve worked a tremendous barter system from the
He supplied the
magazines and I supplied the signatures in return. He’s been a mainstay
on the East Coast show circuit for years as well a veteran at The
National for many more. A “smartie pants” college professor by trade,
Ace has always given me a run for my money with his sense of humor and
George Amores –
“SI George” is another
20+ year collecting friend of mine and one of the most honest, sincere
guys on the planet. Everyone knows autograph collectors are a different
breed, especially in New York City! Most are on the verge of
retardation. George and I would poke fun at most of these people,
amazed that we turned out pretty good and still had the “collecting bug”
for as long as we have. He’s faded into the sunset with his collecting
efforts of late but still remains a great friend.
Quigley – Dayton, NJ
Quigs was one of the
original pioneers of paid autograph shows back in the early 80’s
bringing Sandy Koufax into NYC for his first signing ever. He is the
ultimate prankster in the collecting circles I travel and typically
there’s not 1 minute where we’re aren’t rackin or unmercifully making
fun of someone else. He’s been my black tie, banquet crashing partner
for years and we always celebrate with a Champions dinner after nailing
all of the athletes for our collections. Never a dull moment with Quigs!
Rob Carrothers –
Rob’s pissed me off the
past few years and fallen hard into semi-retirement.
Work and family are too
much of a priority for him and I just can’t get past it.
A long time friend and
collecting buddy… Rob made his TV debut with me when the MSG Network
followed me around for the day when filming a nice story on The SI
King’s collection. We’ve destroyed many many athletes over the years.
He’s another veteran banquet crashing extrordinaire and I hope to get
him back in the swing of things soon.
Joe Campeas –
This long time
collecting friend’s wife thinks Joe “cheats” on her because I am always
trying to take him away from his family to collect autographs. If you
run into him one day, ask him about his story at the Marriott Marquis.
It’s a classic! His way of getting into places and the stories he tells
rival mine. It seems we’re always tring to outdo each other. With
work, Joe gets to travel and rack in a lot places. He always seems to
get what he wants with hard work and determination. A few goodie bags
of Blistex never hurt his chances! He’s a great family man and a great
friend of mine.
Ferrara – New Hyde Park, NY
K9 Cop has been a long time collecting friend for 15+ years. He works
some crazy hours so he can pretty much rack around the clock. If I
could get into the places he can, I’d be there in a heartbeat. A
funny guy and a great collector. A tremendous source of information
too. Where’s my new PBA Card?
Frank Bifulco – New
Hyde Park, NY
Bif is Bif. One of the
greatest characters in NYC collecting. Sleeps all day and racks all
night. Frank’s always been there with information and tips and he’s
been a great road trip friend for years. We killed in Lake Tahoe this
summer and had a ton of laughs along the way. He’s open for any rack at
any time and always a great help to me to hammer an athlete hard once he
runs out of his own items. Another great veteran banquet crasher; he’s
always the best dressed thanks to his Dad’s Custom Tailor expertise.
|Alan Litt – Lakewood, NJ
Here’s a long time collecting friend of mine that we are all just happy to say is still here on planet earth. Alan was dealt a brutal hand with some jackass immigrant out of control livery cab driver in NYC. He cheated death after laying in a coma for 3 months and losing both his legs. Today, Alan is back in full swing rackin with the best of ‘em! We’re all lucky to have him part of the action again!
||Joe Covino & James Kanowitz – Irving, TX