Harrison's Mariano Rivera Headlines Card Show In White Plains

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Rye native Ralph Branca at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center.
Rye native Ralph Branca at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Reuben Sierra signing autographs at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center.
Reuben Sierra signing autographs at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Dodger great Carl Erskine signing autographs at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center
Dodger great Carl Erskine signing autographs at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Mike Adamovich shows off his Yankee autographs signing autographs at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center
Mike Adamovich shows off his Yankee autographs signing autographs at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Memorabilia of all shapes and sizes was for sale signing autographs at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center
Memorabilia of all shapes and sizes was for sale signing autographs at the March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center Photo Credit: Sam Barron
The memorabilia was not just limited to real sports.
The memorabilia was not just limited to real sports. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
White Plains native John Goodman sells prewar baseball cards.
White Plains native John Goodman sells prewar baseball cards. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Yes, apparently there were XFL trading cards released.
Yes, apparently there were XFL trading cards released. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
The March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center had anything and everything.
The March Madness Card Show at the Westchester County Center had anything and everything. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Baseball cards, balls and players of all shapes and sizes were at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on Saturday, headlined by an appearance by Yankees legend Mariano Rivera.

JP's Sports and Rock Solid Promotions held a March Madness card show featuring vendors hawking autographed cards, autographed baseballs, programs and any type of sports memorabilia you could think of.

Rivera was the headliner, but the day also featured Brooklyn Dodger legends, Carl Erskine and Ralph Branca, a Rye native, signing autographs, as well as former Yankee Reuben Sierra.

Mike Adamovich from Cortlandt said was in line to meet Erskine, Branca and Sierra.

"I grew up wearing No. 13 like Branca did," Adamovich said. "And I'm a huge Yankee fan, so I want to meet Sierra."

Frank Salamone was selling baseballs of players past and present, having been in the business since 1985. Salamone said his most popular items are balls signed by Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio

"As long as they sell, it's all good," Salamone said. 

Rich Raccai of Fairfield has Yankee season tickets and couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet Rivera.

"It was pretty neat getting to meet him," Raccai said. "He was very nice."

Raccai, who had been to many of these card shows, said his highlight was once meeting former Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly.

John Goodman, a graduate of White Plains High School, has been selling pre- World War II baseball cards since 1989.

"My cards are rare and expensive," Goodman said. "They don't sell as fast, but people really appreciate the artwork."

Goodman said he loves anything old, particularly Babe Ruth and Christy Mathewson baseball cards. 

Branca, famous for giving up the 'Shot Heard Round The World' home run to Bobby Thompson of the New York Giants in a 1954 playoff game, said he enjoyed meeting his fans.

"I'm surprised how enthusiastic people are to meet me," Branca said. "I am very thrilled."

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Mr. Branca is a native of Mt. Vernon.

Yes, he is a native of Mount Vernon and is in that city's sports Hall of Fame. Too bad the DV so-called journalists don't research their subjects before writing about them.