As the coronavirus pandemic has shut down nearly all live sporting events in the country, most parts of the sports world have been impacted, from the athletes themselves, to trainers, stadium and arena workers and more.
One of those sectors has been the autograph circuit, which like almost all other public events, has been shut down.
Total Sports Enterprises, a Robinson Township company, is one of the largest sources of authentic and and autographed sports memorabilia and often works with current and former players to hold public autograph sessions.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) April 9, 2020
Since the shut down, the company has had live events canceled or postponed, preventing them from adding to their inventory and also preventing the athletes from holding public signings.
“It may have a small impact on the immediate future, but we will eventually be able to reschedule the events at a later date when there is no risk to our customers and athletes,” a TSE spokesperson told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
In the meantime, they still have plenty of items in their inventory, and they’re doing something to give back. They’re holding a sports memorabilia auction that runs through this Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The auction features items signed by Nick Bjugstad, Terry Bradshaw, James Conner, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Joe Haden, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Malik Harrison, Jack Lambert, Dan Marino, Evgeni Malkin, Bill Mazeroski, Heath Miller, Jeff Reed, Andy Russell, Bryan Rust, Ryan Shazier, Donnie Shell and JuJu Smith-Schuster, among with other things.