ESPN College Football Analyst and former Buffalo Bills’ Linebacker Ray Bentley will be appearing at The Manchester Sports Card & Memorabilia Show on Sunday, May 29th. Bentley will be selling and signing copies of his new novel, Driftwood, as well as his Darby the Dinosaur and Bubba Gator children’s books at each the show.
The Manchester Sports Card & Memorabilia show features over 40 vendor tables, and runs from 9 AM to 2 PM. Admission is $2.00, and children under twelve get in free. The show will also include three other autograph guests: “Irish” Micky Ward, a former Welterweight boxing champion, Denny McLain, a former two-time Cy Young winner with the Detroit Tigers, and Warbeard Hanson, a professional wrestler with WWE and currently with Ring of Honor. In addition to the books, the same memorabilia items will be available at the Manchester Show.
Here is the signing schedule:
Ray Bentley – 10am to 12pm (free autograph, items available for purchase)
Denny McLain – 10:30am to 12pm ($15 autograph)
Warbeard Hanson – 11am to 1pm ($8 autograph)
Irish Micky Ward – 12pm to 2pm ($15 autograph)
Bentley, a member of the Bills' Super Bowl squads in 1990 & 1991, played with Buffalo from 1986-1991 and finished his career with the Cincinnati Bengals before retiring in 1993. Prior to joining the NFL Ray played in the USFL for the 1983 USFL Champion Michigan Panthers and the Oakland Invaders in 1985. He has been a college football TV analyst for ESPN for the past 12 years.
Bentley released his first novel, Driftwood, this past August after previously writing seven different children's books featuring Darby the Dinosaur and Bubba Gator. Along with Ray’s books other sports memorabilia will also be available including Ray’s Football Trading cards, 8x10 photos, mini helmets, and footballs. All autographs will be free at the event.
Driftwood is the story of Buffalo Blizzard Linebacker, Jack Driftwood, and his last chance at pro football glory. The narrative follows the grizzled, old linebacker from training camp through Mega Bowl 50 played in Buffalo and gives an inside look at the machinations of professional football on the field and in the locker room. Off the field Driftwood’s eclectic collection of friends help him escape and bring the truth to light when the Blizzard’s General Manager plays rough in his efforts to steal the team and send Jack packing.