Baltimore's All-Star past a big hit, too


As All-Star merchandise begins to proliferate, collectors may want to check out some All-Star memorabilia that not everybody in town is likely to have.

Visit the Babe Ruth Museum and discover All-Star Maryland. Former Orioles broadcaster Ernie Harwell's play-by-play (complete with commercial breaks) of the 1958 game takes fans back to the last All-Star Game in Baltimore. There's also a video of game highlights.

Fourteen Maryland-born players Notebook

have been in All-Star Games. There are MVP awards won by Jimmie Foxx and Cal Ripken and a jersey and cap from Al Kaline.

Fifty-three Orioles have taken part in All-Star Games, and museum volunteer Jim Tracy went into his baseball card collection to come up with an appropriate card for each man.

George Kell's and Gus Triandos' commemorative bats are there as is Billy O'Dell's MVP award.

Also on display are pennants, programs, a ticket stub, buttons, the commemorative magazines put out by The Sun and the News-Post and an autographed baseball.

The museum had asked people for donations from their collections. According to curator Greg Schwalenberg, about 20 contacted the museum.

"A lot of people had the magazines," he says, adding that the display copies are from the museum's collection. People had also saved the next day's papers, but there wasn't room enough to include them. Other items people had saved were facsimile-autographed baseballs, programs and tickets.

There are also a collection of press pins from 1948 to 1992 and a copy of the game, Baseball Strategy. The latter has nothing to do with the All-Star Game except that the photo on the box is from that game.

One item sold at the game was an envelope with photos of 24 players. Some of the pictures are on display.

One that isn't has Willie Mays' name on it, but the face is not his.

The museum, at 216 Emory St., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 7 p.m. when the Orioles are home. The exhibit runs until Oct. 31. Call (410) 727-1539.

Basketball holograms

Upper Deck is featuring 36 NBA stars in holograms. The company has selected an MVP for each team and nine "future MVPs" and put them together in 108,000 numbered sets.

Cards have an action photo and an inset hologram. Team MVPs include Michael Jordan, David Robinson and Charles Barkley. Among the future MVPs are Shaquille O'Neal and Tom Gugliotta.

The box collection

Reader Ray Saunders of Alexandria, Va., seems to do a lot of his collecting in the grocery store. He notes that Kellogg's has put Ken Griffey on the box with Tony the Tiger and has enclosed a poster of Griffey, Nolan Ryan or Reggie Jackson. Corn Flakes features Ryan on the box plus a mail-in offer for a replica batting helmet, and Raisin Bran fans can send for a team logo hip pouch.

The cleverest idea comes from Milk Bone, which has a set of 20 cards featuring baseball players and their dogs. There are three Orioles: Brady Anderson, Ben McDonald and Cal Ripken. The complete set is available by mail.

Coming events

Through July 11, "The Artist and the Baseball Card," Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5p.m. Sunday, (302) 571-9590.

Through Oct. 31, exhibit "The Babe, The Birds and Baltimore: An All-Star Tradition" and exhibit on Rex Barney's 50-year sports career, with memorabilia from his Brooklyn Dodgers days, Babe Ruth Museum, (410) 727-1539.

May 16, card show, Security Holiday Inn (I-695, Exit 17), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.


Leaf Series One is coming this month, 220 strong, featuring a Frank Thomas subset. Other subsets are Gold Leaf Rookies and Heading For The Hall (look for Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray). Rockies, Marlins and Reds, Angels and Mariners in new uniforms will be in Series Two only. Backs have team-logo holograms and superimpose player-action photos on cityscapes or famous landmarks. Series Two is due in August.

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