Souvenirs: sweet buy and buy Programs lead best-seller list ALL-STAR GAME July 13 1993 Baltimore


At 5:15 p.m. yesterday, Clarence Weston and his wife, Judith, had time to chat, to think and to rest.

The Westons, who operate a concession stand on the lower deck at Camden Yards, were in for a rush of souvenir buyers as intense as yesterday's heat.

"They're going to come. They've been coming strong all week," said Clarence Weston.

Indeed, within 30 minutes of the first pitch of last night's All-Star Game, the Westons were looking at lines of 15 each, and there was no time to talk.

"It's been this way all night," said Judith Weston.

That was the story all over the upper and lower concourses, as fans from Baltimore and all over the country shelled out dollars and forked over credit cards to buy any manner of trinket available.

That is, as long as an All-Star theme and the words "Oriole Park at Camden Yards" were attached to it.

For instance, gray and black T-shirts with the two thoughts and an overhead view of the ballpark were a hot item at $22 each.

Cream-colored hats with the logo in the middle and "Oriole Park" embroidered in script on the left and "Camden Yards" on the right, went briskly at $24 on the lower deck near the Eutaw Street entrance.

Fans also gobbled up numbered buttons and key chains, each priced below $5, as proof they attended last night's game.

Another popular item was a set of three pins recalling the 1958 All-Star Game, played at Memorial Stadium, and last night's game.

"They're a real hot seller," said Tami Andrews, who runs a stand on the lower concourse near the Russell Street entrance.

Andrews said sales in general at her stand have been building since the Orioles returned home Thursday. For instance, she said, the stand had sold 40 or 50 commemorative steins at $25 each in the past six days.

Usually, Andrews' stand, which was mobbed less than 30 minutes before the game, will do about $2,000 to $3,000 worth of business on Sundays and about $2,000 a game during the rest of the week.

But Andrews said she sold about $5,000 worth of shirts, buttons, steins and the like Sunday and $8,500 worth during the All-Star Workout Monday, on the way to about $36,000 to $40,000 worth since Thursday.

The champion item was a souvenir program, which went for $8.

Even with a limit of 10 programs per person and a price nearly three times the $3 price for programs for last year's inaugural game at Camden Yards, vendors were busy.

Joey Henderson, who sold programs near the media entrance, started the evening with 21 boxes with 20 programs in each box. By nearly game time, his supply had dwindled to 12 boxes.

"People are getting lots of them," said Judith Weston. "They're buying four or five of them for their friends as well as keeping some of them for themselves."

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