Williams toasts the Babe with special wine bottles


Ted Williams is adding a hitters hall of fame to his Florida museum in February. Collectors can toast the event now with a hand-carved wine bottle honoring Babe Ruth's centennial.

The Trevlin Collection of Laguna Hills, Calif., will be creating a series of limited-edition wine bottles for the museum to honor the game's greatest hitters. Each bottle of de-alcoholized cabernet sauvignon is deeply etched by hand, then hand-painted in gold, according to Mike Bond of Trevlin. "Everything's done by hand," says Bond.

Williams chose Ruth for the first piece in the collection and the first museum-endorsed product. The bottle has images of Ruth in full swing, his face, his farewell and Yankee Stadium. The Ruth bottle will be limited to 750. Each bottle has a numbered and signed label, and collectors will be able to order subsequent editions with matching numbers.

The bottles are $59 each, plus shipping, with proceeds benefiting the Ted Williams Outreach Foundation. Call Trevlin at (714) 837-7998. Twenty hitters will be inducted into Williams' hitters hall of fame on Feb. 9, 1995. Each will have a showcase in the museum with memorabilia from his career. Among the inductees are Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx and Frank Robinson.

The Ted Williams Museum is 80 minutes west of Orlando. For information, write to the museum at 2455 N. Citrus Hills Blvd., Hernando, Fla. 34442.

CFLs jerseys available

Ball 4 Sports has purchased helmets and jerseys from the Baltimore CFLs. The home and away jerseys all include the Grey Cup patch and are on display at the store (109 Thomas St., Bel Air).

Major-league teams continue to sell off uniforms early. Ball Four has Atlanta Braves '94 jerseys (with the 150th anniversary patch) and San Diego Padres jerseys from 1991 through 1994 (including blue jerseys).

According to Barry Wolfsheimer, Padres uniforms are not often seen on the market. "I've been doing this since 1981 and have never had such an influx of teams calling me before Christmas," he says. "I've never had them contact me as early as this." Call (410) 879-2040 or (410) 692-5650.

Knock wood for standings

Pro Insignia has captured the 1994 season in a series of six bats, one for each division. Each bat has the division's team insignia and standings when the players went on strike Aug. 12. Each 1994 Final Standings bat is $49.95 plus $5 shipping. Call (800) 533-0726.

No more Triple Play

Donruss is discontinuing its Triple Play baseball cards, which were produced from 1992 through 1994.

Tough autograph found

Action Packed's Basketball Hall of Fame series returns with the 40-card Signature Series. All players featured, except the late Pete Maravich, autographed at least 500 cards. Bill Russell, who rarely signs autographs, signed these cards. Also in the set is former Baltimore Bullet Buddy Jeannette, a 1994 Hall of Fame inductee. All cards have a gold facsimile signature except the Russell and Bob Cousy Greats of the Game cards, which have been issued only with autographs.

A Flair for hockey

Fleer is taking its hockey line super premium with the premiere edition of Flair. Series I has 225 basic cards, including a 10-card subset featuring Hart Memorial Trophy winner Sergei Fedorov. There are 30 insert cards in three sets. Cards are sold in 10-card "hardpacks."


Fleer's Excel minor-league set features 300 cards plus 40 insert cards. The basic set contains nine Orioles farmhands, with Jimmy Haynes and Harry Berrios also appearing on insert cards. (Shown is Ray Durham, a second baseman with the Chicago White Sox's Triple-A Nashville Sounds.)

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