Now that the snow is nearly gone, Baltimoreans can find a true hint of spring ahead.
Look for it at the Babe Ruth Museum (216 Emory St.) beginning on Babe Ruth's birthday, Feb. 6, when the museum traditionally displays its new acquisitions.
The centerpiece will be a pair of New York Yankees pinstripe pants -- a first for the museum.
"This is a great way to conclude the Babe's centennial celebration with the donation by Mr. [Wolf D.] Fleiss of our first artifact of a Yankees uniform worn by Babe Ruth," says museum curator Greg Schwalenberg. "It was a priority on our centennial wish list."
Most of the other items are also Ruth-related: an autographed baseball from the Sinclair Babe Ruth Baseball Contest (donated by Charles V. Lord); a watercolor of Ruth donated by artist Frank Cressotti; an official American League baseball autographed by the 1932 Yankees in its original Reach box (donated by Russell Hutter), and a painting presented to Claire Ruth by artist Peter Borute in 1971 (donated by Linzee D. Dyer).
Another new acquisition is a Washington Senators scorecard from a game with the Philadelphia A's autographed by Hall of Famer and Lonaconing native Lefty Grove (donated by Isaac Hecht).
The museum's winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (410) 727-1539.
Press Pass '96
Press Pass auto racing cards are back for the 1996 season with a 120-card set plus five insert sets. The Burning Rubber insert cards contain rubber from old tires of race winners. Drivers included compete in Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and SuperTrucks.
Fleer NBA Series 2
Twenty players from the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors are featured in the 150-card Fleer NBA second series. There are also six insert sets and randomly inserted hot packs (packs containing special insert sets).
Ripken for the wall
Two of the newest lithographs from Bill Goff Inc. commemorate Cal Ripken's consecutive-games streak. "Ripken Goes Long" shows him homering in his 2,131st game. "Ripken Still Going" is a still life. Both are Tufton-licensed and limited to 600 with 60 artist's proofs. Call (800) 321-GOFF.
Upper Deck Hockey
Upper Deck's Series One Hockey has 270 basic cards and five insert sets. One insert set has five cards and continues the Wayne Gretzky set that began in Collector's Choice. The set also is Upper Deck's first this season featuring the new uniforms of the New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche.
AbleSoft's new Card Collector software is the first CD-ROM program with card data for five major sports. Data come from Tuff Stuff magazine and include current prices, card numbers, player names, rookie card flags and teams from 1948 to the present. Images let collectors identify cards. SAI/AbleSoft offers monthly and quarterly update subscriptions. Hardware requirements are Windows 3.1 or higher, 386SX or higher processor, 4MB of memory, CD-ROM drive and 6-15 MB of hard-disk space. Call (800) 334-2722.
Through March 31, "The Faces of Baseball," exhibit featuring more than 40 photographic portraits of baseball's most famous faces, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 727-1539.
Today, Jan. 21, card show, Security Square Mall, mall hours.
Today, Thursday-next Sunday, 25-28, NFL Experience, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Feb. 8-11, NBA All-Star Jam Session, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio.
Card of the week
SkyBox brings its Impact line to the NHL with 250 basic cards and four insert sets and is the official card of Fox's NHL telecasts. Fox analyst and former NHL goalie John Davidson comments on each player on the card backs. (Shown is Jeremy Roenick of the Chicago Blackhawks.)