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Shuttered Sports Legends Museum raises $10,000-plus from the sale of sports graphics.

Don't mess with Baltimore's sports fans looking to decorate their "man caves."

That was the lesson imparted to several late stragglers to Saturday's "yard sale" of the now-closed Sports Legends Museum.

More than 40 people lined up at an Inner Harbor pavilion outside the Baltimore Museum of Industry, starting more than an hour before the sale's 10 a.m. opening, said John Hein, the museum's director of development.

Most buyers headed straight for anything Orioles-related, Hein said.

"There were a lot of families and man-cave kind of people," he said of the crowd.

By 1:30 p.m, approximately 300 buyers had cleaned out the pavilion completely — leaving several afternoon shoppers disappointed hours before the sale was scheduled to end.

The items for sale were the last graphic elements of the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The museum closed in October after falling more than $300,000 behind on lease payments to the Maryland Stadium Authority. It is looking for a new location.

Hein said the nonprofit that operates the museum raised more than $10,000 at the yard sale that will go toward the new location, which is planned to feature more electronic and interactive exhibits.

No memorabilia was on the block — the museum is saving that for a new space it hopes to find by April.

While Orioles merchandise was popular, Ravens goods drew the highest prices. Someone paid $500 for a 6-foot tall graphic of the Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Hein said. It was the highest-priced item.

Two sets of 20-foot-long "Top Ten Ravens Moments" graphics also drew close to $500 each, Hein said. The museum made the second "Top Ten" after the team won its second Super Bowl, in 2013.

Other popular items were nearly 9-foot-tall graphics of Baltimore legends Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson Jr. and Johnny Unitas.

crentz@baltsun.com

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