Clutching a paddle with the number 001, Larry Carton spent the morning of Saturday, Dec. 6, bidding on lace and other items at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson.
Carton, of Pikesville, chuckled at the notion that he and his wife, Mical, an antiques dealer, got the number because they were the first registrants for the auction that day.
"It's a joke," he said, explaining that they come to Alex Cooper auctions so often that the staff finally assigned them a permanent paddle with an honorary number.
"They used to give us a different number all the time," he said. "Then, they got tired of it. They said, 'Here's a paddle.'"