Back From Baltimore!

Yesterday I took a trip down to Baltimore to scope things out for this year’s National.  While I was there I visited the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum too.

The Baltimore Convention Center takes up three city blocks and looks really nice.  I think there was a pet industry trade show going on yesterday because they had banners all over the place.  But overall I think it will be a nice place to have The National in August.  I didn’t have trouble at all finding a parking space.  In August we plan to park the car at the hotel and walk to the Convention Center each day.  I’m staying at the Hampton Inn at Camden Yards, which is right across from the stadium.

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The Sports Legends Museum sits right next to Camden Yards.  It was once an old train station and was the site of an assassination plot against Abraham Lincoln.  Inside you can sit on the exact bench Lincoln sat on while he was on his way to Washington D.C.  There are three floors of historical artifacts that were really great to learn about.  After the museum, I made my way over to Babe Ruth’s birthplace.  Check out some of the photos.  Click on each to enlarge.

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1895 Baltimore Championship Banner

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1983 World Series Trophy

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Babe Ruth has been traded!  On the bottom right-hand side is the transfer order.

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Championship pins and buttons – extremely old

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1895 Wilbert Robinson Mayo’s Cut Plug #33

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The biggest ’87 Donruss card I’ve ever seen!

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Kimono presented to Babe Ruth while over in Japan and a Jimmie Foxx All-American jersey.

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Frank “Home Run” Baker Yankees sweater

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Samari helmet presented to the Orioles while playing in Japan

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Colts General Manager Don Kellet made his famous $0.85 phone call and was able to obtain Johnny Unitas from the Steelers using this phone.  For $0.85 he got two Championships.

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Unitas’s many awards

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Johnny Unitas’s uniform

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Babe Ruth statue outside of Camden Yards

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Cal Ripken, Jr’s retired number

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Outside the Sports Legends Museum you’ll find these baseballs painted on the sidewalk.  If you follow them you should end up at Ruth’s birthplace.

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Look!  I made it!  The birthplace of the greatest baseball player of all time – Babe Ruth.  Unfortunately, I was unable to go inside because its not wheelchair accessible.  Being a historic building, I guess it doesn’t have to be.  I wonder how Ruth would feel about that?  The sign out front said “See Ruth’s Rookie Card”.

Nice Hardware

Check out the 2009 National League Championship rings the Phillies received this afternoon.  This ring has inspired a new wallpaper.

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I See Gold!

Recently, Topps came out with a new basketball product called Topps Treasury.  Within this product you have the chance to pull a card with an actual 14kt gold medallion inserted into a card.  I think this is an interesting idea and would like to see it spread to other sports card products.  After seeing cards with the gold piece in them, I had an interesting idea.  Have you ever checked out the eBay pulse website and see someone selling a championship ring of some kind?  It could be from a college football game, Super Bowl, World Series or any kind of championship game.  I was wondering, would a major card manufacturer ever purchase a ring like that so they could slice it up and insert pieces into cards?  I mean if they can insert gold medallions into cards why not pieces of a ring?  I bet collectors would go nuts over a memorabilia card like that.  I will admitt, it is sad to see someone selling a championship ring on eBay.  People usually sell them because they need the money.  If they are offering it for sale, I wonder why Topps, Upper Deck, or Donruss/Playoff hasn’t jumped on this opportunity yet?  

Just a quick comment on the Topps Treasury cards.  Many collectors have a significant other that may not always agree with what they purchase for their collection.  The next time you head out to your local card shop and they ask where you are going.  Just tell them your going to pickup a piece of gold jewelry for them.  

Little League World Series Championship Pin

You get to see a lot of different items up for sale on eBay, but this is one of the coolest.  It is a 1991 Taiwan Little League World Series Championship pin.  The description says, “Little League 1991 Taiwan Tassle World Champions pin.  Collectors know about this pin, no explanation necessary.”  I wonder what the story is behind it and why someone would want to sell something this special other than the price?