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”.

Card of the Day: Walter Payton 1999 UD SP Authentic Auto

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Card of the Day: 2008 Upper Deck: The First Class

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This card basically wakes up in the morning and pisses excellence.

Walter Johnson Memorabilia?

Walter Johnson is one of the best pitchers to ever play the game.  This 2x AL MVP and 1924 World Series Champion was one of the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  For years Johnson has had base, commemorative, and a few cut autographed cards made of him.  After all these years, not a single memorabilia cards has been produced.  Probably because the early 19th century Washington Senators uniforms are so hard to come by.  I think there have only been a few found, in which one is in the Hall of Fame, and another is in a private collection.  This year, Topps got the rights to make cards of Johnson and so far all I have seen in a few serial numbered base cards from Triple Threads and some cards from Allen & Ginter.  I really wish they would make some special cards for this great Hall of Famer even if they can’t get their hands on a jersey or pants.  Hopefully they were able to create some more cut signatures.  I can’t wait for the day they make a memorabilia card of him.

Card of the Day #5

Walter Johnson 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Patch #’ed 10/10