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Third Base Coach

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Date: Feb 29, 2016
Hall of Fame Baseball Collection Care and Conservation Workshop March 14-15

The Baseball Hall of Fame is hosting a workshop on March 14 and 15 about how to care for things in your collection.  Sounds very interesting to me, but the cost, distance and lack of time to visit make this seminar prohibitive for me at this point.

The program sounds great: 

Now you can learn from the experts at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum how to care for these special items and ensure that they are preserved for future generations of your family.

This workshop will give you the knowledge you need to care for your own collection, using the same techniques developed by the professionals who care for the collection in Cooperstown.

So the question is how do you care for the items in your collection?  What tips do you have for the collectors among us?


Baseball ... this field, this game ... It is part of our past.  It reminds us all of what once was good -- and could be again.

VP of Operations

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I would not dare to offer tips.  I just do the best I can.

I put flat items into appropriately-sized Ultra-Pro archival sleeves (the same company that produces multi-pocketed sheets for baseball cards), with acid-free backing boards (like one would use for valuable comic books), and store them in binders.  But there is little else I can do.

My collection is kept in the basement rec room, which does not have any windows.  So, fading due to exposure to sunlight is not a problem.  The temperature ranges between 55-75 degrees.

My budget does not really allow for any more than that.  I have started getting a few items professionally framed, for display.


"No cell, no car, no credit cards, he's sixty-plus and gray...
Just sitting in his basement, with a Strat game underway."

Luxury Box Season Ticket Holder

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I have my unused 1945 World Series pen and pencil set in its original box in a plastic bin under the bed. I've been meaning to display it in some fashion along with some other interesting items I have, but I haven't quite gotten around to it.

My former boss had some baseball memorabilia in his office on 9/11. His windows were smashed with debris from the towers and dust covered the interior of his office. I understand you could see the outlines of the display cases after thieves had taken the items. (I only had a couple of suits and a boom box stolen from my office.) I recall seeing a seat from Ebbets Field in his office. I hope the post-9/11 crooks (and they were everywhere) didn't know enough to take that. This makes me think the Hall of Fame would have something to say about security and/or insurance, as well.


Season Ticket Holder - Lower Deck

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Date: Mar 4, 2016

I don't have a whole lot of valuable baseball memorabilia. Probably one of more valuable collections would actually be my Strat card sets. For them I just put each team in one of those 100 calorie snack baggies and put the entire season in one of those Rubbermaid shoe boxes. A few years ago I had to rescue some of my older card sets from rubber band rot, thankfully the cards were fine; I got to them just in time.

Like I said, I don't have a whole lot of baseball memorabilia, and what I do have is either encased in plastic or framed.

I do know a lot of the craft stores (AC Moore and Michael's in my area) are starting to carry more and more display stands and cases for sports memorabilia.



I found this article about one of the victims of the Knickerbocker theater roof cave-in in 1922 in DC.

The story is tragic and what happens to the baseball in the story makes it even more so.

Here's the bit about the baseball:

"David loved baseball. During the spring and summer of 1921, David worked as an usher at Griffith Stadium during Washington Senators baseball games. David would take a baseball to work with him and scope out his favorite American and National league players for their signatures. Over the course of many games, David managed to get his baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, and Lee Fohl. David treasured his autographed baseball, it was his most prized possession."

"As for David’s autographed baseball, his most prized possession, it was put into storage and kept safe by his mother, Josephine. In 1942, Josephine moved into the home of her son, Frank, in Bethesda, Maryland. One spring day in 1945, eight year-old Frank Lyman, Jr., David’s nephew, found the baseball in his grandmother’s trunk. The signatures on the ball were meaningless to Frank but he knew the purpose of a baseball. For weeks, Frank and his friends played catch with David’s baseball in the Lyman’s yard. Frank really liked his Marty Marion shortstop glove and the baseball got a lot of good use. As spring turned to summer, and the games of catch continued, the cover of the baseball began to peal off. Frank’s last memory of David’s prized baseball was leaving it in a patch of ivy near his house."

You can check out the whole article here:


-- Edited by NatsFan on Friday 4th of March 2016 01:58:55 PM

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