Sport of Kings Society tracks down racing collectibles

Collectors Notebook

December 30, 1990|By Ruth Sadler

Even people who work in sports may not be aware of the existence of sports collectors clubs and societies.

Several weeks ago, I received a letter from a Frederick County man who wanted to know whom to contact to get an appraisal for insurance purposes. He has some uncashed winning tickets from Triple Crown races involving Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed and other racing memorabilia.

It seemed like an easy request, although all my collecting contacts deal mostly with baseball and football material.

Some horse-racing experts had the same advice: Try the Kentucky Derby Museum in Lexington.

That sounded reasonable. After all, a museum would need appraisals, and its personnel probably would have some suggestions.


The first person I talked to at the museum suggested I call Churchill Downs.

From Keith Kleine in Churchill Downs communications, I learned that tickets still may be cashable, in which case they are worth exactly what they paid on race day.

Kleine said that no one ever had asked him about ticket value for insurance purposes. "Normally, people want to cash the tickets," he said. "They want the money."

He suggested I call Lynn Renau at the Kentucky Derby Museum. This time, I had a winner.

Renau said that there is an organization of collectors of horse-racing memorabilia, the Sport of Kings Society. Its publication, Castaways, has articles on horse racing and collecting, and members can buy and sell memorabilia and seek information through classified ads. Annual dues are $12, and further information may be obtained from the Sport of Kings Society, c/o Charlotte Mower, 1406 Annen Lane, Madison, Wis., 53711.


Some other collectors' groups:

* Golf Collectors' Society, P.O. Box 491, Shawnee Mission, Kan., 66201.

* International Pin Collectors Club, Box 430, Marcy, N.Y., 13403 (Olympic pins).

* Midwest Decoy Collectors Association, 1100 Bayview Road, Fox River Grove, Ill., 60021.

* National Fishing Lure Collectors Club, P.O. Box 1791, Dearborn, Mich., 48121.


What other collectors' organizations are there? You can help your fellow collectors by sending the name, address, area of interest (baseball, pins, etc.) and amount of annual dues of organizations to: Ruth Sadler, The Sun Sports Department, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278-0001. . . . Topps' 40th anniversary baseball wax and cello packs are here.


Upcoming events:

Jan. 4, 5, 6, York Expo '91 Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, York (Pa.) Fairgrounds, auction 3 p.m. Jan. 4, 9 a.m. Jan. 5, 10

a.m. Jan. 6, (717) 741-0954 or (717) 741-9495.

Jan. 5, Baseball Card Show, Towson Market Place, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 837-0870 or 837-7632.

Jan. 12, Carrolltowne Mall Baseball Card Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 549-6269.

Jan. 13, Sports Card Show, Towson Sheraton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Jan. 13, Sports Card Show, Towson Quality Inn, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jan. 19, Baseball Card Show, Newark (Del.) High School, (201) 821-0311.

Jan. 19-20, Baltimore-Washington Sports Collectibles Show, Holiday Inn BWI Airport, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20, 964-8022.

Jan. 20, Sports Card Show, Glen Burnie Elks Hall, Severna Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Jan. 26, Sports Card Show, Security Holiday Inn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Feb. 2-3, Spring Training Celebration and Card Show, Caravel Academy, 2801 Del Laws Road, Bear, Del., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., (302) 834-6825.

Feb. 3, Sports Card Show, Freedom District Fire Hall, Sykesville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Feb. 3, Sports Card Show, Towson Quality Inn, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Feb. 9, Towson State University Autograph & Sports Memorabilia Show #1, Towson State University Union, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 830-3284, 821-7893, 638-0360 or 838-7433.

Feb. 9, Sports Card Show, Comfort Inn-Airport, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

Feb. 23, Sports Card Show, Security Holiday Inn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 922-8366.

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