Gold Glove offers Orioles collectors many chances

COLLECTORS NOTEBOOK

November 10, 1991|By Ruth Sadler

Baltimore Orioles fans will have three reasons to follow the first Rawlings Gold Glove Award Charity Dinner in New York Nov. 26.

First, shortstop Cal Ripken seems likely to add a Gold Glove to his postseason trophy collection.

Second, the centerpiece of the dinner's silent auction is a plaque with 55 Orioles baseball cards. There are Bowman and Topps cards issued between 1954 and 1984, at least one card for every season and 12 from the Orioles' inaugural season. Seven Hall of Famers are represented -- George Kell, Hoyt Wilhelm, Robin Roberts, Luis Aparicio, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer.

Third, 16-time Gold Glove winner Brooks Robinson will be honored with a limited-edition gold baseball card to be given to each attendee. The cards, made of 1 gram of 24-karat gold, depict Robinson as painted by Gregory Perillo. There will be 1,000 of the cards, known as Precious Metal Cards or PM Cards, and they will be autographed by Robinson and Perillo. Perillo's original painting will be auctioned.

The auction benefits Baseball Assistance Team, Rawlings Memorial Scholarship Fund, Starlight Foundation of New York, Tomorrow's Children Fund and Westchester/Putnam Special Olympics.

5) For information, call (212) 874-3165.

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The Babe Ruth Museum's exhibit on the history of Memorial Stadium was scheduled to end Oct. 31, but it has been expanded and will run until Dec. 8.

After the season ended, the Orioles donated the pitching rubber and home plate that were used between July 16 and Sept. 30, a base from the final game, a ball from the final game and manager John Oates' lineup card from the last game. These are in a special display case along with a ball autographed by the first and last Orioles starting pitchers at the stadium, Bob Turley and Bob Milacki, a ball autographed by Brooks Robinson and football Hall of Famer John Unitas (but not the ball Robinson threw out before the game), a last-game program and ticket stubs from the final series.

The museum also got a "Season to Remember" streetlight banner that hung on 33rd Street, the city-name pennants that flew from the stadium, three locker room chairs and a batting circle.

There are also some stadium bricks, courtesy of curator Greg Schwalenberg, who asked about the plywood on a concourse wall one game night four or five years ago. A beer truck had backed into the wall and dislodged the bricks, which he learned would be replaced. He got the originals for the museum.

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Upper Deck's "Final Edition" baseball-card set is out. Among the cards are 58 players traded late in the season and star rookies, 20 top prospects selected by Baseball America, 20 All-Star cards and six holograms. Included in the set are Orioles Arthur Rhodes, Chito Martinez, Juan Bell and Cal Ripken (All-Star) and Arundel High graduate Denny Neagle of the Minnesota Twins. . . . Collectors can enter Action Packed's drawing for 24-karat rookie cards by sending a 3x5 card with their name, address, phone number, Social Security number and age in a business-size envelope to: Action Packed Rookie Second Chance Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 417, Villa Park, Ill. 60181-0417 by June 30, 1992. The 24-karat cards are randomly inserted in rookie/update foil packs.

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Upcoming events:

Saturday, baseball card show to benefit Dundalk High PTA, Dundalk High School (1901 Delvale Ave.), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 285-4632 or 285-4387.

Sunday, baseball card show to benefit Dundalk Community College baseball team, Dundalk CC, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 285-6980.

Nov. 23, baseball card show, Security Holiday Inn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

Nov. 23-24, Cal Ripken Jr. Winterfest for Literacy '91, baseball card-memorabilia-autograph show, Festival Hall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (410) 254-2729.

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