Museum pays tribute to Negro Leagues

MEMORABILIA Notebook

June 06, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

For baseball fans interested in the Negro Leagues, the place to start is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

The museum opened in January 1991 in Kansas City's 18th and Vine Historic District, a few blocks from the Paseo YMCA building where Andrew "Rube" Foster organized the Negro National Baseball League in 1920.

Memorabilia from the Negro Leagues is on display, and there is memorabilia for sale.

Looking ahead, the museum has plans for a computerized research center, with a custom database that will facilitate access to statistical and biographical data.

Visitors can see photographs, uni- Notebook

forms and gloves that help tell the story of the Negro Leagues.

If your vacation plans don't include Kansas City, the museum gift shop can help people who want to learn about the Negro Leagues and those who are interested in memorabilia. There are books on the Negro Leagues as well as souvenir baseballs, caps, pennants and posters.

The Negro Leagues are gone, and their teams and logos never got the licensing protection that the teams -- and defunct teams -- of Major League Baseball do. But the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has licensed 16 companies that make a variety of items with team logos.

Among the licensees are Ebbets Field Flannels, American Needle Co. and Sandlot Legends.

For information about museum membership, a gift-shop price list or to learn about research facilities, write: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1601 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. 64108-1646.

Computerized daily price guide

SportsNet and Sports Card Trader will be on line this month with a daily price guide. The Sports Card Trader/SportsNet Daily Electronic Price Guide will cover card prices in all sports since 1908 with buy and sell prices. Call (800) 821-9275 for information.

Bobbing toward Cooperstown

Sports, Accessories & Memorabil ia's Reggie Jackson bobbing head doll is available and will be delivered to collectors before the August Hall of Fame inductions. Also, a limited number of dolls bear the likeness of Jackson's father, Martinez Jackson, in his Newark Eagles uniform. For information or to order, call (415) 328-2142 or write to SAM, 462 Menlo Oaks Drive, Suite 100, Menlo Park, Calif. 94025.

New from Pinnacle

Pinnacle Series 2 features Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins, Rookie Team Pinnacle and five-card insert sets of Nolan Ryan and George Brett. The 310-card series also gets up to date, showing David Cone in a Kansas City uniform, Barry Bonds in a San Francisco uniform and Bobby Kelly (known as Roberto at time of printing) with Cincinnati. Rookie Team Pinnacle includes Chestertown native Ryan Thompson of the New York Mets. Score expects to ship Pinnacle 2 this month and will have a mail-in offer for Opening Day cards featuring the Rockies and Marlins.

More Action Packed racing

Dale Earnhardt is the featured driver in Action Packed's 84-card Racing II set. Earnhardt will be on 14 cards, including a four-card Braille subset. There is a six-card subset of Daytona '93 and a 10-card subset on the Allison family. Other subsets feature other racing families and a reprise of the Young Guns, this time in their Winston Cup uniforms.

Coming events

Through July 11, "The Artist and the Baseball Card," Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, (302) 571-9590.

Today, card show to benefit American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy Association, Pikesville Armory, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (703) 425-2988.

Today, card show, Comfort Inn-Airport (I-695, Exits 5 and 6A), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 922-8366.

CARD OF THE WEEK

Conlon Cards aren't just black and white anymore. Cards of eight Hall of Famers have been color enhanced and are `f randomly inserted in 1993 packs. In addition to Marylander Jimmie Foxx (shown), Al Simmons, Connie Mack, Grover Alexander, Lloyd Waner, Tris Speaker, Dizzy Dean and Rogers Hornsby are in color. Cards of Joe Jackson and Jim Thorpe are available through a mail-in offer.

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