For ball leftovers, try Anaconda Notebook


August 15, 1993|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Staff Writer

For the collector who picked up a commemorative All-Star baseball this summer and wants souvenirs of previous games, the place to go is Anaconda Sports. Ditto for World Series balls.

Anaconda, which began as a manufacturer of sports equipment and promotional items, is now in the memorabilia business. It has an exclusive contract with Rawlings for all leftover All-Star Game and World Series balls that are available the year after the event. It stocks World Series balls from 1978 and All-Star balls from 1979.

According to Joe Hoey, Anaconda buys directly from big-league manufacturers such as Rawlings, Russell, Wilson, New Era and Louisville Slugger. Much of its business is in blank equipment, but it also brings athletes to its Lake Katrine, N.Y., headquarters for private signing sessions.

Anaconda puts the athletes to work autographing an array of items -- balls, photographs, lithographs, jerseys, etc.

As with the blank equipment, autographed items are sold to dealers and directly to the public.

Anaconda sells by mail and through three retail stores in New York state (Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Schenectady). For information, call (914) 336-4024 or write to Anaconda Sports, One Anaconda Drive, Lake Katrine, N.Y. 12449.

Topps' Finest

Topps has issued a pricey 199-card set called Baseball's Finest. The set includes all the sport's big names, plus Carlton Fisk (released before the All-Star break) and Glenn Davis. Packs have five cards plus an All-Star card. Topps says production has been limited to a maximum of 4,000 cases.


Football bobbers

M. Phillips Ltd., a division of Sports, Accessories & Memorabilia (SAM), is producing bobbing head dolls of NFL players Art Monk, Ronnie Lott and Jerry Rice. The Lott bobber will be available in three uniforms -- the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders and New York Jets. Each doll is $39.99 plus shipping. Call (415) 328-2142 or write to SAM, 462 Menlo Oaks Drive, Suite 100, Menlo Park, Calif. 94025 for an order form.

Carryout football

McDonald's customers making qualifying purchases may obtain NFL GameDay card sheets. Each sheet has six perforated cards, and there are three sheets for each team. Sets are regional, so Baltimore-area restaurants will offer Washington Redskins cards. Wilber Marshall may be gone, but he's in this set.

All sports trades

Diamond Traders Exchange, which has been dealing in doubles since January, has begun accepting basketball, football and hockey cards. Collectors can send in cards from one sport and request cards from another sport in exchange. For information, write to Diamond Traders Exchange, P.O. Box 767965, Roswell, Ga. 30076.

Solid silver Reggie

There's a silver medallion from Chicagoland Processing/Enviromint to commemorate Reggie Jackson's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It costs $29.95 plus shipping. There were also 44 gold medallions produced, for $850 each. Call (800) 765-0123.

Coming events

Through Oct. 31, exhibit "The Babe, The Birds and Baltimore: An All-Star Tradition" an exhibit on Rex Barney's 50-year sports career, with memorabilia from his Brooklyn Dodgers days, Babe Ruth Museum, (410) 727-1539.

Today, Tuff Stuff Summer Classic (expected signers include Jim Bouton, Catfish Hunter, Stan Musial, Tommy John and Joe Namath), Virginia State Fairgrounds, Richmond, (804) 266-0140.

Saturday, card show (expected signer Eddie Fisher), Earleigh Heights Fire Hall (161 Ritchie Highway), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 581-3638.

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