Last summer, baseball fans busily accumulated all manner of All-Star souvenirs -- from T-shirts to balls, commemorative bats, programs and autographs.
The Babe Ruth Museum waited until midwinter for its All-Star memorabilia, most of which wasn't available to the public.
The shopping began when curator Greg Schwalenberg gave the host Orioles a wish list.
"When we found out they were going to use the [All-Star Game] logos on the bases, we were hoping to get that," Schwalenberg says. The museum got a game-used base, but the Orioles couldn't tell where it had been.
The museum also asked for nameplates and got the ones that graced the lockers of Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza, Cal Ripken and Duane Ward.
It also got a game program signed by Most Valuable Player Kirby Puckett, commemorative balls signed by teams from both leagues and Orioles Ripken and Mike Mussina, a ticket, a jersey from the Upper Deck Heroes of Baseball game and a poster autographed by Negro Leagues star Leon Day.
The Orioles also donated some items from last season: Black jerseys worn by Johnny Oates and Jamie Moyer, a team-autographed ball, a game-worn cap signed by Ben McDonald, a ball signed by Rick Sutcliffe, bats used by Mark McLemore and Chris Hoiles and a ball signed "MVO" (Most Valuable Oriole) by Hoiles.
New museum acquisitions will be on exhibit in time for Babe Ruth's birthday, Feb. 6.
Silver Super Bowl key chain
Landmark Sports, which debuted with a silver-plated key chain commemorating the Cleveland Indians' final season at Cleveland Stadium, is issuing a Super Bowl key chain. There will be 5,000 silver-plated key chains, which feature the Super Bowl logo and an aerial view of the Georgia Dome. Each key chain is $14.99 plus $3 shipping. To order, call (800) 234-5092 or write to P.O. Box 57-8993, Chicago, Ill. 60657-8993.
Super Bowl cards
Football card collectors may want to be on the lookout in the secondary market for Pinnacle's seven-card Score Magic Motion set it will give away at the NFL Experience in Atlanta. Pinnacle says production numbers are limited: Gary Brown (3,000), Emmitt Smith (3,000), Sterling Sharpe (2,000), Jerome Bettis/Reggie Brooks (2,000), Drew Bledsoe/Rick Mirer (2,000), Jerry Rice (1,000) and Deion Sanders (1,000).
Ultra baseball returns
Fleer's 1994 Ultra baseball cards will have gold-foil stamping on both sides, four-color photos and an insert card in each pack. The 300-card first series will be shipped in late February and has six insert sets (home-run hitters, award winners, relievers, league leaders, leaders in RBIs and 1993 rookies). There is also a 10-card insert set featuring John Kruk and Darren Daulton of the Philadelphia Phillies. The two have signed more than 1,000 of their cards, which have been randomly inserted, and there is a mail offer for two additional cards.
Today, Bird Expo '94 card show to benefit Ed Block Foundation (expected signers include Jim Palmer, Mike Mussina, Eddie Fisher, Tom Matte and Mike Curtis), Pikesville Armory, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 574-4365.
Today, John Stefero will sign autographs at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., noon, (410) 727-1539.
Thursday-Friday, auction to benefit Atlanta-area charities in conjunction with NFL Experience, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta. For catalogs ($20), call (800) 920-4635.
Saturday, Paul Blair and Mike Flanagan will sign autographs at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., noon, (410) 727-1539.
Feb. 4, exhibit on Sheriff Fowble opens, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539.
Feb. 5, card show to benefit Dorchester County Family YMCA (expected signer is Dave Johnson), American Legion Post 91 (Route 50, Cambridge), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (410) 221-0505.
Feb. 6, Babe Ruth's 99th birthday party and preview of celebration of his 100th birthday, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., noon, (410) 727-1539.
CARD OF THE WEEK
Classic will be celebrating the Super Bowl with a 100-card NFL Experience set, limited to 1,500 cases. It features 23 rookie-of-the-year candidates. There will also be a 10-card rookie-insert set and a Troy Aikman Super Bowl XXVII Most Valuable Player card.