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MEMORABILIA

April 23, 1995|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer

As sports logo apparel has moved out of the bleachers and gyms and into the mainstream, it can be found in department stores as well as in sporting goods stores and at the ballpark.

And stores don't just stock the hometown team. Shoppers in Baltimore are as likely to find Colorado Rockies shirts in the mall as Orioles shirts. Out-of-town visitors who might once have been able to bring home something different are finding the same items they can buy at home.

But, says Larry Moorjani, they'll find uniquely Baltimore and Orioles things at the Orioles Baseball Stores this year.

He says that a number of T-shirts and sweat shirts sold at the Orioles Baseball Stores and at the ballpark are imprinted with "Exclusive Oriole Park at Camden Yards Apparel." These will not be available anywhere else. Moorjani, Aramark's general manager for retail sales at Oriole Park, says, "That's the type of product we're trying to offer this year."

One such shirt shows the ballpark and Baltimore skyline with the words "Oriole Park/Camden Yards/Baltimore, Md.," and has the right-facing oriole on top of the "N." Another shows an old-time baseball player and the legend "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." Moorjani says these would qualify as "fashion apparel," dressier treatments of traditional baseball motifs.

Traditionalists can find a lot new because the Orioles and Oriole Park at Camden Yards have new logos. (While the old logos may become collector's items, leftovers are still in stock.)

"We've updated everything," says Moorjani. The new team logo is on everything, including neon signs in the main store.

He says business has picked up since the players strike ended and that the best sellers have been apparel, especially lightweight jackets and caps.

Supply has not been a problem, Moorjani says, because "most of the assortment was ordered on an if-play basis," and they've been getting shipments constantly.

Fans who can't travel to Baltimore sometimes phone the store and order from employees' descriptions. That will be changing.

"Will there be an Oriole catalog in the near future?" says Moorjani. "Yes!"

Because the strike held up production of card companies' second series, Moorjani says, Orioles team sets are not in, but he hopes they will be in stock for the home opener May 1.

For information, call the Orioles Baseball Store at (410) 332-4633.

The bat of your team

Pro Insignia Inc. is putting major-league team logos on regulation-size Louisville Sluggers. Each of the 28 teams will have its logo engraved on 95 bats. Each costs $50, plus $5 shipping. Call (800) 533-0726.

Draft time

Classic's Images 95 focuses on potential draft picks in its insert sets. A basketball redemption card can be traded for a five-card NBA draft set, and five college stars make up an NFL draft preview insert set. The 120 regular cards feature top draft selections plus Shaquille O'Neal, Barry Bonds, Manon Rheaume and Emmitt Smith.

More metal cards, medallions

Highland Mint is issuing gold metal replica cards of Steve Young and Joe Montana and medallions of Jim Kelly, Sergei Fedorov, Junior Seau and Dan Marino.

Coming events

Today, card show to benefit National Negro League Players Association (expected signers include Buck Leonard, Monte Irvin, Gino Marchetti, Jim Parker, Lenny Moore), Carrolltown Center Mall, Eldersburg (Route 26, 1 mile east of Route 32), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (410) 781-6648.

Saturday, card show, Mount Carmel High School (1704 Eastern Ave., Essex), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 6-7, card show, Towson Marketplace (expected signers are Paul Blair, May 6, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Tippy Martinez, May 7, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.), mall hours.

CARD OF THE WEEK

Signature Rookies is ready for this weekend's NFL draft with an 80-card preview set. Card No. 38 features Maryland tackle Steve Ingram. There are also 25 insert cards in four insert sets. Every six-card pack has an autographed card. (Shown is No 1 draft choice Ki-Jana Carter of Penn State.)

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