Senators fans can collect by the book


April 14, 1996|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF

Another major-league baseball season has begun, and for the 25th straight spring, there are no Washington Senators.

But there are still loyal fans, and they collect the artifacts of the team of their memories.

They're getting some help from Tom Holster, who grew up with the Senators of the late 1950s and 1960s and has become a card collector again.

With some help from friends and fellow Senators fans, including WWLG host Phil Wood and former Senators voice Ron Menchine, Holster has compiled "Washington Senators Checklist Book Volume I."

"This kind of came out of my hobby of collecting," says Holster, of Chantilly, Va. "I waited in vain for somebody to do it."

Its 230 pages cover baseball cards, match books, exhibits and premiums. Volume II, scheduled for a fall release, will deal with yearbooks, game programs and other paper items. Plans for Volume III call for everything from uniforms and pins to stadium seats.

"That's the idea," he says, "to have everything covered, so if you're a Senators collector, you can find it."

Volume I is more than a checklist. Each type of card is illustrated, and nearly every page has a tidbit of Senators history, a treat for baseball history fans.

Holster is also helping to organize a fan club modeled on the long-established St. Louis Browns club, which is known for its publications.

Collectors can order the checklist or get information on the fan club by contacting Holster at 13643 Bellerose Drive, Chantilly, Va. 22021. The checklist is $28, including shipping.

What does it mean to be a Senators fan?

"I would have traded Mickey Mantle for a Frank Howard card," says Holster.

The Babe and the Web

Although Babe Ruth would be 101 years old, he's up to date with his own spot on the World Wide Web, thanks to the Babe Ruth Museum. The site features museum history and exhibits, Ruth's life and career, a calendar of museum events, information about expansion to Camden Station, trivia, museum membership and gift shop (visitors can order on line). The site is linked to other Web sites, including those of the Orioles and Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit the site (http: //WWW.BabeRuthMuseum .com) or call (410) 727-1539.

Baseball price guide

The 10th edition of Krause Publications' "Baseball Card Price Guide" covers the most popular post-World War II cards plus rare regionals, valuable errors and baseball-related collectibles. It notes a downward trend in prices but higher prices for Cal Ripken, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas. The 840-page book is available at bookstores, hobby dealers or from the publisher. Call (800) 258-0929.

Coming events

Through Oct. 31, exhibit featuring items from Cal Ripken's record-breaking streak, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 p.m. on Orioles game days), (410) 727-1539.

Today, card show, Shops at Kenilworth Mall (I-695, Exit 25), mall hours, (410) 866-3366.

Thursday, memorabilia auction (items include game-used Cal Ripken streak balls), Reflections Restaurant, Sykesville, noon, 800) 230-4312 or (410) 795-0033.

Friday-next Sunday, Olympic Dream Tour (memorabilia display and hands-on exhibits), State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., next Sunday noon to 7 p.m.

Friday-next Sunday, card show (expected signers include Kordell Stewart), State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa., Friday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday-next Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (717) 939-1075.

Friday-Oct. 31, exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1966 world champion Orioles, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 p.m. on Orioles game days), (410) 727-1539.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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