Baltimore hasn’t experienced a sports collectible show of this magnitude since The National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) was hosted by the Baltimore Convention Center, August 4-8, 2010. Open to the public, Charm City Heroes recently packed the Pikesville Hilton’s main ballroom with fans and collectors eager to meet some of their all-time Baltimore sports heroes.
The family oriented signature and collectibles event promised to provide a “Once in a Lifetime” experience and it didn’t disappoint. “Baltimore has always been known for a strong sports rich tradition and collector’s base, said Mollie Ann Bracigniano, Charm City Heroes co-promoter and MAB Celebrity President. “The show’s attendance and the positive reaction far exceeded our expectations”.
In addition to the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Hall of Famers (Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Frank Robinson, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray and Jim Palmer), Davey Johnson, Robbie Alomar, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Raymond Berry, Art Donovan, Buck Showalter, Brian Roberts all signed and posed for photographs throughout the two-day event.
One of the show highlights included the many fans who came out to wish Brooks Robinson well and a speedy recovery. This was Brook’s first public appearance since being hospitalized after developing a fever and infection before a scheduled outpatient surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Brooks couldn’t have been more gracious and friendlier with everyone who approached him during his signing. Earl Weaver and Buck Showalter also spent a considerable amount of time in the back room talking about the Orioles and baseball in general. They sat next to each other while they signed; fans really enjoyed seeing them together.
In addition, JSA Authentication, Schulte Auctions and other high profile Baltimore/Washington exhibitors set up to buy, sell and trade sports and entertainment collectibles and vintage memorabilia.
Many thanks to the Charm City Heroes media partners, Comcast Sportsnet / CSNBaltimore.com, Pressbox Media and Fox 1370am. It was a great event and talks have already begun to make this show an annual event. The question is how do you top the number and caliber of Baltimore’s highest profile sports heroes? Stay tuned.
Cal Ripken Jr’s “First Career At Bat” Photo Released at Charm City Heroes Show
Schulte Sports recently announced and then exclusively released a photo image of Cal Ripken Jr’s first Major League at bat while exhibiting at the Charm City Heroes Show. This beautiful image represents a significant moment in Cal’s Baseball Hall of Fame career.
The photo was taken by Ms. Joni Palmer, on photo assignment August 12, 1981, while the Kansas City Royals were in town to play the Baltimore Orioles, at Memorial Stadium. Schulte Sports secured the exclusive rights and had the photo licensed through Photo File. The photo is offered in 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20 sizes. For more information on how to purchase this great signed and un-signed Ripken photo visit www.schultesports.com.
Big Bat’s Café – A Hall of Fame Experience
Recently I had the opportunity to visit Big Bat’s Café and met the owner of one of greatest sports themed restaurant and bars in Baltimore. Established by Stephen F. Garland in March 1997, he has managed to successfully combine America’s greatest pastimes, baseball and great food.
The Stevensville, MD restaurant Steve created has a baseball museum quality interior which rivals any high profile sports themed restaurant in the country. His passion for baseball and the Orioles is reflected in a visually exciting display of authentic baseball memorabilia, including unique signed and un-signed pictures, autographed baseballs and bats, signed jerseys and even bar stools made out of Rawlings bats and bases.
If you are in the neighborhood stop by and check out the great memorabilia and food. For more information about Kent Island’s original sports bar, visit www.BigBats.com or call (410) 604-1120, you’ll enjoy the experience!
Listen to Ray each Wednesday on the Pressbox Power Lunch (Fox 1370am) when he co-host with Stan Charles from noon to 1pm. He can be reached at Ray@SchulteSports.com.