The exterior is a lustrous white with wood-veneer inlays, and the handles are in Phillies red, sporting red tassels at each end. Logos are strategically placed above the handles, on a fabric liner, and at the casket's ends.
Funeral director Kevin Dalton props open the half-lid, revealing a large Phillies logo on the inside, above where a loved one's chest would be.
"It's exceptional. The paintwork is beautiful. The embroidery is perfect," he says.
Suggested retail price: $4,499.But there are limits.
It gives luxury box new meaning.
Clearly, it's for "the die-hard fan," manager Shawn Kingston quips.
The Phillies, of course, might have more of them than ever, as they begin spring training this weekend, hoping to repeat as World Series champs.
The caskets are created by Eternal Image, a Michigan-based company devoted to everlasting branding - its niche in the $15 billion annual death services industry.
The company negotiates licensing deals, works up designs for urns and caskets, and farms out the manufacturing, said chief executive Clint Mytych. Among the available brands are the Vatican Library, the American Kennel Club, and eight universities. Star Trek and American Cat Fanciers Association items should be out by summer.
Proposals from licensers for the Three Stooges and Marvel Comics were recently rejected, Mytych, 27, said.
Although baseball-team caskets were just introduced in mid-December, major-league urns have been out since 2007, with more than a thousand sold nationwide, Mytych said.
Sam Steckline of Red Lion, Pa., purchased a Phillies urn for himself and two weeks ago had it autographed by Charlie Manuel at a sports show in York.
The Phils skipper signed the red-and-white canister. A spot at the top for a baseball will hold one signed by Steve Carlton in 1979.
At an autograph show, the Hall of Fame hurler also inked the urn itself, inscribing it with "To 100 years more before death" and "No. 32."
Upon learning what the object was, Carlton asked if Steckline was kidding.
"I said, 'I'm dead serious - no pun intended.' "
Steckline, a motorcycle-riding 56-year-old, who plays second base in a hardball league, recalls trying to explain to his wife, Linda, why he wanted the $799 urn. "She's a little like: What did you get that for? Then she understood."
Since mid-2007, about 150 major-league urns have been sold in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware, said Beth Cooper of P&J Cooper Supply, a Barrington-based distributor of funeral products.
Most, though, went to New York Mets and Yankees fans.
And urn sales are looking skyward?
"Not really. It's kind of slowed down," she said, after an initial flurry of interest from funeral homes ordering examples to display.
"It is a little bit of an expensive urn, and it is a little bit of a niche market," she said.
Nevertheless, she noted, Major League Baseball logos can now be added to custom artwork adorning lids of burial vaults, the underground containers for caskets.
More upbeat was Brian Horne, director of Page Funeral Home in Burlington.
"Truth be told, I think there is a demand," he said. "You've seen people's loyalties toward their professional sports teams."
Page has sold three Phillies urns, one to a woman whose urn held a ball signed last spring by the entire roster, another for a woman once named fan of the year, and one to a man who keeps peanuts in it on his Florida bar.
So far, Eternal Image has shipped about 100 baseball caskets memorializing various teams, Mytych said.
Anyone else in the coffin-branding biz?
Only Collegiate Memorials, a North Carolina firm that represents at least 75 universities.
The rock group Kiss once offered a model. In 2001, Gene Simmons' wailing face-painters sold a Kiss Kasket online, touting it as a watertight party cooler.
Meanwhile, Kingston is patiently waiting in Hamilton, Mercer County, to sell his first baseball casket.
Potential customers tend to smile or laugh.
"Not demand so much as interest" is how he sums up the reaction.
"It's like wearing my Viagra jacket when Mark Martin drives for Viagra," said Kingston, a NASCAR devotee.
"When my uncle died I put hand-tied flies in with him so he could go fishing when he got there," he said.
"Let's face it. There's a market for everything."
Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or email@example.com.