November 13, 2009 |
Much of the memorabilia Curt Flood's widow will sell at a Louisville auction tomorrow remains painful for Philadelphians to contemplate. There is his white-gold World Series ring from 1964, the year the Phillies' historic collapse gave his Cardinals the pennant. There are trophies and awards that remind us how good a player Philadelphia lost when Flood, setting in motion the legal fight that would topple baseball's reserve clause and trigger free agency, refused his 1969 trade here.
October 11, 2009 |
It was a moment of low drama, but in the hands of one Robert "Bobby" Bonds Jr., the humble white sphere at the center of it all was about to become a precious artifact. Seconds earlier, the object in question had left the hand of Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, met the bat of Todd Helton, and dribbled all of 30 feet down the first-base line, just far enough to give the Colorado Rockies their first run of the game and first lead of the playoff series. After the play, the ball boy retrieved the ball and handed it to Bonds, seated in a folding chair next to the Phillies dugout, close enough to manager Charlie Manuel to see the lines on his neck.
October 6, 2009 |
If you missed your chance to bid on Lenny Dykstra's 1986 Mets World Series ring, redemption now comes by way of Darren Daulton's 1997 Marlins World Series gem. Yesterday, STAT Authentic LLC announced that the former Phillies catcher plans to liquidate roughly 100 items at the Coach's Corner Sports and Celebrity Auction beginning in mid-November and ending Dec. 4. Daulton's agent, Tony Perri, recently contacted the Abington-based brokerage company,...
September 14, 2009 |
No respect for Marlins rookie Florida's Chris Coghlan got to the majors less than three years after being drafted out of college, got off to a rough start, then found his stride as a leadoff hitter. Now, with a .306 batting average and a .382 on-base percentage, he is a candidate to be named the NL rookie of the year. But there still are bumps along an otherwise seamless road. About two months into his major-league tenure, Coghlan got his first set of personalized bats from Louisville Slugger.
August 9, 2009 |
These days, it's best known as the setting of the quirky TV sitcom The Office, or as Electric City, because it operated the first electric trolley system. But it was daredevil Harry Houdini who lured me here - and he's been dead for 83 years. Now, that's a magic trick. It started as a day trip for my husband, Frank, and myself to explore the Houdini Museum - touted as the only building in the world devoted to the famous escapologist - with our grandson, Christopher, 12. And it expanded to a Weekend Journey a few weeks later, to tour this city of more than 70,000 that's enjoying a cultural renaissance, with historic sites that celebrate the industrial past; glorious, restored buildings; and a vibrant ethnic diversity.
April 3, 2009 |
The April auction schedule opens this weekend with two suburban sales offering unusual and perhaps unique items, and continues with the promise of major activity midmonth - notably the sale by Freeman's of a major private collection of pewter. The first of this weekend's sales takes place tonight at Briggs Auction in Garnet Valley, which, as part of its regular Friday night event, will be offering a single-owner collection of more than 2,000 books related to railroads, as well as railroad memorabilia.
October 31, 2008 |
The Phans parted with their phunds big time yesterday in a cap/T-shirt/sweatshirt-buying frenzy that looked as if it might set its own record. "It is clearly the single biggest event in the history of our company, which is pretty amazing," said Mitchell Modell, chief executive officer of Modell's, a sporting-goods chain that is 119 years old. Stores opened before daybreak yesterday to lines of championship-starved Phillies faithful eager for...
July 22, 2008 |
Like a lot of children in the '60s, Mark Suplee was glued to the TV set and Batman. He and his buddies loved anything to do with the Caped Crusader. In his Somerton neighborhood, the boys played with black-and-blue action figures. They raced toy Batmobiles. They washed their hair with shampoo that came in plastic bottles shaped like the Dynamic Duo. Suplee's friends outgrew the fascination with all things Batman. "I didn't," said the 45-year-old Dresher father of two and sales manager for a payroll company.
July 5, 2008 |
To some, Joseph Murphy's Haddonfield workplace may look more like a political campaign headquarters than a law office. Walls, shelves, and display cases are crammed with presidential-election memorabilia dating back to Andrew Jackson's first race in 1824. They range from treasures such as an 1860 daguerreotype pin of Abraham Lincoln and a Teddy Roosevelt campaign poster to lighthearted items: Ronald and Nancy Reagan slippers, a singing Hillary Clinton doll, and Richard Nixon bubble-gum cigars.
May 15, 2008 |
As Flyers fans have been flocking to games of the Eastern Conference finals and, perhaps, the Stanley Cup playoffs, so do wannabe entrepreneurs selling counterfeit sports memorabilia. It's a huge business. The National Hockey League puts the price tag for unsanctioned knockoff products at "tens of thousands" a year. Sales are in the millions for all pro sports leagues. That's money the NHL, which licenses authentic goods that bear trademarked logos of its teams, does not get. And maverick hucksters do, selling their version of goods for less money on nearby street corners and at subway stops.