You can’t visit the Baseball Hall of Fame right now, and probably won’t be able to for a while, but you can take a virtual trip and hear from the museum’s curator about the Shoebox Treasures baseball card exhibit.
The Hall has unveiled what it calls some “unique and entertaining virtual programming” during the COVID-19 crisis including Virtual Field Trips, Curator Spotlights and Voices of the Game programs delivered through live online events. One of those programs will take place Wednesday, April 22 and highlight Shoebox Treasures, offering those who log-in at home the chance to learn about the exhibit and see some of the baseball cards that are on display and how the popular exhibit came together.
Shoebox Treasures was unveiled last May after a successful fundraising campaign. It’s a permanent exhibit, showcasing some of the hobby’s most important and most valuable cards, but also portrays the whimsical side of trading cards and their place in baseball history.
It includes an exploration of the long history of baseball cards; the evolution of baseball card design; how and why fans of all ages collect baseball cards; and a display that includes hobby “holy grail” cards like the T206 Honus Wagner, 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie.
Shoebox Treasures features more than 2,000 cards on display in vertical drawers that allow visitors to explore a selection from the Museum’s vast baseball card collection.
An interview with a Hall of Fame curator will be part of next Thursday’s program, which is free to join but you’ll need to click here to register. It gets underway at 11 AM Eastern time.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the virtual program from Cooperstown.
Several other programs are planned in the coming days including an Instagram Live program with Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and ESPN’s Jon Sciambi.