Baltimore collectors were spoiled by the Ripken era. The string of losing seasons has been rough on fans–and shop owners hoping to find a hot local hero.
It’s a trickle down effect for baseball memorabilia dealers.
When your team is winning, everyone wants a piece of the action. Once downtrodden, the Milwaukee Brewers have once again excited fans in Wisconsin. The Tigers have Detroit buzzing. Colorado is Rockies crazy again.
But in places like Baltimore, once nirvana for baseball, it’s a struggle. The Baltimore Sun reports memorabilia dealers rely on the past–and other teams–to keep the cash register ringing.