This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame class is staying busy as the countdown to induction day continues. Tony Gwynn talked autographs while his likeness was unveiled on a Wheaties box while Cal Ripken gets ready to peddle more signatures on a home shopping channel.
When you’re a new Hall of Famer, every day is like Christmas. For Tony Gwynn, it meant seeing his face on a box of Wheaties.
The former San Diego Padres batting champion was honored in San Diego where he talked about the special box and one tell-tale sign for collectors to look out for when looking for his autographed memorabilia. Fans will be relieved to know Gwynn has lost some weight as part of a Wheaties fitness promotion.
Cal Ripken, meanwhile, will be on QVC Monday for the third time this year. He’ll be on a show telecast live from Aberdeen, Maryland from 9 PM to 11 PM (ET). The two-time Most Valuable Player will debut his new autographed line of Hall of Fame collectibles, created specially for QVC in conjunction with his company, Ironclad Authentics.
Signature items include a Cal Ripken, Jr. Team Signed Limited Edition 1983 Jersey, Baltimore Orioles 1983 Team Signed Limited Edition Louisville Bat, and a Cal Ripken, Jr. Hall of Fame Autographed Career Ball.
Autograph seekers will be everywhere in upstate New York for induction weekend, July 28-29…even at the airport when the players arrive. The Albany airport manager says he expects a few dozen to turn out and they’ll be positioned "in a corral" near the baggage claim with no guarantee players will stop to sign.
The Baseball Hall of Fame is expecting an onslaught of fans to celebrate along with the players. Vice president Jeff Idelson said if the weather cooperates, attendance for this year’s induction ceremony could break the record of 50,000 fans set when Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Robin Yount and Orlando Cepeda were enshrined in 1999.