Their post-season lasted just one game and while fans in and around Baltimore were disappointed, there was at least one guy in Iowa who was also a little down in the dumps. Terry Sullivan doesn’t have to look far, though, to recall when the Orioles were on top.
Sullivan lives in Davenport, about 850 miles from Camden Yards. While most folks in that neck of the woods root for the Cubs, White Sox, Twins or Cardinals, Sullivan is all about the Orioles. And he’s got the collection to prove it.
He owns hundreds of signed vintage cards, complete Orioles team sets dating back to the 1950s, autographs personalized to him from the likes of Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. (who wrote something nice about his collection), game-worn jerseys and about everything else you can think of.
His collection and his passion for the O’s was the subject of a feature story on KWQC-TV. If you can’t see the video below, click here.
Then there’s Jay Dillon, a retiree from Bay Village, OH, who began filling his basement with baseball memorabilia back in 1993 and hasn’t stopped.
Dillon has items pertaining to all 312 players in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He says “approximately 70 percent” of his collection is autographed.
His basement, with over 1,200 square-feet of space, includes photos, jerseys, baseballs, bats, pennants, cards and more, is a shrine to the greats.
“My basement is fondly referred to by people who see it as the ‘Cooperstown of the Midwest,'” he told Cleveland.com for this story and video.
Who doesn’t love an old uncut sheet of baseball cards? Still, the price on this 1971 Topps 4th series sheet with Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson and a few other notables was an eye-popper. There are apparently some pretty cool things still sitting in Topps’ archives.
If you’re wondering what the football Hartland statues looked like when you bought one in a store back in the early 1960s, look no further than this auction. Someone opened the $1.98 package and never bothered to put the numbers on the figure before sticking it away, box and all.