The Chantilly Show

Tony is at the Chantilly Show this weekend at the Dulles Expo Center.

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Best Wishes for 2014

Well, the new year has begun, and we here at Mendy’s want to wish you a happy, safe and prosperous new year! The new year also means that it’s only about 6 weeks until pitchers and catchers report – something to look forward to while we are enduring colder than normal January temperatures here in Maryland!

Another exciting prospect is the Orioles FanFest on February 1st in the Baltimore Convention Center. We will be there, and look forward to seeing our regular customers and hope to meet some new folks, too!

Mendy's booth

Our Mendy's booth at Orioles FanFest 2013

In addition to the Mendy’s Web site and our booth (B-69) in the Westminster Antique Mall, we now have some items on Amazon Marketplace. Whether you are decorating your “man cave”, looking for a perfect gift for a baseball fan, or adding to your collections, please let us know how we can serve you in 2014!

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Why Collect Baseball Memorabilia?

Why do people collect baseball memorabilia? This is a tough question, since everyone may have different reasons for collecting. Here are three that come to mind:

1. To reminisce about a meaningful game that you attended that you never want to forget. Whenever you look at the memorabilia item that you bought – a ticket, autographed ball, or program – you relive that awesome moment when your team won a big game or your favorite player set a record.

2. As an investment. Knowing what items will increase in value is very hard to predict. It depends on how popular a player is over the long term, and how rare is the item. It’s good to collect items that are meaningful to you, regardless of their resale value.

3. Because you enjoy collecting and displaying the items. It is exciting to find something that you’ve been searching for at a show, online, or at a flea market, and then to bring it home and find a special spot in which to display it.

I like to find unusual and quirky items, especially old Orioles memorabilia that I remember from my childhood. Also, the “running Presidents” bobble heads from the Nats!

Why do you collect sports memorabilia?

Orioles Memorabilia

Orioles Memorabilia Poster

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Baseball Memorabilia Appraisals in Westminster, MD

Mendy’s Baseball Memorabilia will be at the Westminster Antique Mall (Westminster, MD) on Saturday, February 16, 2013, from 1pm to 4pm, providing free appraisals of your baseball memorabilia. Drop by to have your items appraised and talk a little baseball!

Westminster Antique Mall is at 433 Hahn Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157.

Mendy's Baseball Memorabilia booth at Westminster Antique Mall

Mendy's Baseball Memorabilia booth at Westminster Antique Mall

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Orioles FanFest on January 19, 2013

Some photos from the Orioles FanFest, which was very well attended, with over 18,000 fans there. Everyone was saddened on hearing the news of Earl Weaver’s passing, when the news broke early in the morning. The Orioles hung a large #4 and Weaver’s jersey on the Fan Forum stage.

There was a sense of anticipation for the 2013 season to begin, and long lines for autographs all day. We were very busy at our booth.

Mendys booth

Our Mendys booth at O's FanFest

Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter

Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter at the Fan Forum

Rick Dempsey signing an autograph

Rick Dempsey signing an autograph

Buck Showalter and Al Bumbry

Buck Showalter and Al Bumbry at the autograph station

Mendys booth again

Our Mendys booth again

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5 Great Baseball Memorabilia Gift Ideas

If you have any friends or family members who are baseball fans, a memorabilia item is the perfect gift. If the person collects specific items, it’s easy to find something to add to his or her collection, and you know it will be appreciated.

If you are searching for gifts for children, you could help them start a collection that they will cherish for years to come. You can then add to their collections by giving a different item each year.

Here are 5 great ideas for gifts:

1. Autographed baseballs – A signed baseball of their favorite player is always a “wow” gift. My personal favorite autograph is the great Brooks Robinson. He has a distinctive signature that is easy to read.

Brooks Robinson autographed baseball

Mendys has a wide variety of autographs from retired and active players, including Hall of Famers, 500 home run hitters, Negro leaguers and minor league players. We even have some hard to find autographed baseballs of retired players.

2. A bobbing head doll to display on their desk at work, or in the man cave.

3. Game programs, team yearbooks or media guides are always fun to collect. Reading the really old ones is always a trip down memory lane, especially seeing the ads from back then.

4. A baseball bat is great gift for a young person to use in playing the game, or to get autographed. We have both “old label” and “current label” Louisville Slugger bats and Rawlings bats.

5. Unique items, like an All Star game press pin, or a ticket stub from a special game.

As always, we are happy to help you select the perfect gift or answer any questions you may have about investing in memorabilia. Please visit our Web site, or our booth, B69-70, at the Westminster Antique Mall in Westminster, MD, and get your shopping done early this year!

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December 1, 2012 – Westminster Antique Mall Midnight Madness

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, we will be at the Westminster Antique Mall supporting the Annual Midnight Madness event. Drop by for a great annual holiday event!

The Westminster Antique Mall stays open till midnight that day. We, and many of the other dealers, decorate our booths and put out cookies and goodies for holiday shoppers. It’s a fun way to get a jump on your shopping and find unusual gifts. We will be there at our booth, B69-70, to welcome you and answer any questions you have about baseball memorabilia.

Directions to Westminster Antique Mall

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Baseball Memorabilia Appraisals in Westminster, MD

Mendy’s Baseball Memorabilia will be at the Westminster Antique Mall (Westminster, MD) on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 1pm to 4pm, providing free appraisals of your baseball memorabilia. Drop by to have your items appraised and talk a little baseball!

Westminster Antique Mall is at 433 Hahn Road, Westminster, Maryland 21157.

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Cancellation of Mendys Baseball Memorabilia Appraisals on Saturday May 19, 2012!

We apologize but Mendy’s needs to cancel the planned Baseball Memorabilia Appraisal session at the Westminster Antique Mall on Saturday, May 19, 2012. We will be back for the next session on June 16th, 2012. See everyone then!

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Visit Mendy’s at the CSA Show in Chantilly, VA this weekend March 30 – April 1, 2012!

Mendy’s will be at the Collectors Showcase of America Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly VA from March 30 – April 1, 2012. Show hours are Friday (2pm to 8pm), Saturday 9 am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Several sports stars will be signing autographs. See you at the Show! Look for some photos of the action in a future blog. Also follow our Tweets at @MendysBaseball

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