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More Items at the Westminster Antique Mall!

We have new showcases at the Westminster Antique Mall and we are in the midst of stocking them with the best baseball Memorabilia. Drop by to see what we have for you or let us know what you are looking for.

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It’s an old Post but still good!

Here is an old post, recycled as this is good information.

One of the most overlooked baseball memorabilia item for the team oriented collector is the pocket schedule. Most pocket schedules today are crammed with game information, filled with ads and promotions, and often include a photo of the team’s best player or MVP on the cover. Considering their “price” (usually free, considering the advertising), you can’t go wrong adding these to your collection.

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A Mendy’s Collecting Tip

Specific Event Baseball Memorabilia is one of most challenging to collect, but very satisfying when a hard to find item is located and acquired. Think about putting a ticket, program, and photo, along with a player’s autograph, of a special event (500th homerun, perfect game, no-hitter) either framed or displayed together, and you will have the jealousy of other collectors.

Tony Mendiola
Mendy’s Baseball Memorabilia

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Overlooked Baseball Memorabilia Item – Media Guides

Another great item to add to your team memorabilia collection is the team’s yearly media guide. These books are often covered with memorabilia player photos and crammed with team information and player information. For most teams, the Media Guides have replaced the Yearbook as the annual team information compilation.

Tony Mendiola
Mendys Baseball Memorabilia

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Pocket Schedule Protection

Mendy’s suggests the use of semi-rigid plastic card holders for the protection and display of team pocket schedules. Besides offering protection and easy handling, it allows for clear display of the front and back of the schedule, usually the best way to identify the variations of team’s pocket schedule.

Tony Mendiola
Mendys

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Overlooked Baseball Memorabilia Item – Pocket Schedules

One of the most overlooked baseball memorabilia item for the team oriented collector is the pocket schedule. Most pocket schedules today are crammed with game information, filled with ads and promotions, and often include a photo of the team’s best player or MVP on the cover. Considering their “price” (usually free, considering the advertising), you can’t go wrong adding these to your collection.

Tony Mendiola
Mendy’s Baseball Memorabilia

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Don’t Forget – Baseball Memorabilia Appraisals this Saturday! (04/25)

Mendy’s will be at the Westminster Antique Mall (Westminster, MD) this Saturday, April 25, from 1pm to 4pm, providing free appraisals of your baseball memorabilia. Drop by to have your items appraised, do some shopping, and talk a little baseball! See you at the Mall! For those of you who cannot be there, look for some photos of the action in a future blog.

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Disappointment at the Mall!

A very disapointing day at the Antique Mall yesterday, no real finds showed up like at the times before. Believe it was due to the last minute change of the date of the event and the weather changes during the day. (Sorry, you often find an excuse where ever you can).

Did get some old photos to look at, turns out they were all reprints of the originals. Too bad, they could have been something. One of them was of Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium during his farewell. Framed in a old frame, it could have fooled anyone. Only closer inspection using a magnifying glass can one see the printing dots on the photo. Oh well.

Tony Mendiola
Mendys

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The Show Continues, but Website Shipping captures our attention.

If you have been following this blog, you know that we have a web store, www.mendys.com. While we have been blogging lately about shows, we having not been discussing the day to day running of our very busy site. We care about all of our customers, but we are speaking now to those of you who order from us…. we highly recommend US Postal Service Priority Mail over any over service that we offer. They have a very good system that is time tested and we have never had an order lost or misplaced. We can find out immediately when the package is and get rapid notification when the order is delivered. No other service is as effective or efficient in their work and that they work the weekends and you wonder why no one else works this way.

Today, we had to solve a problem with a customer’s order that was shipped by another service that will not reach its destination in time for the customer’s trip to Spring Training. That order, which needs to travel coast to coast, is still sitting about 40 miles from where we initially shipped it; it will be Monday before it moves again. So it will spend 4 days not moving, while the customer will be justifiably upset about this delay. Mendy’s will offer to fully refund the customer, but one cannot help but wonder why others do not model themselves after USPS.

Tony Mendiola
Mendys

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What to collect in today’s Market.

Both life-long and new collectors have been asking the question, with today’s economy, “What should I be considering when adding to my collection?” Mendy’s has some common sense thoughts on that.

1 – Understand the impacts of the down economy on your collection and your collecting habits. Most memorabilia collections are created from “disposable” income which is now very limited or used for other things. Thus, you may need to accept that acquiring that expensive sought after item will need to wait a while longer.

2 – Diversify your collection. Rather than seek that one all-star player autograph at a high price, collect instead other less expensive items of that player, or other players that make great additions to your collection, but cheaper.

3 – Start closer to home. Rather than conduct a long search for difficult items, spend some time to focus on your local teams, obtain memorabilia of all types to fill out the collection.

4 – Shop, shop, shop, but buyers beware! Do your homework and research before buying. Evaluate the dealer and the deal. Remember if the deal is too good to be true, it usually is. Disreputable deals are a part of this business and are always out there, in good times as well as bad.

Just some common sense ideas.

Tony Mendiola
Mendys

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