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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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Happy New Year!

We want to wish all of our loyal customers a very Happy New Year! 2009 was a rough year for Mendy’s, capped of with a theft of a large portion of our show inventory at the hotel just prior to our last show for the year. So 2010 will be a “rebuilding” year for us! A sincere thank you for everyone who supported us during this trying time.

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CSA Show this Weekend! Chantilly, Virginia

Here we go again. Time to blog again about another CSA Show. We last did this show in March; the show was a little off as we were a Baseball Memorabilia dealer at a football autograph show. But this time around, Baseball is in full swing (sorry for the pun) and the All-Star Game is right around the corner, so I feel good about this one.

So the Preps are on, new baseballs and bats ordered and delivered, autograph plans being made and special displays ordered. Move in begins in less than 72 hours, I know that I will not be ready (as usual)!

Tony Mendiola
Mendys

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Don’t Forget – Baseball Memorabilia Appraisals next Saturday! (06/20)

Mendy’s will be at the Westminster Antique Mall (Westminster, MD) on Saturday, June 20, 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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Opening Day!

Baseball is back! Opening Day is here! Seems like forever since the World Series (A very late Congrats to the 2008 Champs, Philadelphia Phillies!) Today every team starts equal and hope springs eternal that this is the year! As for me personally, I would like to see the Orioles and the Padres in the 2009 Series. Hey, it could happen, and what better time to say that than Opening Day!

More on the Orioles Fanfest. We had a great show and saw all of our usual customers and friends and met alot of new ones too. I know that it is only 6 hours long, but it feels like two days when it is over. Always a little worn out after this one, but we will be back!

Tony Mendiola
Mendys

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Orioles Fanfest is Here!

Sorry, haven’t blogged in a few days, but need to blog about the Orioles Fanfest. One of our favorite events during the year, Orioles Fanfest will be at Camden Yards tomorrow (Saturday, April 4th). So today (Friday) is setup day, a day to get to the stadium, with the Orioles staff still getting ready for Fanfest, as well as getting ready for the Orioles Opening Day (Monday) against the Yankees. With the Orioles working out tomorrow during the Fanfest before their night game with the Washington Nationals, everyone should start to feel that Baseball is back in Town. More in the next blog!

Tony Mendiola
Mendys

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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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Don’t Forget – Baseball Memorabilia Appraisals this Saturday! (03/28)

Mendy’s will be at the Westminster Antique Mall (Westminster, MD) this Saturday, March 28, 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, I plan on taking some photos of the action for this blog.

Tony Mendiola
Mendys

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Autographs – A look behind the curtain

A story from this weekend’s show. Lots of autographs with lots of signers. It is no widely known, but most autograph shows double as an opportunity dealers to arrange for private signings, that is, when items are signed for mail orders. The guest spends time in front of the curtain, meeting the public, signing autographs, posing for pictures, kissing babies, that kind of stuff. Behind the curtain, rows of material (baseballs, bats, jerseys, helmets, etc) are laid out ahead of time for the signer to sign, in an assembly line fashion, with lots of helpers to take the signed items away so they can be packaged up and shipped right away from the show. In no time at all, hundreds of autographs can be collected in this way, if it works according to plan.

This weekend, minor pandemonium. Some of the stars wouldn’t sign beyond the minimum number that they were contracted to sign, some left without signing the mail order items, and some wouldn’t sign certain items at all. By the end of the show, there were a lot of unhappy dealers behind the curtain, with lots of mail order items that were unsigned. It looked alot like for floor of the stock market, yelling, hand waving, pointing, paper being torn up,… Boy, I would hate to be their customer service rep this week as stuff is returned unsigned.

Tony Mendiola
Mendys

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Two Shows down, two shows to go

Well, the Show in Chantilly is behind us now, what a interesting weekend! I was a Baseball guy at a football autograph show, and the receipts for the weekend prove that you should never take a knife to a gun fight. But we had a good time, got to see a number of good friends, customers, and dealers.

Now it is time to reset, prep the show inventory for the Baltimore Orioles Fanfest on April 4th, and get ready for a very intense one-day event. Looking forward to the Bird’s fans, just like everyone else this time of year, crazy for their team, who will go “all the way” this year. Oh yeah, also have the baseball antique roadshow this Saturday at the Westminster Antique Mall too.

More show news in upcoming blogs,

Tony Mendiola
Mendys Baseball Memorabilia

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