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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Drop by for Free Baseball Memorabilia Appraisals on Saturday November 19, 2011!

Have you found an old baseball souvenir in the attic? Or have you come across something that your dad saved from when he was a kid? Are you curious as to how much it’s worth?

Tony gets lots of questions on the worth of baseball items, whether at shows or at the Westminster Antique Mall where he appraises memorabilia once a month. He is always happy to give his professional opinion on “what it’s worth” based on his years of experience. He has appraised old autographed baseballs, game-used bats, game programs, and many unique items.

If you are in the Baltimore area and have a baseball item that needs appraising, bring it to the Westminster Antique Mall in Westminster MD! Check our show schedule for dates and times. His next scheduled appraisal time is tomorrow, November 19 from 1 to 4 pm.

We also have a Mendy’s Baseball Memorabilia booth at the Westminster Antique Mall, Booth B69-70. Stop by and let us know what you think!

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Visit Mendy’s at the CSA this weekend in Chantilly, VA – October 14-16, 2011

Mendy’s will be at the Collectors Showcase of America Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly VA from October 14 – 16, 2011. Admission on Friday is Free (2pm to 8pm). Saturday hours ($5) from 9 am to 5pm, and Sunday ($5) from 10am to 4pm. MLB Stars Ryne Sandberg, Johnny Bench, Len Dawson, Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Dwight Gooden, and Frank Robinson 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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Memorabilia Appraisals in Westminster

Have you found an old baseball souvenir in the attic? Or have you come across something that your dad saved from when he was a kid? Are you curious as to how much it’s worth?

Tony gets lots of questions on the worth of baseball items, whether at shows or at the Westminster Antique Mall where he appraises memorabilia once a month. He is always happy to give his professional opinion on “what it’s worth” based on his years of experience. He has appraised old autographed baseballs, game-used bats, game programs, and many unique items.

If you are in the Baltimore area and have a baseball item that needs appraising, bring it to the Westminster Antique Mall! Check our show schedule for dates and times. His next scheduled appraisal time is tomorrow, August 20.

We also have a Mendy’s Baseball Memorabilia booth at the Westminster Antique Mall, Booth B69-70. Stop by and let us know what you think!

Tony at work

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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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MLB Right Now: 5 Major Trade Deadline Deals

I love the trade deadline. It’s a hefty decision for every team in a playoff race to decide if their current roster is good enough for October, and if not, what holes need to be filled and what are they willing, or forced, to send away to fill those gaps. For you baseball fans that have been busy this summer and unable to keep up with all the moves, let me fill you in on 5 major deals that have taken place:

1.) CARLOS BELTRAN traded from the Mets to the Giants: The Giants got the middle of the order bat they needed. Their offense has struggled to put up runs, but they expect Beltran to help change that, as his presence in the lineup will give hitters like Pablo Sandoval and Aubrey Huff better pitches to hit. The Giants are the team to beat in the NL West. Sorry, Dad! (He’s a Padres fan.) It did cost the Giants, though, as the Mets received RHP Zack Wheeler, the best pitching prospect in the Giants minor league system.

2.) HUNTER PENCE traded from the Astros to the Phillies: The Phillies think this is their year. Their lineup is powerful already with Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Raul Ibanez. The only problem is they are all left-handed (Rollins is a switch hitter, but hits considerably better from the left side). Hunter Pence gives the Phillies a solid right-handed bat in the middle of their lineup. Add that to a rotation that has Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick? Wow. Philadelphia gave a lot, though, including Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton, their top two prospects.

3.) UBALDO JIMENEZ traded from the Rockies to the Indians: Can you believe the Indians were 69-93 last year? As of right now, they are a game and a half out of first place with a 53-51 record. This gives the Indians an ace in their rotation, but I’d be worried if I were Cleveland. Jimenez was 19-8 last year with a 2.88 ERA, but he started last season 15-1, went 4-7 the rest of the way and he’s 6-9 with a 4.46 ERA this season. And Cleveland paid dearly, trading four prospects including their top two pitching prospects, Alex White and Chris Pomeranz, players that were expected to be in the Cleveland rotation in the near future. It’ll be interesting to see how Jimenez adapts to the American League.

4.) JASON MARQUIS traded from the Nationals to the Diamondbacks: This is Arizona’s answer to the Giants deal. The Diamondbacks pick up a veteran arm having a solid year in Washington, 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA, who also has success against the Giants, 5-3 with a 2.47 ERA. The D’Backs are going to put up a fight in the NL West. (I just learned that Arizona also acquired reliever Brad Ziegler from the Athletics -good deal! That will strengthen their bullpen.)

5.) KOJI UEHARA traded from the Orioles to the Rangers: As a big Orioles fan, I had to throw this one in. I loved seeing Koji come out of the bullpen. He was our best reliever, but I love what the Orioles got back in this deal. Uehara is the relief pitcher that Texas needed. There is talk about how Uehara struggles pitching in the heat, but I think he’ll get used to it and be fine. If he throws strikes like he always does, he won’t be out on the mound very long. It’s a good pickup for Texas, and a GREAT pickup for Baltimore. Baltimore got back more than expected – two major leaguers, 1B Chris Davis and RHP Tommy Hunter. Both are young, and both fill holes the O’s needed filled. Yes, Baltimore is terrible, but this move makes them a little less terrible.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check back here for more MLB coverage! Also, please check out our baseball memorabilia Web store.

-Tony Jr.

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