Cherished mementos part of the game
Every baseball fan has a favorite collectible keepsake
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
Brian Michael is a Phillies fan in Washington whose prized possessions include a few personalized Mike Schmidt-signed baseballs, a rare Steve Carlton ball signed “Lefty,” and one autographed by Willie Mays. But Michael’s keeper of all keepers is a Phillies Phanatic growth chart signed by the inimitable mascot itself.
“Fortunately, since the green guy is so tall,” he said, “I’ve been able to measure up against it for my entire life and thus still cherish it even in my late 20s.”
Ask any baseball fan to tell you about an all-time favorite collectible, and the answer will come to him or her faster than the emphatic nod of a bobblehead on your desk. It may have been a trinket from a first professional game you ever attended, it may have been a ticket stub from a game that meant everything, or it may have been any of a thousand reasons that made a certain collectible so valuable to you.