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1952 All-Star Game Stub
1952 All-Star Game Stub 

1960 All Star Game
Municipal Stadium
1961 All-Star 1st Game Stub July 11
First Game July 11

1960 All Star Game
Yankeel Stadium
1960 All-Star 2nd Game Stub July 13
Second Game July 13

 
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Major League Baseball All-Star Game Memorabilia
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1037 MLB All-Star Progeram  What better time to talk about the Midsummer Classic after a long Winter waiting for the Baseball season to start. In 1933 Arch Ward, the sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, put together the first All-Star Game as a part of Chicago's exposition that year. The first 3 out of 4 years the program covers were basic stock scorecards that were used during the regular season. Specially designed All-Star Game covers did not catch on until the 5th Annual all-Star game, played at Griffith Stadium, in
Washington DC on July 7, 1937. This Great cover features Franklin D. Roosevelt about to throw a baseball. FDR was the first American President to attend the midsummer Classic and threw out the first pitch.

 From 1933-1946 the All-Star Game managers selected the entire lineups. In 1947 the fans were entrusted with selection until 1957 when the Cincinnati Reds fans stuffed the ballot box and selected 7 Reds and Stan Musial. The Cincinnati Enquirer had printed up pre-marked ballots and distributed them with the Sunday newspaper to make it easy for Reds fans to vote often.

 Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in to replace two of the Cincinnati starters and, in 1958, balloting was taken away from the fans and given to the players, coaches, and managers. The 1956 official Ballot pictured to the right was printed by the Chicago Tribune and features eight baseball positions for each the American League, and National League. Voting was restored to the fans in 1970 and has been entrusted to them ever since.
1956 All-Star Game Ballot
 
1970 All-Star Ballot Display   The 1970 official All-Star game ballot Box Display, pictured to the left was sponsored by Gillette. This display was made to be inserted into a ballot box where the ballots were to be inserted after voting.

The Ballot (shown below) could also be sent in by mail. The ballot features boxes to be punched out to vote for the player to be chosen.

 The "old fashion" punch out box method of voting for your favorite player went the way of the dinosaur. R.I.P. the paper Ballot (1970-2014) They had a good run. 2014 was the last year the paper ballots were used at the ballparks. The vote was shifted to the MLB website. Cyber Voting.
 The "Fan Ballots" are commonly found on ebay selling for a couple of dollars  each.  
  1972 All-star game Gillette promotion Baseball. Gillette sponsored most of the all star games in the early 1970s. Finding promotional items put out by Gillette from 1972 such as posters, and All-star ballots together with the baseball will increase the value. If the ball was purchased with a mail away promotion any documentation of this such as a mail in coupon, or advertising for the promotional baseball will also increase the value. Gillette 1972 All-Star Promotion Bseball
2014 All-Star Game HR derby Baseball
 Official Rawlings 2014 MLB All Star Game Home Run Derby Baseball. The orange flex ball used in the home-run derby at Target Field in Minneapolis. The flex ball, replacing the golden ball from past years, came into play after 6 outs. A home run hit off of a flex ball resulted in a $10,000 donation to charity by Gillette and MLB.
 
1976 All-Star Game Black Bat
  Just Like the World Series Black bats, which were produced in limited numbers,
they were given to participating players in the All-Star Game, league officials, high-ranking executives and dignitaries. The bats made for both thr AL & NL teams, feature facsimile signatures of the players in gold on a dark black ebony bat. Names in script for Hillerich & Bradsby endorsees and block letter for non endorsed players. These bats were produced by Hillerich & Bradsby between the years 1934 & 1998.
 
 Press pins were distributed to members of the press, to be worn on the lapel to gain access to the game. Dieges & Clustn made Press pins in the early years for all major league teams. This 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field All-Star Press Pin, was made by Balfour. In 1991 Balfour made reproductions of the 1946- 1989 press pins. I've seen many people on ebay trying to sell them as originals so be careful. 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers All-Star Game Press Pin
  From 1959 through1962 the All Star game was played two times a year. As shown on a section of the ticket stubs to the left. The first game was played on July 11, at Municipal Stadium and the second was played at Yankee Stadium on July 13. Ticket stubs from All-Star games are a very popular item, and sought after by collectors of baseball memorabilia.
 
1951 All-Star Souvenir Pennant
Collecting Major League Baseball All-Star memorabilia could not only prove to be a great enjoyment, but also an education on the Midsummer Classic, a gathering of the greatest Ballplayers that ever put on a uniform, as shown on this 1951 Briggs Stadium All-Star Souvenir Pennant. All-Star players include: Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Lemon, Jackie Robinson, Stan Musial, Duke Snider, and Warren Spahn.

 
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