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 KeyMan Collectibles  NEWSLETTER May 2020 
Coronavirus: Beating Cabin Fever with
 Steven KeyMan
Steven KeyMan
Baseball Memorabilia - By Steven KeyMan
Founder of Keymancollectibles.com, and a long time collector, Steven KeyMan has more than 30 years of experience in researching, and cataloging information on Baseball Memorabilia. Researching his own personal collection, and helping others find information on their collectibles, the website grew into the largest online resource for baseball memorabilia
 

   Ask Steven: Direct your questions or feedback, about Baseball Memorabilia to Steven KeyMan Steve@keymancollectibles.com You can also Send KeyMan pictures of your personal Memorabilia Display, and get your own Free  Collectors Showcase Room featured on the website..   
 
    Self quarantine, and Stay-at-home orders to win the war against the Coronavirus pandemic, leads us into battle with cabin fever. Staying informed on the latest news is essential, but you will become stir crazy if you dwell on it all day. Keeping busy with in-home family activities, and giving each other personal space are both important. Take advantage of this added time at home to enjoy and share your baseball memorabilia.

Break out your vintage baseball board games and play it with your children or significant other. Yes, we bought them to be displayed in our collection, but lets face it, these games were made be played with and enjoyed.

 Endorsed by Chuck Dressen & Casey Stengel, Pro-Base Ball "The Great American Game" can be played by 1-9 persons represented on each team. Timeless 1946 fun in 2020.

 With Baseball Shut down indefinitely, we could pass the time with a good old fashion game of Monopoly. In 1999 Parker Brothers issued the Major League edition of Monopoly. Team editions that included the Red Sox, and Dodgers would follow; along with special World Champion editions, My Fantasy baseball players Edition, and this 2001 Yankees Collectors Edition.
 
 
 
    The Monopoly brand created a special edition that commemorates the Bronx Bombers, the Century's greatest team. The game board features the same setup as the classic Monopoly game but with a Yankee theme twist.

Community Chest & Chance cards are replaced with Yankee Home and Away jersey cards, that feature Mr. Monopoly involved with baseball activities. Yankee blue dice are used to move the six pewter game tokens; a Yankees logo baseball cap, baseball glove & ball, catchers mask, pennant, hot dog, and a pitcher.

New York Yankee Monopoly money is used to purchase property and pay the rent. Houses and Hotels are replaced with Luxury Boxes and Ballparks. Property Cards include Yankee minor league teams, Yankee Stadium, Monument Park, and the classic Railroad properties are replaced with the four bases.

Player property cards feature Yankee greats such as; Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, and manager Casey Stengel. 77WABC Radio, and the MSG Television Network become the Utilities
 
   
   Interruption from our daily routine, and extended stay-at-home time affords us the opportunity to 'play' with our collections. Positive activity is the greatest weapon we have to counter-attack the cabin fever army. Start-up a long overdue project that you never had time for. Organize, display, or clean your collection.

Cleaning and conditioning your collectible baseball glove or mitt, will help bring the leather back to life, make a better display, and add value. This is a popular discussion among novice and seasoned glove collectors. The opinions will vary from one collector to another on preferred methods and which products to use. My advice is not to take on a project that is well above your experience.

The same goes for baseball bats. Don't take on a project, that you have little or no experience with. Cleaning and oiling your collectable baseball bats will do no harm, as long as there are no decals involved. Leave game used bats alone.

After your bat is clean and dust free, apply a coat of lemon oil. Treat the bat as you would a piece of furniture. Start with inexpensive bats until you gain experience. Some collectors then add Beeswax Polish using a cotton cloth, rubbing it into the wood in the direction of the grain, let it sit for 3-4 minutes, then buff the surface of the bat with a cloth to restore the luster of the wood.

 Joining a collectors forum or facebook group is a great battle tactic against cabin fever. You could interact with other collectors and still uphold social distancing requirements. There are many experienced collectors that would be more than happy to help with any project you decide to take on. A forum such as Net 54 is a great option for those that "Don't do facebook" but you can join facebook without entering personal information.
 
   
  You don't even need to use your real name, or make friends with people that might turn your facebook experience into a personal soap-opera. Just stick to the collectors groups you join such as the KeyMan Collectibles Baseball Memorabilia Group. Post Questions and comments relating to Baseball Collectibles and Memorabilia. Learn or share knowledge about baseball memorabilia. Show-off your collection, check out other collections and get new ideas for display. (I will leave a list in the left column for recommended groups)

Down time can be used to display your memorabilia or take pictures of it. Half the fun of collecting is showing it off to others. Send KeyMan pictures of your Memorabilia Display, and get your own Collectors Showcase Room! "The Room" is hosted by KeyMan Collectibles and will feature your personal collection. Just send pictures and a brief collectors profile, and KeyMan will do the rest. No personal information will be posted or needed. No collection too small. Check it out here.

Another indoor activity that you might enjoy is listening to collectible records that are in your collection. In 1962 Columbia Record productions released a test issue set of 8 premium Auravision paper disc records. The transparent flexi record was laminated over a paper picture of a ballplayer.

 In 1964 Columbia produced a 16 record set featuring baseball stars of the day. These and other records featuring our childhood heroes can be heard on YouTube. Most can be found with a simple search. YouTuber, Cards From The Attic, features recordings of the entire Sports Champions Auravisions set.

"Let's Keep The Dodgers In Brooklyn" was recorded by Phil Foster on Coral Records. The 1957 song was written as a futile plea to keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn.

 Foster, is best known for his roll as Frank DeFazio, Laverne’s pizzeria-owning father, on the hit TV show “Laverne and Shirley.”  With the words sung in Brooklynese, you can listen to the recording on YouTube here. You can also listen to Phil Foster - "A Brooklyn Baseball Fan"45 RPM Record

 Most of us have books in our collection. Reading a good book about our national pastime, to pass-the-time, could help fill the void of the MLB coronavirus shutdown. For many people reading about the sport, or about player heroes, is the next best thing to being there.

Gilbert Patten, who wrote under the pseudonym Burt L. Standish wrote hundreds of "Medal Library" Dime Novels published by Street & Smith featuring the Merriwell's. Street & Smith also published 'Tip Top Weekly,' a magazine promoted as "An Ideal Publication for The American Youth," featuring short stories about the sporting adventures of fictional characters Dick and Frank Merriwell.

 Baseball books were published from as far back as the 1880s. However, these were mostly manuals of rules and are rare today. While there were some popular novels beginning around 1900, these were available mostly in high-priced hard cover editions, and later beginning in the 20s in cheaper hardcover reprints. Nevertheless, even cheap hardcover reprints were often too expensive for most working class fans, and too big and heavy to carry around comfortably.

  There were a plethora of cheap paper books at the time, called "dime novels" and some included novels of baseball fiction, usually only boy’s adventure novels. These were often only available by mail order, through subscriptions like magazines.

They were not sold in stores. Distribution was a problem. Making the books easily available to readers in handy and inexpensive editions was what was needed. This would soon begin when the pulp and paperback eras began.

Dozens and dozens of books have been written about the New York Yankees.  Written by Dan Busby, "Before and After Babe Ruth" is different than any book previously written about the Yankees because it thoroughly documents the tickets and passes used by the team from 1903 (the year the franchise joined the American League) to 1951 (Mantle s rookie year).

 There are many photos and images of other Yankee memorabilia with the narrative of the Yankees history artfully woven together. But it is the preservation of the images of the tickets and the passes together with the association of undated ticket with the year they were used that makes this book standout from other Yankee books.
 
 
 
 
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