By Ray Schulte, SchulteAuctions.com
The National Sports Collectors Convention is the nation's premier showcase event for the multi-billion sports and entertainment collectibles industry. And for the first time, the event will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Aug. 4-8.
The exhibiting dealers will include professional league licensees, game-used and vintage memorabilia dealers, new and vintage card dealers, auction houses and authentication companies, plus Hall of Fame and current athletes from every sport signing autographs at the Tri-Star Autograph Pavilion.
Baltimore has always been recognized as having sports franchises rich in heritage and tradition, which translates into avid and knowledgeable collectors throughout Maryland.
One local collector participating in the National Convention is Potomac, Md. resident Steve Terman, one of the most recognized and respected collectors of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., sports memorabilia in the country. Terman grew up in Wheaton, Md., and got his start as a teenager collecting coins, stamps and political items. As he grew older, he became more interested in sports items -- especially from his favorite teams, the Orioles and Colts.
|Steve Terman has been collecting game-used equipment and memorabilia for nearly three decades. (Ray Schulte)|
After a quick look at his vast collection of game-used items, it's clear his two favorite players growing up were Brooks Robinson and Johnny Unitas.
The first significant game-used item he obtained was a 1979 Tippy Martinez home jersey. Since then, Terman has secured more than 300 Baltimore Orioles, 35 Washington Senators, 30 Washington Capitals, 30 Washington Redskins, 20 Baltimore Bullets and 19 Baltimore Colts game-used jerseys. His gsme-used collection also includes more than 225 baseball bats, 135 baseball caps, 20 fielders' gloves, 22 football helmets and 45 warm-up jackets.
In addition, Terman owns hundreds of pennants, yearbooks, press pins, historic tickets, original sports art work, championship rings, trophies, watches ... the list goes on and on. Items such as lockers, signs and seats from Griffith Stadium, Memorial Stadium, Camden Yards fill his collection space. Numerous items from the University of Maryland, including a Len Bias warm-up jacket, shirt, shoes and team jacket are prominently displayed.
A partner in a Washington law firm, Terman has been collecting game-used equipment and memorabilia for nearly three decades. Many of the non-game-used items date back to the early 1800s.
He credits attending his first National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago in 1983 as his inspiration to focus on collecting game-used equipment and uniforms. Since that Chicago visit, Terman has attended 23 National Conventions and is excited the event is coming to Baltimore.
This year's National will be Terman's first as an exhibitor with his company, Parkway Pastimes.
"[The National] is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for men, women and kids of all ages," Terman said. "A great opportunity to relive, share and for some, create new memories that would last a lifetime."
Issue 149: May 2010