By Ray Schulte
Baltimore hasn't held a sports collectible show of this magnitude since the Baltimore Convention Center hosted the National Sports Collectors Convention Aug. 4-8, 2010. Charm City Heroes recently packed the Pikesville Hilton's main ballroom with fans and collectors eager to meet some of their all-time Baltimore sports heroes.
"Baltimore has always been known for a strong sports rich tradition and collector's base," said Mollie Ann Bracigniano, Charm City Heroes co-promoter and MAB Celebrity President. "The show's attendance and the positive reaction far exceeded our expectations."
In addition to the Baltimore Orioles' Baseball Hall of Famers (Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Frank Robinson, Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray and Jim Palmer), Davey Johnson, Robbie Alomar, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Raymond Berry, Art Donovan, Buck Showalter and Brian Roberts signed autographs and posed for photographs throughout the two-day event.
The Charm City Heroes event was Brooks Robinson’s first public appearance since being hospitalized after developing a fever and infection before a scheduled outpatient surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He couldn't have been more gracious and friendlier with everyone who approached him during his signing.
In addition, JSA Authentication, Schulte Auctions and other high-profile exhibitors set up to buy, sell and trade sports and entertainment collectibles and vintage memorabilia.
Rare Ripken Photo Released
Schulte Sports recently released a photo image of Cal Ripken Jr.'s first major-league at bat while exhibiting at the Charm City Heroes show.
The photo was taken by Joni Palmer, on photo assignment Aug. 12, 1981, while the Kansas City Royals were in town to play the Orioles at Memorial Stadium. Schulte Sports secured the exclusive rights and had the photo licensed through Photo File.
For more information on how to purchase this exclusive Ripken photo, visit
Big Bat's Café: A Hall of Fame Experience
Established by Stephen F. Garland in March 1997, Big Bat's Café successfully combines America's greatest pastimes, baseball and great food.
The Stevensville, Md., restaurant Garland created has a museum-quality interior which rivals any high-profile sports-themed restaurant in the country. His passion for baseball and the Orioles is reflected in an exciting display of authentic baseball memorabilia, including unique signed and unsigned pictures, autographed baseballs and bats, signed jerseys and even bar stools made out of Rawlings bats and bases.
For more information about Kent Island's original sports bar, visit
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Issue 161: May 2011