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BABE WAXPAK: Sports collectibles maven

by BABE WAXPAK Scripps Howard News Service on July 22, 2013 10:00 AM

Dear Babe: I have a program from the 1960 All-Star baseball game that was played at Yankee Stadium. I think it was the last All-Star game for both Stan Musial and Ted Williams. The printed cost was 50 cents.

— Thomas Beck, Indiana

Well, one-for-two will get you to the Hall of Fame. It was Williams’ last All-Star appearance. He retired at the end of the 1960 season. Musial played until 1963 and was an All-Star in every year in the 1960s that he played.

Your program is actually from the second All-Star game played in 1960. That’s right. From 1959 through 1962, there were two midsummer classics.

Don’t look for any high and mighty reason for two games, such as getting more players involved or appeasing fans. It was all a gimmick to increase the flow of funds into the players’ pension fund.

John Drebinger, a New York Times sports writer, summed up the situation at the time: “The public at large is finding a second all-star attraction something of an anticlimax, like playing a second World Series in Brazil.”

In the end, the owners agreed to increase the amount of money that went into the pension fund from one All-Star game. The two-game-a-year experiment met a merciful end.

The first 1960 game was played July 11 in Kansas City, Mo. The National League won, 5-3.

The second game was played just two days later, July 13, in New York. Again, the NL was victorious. This time the score was 6-0.

“All-Star programs are funky during the 1960s where some were mass produced and others were not. The 1960 Yankees is popular (because it is Yankees), and I don’t get them that often. I sell them in the $200 range for a nice copy,” said Phil Regli, a longtime magazine dealer (www.prpsports.com).

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Dear Babe: I have two old baseball mitts. One is a McGregor/Goldsmith Jimmy Brown model G/20. The other is a Wilson model 1053 Walter Berger glove. I think they are from the 1950s.

— Jim Thompson, Redding, Calif.

Gloves — except for really old ones — are no different from other pieces of memorabilia — they have to be in “mint” or “like new” condition to really have value.

Da Babe checked Joe Phillips’ “Vintage Baseball Glove Source Catalog Guide” and his Vintage Baseball Glove Pocket Price Guide. The gloves are actually from the 1940s, according to the guides. The 2004 Source Catalog says that Berger should be a Wilson 653 from the early 1940s.

“Regarding value, Brown’s is probably $45-$75, and Berger is down to about $75-$100,” said Troy Kinunen, of www.mearsonline.com. Berger topped out at $150 in the 2004 Pocket Guide.

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