Diamond Memories

Diamond Memories Diamond Memories is a tongue in-cheek description of my extensive collection of baseball antiques and 400+ volume baseball library.

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In 1997 Target Stores and Nabisco commemorated the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's entry into the Major Leagues.  ...
06/27/2021

In 1997 Target Stores and Nabisco commemorated the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's entry into the Major Leagues. The first African American in the 20th century. 24 years later I found a pristine ball, still in it's original bag for the museum. Many of these exist so it is not rare...but it filled a hole in a small mountain of baseballs. What is different about Diamond Memories is the fact that nearly every item is meant to be enjoyed, touched and explored.

In 1997 Target Stores and Nabisco commemorated the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's entry into the Major Leagues. The first African American in the 20th century. 24 years later I found a pristine ball, still in it's original bag for the museum. Many of these exist so it is not rare...but it filled a hole in a small mountain of baseballs. What is different about Diamond Memories is the fact that nearly every item is meant to be enjoyed, touched and explored.

An Airforce baseball gifted from Kaitlyn Paddy, a member of the Paddy foundation for baseball museum sustainability.
06/25/2021

An Airforce baseball gifted from Kaitlyn Paddy, a member of the Paddy foundation for baseball museum sustainability.

An Airforce baseball gifted from Kaitlyn Paddy, a member of the Paddy foundation for baseball museum sustainability.

Waiting for the museum remodel is this W.S. plaque.  A museum donation from granddaughter Erin Paddy.
06/22/2021

Waiting for the museum remodel is this W.S. plaque. A museum donation from granddaughter Erin Paddy.

Waiting for the museum remodel is this W.S. plaque. A museum donation from granddaughter Erin Paddy.

A new addition to the binder section in the library.  A 1947 Detroit Tiger score card.  Briggs stadium began in 1912 and...
06/21/2021

A new addition to the binder section in the library. A 1947 Detroit Tiger score card. Briggs stadium began in 1912 and lasted to 1999.

A new addition to the binder section in the library. A 1947 Detroit Tiger score card. Briggs stadium began in 1912 and lasted to 1999.

In the 1950’s baseball in the National League was fun, with a great deal of talent.  Close races were going on all year....
06/18/2021

In the 1950’s baseball in the National League was fun, with a great deal of talent. Close races were going on all year. The 50’s also seen team movement as the Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee, and both the Dodgers and Giants were on their way to California. Milwaukee was hungry for baseball and moved comfortably into ready built County Stadium where they immediately set new attendance records for that time. Competition was fierce and the Dodgers Giants, and Milwaukee slugged it out. Milwaukee fans were proud of the team and envisioned a bright future, but 13 short years after they came, they moved to Atlanta. Perhaps that is why Milwaukee Braves items a scarce and desirable. Such as this pinback. Sometimes you can find just the button, or 1 of the ribbons attached. This is complete with a bat and ball on a chain. The red ribbon lists the player roster. I am fortunate that this came with the previously displayed pennant as it helped bandage the wound of paying so much. A pinback like this sells in the
$50 area.

In the 1950’s baseball in the National League was fun, with a great deal of talent. Close races were going on all year. The 50’s also seen team movement as the Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee, and both the Dodgers and Giants were on their way to California. Milwaukee was hungry for baseball and moved comfortably into ready built County Stadium where they immediately set new attendance records for that time. Competition was fierce and the Dodgers Giants, and Milwaukee slugged it out. Milwaukee fans were proud of the team and envisioned a bright future, but 13 short years after they came, they moved to Atlanta. Perhaps that is why Milwaukee Braves items a scarce and desirable. Such as this pinback. Sometimes you can find just the button, or 1 of the ribbons attached. This is complete with a bat and ball on a chain. The red ribbon lists the player roster. I am fortunate that this came with the previously displayed pennant as it helped bandage the wound of paying so much. A pinback like this sells in the
$50 area.

Recently I displayed a rare pennant from the 1957 World Series...the ONLY time Milwaukee was victorious in  something li...
06/17/2021

Recently I displayed a rare pennant from the 1957 World Series...the ONLY time Milwaukee was victorious in something like 62 MLB seasons. That's a dry spell. Here is a 3 inch pinback proudly announcing the fact. The Braves met the Yankees again in1958 but were on the losing end.

Recently I displayed a rare pennant from the 1957 World Series...the ONLY time Milwaukee was victorious in something like 62 MLB seasons. That's a dry spell. Here is a 3 inch pinback proudly announcing the fact. The Braves met the Yankees again in1958 but were on the losing end.

This was the reason I decided to keep the museum..When I saw this come up on auction a week or so ago I had to have it. ...
06/10/2021

This was the reason I decided to keep the museum..When I saw this come up on auction a week or so ago I had to have it. VERY hard to find 1957 pennant from the world series that year. Milwaukee's only W.S. victory.

This was the reason I decided to keep the museum..When I saw this come up on auction a week or so ago I had to have it. VERY hard to find 1957 pennant from the world series that year. Milwaukee's only W.S. victory.

Here is the second American League ‘Red Book’.  As stated yesterday it also is in pristine condition, not bad for 60 yea...
05/16/2021

Here is the second American League ‘Red Book’. As stated yesterday it also is in pristine condition, not bad for 60 years old. I selected this one because it would contain stats for the first year of the Twins, Angels and resurrected Senators. Printed each year from 1933 to 2009, if you are looking for one, they can be found, some years rarer than others.

Here is the second American League ‘Red Book’. As stated yesterday it also is in pristine condition, not bad for 60 years old. I selected this one because it would contain stats for the first year of the Twins, Angels and resurrected Senators. Printed each year from 1933 to 2009, if you are looking for one, they can be found, some years rarer than others.

It is hard to keep a curator down.  I must be feeling a bit better, 2 weeks ago I was 90% sure I was going to liquidate ...
05/15/2021

It is hard to keep a curator down. I must be feeling a bit better, 2 weeks ago I was 90% sure I was going to liquidate the museum contents so Carolyn would not have that burden…this week I am re-evaluating those thoughts. So here is a unique item I picked up before my recent health issues. This is a 1961 American League ‘Red Book’ in Pristine condition. Selected from a number of these available because 1961 served as the inaugural year of the Twins, Angels, and a new franchise was awarded to Washington as the Senators after the original team was moved to Minneapolis. Prior to the internet and Google search speed, if you wanted stats on teams or players, full league schedules etc, this is where you found it. Larger than expected when I seen it on the internet, at 50 pages and 9X12 inches, it will be housed in the Library as an antique and will not be cataloged.

The back of a box of Kellogg's cereal in 1984 featured a legendary figure to cut out and display.  Now in paper archives...
04/22/2021

The back of a box of Kellogg's cereal in 1984 featured a legendary figure to cut out and display. Now in paper archives here at the museum.

The back of a box of Kellogg's cereal in 1984 featured a legendary figure to cut out and display. Now in paper archives here at the museum.

When a person usually thinks of breakfast cereal and its association with baseball, thoughts usually jump to Wheaties.  ...
04/16/2021

When a person usually thinks of breakfast cereal and its association with baseball, thoughts usually jump to Wheaties. Nearly every cereal company has wanted to have that link, including Post and Quaker Oats. The museum has examples from all of these companies. BUT, the first to draw itself to the game was Kellogg’s. It was also the first to advertise its cereal on a national level. This matted and framed original magazine ad from 1919 portrays a youngster at bat after fueling up with Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.

Did someone ask what’s new at Diamond Memories?  Well, here is what is OLD.  I just picked this up at auction with no id...
04/10/2021

Did someone ask what’s new at Diamond Memories? Well, here is what is OLD. I just picked this up at auction with no idea it’s history. It appears to be a souvenir bat with the Hall of Fame and several of the early members printed on it. Perhaps hand made but the printing is precise like a commercially made item. The players years played, Home Run Totals, and lifetime batting average are listed. All strong fielders and batsmen…no pitchers. Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Willy Keeler, Lou Gehrig, and Rogers Hornsby. Strangely no Babe Ruth
An incredible find for the bat archives.

Now in the paper archive binders here at the museum.  An 8X10 portriat of Bull,mVeeck.
04/03/2021

Now in the paper archive binders here at the museum. An 8X10 portriat of Bull,mVeeck.

Now in the paper archive binders here at the museum. An 8X10 portriat of Bull,mVeeck.

In 1936 the Baseball Hall of Fame was established in baseball’s fictional birthplace of Cooperstown, New York.  A buildi...
03/30/2021

In 1936 the Baseball Hall of Fame was established in baseball’s fictional birthplace of Cooperstown, New York. A building was erected to house the hall and a museum, which was dedicated in 1939. This 1 ¼ inch souvenir medallion was available to commemorate that day. I can’t seem to find a definitive answer as to whether the item was sold or given to those in attendance. Side one features the front of the Museum as it looked then and the reverse side has a quote by the commissioner of baseball, Kennesaw Mountain Landis. A nice late addition to he Diamond Memories Museum here in Minnesota.

Peters shoes for boys 'Weatherized' with the Weather Bird logo.  promotional piggy bank in the form of a baseball.  1920...
03/27/2021

Peters shoes for boys 'Weatherized' with the Weather Bird logo.
promotional piggy bank in the form of a baseball. 1920's era and will go with the bat, ball and bag. A great display.

A Crane Potato Chip1965 card with all 20 MLB teams.  Now if you don’t think this is an amazing set, GOOGLE ‘1965 Crane P...
03/02/2021

A Crane Potato Chip1965 card with all 20 MLB teams. Now if you don’t think this is an amazing set, GOOGLE ‘1965 Crane Potato chip pinback set’ and see if you can find one. The card also says you could send the pins in and receive a baseball in exchange. NOW, I am looking for that ball. Cooperstown doesn’t have a set of these, (I am sure they don’t care) BUT, that is why Diamond Memories exists in part. Saving a set for future generations to enjoy.

This is a clock made by the Globe Clock Company and was first offered for sale at the 1933 World’s Fair.  I believe at t...
02/28/2021

This is a clock made by the Globe Clock Company and was first offered for sale at the 1933 World’s Fair. I believe at the time it was named a LUX clock. However, over the years they have become known as a BASEBALL clock for obvious reasons. I just acquired this one at a very good price and it works perfectly. An incredible addition to the museum.

This is a clock made by the Globe Clock Company and was first offered for sale at the 1933 World’s Fair. I believe at the time it was named a LUX clock. However, over the years they have become known as a BASEBALL clock for obvious reasons. I just acquired this one at a very good price and it works perfectly. An incredible addition to the museum.

02/23/2021

Ed playing baseball. From a time when players made cameo appearances on tv shows.

With great appreciation Diamond Memories received this wonderful addition today from the Steve and Chris Waldo Museum Tr...
02/22/2021

With great appreciation Diamond Memories received this wonderful addition today from the Steve and Chris Waldo Museum Trust. A colorful sampling of baseball card reproductions dating back to some of the earliest examples in the National League. Several of those older cards are Piedmont cigarette cards, Cracker Jack series and a trifold. The museum has several of these on display. The book includes a depiction of the front and reverse side of each card. The book will be treasured in the binder archives section. Thanks so much for this exciting gift.

Shown here is an invitation to a special dinner in honor of the Minnesota Twins following their successful 1965 season. ...
02/21/2021

Shown here is an invitation to a special dinner in honor of the Minnesota Twins following their successful 1965 season. Hosted by the City of Orlando and the Chamber of Commerce for the city, it also marked the 30th year that Calvin Griffith had his team practice in spring training at Tinker Field. Built in 1923 and named after Joe Tinker, (from the lexicon, Tinker to Evers to Chance) first the Senators and later the Twins used the facility until 1990 and now train in Fort Myers. This rare item is just in to the museum. Notice the tabs which when the invitation is folded become a stadium. I have never seen another of these and I am so pleased to have it.

Shown here is an invitation to a special dinner in honor of the Minnesota Twins following their successful 1965 season. Hosted by the City of Orlando and the Chamber of Commerce for the city, it also marked the 30th year that Calvin Griffith had his team practice in spring training at Tinker Field. Built in 1923 and named after Joe Tinker, (from the lexicon, Tinker to Evers to Chance) first the Senators and later the Twins used the facility until 1990 and now train in Fort Myers. This rare item is just in to the museum. Notice the tabs which when the invitation is folded become a stadium. I have never seen another of these and I am so pleased to have it.

Speaking as someone who doesn't really care about football, and can't remember the last time I watched a game from the b...
02/13/2021

Speaking as someone who doesn't really care about football, and can't remember the last time I watched a game from the beginning to the end, I understand Tom Brady is considered an amazing champ. BUT, this guy has 10 World Series rings and was twice the 'Field General'. One of the smartest, to play or manage in the big leagues. Part of the museums signed prints collection, Mr. Yogi Berra.

Speaking as someone who doesn't really care about football, and can't remember the last time I watched a game from the beginning to the end, I understand Tom Brady is considered an amazing champ. BUT, this guy has 10 World Series rings and was twice the 'Field General'. One of the smartest, to play or manage in the big leagues. Part of the museums signed prints collection, Mr. Yogi Berra.

New to the nuseum.  I like old Braves articles and this 1962 program is in MINT conditin.  I included a couple of ads as...
02/04/2021

New to the nuseum. I like old Braves articles and this 1962 program is in MINT conditin. I included a couple of ads as well. click on each to see in detail.

This is a postcard published by Historic Limited Editions in New York.  It is Series 1 Card No. 3 of 12.  Unused and in ...
02/03/2021

This is a postcard published by Historic Limited Editions in New York. It is Series 1 Card No. 3 of 12. Unused and in MINT Condition.

This is a postcard published by Historic Limited Editions in New York. It is Series 1 Card No. 3 of 12. Unused and in MINT Condition.

A small baseball radio from Korea, probably from the 60's or 70's .
01/03/2021

A small baseball radio from Korea, probably from the 60's or 70's .

A new addition to the Museum collection.  A Vari Vue of a baseball player swinging a bat.  It matches at least 4 other i...
12/30/2020

A new addition to the Museum collection. A Vari Vue of a baseball player swinging a bat. It matches at least 4 other items with the same image.

A 1963 Antique Bourbon back bar display of a vintage baseball figure.  Similar in theme and size to the Kessler Whiskey ...
12/29/2020

A 1963 Antique Bourbon back bar display of a vintage baseball figure. Similar in theme and size to the Kessler Whiskey man. A great addition to the nuseum.

In 1965 a small midwest snack producer named Crane Potato Chips offered a 20 differing series of pin back buttons as a p...
12/26/2020

In 1965 a small midwest snack producer named Crane Potato Chips offered a 20 differing series of pin back buttons as a premium for purchasing their product. One button for each MLB team. Once you had collected them all you could send them in for a baseball. I received a sheet with 18 buttons attached as a gift from the Paddy Family for Christmas. I did some research and found the 2 I am missing and that a third one is an incorrect series. Everyonre knows I have an obsession to complete the series and they are already on their way. Now the next mission will be to find a Crane baseball. It appears hopeless as I can't even find a picture of one in a Google search. That doesn't mean I will ever stop looking.☺

This is a 1956 World Series press lapel pin that would have been worn by news reporters to the games.  I SAID WOULD HAVE...
12/24/2020

This is a 1956 World Series press lapel pin that would have been worn by news reporters to the games. I SAID WOULD HAVE BEEN, because the Brooklyn Dodgers went to the World Series in 1956. With 3 ganes left to play in the season the Braves had a one game lead, but lost 2 to the Cardinals while the Dodgers won their last 3. This makes this pin what is known as a fantasy piece. An item that turns out to be misprinted due to time constrsaints and are to be pulled from public acess. Making this a very rare piece indeed. I have a few others, a souvenir bat and a sheet of World Series tickets. AND NO, the museum in Cooperstown does not have one.

It was 1976, and the country had spent a busy summer celebrating the 200th anniversary of our independence.  In the fall...
12/12/2020

It was 1976, and the country had spent a busy summer celebrating the 200th anniversary of our independence. In the fall classic we seen the New York Yankees fall to the Cincinnatti Reds in the fall classic. This is a prgram from that World Series, complete with action photos, stories and nostalgic advertising. Just arrived from an eBay purchase.

Kessler Whiskey has long advertised around baseball.  The theme usually reflected a 19th century imagery...I suppose a n...
11/30/2020

Kessler Whiskey has long advertised around baseball. The theme usually reflected a 19th century imagery...I suppose a naostalgic vision of America's pastime was a good model to encourage one to call for Kessler at the neighborhood watering hole. This is a terrific new addition to the museum and presents nicely with the other Kessler promotions found here. Not in perfect condition when it arrived I had to replace the clock, repair the image to the glass and Carolyn refinished the wood frame. Bought on the cheap, it would now bring nearly $100 because of rarity.

In 1996 Kellogg's introduced this  11X14 inch breakfast tray.  A gtreat way to receive your corn flakes in the morning. ...
11/29/2020

In 1996 Kellogg's introduced this 11X14 inch breakfast tray. A gtreat way to receive your corn flakes in the morning. It is from one of the first advertisements Kellogg produced in 1912. For over 100 years cereal found a perfect unity with baseball and a cold nutricious breakfast, It is the childs game being celebrated here.

One more hat from the archives.  I don't remember which trip to Cooperstown this was from.  But it is at least from the ...
11/24/2020

One more hat from the archives. I don't remember which trip to Cooperstown this was from. But it is at least from the 1990's Never worn with tags and in pristine condition. Fun to go through an old hat drawer. Wait until you see what is comng in from various auctions in the midwest. A couple of mirrors with baseball themes. No idea at the moment where this stuff will go.

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I began collecting baseball memorabilia 25 years ago or so…maybe I always have. I still have a catchers mitt from when I was 8 years old. The collection grew and grew until it took over a room in our house. Every inch of every wall, nook, cranny, and shelf is covered. One day a neighbor boy came to visit in 2016, and it took him 2 hours to look at everything, and he wasn’t interested in the old stuff. I thought I could give wonderful tours. BUT, no one is ever going to see my little museum. Then it hit me, I could have a VIRTUAL Museum and display it on Facebook. In the summer of 2017 I began Diamond Memories, There may be larger, more valuable collections in the U.S. but, after some Google research, I beieve I may have the largest Privately owned Baseball Museum and Library in the country. And that’s pretty cool.

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