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Ex-Mets’ autograph signing appearances in March 2014

calendarAfter a very quiet February, the autograph show circuit picks up a bit in March with the White Plains sports card show as the major event.

If I lived a bit closer (and had some money that I could afford to spend), I’d love to go – there are some “fresh” autograph guests that haven’t done shows in the area recently, if at all, and I’ve heard good things about the card show aspect.

If money really was no object, I’d also take advantage of Joe Torre‘s appearance at the Steiner Sports store this week to obtain his autograph for my All-Time Mets collection.

Reality says that I should be happy to be able to buy the basic 2014 Topps Heritage Mets team set once the cards come out, but here’s the information on those upcoming events in case you’ve got more money available for discretionary spending than I do.

White Plains “March Madness Show”

Autographed Ed Kranepool 1973 Topps baseball card from my collection
Autographed Ed Kranepool 1973 Topps baseball card from my collection

JP’s Sports & Rock Solid Promotions will hold its bi-monthly sports card show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y. on March 21st-23rd. Admission is $8 per day, with kids under 12 admitted free.

Five members of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets team are scheduled to attend and sign autographs on Sunday, March 23rd: Ed Kranepool, Jerry Grote, Art Shamsky, Ron Taylor and Jim Gosger. Kranepool and Grote will cost $15 per signature; the others will cost $20 each.

Other notable guests for the weekend include future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera ($299), 1987 NL Rookie of the Year Benito Santiago ($25), 1978 NL Rookie of the Year Bob Horner (1 free autograph with paid admission Sunday), and 4-time AL All-Star Ruben Sierra (1 free autograph with paid admission Saturday)

For more details about the autograph guests and their fees, visit

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A signed Rickey Henderson Newark Bears baseball card

Signed Rickey Henderson 2004 Newark Bears minor league baseball card from my collection
Signed Rickey Henderson 2004 Newark Bears minor league baseball card from my collection

While I’d love to have Rickey Henderson‘s autograph on a New York Mets baseball card, I can’t afford his $109 show fee.

Fortunately, I was able to pick up a signed Newark Bears card from an eBay seller for just a fraction of that cost.

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Henderson, Brock highlight “Kings of Speed” autograph show

Rickey Henderson’s 2004 Newark Bears baseball card from my collection

MAB Celebrity Services is holding its “Kings of Speed” autograph show at the Fairfield Crowne Plaza in Fairfield, New Jersey today from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Major League Baseball’s All-Time Stolen Base King, Rickey Henderson, headlines a slate of guests that also includes Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith and Paul Molitor.

Henderson is the only former Mets player scheduled to attend the show. While I still would like his autograph for my collection, $109 is more than I can afford to spend now.

Check out the MAB Celebrity Services website for more details.

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Newark Bears Notebook: Who’s the best player in team history?

The Newark Bears played in the Atlantic League for 12 seasons, and will begin their second in the Can-Am League this May. While the City of Newark’s baseball legacy is recognized at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, there is little evidence of the history of the current incarnation of the Bears – just a pair of banners recognizing their 2002 and 2007 Atlantic League championships.

Autographed Ozzie Canseco 2008 Newark Bears team set card from my collection

The Newark Bears have had some famous players wear their uniform over the years: Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, the infamous Jose Canseco, 2004 Boston Red Sox closer Keith Foulke, former New York Mets stars Edgardo Alfonzo and Armando Benitez and a number of others.

While it’s clear that Henderson is the best baseball player to appear in a game for the Newark Bears, it’s not as easy to say who was the best Newark Bears player in franchise history. Henderson is definitely in the running – in 147 games for Newark in 2003 and 2004, he hit .302 with 17 home runs, 64 RBI and 46 stolen bases.

Jose Canseco didn’t spend that long in Newark, and he didn’t put up a lot of big numbers. His brother Ozzie is a different story. In 2000, Ozzie Canseco hit .299 with 48 home runs and 129 RBI in 138 games. The team added a second level of netting beyond the left field wall because his home runs kept ending up clearing the ballpark and landing in the road, according to stories I’ve heard from fans who were going to games then.

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Christmas gift ideas: Newark Bears items

Rip'n Rupper's 2004 Newark Bears team set baseball card

If you’re looking for a gift for a Newark Bears fan this Christmas, your search isn’t quite as simple as visiting the team’s website and clicking on the a “store” link.

There are a few nice items on eBay, though the selection is a bit limited.

Leaving eBay behind, Ebbets Field Flannels offers a reproduction of the original Newark Bears’ 1947 cap in sizes 7 through 8 for $39. This cap is similar to the one worn by the modern-day Bears from 2009-2011, but it doesn’t have the script “Eagles” on the side. (I’m tempted to get one for myself – even when the Bears had a full gift shop, they never carried my cap size.)

It’s been a few years since the Newark Bears printed baseball cards, but you can still pick up some older sets at an affordable price. STB Sports has sets from 2000 ($5), 2003 ($13.95), 2004 ($11.95), 2005 ($11.95), 2006 ($10.95) and 2007 ($10.95). Lake Country Minors has the sets from 2000 ($13), 2005 ($11.25), and 2007 ($13)

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Minor League Mondays: 2004 Newark Bears team set

The Newark Bears played in the independent Atlantic League from 1998-2010. They often brought in former major league stars who hoped to find their way back to one more shot at major league glory. The biggest name in Atlantic League history remains Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.

I didn’t start going to Atlantic League games until 2005, so I missed both of Henderson’s stints with the Newark Bears. However, thanks to a recent purchase, I do have his baseball card from his second Bears’ tenure in 2004.

The 2004 season is also notable as the final time that the Bears wore their purple and black uniforms. From 2005-08, they wore red and black. For their final two seasons in the Atlantic League, they wore a pinstriped home uniform reminiscent of the New York Yankees’ and a navy blue and grey road uniform inspired by an old Newark Eagles design.

Under manager Bill Madlock, the Bears finished the 2004 season with a 63-63 record. In addition to Henderson, there were a number of other former major leaguers that suited up for Newark that year. Danny Clyburn, Michael Coleman and Pat Daneker made the set.

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