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Ryan Braun Public Signing

Topps Triple Threads Hebrew Hammer
Ryan Braun 2012 Topps Triple Threads Hebrew Hammer card. Photo courtesy of BlowOutCards.com.
Legends of the Field, a Wisconsin-based sports card shop and memorabilia dealer, is scheduled to host a public signing with Jewish Major Leaguer Ryan Braun on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Mequon, WI.

The event is Braun's first public signing in five years, according to the company's web site (read about some of Braun's previous private signings here).

Collectors can purchase a variety of baseballs, bats, helmets, photos and artwork for signature. Jewish baseball collectors can also submit their own items to be autographed.

Collectors unable to attend the event in person can send in items to be signed, but memorabilia must be delivered to Legends of the Field by no later than Thursday, June 6.

Autographs on baseballs and flat items, less than 16"X20" cost $149.99. Signatures on premium items, including bats, helmets, jerseys, etc., cost $179.99. Inscriptions cost $79.99 each.

Additional information about the signing and items available for purchase is available on Legends of the Field's site, or by calling Legends of the Field at (262) 367-1300. 

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Topps 2013 Opening Day cards. Photo courtesy of Topps.com.

Braun is featured on the packaging for Topps' 2013 Opening Day card products, and Jewish baseball collectors have access to thousands of Braun cards. These include minor and major league cards of all form and fashions, with dozens of limited edition, autograph and memorabilia card varieties (Beckett.com shows 2,700+ different cards for Braun).

Among Braun's cards area 2012 Topps Triple Threads autographed memorabilia card bearing Braun's "Hebrew Hammer" nickname (pictured above).

There are thousands of other Braun cards and collectibles listed on eBay, and available for direct purchase in the Beckett.com MarketplaceAmazon.com, the MLB.com Shop and MLB Photo Store.

These include cards; bobble heads and figurines; photos; jerseys; bats; tickets associated with notable games; programs, yearbooks and other ephemera.

Jewish Baseball Players artwork
Jewish Baseball Players artwork. Photo courtesy of JewishBaseballPlayer.com.
Braun is also featured in the Jewish Baseball Players limited edition lithograph by sports artist Ron Lewis and promoter Greg Harris.

The Brewers star is also the subject of several Sports Illustrated covers, as detailed in this JewishSportsCollectibles.com posting. Collectors can purchase back issues of SI from Amazon.com or eBay, and can buy reprinted from SportsIllustrated.com.

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What Braun memorabilia should JewishSportsCollectibles.com readers know about? What Ryan Braun memorabilia do you have in your Jewish baseball collection?

Do you plan to attend or buy anything from the upcoming Braun signing?

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Ryan Braun Signing Photo

Ryan Braun Signs Bobblehead
Ryan Braun signing a 3-foot high bobble head.
Photo courtesy of Legends of the Field.

Ryan Braun recently completed a private signing organized by Waukesha Sportscards, a Wisconsin-based sports card shop and memorabilia dealer, and Legends of the Field, the "exclusive Wisconsin distributor for authentic autographed Ryan Braun memorabilia."

Among the items the reigning National League MVP signed was a three-foot tall bobble head of himself in a Milwaukee Brewers' retro uniform. Thanks to the folks at Legends of the Field for the terrific photo!

Click the following link to see a list of JewishSportsCollectibles.com about Braun, the Jewish Major Leaguer's collectibles and other recent private signing events.


ESPN Sportscaster Chris Berman


Chris Berman Pro Set
Chris Berman Pro Set
signed card. Photo
courtesy of Joshua Platt.
When collecting autographs through the mail, I have learned that good things can, sometimes, come to those who wait.

I sent a card to Kevin Youkilis during 2009 Spring Training, and received the signed card back in May of 2010, for example. Last week brought another example that there's truth to the maxim that "patience is a virtue."

Chris Berman The Swami1993 Upper Deck Chris Berman "The Swami" card. Photo courtesy of Joshua Platt.

Neil Keller's web site lists ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman's father as Jewish, and I'm a "big tent" collector, thus my desire to include Berman in my Jewish broadcasters collection.

Some time ago -- its been at least a year or two, long enough ago that I've forgotten when -- I mailed two cards to Berman care of ESPN.

An envelope with a Connecticut postmark arrived in the mail last week. I figured it was another minor league success, and didn't think much of it. Until I opened the mail and found two autographed and inscribed cards from the famed broadcaster of football, baseball and golf.

One was signed: "Josh - You could go all the way!! Chris Berman," and the other was signed "Josh - Best wishes! The Swami."

Berman's longevity with ESPN -- and both his popularity among fans because of the goofy nicknames he offers players and esoteric calls he makes on highlights ("He's rumblin' bumblin', stumblin'!") and the vitrol this bombastic, overdone shtick can elicit among viewers -- means he's the subject of a variety of memorabilia.

ESPN Ink Chris Berman
Chris Berman Upper
Deck ESPN Ink card.
Photo courtesy of eBay.

Berman is featured on more than a dozen sports cards, according to Beckett.com.

These include a 1989 Pro Set card football announcers insert card, a 1992 Pro Line Portraits card, a 1993 Upper Deck card of "The Swami," an ESPN The Magazine issue, a 1997 Upper Deck promotional card, a 2004 Absolute Fans of The Game insert, and a 2005/2006 Upper Deck ESPN Ink autographed card.


Chris Berman Bobblehead
Chris Berman
Bobblehead.
Photo courtesy
of eBay.

The cards sell for between $0.25 and $3 in the Beckett Marketplace, and can be found on eBay and Amazon.com for similar prices, with autographed cards and rarer issues bringing as much as $75-$100.

Photos, baseballs and footballs, mini football helmets, hats and ESPN promotional materials signed by Berman are also available on eBay for a wide variety of prices. There's also a bobblehead of the famed sportscaster holding a football up for bid on the auction giant.

Collectors can, likewise, find Berman's autographed memorabilia -- including signed photos, footballs, baseballs and cards on Amazon.com.

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ChrisNames,
by Chris Berman.
Photo courtesy
of Amazon.com.

Berman is also the author and subject of numerous books available on Amazon.

These include Berman's ChrisNames: An Illustrated Guide to Chris Berman's Unique Characterizations of Sports PersonalitiesESPN SportsCentury, and ESPN 25: 25 Mind-Bending, Eye-Popping, Culture Morphing Years of Highlights.

Do you have any Berman memorabilia in your collection? What's your favorite piece? Let JewishSportsCollectibles.com readers know your thoughts by commenting below.

Better still, what's your "Bermanism"? For the record, mine's "Jake 'Daylight Come And You Gotta Go' Delhomme."


Team Israel World Baseball Classic Collectibles

WBC LogoThe qualifying rounds of the 2013 World Baseball Classic hold special appeal to Jewish baseball enthusiasts.

The international baseball tournament's September 19-23, 2012 games in Florida will include at least two appearances by Team Israel.

Although official rosters have not been released at the time of this posting, Team Israel will be heavily composed of Jewish American minor and major league baseball players (WBC rules allow non-Israeli citizens of Jewish heritage to compete on behalf of Israel in the tournament).

Team Israel Coaching Staff
Former Jewish Major Leaguers Shawn Green (player-coach), Gabe Kapler (player-coach) and Brad Ausmus (manager) will helm the Team Israel WBC squad. Photo courtesy of Israel Baseball.
Former Jewish Major Leaguer Brad Ausmus is the Team Israel manager. He's being assisted by former JMLers Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler, who will serve as player-coaches, and pitching coach Mark Lorraine. Numerous Jewish minor league players will round out the squad.

Columbus Clippers reliever Eric Berger, for example, tells JewishSportsCollectibles.com he's been approached about playing for Team Israel.

Berger says "to represent Israel would be really cool," and that he would pitch for the squad, if he has not been called up to the Indians or participating in the minor league post season. 

Should Team Israel qualify for WBC tournament play in March 2013, the team could boast a "Who's Who" of Jewish Major League players on the roster.

Kevin Youkilis in a Team Israel Jersey
Jewish Major Leaguer Kevin Youkilis poses in a Team Israel Jersey. Photo courtesy of Israel Baseball.
In an interview with Israel Sports Radio, Kevin Youkilis committed to play for the squad, if he's healthy.

Current and former Jewish Major Leaguers Ryan Braun, Craig Breslow, Ike Davis, Scott Feldman, Sam Fuld, John Grabow, Ryan Kalish, Ian Kinsler, Jason Marquis, Danny Valencia are also being considered for the team, although some may need to decide between playing for Team USA or Team Israel.

Regardless of the fact that Team Israel's WBC tournament run could be limited to just two games, there will -- no doubt -- be an expansive array of collectibles available for Jewish baseball collectors (memorabilia associated with the short-lived Israel Baseball League abounds, as detailed in this 2011 post on JewishSportsCollectibles.com). 

Major and minor league baseball cards for team members will be among the collectibles. Ausmus, Green and Kapler have been immortalized on cardboard on thousands of cards.

JML PostingMartin Abramowitz, publisher of the Jewish Major Leaguer card series, indicated in a post in early August on Team Israel's Facebook page that he planned to include an Israel WBC card in a planned 2015 release of JML cards (Stay tuned for more news on this! JSC.com hopes offer additional details on the next JML card set in a future posting).

The Way of Baseball
Shawn Green's The Way of Baseball. Photo courtesy of Amazon.com.
Ausmus, Green and Kapler are also featured on programs, bobble heads, photos and a wide selection of other memorabilia. Green is also the author of The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 mph.

Follow the links below to do searches of Amazon.com, the Beckett Marketplace and eBay for cards and other collectibles associated with Team Israel's "Big Three":

Israel Tshirt
Team Israel t-shirt. Photo courtesy of PrintoMojo.com.
Other Team Israel collectibles include team logo t-shirts, available from PrintMojo.com. A blue design features "Israel" on the chest, with a sleeve design that includes a picture of a batter surrounded by a modified Star of David and text that says "Israel Baseball, Where Traditions Meet."

A gray shirt features "Property of Israel Baseball" and the picture of a batter surrounded by a modified Star of David on the chest with the "Israel Baseball, Where Traditions Meet" text.

Tickets to the WBC qualifying rounds are available for sale on TicketMaster.com.

Roger Dean Stadium will host the WBC qualifiers. A ticket sales representative tells JSC that no commemorative tickets are being sold. Standard tickets are available, however. The tickets will feature team names and dates of games, along with standard seating information, said the sale rep.

With tickets selling for between $8-14, collectors might consider buying tickets as keepsakes, even if they cannot attend the games.

As the tournament play begins, there's also certain to be photos, programs, score cards and other memorabilia that crops up, some of which will be sold in the stadium.

JewishSportsCollectibles.com will be keeping a look out for these items and will be providing updates for collectors. I'm also planning a mailing to players requesting autographs when rosters are set. I'll let you know whether this endeavor proves successful.

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Are you planning to attend the WBC qualifiers to watch Team Israel? Will you be buying tickets as keepsakes, even if you can't go? What other Team Israel collectibles and memorabilia exist? Let us know by commenting below.

 


Ryan Braun Private Signing on 9/10/12

Ryan Braun PhotoFile
Jewish Major Leaguer and NL MVP Ryan Braun. Photo courtesy of PhotoFile.com.
Waukesha Sportscards, a Wisconsin-based sports card shop and memorabilia dealer, will host a private signing with Jewish Major Leaguer Ryan Braun on September 10, 2012. The signing is being done in conjunction with Legends of the Field, the "exclusive Wisconsin distributor for authentic autographed Ryan Braun memorabilia" (click this link to read JewishSportsCollectibles.com's posting about Legends of the Field's June signing with Braun). 

The promotors are offering a variety of baseballs, bats, helmets, photos and artwork for purchase and signature. Jewish baseball collectors can also submit their own items to be autographed.

Prices range from $129-$189, depending on the item. Inscriptions cost $65 each. Specific pricing is available on Waukesha Sportscards web page and on Legends of the Field's site.

Collectors interested in participating in the private signing should call Waukesha Sportscards (262) 544-0959 or Legends of the Field at (262) 367-1300.

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Ryan Braun Legends of the Field Private Signing
Ryan Braun autographing baseballs during a private signing session. Photo courtesy of Legends of the Field.
Jewish baseball collectors have access to thousands of Braun cards. These include minor and major league cards of all form and fashions, with dozens of limited edition, autograph and memorabilia card varieties (Beckett.com shows 2,700+ different cards for Braun).

There are also thousands of Braun cards and collectibles listed on eBay, and available for direct purchase in the Beckett.com MarketplaceAmazon.com, the MLB Photo Store and SportsIllustrated.com (Braun is featured on several SI covers, as detailed in this JewishSportsCollectibles.com posting).

These include cards; bobble heads and figurines; photos, posters and art work; jerseys; bats; tickets associated with notable games; programs, yearbooks and other ephemera; etc.

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What Braun memorabilia should JewishSportsCollectibles.com readers know about? What Ryan Braun memorabilia do you have in your Jewish baseball collection?

Do you plan to buy anything from the upcoming Braun signing?

Let JSC.com by commenting below.