Yogi Berra Museum to host "America's Roadshow" on Sept. 21

Event offers fans free expert appraisals of sports memorabilia
09/18/2013 2:44 PM ET
By Staff

"Allyship," a new exhibit at the Yogi Berra Museum, takes a look at how Elston Howard was embraced as the Yankees' first African-American player.(Yogi Berra Museum)
September is a busy month at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J., and this Saturday, they’ll be adding to the spectacle by bringing in a little “roadshow” to help you find out just how much some of your sports memorabilia may be worth.

On Sept. 21, the Museum is hosting “America’s Roadshow” – their version of the PBS staple “Antiques Roadshow” – from noon to 4 p.m., with experts from local auction house Robert Edward Auctions on hand to provide appraisals for up to three memorabilia items.

The event is co-sponsored by Maryland-based Collectibles Insurance Services, LLC, which will have staff on hand to discuss insurance needs with owners, and James Spence Authentication, a leading autograph authentication service, will be on hand to help out as well.

In addition, RLC Events and Exhibits and Pastime Acquisitions, LLC will be there, giving visitors the rare opportunity to hold game-used bats from baseball greats such as Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Derek Jeter, and Jackie Robinson, and Topps Trading Cards sketch artist Brett Farr will be displaying his artwork and providing sketches of renowned athletes.

The Roadshow appraisals are free with a paid Museum admission, and that museum admission will also give visitors a chance to take a look at one of the center’s newest exhibits, “Allyship,” which highlights signature moments in the ongoing struggle for racial, gender and LGBT equality in sports – including a look at how Yogi Berra and company embraced Elston Howard, the first African-American to play for the Yankees, despite team policies.

From the Museum’s press release about the exhibit:

From Pee Wee Reese’s supportive embrace of Jackie Robinson in the wake of racial hostilities in 1947 to Jason Collins coming out as the first male gay athlete of a major team sport earlier this year, “Allyship” is designed to educate and inspire visitors about the importance of challenging bias or oppression by taking appropriate action that helps promote social change. As sports tend to reflect society, it, too, has hardly been immune from racism, sexism, bullying, homophobia and other forms of discrimination.

Yet the activism and support of some notable sports figures – including baseball legend Ted Williams, who lobbied for recognition of Negro League players during his Hall of Fame induction in 1966 and Gary Player, the South African golfer who befriended Lee Elder, an African-American, in his apartheid-divided homeland – have helped effect change.

Their stories are included in the exhibit, as well as the active allyship of former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, now a member of Athlete Ally’s Board of Directors, who publicly condemned the homophobic comments of an opponent prior to last year’s Super Bowl.

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center is a 501 ©3 nonprofit organization founded in 1998 and located on the campus of Montclair State (NJ) University. Its mission is to preserve and promote the values of respect, sportsmanship and excellence through inclusive, culturally diverse, sports-based educational programs and exhibits.

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