Over the past twelve months, many improvements to our exemplar library and museum exhibit have taken place.

2012 found our staff making much headway towards completion of the Phase 2 goal of finishing the MEARS Museum. MEARS Auth, LLC noted some of the additions many of which are on display in the following article,


In many ways, MEARS Auth, LLC is writing the hand book on game worn jersey evaluations. In addition to continued research and improved evaluation methodology, Grob committed many personal resources to the growth of the MEARS on hand reference library. The on hand reference library is defined as having actual examples of period flannel and knit jerseys available which aid in the sole purpose for the evaluation of like jerseys.

During 2012, Grob methodically identified which teams, styles, and eras would enhance the overall exemplar file (MEARS Library) and acquired them for the sole purpose of adding to the research library. Highlights for 2012 include:

1985 White Sox Home (75th Anniversary Patch on hand example)

1984 Singelton road (Great for Cal Ripken Jr. evaluations)

1976 Bud Harrelson Road

 Paul Dean St. Louis Cardinals Satin Jersey

 1940s-50s Tigers jacket

 Los Angeles Dodgers jackets

St. Louis Cardinals Jacket

1971 Pittsburgh Pirates Home Jersey (Great for Roberto Clement evaluations)

Boston Braves Collection 

Misc. 1970s Knits

Cincinnati Reds jacket

1938 Pittsburgh Pirates Jacket

Colts 45’s jacket

 1976 Bud Harrelson New York Mets Road Jersey

1939 Brooklyn Dodgers Home Jersey

 1956 Cincinnati Reds Jersey

Currently there are 25 fully curated displays at the Museum. The majority is team themed and is decorated with authentic jerseys, stadium seats, jackets, signage, and other accruements carefully selected to stimulate the memories of the museum’s viewers. Each visitor has a unique experience as they focus on a team, moment, or artifact that provokes vivid memories of their baseball experience. If you look closely, you will see the following additions for 2012:

Crosley Field Seat

Ebbets Field (Navy Blue)

Polo Grounds (Green)

Yankee Stadium (Light Blue)

Briggs Stadium Double Riser Mount Figural

Cleveland Municipal Stadium $403 (Maroon)

1960s assorted stadium nodders

Crosley Light

Indians Sign

Yankee Stadium Programs, Popcorn Holders, Print

White Sox Program

White Sox Cap

Seat Cushions

Comiskey Park Seat National

Stars and Stripes Patch National

1967 Tigers bat boy uniform

1990 Cubs All Star Jersey


Frank Robinson Sport Magazine

Lap Desk for Blacks in baseball display

 Colt 45 Nodder

Colt 45’s Program

WW II Baseball (Grenades and Billy Sullivan packet

WW II Baseball Paper (programs, scorecards, baseball magazine)

WWII headgear (AC, Army, Navy, MC)

USO Vending Display

WW II Tanker Helmet (Rawlings)  

Jacob Ruppet Barrel and pics

Washington-Chattanooga Documents

1950 Dayton Indians Uniform

Each item was carefully selected for display purposes only and complimented each theme of the show case. There was no expectation that these items would go up in value, but certainly added to the overall effect of the theme.

Still the collector, MEARS Auth, LLC found the collecting bug again and added several nice examples to his personal collection. (If I twisted his arm, he might loan them to the museum)

1951 Boston Braves Home

1948 St. Louis Cardinals home

1949 Chicago Cubs home and road

1956 & 1964 Milwaukee Braves Flannels

1932 Muddy Ruel Detroit Tigers uniform

Colt 45s and 1947 Indians Road


For those interested parties, the recent displays created by MEARS include:

Tribute to the Chicago Cubs

Baseball Goes to War (Case 1, Case 2)

St. Louis Cardinals

New York Yankees featuring a Jacob Ruppert Brewery Beer Keg

Cincinnati Reds

For 2013, the MEARS Museum will be hosting several events that will be open to the public. Current bidders will receive invitations throughout the course of the year. Other interested parties can register on our homepage at www.mearsonlineauctions.com



Troy R. Kinunen / MEARS