One of the biggest baseball stars of the summer was also one of the least likely. Thirteen-year old Mo’Ne Davis and her teammates from Philadelphia-based Taney Little League took the world by storm as they advanced to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Along the way Davis became just the fourth American girl to play in the World Series and with her 4-0 shutout over a team from Nashville became the first girl ever to be the winning pitcher in a game.
Taney Little League wasn’t able to bring home the title, but their whirlwind journey continues. Recently Davis donated the jersey she wore while pitching that shutout to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Davis attended the ceremony with teammates from both Taney Little League and the traveling team she’s been a part of since she was seven years old. Among those welcoming Davis to the Hall of Fame was Mamie “Peanut” Johnson. Johnson was a pitcher herself and one of just three women to play in the Negro Leagues.
Are you a sports fan who has your own personal museum? Collecting sports memorabilia isn’t just a passion for sports fans, it’s also big business. Here are some tips for sports memorabilia storage you can use to help preserve your collection. Proper care of your collection will help maintain its value and allow you, your family, friends and fellow sports fans to enjoy for years and years to come.
- The number one thing to remember is know your environment. Moisture, sunlight, food and cigarette smoke are things that can absolutely destroy your memorabilia. If you’re putting signed balls, helmets, gloves, jersey or sticks on display, be sure to use cases or frames designed to repel UV light. Display your items outside of direct sunlight (or really any direct light at all). If you’re not able to display all your items at once, use climate-controlled storage for the surplus pieces in your collection. This will allow you to store your stuff outside of direct light in an area with constant levels of temperature and humidity.
- Any stored items should be wrapped or draped in thin, breathable cloth. This will help prevent dust or dirt from building up while still allowing the items to breathe (which prevents moisture from accumulating).
- Frames should be stored standing up, wrapped in acid-free paper with padding placed between each frame. Consider placing a wood pallet on the floor of your storage unit as a buffer between the ground and your frames as concrete is porous and can allow for some moisture to seep up through the ground.
- Items made of cloth or leather should be wrapped in acid-free tissue. Try as much as possible to avoid folding items like jersey as the creases can create damage over time.
- Any certificates of authenticity should be kept separate from your collection. A metal deposit box or fire box is ideal for this kind of documentation.
You should also have your collection fully inventoried, appraised and (especially if you items of particular value) insured. No one wants to think about the worst-case scenarios, but the only thing worse than a collection being stolen, lost, damaged or destroyed is having it happen with no avenue for repairing or replacing it.
Mo’Ne Davis and her team’s run to the Little League World Series helped remind many why they love sports. If collecting memorabilia is part of your love for sports, take the proper precautions to store your personal museum.