5/2/20 The Get Some Balls sale reminds me of high school and collegiate days when I lettered in three sports: baseball, football and badminton. 46 tennis balls, one golf ball, one wiffle ball and two lacrosse balls [Photo: Howard the Duck]
Every early May, the Meadowbrook neighborhood holds a giant yard sale. For seven or eight years now, we’ve peddled any number and kinds of sports equipment, mostly balls, at the Get Some Balls stand (the only missing orbs are hockey pucks, curling stones and disc golf discs). This year the sales have been cancelled. [SEE FULL SERIES AT END]¹
So we are going virtual. Items below are listed by amount and price. Email David Kramer at dkramer3[email protected] Purchases can safely be picked up at 155 Avalon Drive. If this virtual sale succeeds, other neighbors may post images of their gold and dross.
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Actually, by now, the Get Some Balls is a tired and tiresome genre. This year I barely scavenged for balls.
Nevertheless, the Get Some Balls sale has bequeathed a rich legacy. The first documented sale in 2016 included the media sensation of Howard The Duck whose full story has not yet been revealed.
In Howard the Duck is back by popular demand. Buy balls at the Meadowbrook garage sales, the tease continued:
Right now, Eugene’s hope is that Howard lands in a pond with a good family who appreciate his graphic genius. For a pre-sale public pep rally, Howard visited Schoen Place in Pittsford for a “book dropping” appearance, greeted by fans from as far away as Canada.
Last year marked the debut of Howard the Duck. In 1976 and 1977, Eugene Kramer collected every single issue, including the United Kingdom #1. Eugene agreed to sell Howard to an appropriate home. First, Howard took a promotional tour on the canal at Schoen Place where his feathered fans followed.
The back story is that, for the right price, my father decided to sell his complete collection of that cult comic classic, Howard the Duck. I needed some click bait visuals for a splashy pre-sale pitch.
I also needed ducks. I could scout out the geese, ducks and swans who hissed, squawked, honked and pooped in and around the pond near Lac De Ville in Brighton. Instead, I chose as figurative guinea pigs the more civilized ducks at Schoen Place in Pittsford.
Bringing much crumbled bread, I laid out several copies of Howard near the ducks onto to which I sprinkled the bread, enticing the ducks to either read or eat. It wasn’t easy. I had to stand far enough away when they gathered on Howard’s face and torso, and then slowly inch forward, closely enough to take photos. Not only did the ducks rudely quack at me, my shoes and feet got wet and muddy when they scurried into a bog-like area where I chased them down.
But, like Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, I persevered.
This year I accumulated a cache of 105 baseballs, some new, some less so, some found in the deep brush near this now not-so-secret, now-deserted, site.
$35 for lot. $50 including vintage vintage Canada Dry wooden box that fits all but six of the balls.
Update, 5/18: After the baseballs did not sell, I traded them to Play It Again Sports in South Town Plaza for a new Rawlings® The Mark of a Pro ™ Player Preferred P130HFL 13 INCH All Leather Shell softball glove.
Unfortunately, the Sears Roebuck and Co, Master-Mixed, Boiled Linseed Oil saved to break in just such gloves is not the right kind of oil. While the container says, “Polishes and protects gun stocks, skis, toboggans and other sports equipment, according to baseballmonkey.com, “When using oils and conditioners to break in your glove, the first thing you should know is that products like Vaseline, petroleum jelly, olive oil, mink oil, and linseed oil should never be used.”
Tennis balls (see featured pic)
Normally, I forage for tennis balls at the Cobb’s Hill tennis courts. I thought the removing of the nets due to the pandemic would kill business. But people continue to play without the net.
46 tennis balls including this one: $12
Umpiring equipment: BEST OFFER
Hopefully there will be a baseball season this summer.
Unfortunately, I only have three left, needed for the Game at the Corners when play resumes.
Vintage DiMaggio glove
Wow, you say, a vintage glove printed with the name of the Yankee Clipper! Actually, another DiMaggio brother. Wow, Dom was a huge star with the Red Sox! Not exactly. It’s Vince DiMaggio. A journeyman, from 1937 – 46, Vince played for the Braves, Reds, Pirates and Giants, hitting 125 home runs. Vince’s best season was 1941 with the Pirates: 21 HR and 100 RBI. Good enough to get your name on a glove, but overshadowed by your brother’s season that included a 56 game hitting streak.NOT FOR SALE. The glove is a baseball family heirloom, first purchased for Eugene Kramer by his parents Anya and Louis. After Eugene sold the autograph signed by Babe Ruth in 1945, Vince is all we have left.
Croquet mallet and Rawlings® ADIRONDACK Made in USA Big Stick 302F 33IN Performance Model baseball bat.
NOT FOR SALE sentimental value
Frisbees, footballs, a soccer ball and a game towel used by Michael Jordan in game six of the 1998 NBA Finals as seen in the recently released Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance”
According to CBS sports, last month, a signed, game-used Michael Jordan ‘Dream Team’ jersey sold in auction for $216,000. The jersey was sold on the same day that “The Last Dance” documentary series began.
Game used towel: $3000 Frisbees, footballs and soccer ball: FREE
I was hoping to bring my old Brown Reunion Frisbee with my old name tag to our 35th reunion, but covid ruined the fun.Talker staff demands royalties! Buy orbs at Sotheby’s in Brighton: the Meadowbrook Garage Sale. And meet the staff Howard the Duck is back by popular demand. Buy balls at the Meadowbrook garage sales
¹ On the Brighton High School Alumni site, Dan Miller and I had a bird brainy discussion whether, logically and linguistically, the phrase in the title, “It’s not for the birds,” should be, “It’s not just for the birds,”
Dan Miller Creative metaphor.👀
David Kramer I couldn’t decide if the sale IS or is NOT for the birds.
Dan Miller It would be for the birds IF the metaphor was extended to human beings!😝
David Kramer Got it. I need to add “just.” Right, now the sale is JUST for the birds who can attend safety But now that the sale is virtual NOT just the birds can attend..
Dan Miller And if the metaphor is withdrawn, all can attend but only the humans will pay with literal money!
David Kramer So birds don’t have cell phones?
David Kramer ps “just” is out. BECAUSE SINCE BIRDS DON’T HAVE CELL PHONES, THEY CAN’T PARTICIPATE IN THE SALE.
David Kramer So birds don’t have cell phones?
Dan Miller You must have been away for awhile, for Apple just came out with a Bphone for its aviary customers.
Dan Miller Thanks David for the humorous repartee!