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SportsAntiques.com's written

coverage of the

2009 

National Sports 

Collectors Convention

Cleveland Ohio 

July 29th - August 2nd

 

 

 

 

A guest at the hotel I work at tipped me off to Heid's Hot Dogs in Liverpool N.Y.. So after I got to my hotel in Baldwinsville, next to Liverpool, I asked the desk clerk if she had heard of Heid's and how to get there...She knew it well and not only knew it and how to get there but advised it was tradition to get the chocolate milk with my dog. This confirmed Heid's was a Syracuse institution and the guest who tipped me off steered me right. You could tell from the art deco architecture of the building it had been there way before the Fonz got his first leather jacket. I can imagine the hot rod car culture in the 1950's and 60's converging there on Friday and Saturday nights. Probably a lot of romances that turned into families there in Syracuse started at Heid's. I'm the diner food king, plus I practically consider hot dogs a food group...so I couldn't have been happier to learn about Heid's!

 

 

HEID'S HOT DOGS OF LIVERPOOL NEW YORK
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TO SEE 18 PHOTOS OF HEID'S HOT DOGS

 

 

The next morning I headed off to the Antique Fest. What a great place to hold an antiques show; it was in a very lush green forest . It was raining pretty good driving over, but stopped just as I got there. Perfect I thought. I headed in and was taken back by how nice it was...all very clean, and it seemed to be well organized. Dealers were set up in all different sections of the park, not just one area. There was a lower flat area to the left as you walked in with quite a few dealers. Then there were two higher plateau areas you hiked a short way uphill to get to; both full of dealers. Then there was a lower back area with more dealers, that also had the food vendors. Plus another lower flat area along a small river or tributary of some kind. I wouldn't say it was jam packed with dealers but overall there were a fair amount. There was only one problem...the quality! I'd say it ranged from medium at best, to junky. But that's the way it is when you're hunting for antiques...you have to turn over every rock...sometimes you land on the rock, sometimes the rock lands on you. But that's how finds are made.

 

ANTIQUEFEST LIVERPOOL NEW YORK
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Antiquefest, Liverpool N.Y. Friday July 31st 2009

 

However, I did make a pretty good find!! I have to laugh though, as it would was a strange way to find something. There was a pretty good sized tent in that flat area to the left as you enter, that I mentioned earlier. It was full of pretty junky stuff...Sort of the kind of dealer you didn't really need to go in, just looking in from the outside you could tell it wasn't worth even nosing around. As I recall I had seen it on the way in  and didn't go in. But as I was exiting the area heading to a different section I looked down, and there along the edge of the tent laying on the ground in the wet grass...and I mean really wet grass... was a soaked c1880 Spalding ring bat. It looked like it was in pretty poor condition, as the black center rings and Spalding label were partially worn away. But you could still make out the Spalding name. Not being a bat guy per se, because of the condition, initially I wasn't too excited. But I knew enough to know what it was and asked the dealer how much...It was that typical scenario where the dealer was busy with other people and I had to wait. Finally one of his cohorts could see I was waiting and interrupted him for me and said hey Joe, or what ever his name was...how much on the bat...as I was standing there holding it waiting. He looked over at me and thought for a few seconds with squinted eyes. Hmmm...aw $15.00 he says.

 

 

Now mind you, it seemed pretty ravaged,,,I was pretty sure I wanted it for $15.00 but I did stop to look it over even at $15.00, that's how bad of shape I thought it was in....I say thought. However I would soon learn from bat experts it wasn't as bad of shape as I thought. I was annoyed the dealer had let it get soaked. I wish I'd taken a photo of it just as I came upon it soaking wet laying in the wet grass I guess half out of annoyance with the guy and half because I wasn't sure if it still had value, I said how about $10.00?...He goes, yeah OK. I'll save what I learned about the bat at the National for later in this story. But for now I'll just show you before and after photos of it after Bill Rayburn of Murray Kentucky carefully restored it.

 

 

BEFORE AND AFTER RESTORATION PHOTOS

C1880 SPALDING BASEBALL BAT FOUND 

LYING ON THE GROUND SOAKING WET AT 

ANTIQUEFEST LIVERPOOL NEW YORK

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photographed wet on location shortly after finding

photographed dry 

before restoration

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After restoration job by Bill Rayburn

 

 

 

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