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Frank Hendricks

May 3rd 1928 - September 3rd 2009




Dear Friends,

Please know my dad passed away Thursday September 3rd from liver cancer. With no reservation I can say he was the kindest, most easy going person I knew, and I was very blessed to have him as my dad. 


Some of the last things I recall he expounded on before he lapsed into the state where he couldn’t carry on a conversation were spiritual in nature. Those conversations took place about two and a half to three weeks ago. First was his insistence that based on the book of Ezekiel in the Bible, and what’s currently happening in the Middle East, and to Israel specifically, the rapture is so close it could occur anytime. 


The other thing he talked about was an analogy of salvation. The analogy was that salvation is like a person on death row…the jailer comes over to a prisoner’s cell, unlocks the cell door and says, you’re free to go. The prisoner says..what do you mean? Why? How?...the jailer points over to Jesus, and says that man has offered to take your place and die for you. My dad expounded that some won’t accept it and won’t walk out…and say “I’m gonna check it out” ..and they check this and that and never accept the free gift of salvation and never walk out of the cell. I think people like that believe they must be good enough to be saved..and that if they can just do more good than bad they will be saved. But the bible says only Jesus can save a person from their sins…and it’s only a matter of accepting his death on the cross as payment for ones sins that makes one right with God.


Another way my dad put it is that salvation isn’t performance based; it’s a matter of surrender. Lastly, my dad said the Lord had lately been stressing to him an even simpler method of reaching people. Dad essentially said to simplify the gospel to what the bible says in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”



Below is Dad’s obituary 



Napa Calif - Frank Hendricks, 81, of Napa, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, from liver cancer. He is survived by his son, Carlton Hendricks, and his companion of 38 years, Barbara Pridmore. He was predeceased by his son, Frank Jr., who died in a car accident in 1977 at the age of 27.

Frank graduated from Armijo High School in Fairfield in 1946. Thereafter he joined the Merchant Marines. In 1950 he married Myrtle Joyce Moody and had two sons, Frank Jr. and Carlton. He worked for PG&E in Vacaville in the early 1950’s then later became a barber and owned barber shops in Sacramento.
In 1968 he moved to Moskowite Corners in Napa County and went to work for the FAA as a caretaker of the Napa airport tower. In the late 1970’s he moved to Napa and worked as a barber at the California Veterans Home at Yountville. During those years he developed a Christian tape ministry and was active in the Full Gospel Business Men’s fellowship International. Later he went to work at Larry’s Barber shop in Yountville for 20 years before retiring in 1999.

His retirement years were spent at leisure studying the Bible and leading people to the Lord whenever possible. He much enjoyed having lunch and the camaraderie at the Napa Senior Center where he and his companion, Barbara, rode their bicycles to. In retirement Frank wrote and self-published a book titled “The Coming Great Reunion” which chronicled the many miracles he witnessed over his life. The book was dedicated to his high school friends he dearly loved and expected to see in heaven.

Barbara’s six grandchildren considered Frank to be their grandfather. For seven Monday evenings prior to his passing, family and friends gathered for barbecues so Frank could enjoy his own memorial. As a final farewell, a graveside memorial service is planned for 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10



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Barry Halper

December 3rd 1939 - December 18th 2005


One Of Most Influential People In Sports Collecting

 Had & Sold Greatest Baseball Collection


For a few words on Barry Halper by's Editor and Publisher Carlton Hendricks



For a good story on Barry by Ken Shouler, in the Oct 1997 edition of Cigar Aficionado Magazine

New York Yankees press release

Livingston, N.J. Dec. 19th 2005 Barry Halper, a limited 

partner in the New York Yankees and one of the pioneers of baseball memorabilia collecting, died Dec. 18 in Livingston, N.J., following a long illness due to complications from diabetes. "Barry was a dear friend, a valued partner for many years, and a decent, genuine person," said Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner. "What a great baseball fan he was. I'll miss him dearly." 

Halper, 66, began collecting outside Bears Stadium in Newark at the age of 8, and eventually amassed a collection that would come to be worth nearly $30 million. For years he proudly displayed it in his New Jersey home, happily welcoming visitors and extolling them with tales of his acquisitions. 

Among his possessions were the documents involving the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees, Ruth's famous camel hair coat, Mickey Mantle's rookie jersey, and more than 30,000 baseball cards. He even owned the Bob Feller model bat on which Ruth leaned for support during his farewell appearance at Yankee Stadium in 1948. 

For years, Joe DiMaggio was a regular visitor to Barry's home, and they vacationed in Europe together. Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto were among friends who celebrated his 65th birthday with him at his home a year ago. 

In 1999, Barry put his collection up for auction, with a portion going to the Baseball Hall of Fame, where a room was named in his honor. Part of the proceeds went to his favorite charity, the burn center at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, N.J. 

Famed for the dry cleaning rack in his home that displayed over 1,000 historic uniforms, Halper was a friend to the famous as well as just plain fans. When Mantle held a hospital press conference in Dallas following his liver transplant, he spotted Barry in the room and said, "Barry, did you get my old liver?" 

Halper is survived by his wife Sharon, and three children.



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Carlton Hendricks


I can't think of too many people I'll be posting on this page. But Barry Halper's passing  should be addressed I think. I've noticed in the past I reference him often in my articles. Not on purpose, it's just been part of the story. My 1876 Muller Baseball Clock story for instance, and my Joe DiMaggio autograph story, just to mention a couple.


I never knew Barry, but I sure looked at the photos of his collection in that April 1987 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine a lot. That article must have made him a household name with collectors. 


A couple friends of mine knew him, Herman Kaufman told me he put Josh Evans and Barry together for Josh's first major sale...a long time ago! John Bounaguidi did quite a few deals with him over the years. The story I got from John was he had been selling stuff to a particular dealer who in turn was selling the same stuff to Barry. Apparently The dealer left John's name and address on a package and Barry called John and introduced himself, and cut out the middle man. John once sold him an incredibly rare ale poster featuring Cap Anson and Buck Ewing. We never saw it in his Sotheby's auction, and John speculated Barry kept it. John told me when he went to see his collection, he was leafing thru a book and out dropped Babe Ruth's last will and testament. John also sold Barry the the Ward Ewing clock mentioned in the 1876 Muller Clock story


I only saw Barry once. It was at the 1995 National Sports Collectors Convention in St Louis. It was before the show opened, and I spotted him walking around by himself. I wasn't going to let the opportunity pass by, and walked up and introduced myself. I have to laugh when I think of the encounter. I don't think I've ever met anyone that seemed less interested in meeting me. I introduced myself and shook his hand and told him how much I enjoyed seeing his collection in the Smithsonian magazine. He gave me a quick "yeah o.k. thanks", and that was it. I'd liked to have talked collecting but I could tell he wasn't interested.  I didn't mind much though; mission accomplished, I met him. The fact he brushed me off was interesting in itself. Later I ran into Herman Kaufman, who was a friend of Barry's, and was talking to him.  Barry happened to be close by and was looking at me like, who is this guy, and how does he know Herman?


One of the most interesting collecting stories I've ever heard, was the one about Barry and President Richard Nixon. The story I heard goes that they were at a Yankees game, and were downing a few. So Barry the opportunist kept'um coming in order to soften him up. Barry had him signing baseballs, and finally hit him up for the big one, and asked him to sign "Tricky Dick", but Nixon declined, even in a compromised state. 


I briefly discussed Barry with Joe DiMaggio once. I mentioned the episode in my Joe DiMaggio autograph story. I was taking DiMaggio to his room in a golf cart at the hotel I work at. As we drove along I said to DiMaggio that I heard he was friends with Halper, as I had heard that DiMaggio sometimes stayed at Halpers home. I remember him chuckling "Yeah that Barry.....always wants me to sign stuff ". 


I  don't know if it's true, but I heard that later Barry and DiMaggio had a falling out, and that Barry desperately tried to mend the fence but DiMaggio never would speak to him again. I heard another story DiMaggio went off on his own family once at the dinner table for asking him to sign things. Then I remember another story how DiMaggio had a falling out with Frank Sinatra once, and never had anything to do with him again. These stories are consistent with DiMaggio's unabashed personality I  witnessed at the end of my story, so I see a pattern.



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