I have previously written about the Final Innings sale the Phillies held in 2003, and how the team used it to purge a lot of items from Veterans Stadium. Well, as I discovered during the 2004 ALS Autograph Party at CBP, not all Vet items were sold during that sale the previous winter. The ALS event is generally a way to get autographs from members of the current team. But there are also a lot of side activities like grab bags and silent auctions that feature quality Phillies memorabilia. I know it is hard to do - but I have learned over the years to keep my head up and be aware of all that is available during the event.
During the 2004 event a small display of green Veterans Stadium turnstiles were tucked into a corner and instantly caught my eye. Phillies Charities were asking $200 per turnstile and I needed a while to think about it. I took the contact information for later consideration. I finally called the Charities employee after a little more than a week of weighing the pros and cons of buying the turnstile and arranged for a pick-up date. It is now one of the centerpieces of my personal collection, and looking back I probably didn't need to take so much time deciding if I wanted it.
Maker: Perey (New York, NY)
Features: Green, with a lot of "character". This thing has been through the war, and definitely shows every one of it's 40 years. My dad made a wooden mount for it - but besides that it is as I found it that May in 2004.
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