Monday, January 4, 2010

Angel in the outfield

I looked for a penguin angel for the top of my tree for years. I never expected it to take so long, and I never expected to find one in Cooperstown, N.Y., in the midst of all the baseball memorabilia shops around the Hall of Fame.
I was there for the Hall of Fame exhibition game between the Florida Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers, part of the induction festivities in 2001. Hoping to score some rare Marlins souvenirs, I instead walked away with one of my favorite ornaments. It was unexpected — out of left field — the only penguin ornament at the Christmas shop, but just what I wanted.
Debbie Mumm's Holiday Collection penguin glass ornament with checkered angel wings, holding a blue and gold star and wearing a holly necklace. Santa's World, Kurt S. Adler. Handcrafted in China.
Acquired: Monday, Aug. 6, 2001. Cooperstown, N.Y.
Number: 154
Size: About 5 inches tall
Price: $10.00

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