December 2006

Legends Sports Gallery - A Haven For Collectors

Author: Teresa Fitzgibbons

Legends Sports Gallery is a true haven for collectors. As the name implies, sports memorabilia abounds, but Legends Sports Gallery offers more than simply collectibles for the sports enthusiast. It’s the perfect place to find a gift or stocking stuffer this holiday season for the collector, sports fan or anyone else on your gift list.

“There’s something for everyone here,” says owner Lori Glenn of Legends Sports Gallery. “From a $2 greeting card to a $5,000 lithograph – we’ve got it.”

Sports and sports memorabilia dominate the store. It’s almost like visiting a museum – professional photos of great moments in sports and the athletic heroes of yesterday and today adorn the walls. There are autographs on everything from baseballs to pictures and other designer-framed memorabilia on display. Shoppers can even find gemstone baseballs and jewelry amid the traditional sports-themed gifts, sports cards, pennants and collectors’ supplies. Every sport and every team is represented somewhere in the store—from Mickey Mantle to Danika Patrick.

Originality reigns supreme at Legends Sports Gallery. If you think that Detroit Tiger fan on your list has everything, think again. How about a Tiger-themed, hand-painted Russian Matreoshka showing the evolution of a team’s uniform over the years? Legends Sports Gallery carries a broad range of unique gifts designed to fit everyone’s budget. If they don’t have it, they’ll order it for you; however, with their vast inventory chances are they have just what you need in stock.

“We try to be original and offer the most unique, high-quality merchandise that collectors seek,” explains Jerry Glenn.

That merchandise includes the sought-after line of Cooperstown Bears, of which Legends Sports Gallery has been an exclusive area retailer for 14 years. The adorable bears in team uniforms have long been a local favorite. Each bear is collectible and numbered, and some are even autographed. A few come complete with a story, such as the Frank Robinson bears that Jerry took to an Atlanta convention to have the former Cincinnati Reds star and Hall of Famer sign. According to Jerry, the hardened baseball veteran almost melted at the sight of “his” bear, as did other greats like Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Yogi Berra.

Lori has long had an obsession with collectible teddy bears. She was quite excited when the Cooperstown Bear Company approached her with a plan to expand its line at Legends Sports Gallery to include high-quality German Mohair teddy bears and its Zoology items. After surveying the area to guarantee that it was not duplicating any other store’s offerings, Legends Sports Gallery signed on and a selection of plush, stuffed giraffes, elephants, cheetahs and other wild creatures now rests upon the shelves awaiting new homes. Lori loves to line up several units of the same issue teddy bear and ask buyers to “choose the one who speaks to them” to be their new friend.

“We’re not just a guys’ shop,” says Jerry. In addition to the teddy bears and other stuffed animals, the store carries thousands of Dover Children’s activity books, classic paper doll sets and holiday cards, so there is plenty for the non-sports lover to browse through. There’s always something new at Legends Sports Gallery. The Glenns believe that the turnover of merchandise and staying abreast of current trends are attributed to the fact that they’ve been in business on the island for nearly two decades.

“If you come in once, that’s nice, but we want you to come back again and again,” stresses Jerry. The father and daughter team of Jerry and Lori Glenn has been welcoming locals and tourists back again and again for 20 years to enjoy the high quality collectibles and fair prices. Make Legends Sports Gallery the first stop on your holiday shopping trip. You’ll be glad you did.

Legends Sports Gallery
1505 Main Street
(843) 681-4444
www.legendsportsgallery.net

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