League of Their Own director Penny Marshall finally gets her own baseball card

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

She’s been on television since the 1960s, brought A League of Their Own to the big screen and has a very notable collection of sports memorabilia.

But now she has her own baseball card.

Penny Marshall makes her trading card — and certified autograph — debut in 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport, the latest multi-sport offering from Leaf Trading Cards which arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday.

Although known for her role in the long-running TV show Laverne and Shirley, Marshall was the first female director to have a film gross more than $100 million with Big (1988) and League (1992), which brought the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League into homes and into the national consciousness.

She’s also a noted collector of sports memorabilia with her collection profiled in the 2007 book titled Smithsonian Baseball by Stephen Wong — a collection that includes everything from baseball antiquities to vintage game-used memorabilia to modern-day autographs and game-used items.

Check out a video interview about her collection below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRZwvSVWYh0[/youtube]

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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3 comments

  1. David Johnson 5 February, 2013 at 16:09

    Nice video, I love how she pointed out the fake Kobe auto she had gotten at a charity auction that “came with a certificate”. Just goes to show how prevalent fakes are and how easy it is to get scammed by them.

  2. chrisolds 6 February, 2013 at 10:03

    David: Anybody can make a COA for anything. That’s why you need a tamper-proof tem/code affixed to the item along with a way to verifty said item via a reputable source.

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