Fall classics available at MLB.com Shop
Gear, videos highlight plethora of World Series collectables
Even as the matchup is still being finalized, baseball fans have begun ordering just-posted merchandise from the MLB.com Shop to commemorate and be involved in the 105th World Series that starts next Wednesday in an American League ballpark to be determined.
The Phillies are in and opened at Yankee Stadium. One team and its fans will celebrate a world championship in the first week of November. Buy a warm-weather jacket, start your holiday shopping early, snag a throwback item like a Yankees Authentic 1927 Wool Jacket or get the official World Series patch.
Here is a sample of what World Series fans are finding:
ThermaBase Premier Jacket: This features a center back neck with rubberized MLB batter logo, ThermaBase technology for comfort, insulation, water resistance and stretch. History shows that this garment will be omnipresent at the Fall Classic -- unless this happens to be a Freeway Series, in which case the following might be likelier:
World Series T-Shirt: This tee from Majestic Athletic is the basic model that will fly off the souvenir racks the next couple of weeks, especially if the Fall Classic is in Southern California. Order it here and it leaves the warehouse within a couple business days.
Free World Series tickets: Enter Chevy's Head to Head Matchup Sweepstakes right now. It's easy and costs nothing, and you might win a set of tickets to a 2009 World Series game -- or possible remaining League Championship Series or a Chevy vehicle such as a Malibu, Traverse, Silverado or Equinox. Just pick a club and pick a car.
Mounted Memories World Series Champs Display Case: Start with the 2008 Phillies and work your way backwards, and there is a good chance you will find an engraved display case to preserve your own World Series memories. This is 20 percent off the $59.99 retail price if you act now, or take 20 percent off $79.99 if you want it with a World Series baseball.
World Series Baseball: Speaking of the authentic game ball, this Rawlings ball comes in a display cube and is the exact model that will be first thrown on the night of Oct. 28 by an AL starting pitcher to be determined.
A&E Home Video Official World Series Film Collection DVD Set: This is a keepsake for any baseball fan -- a complete history of the World Series, spanning 105 years of baseball broken into 14 eras, and featuring more than 50 hours of World Series highlight films. It is specially packaged in a collectible, 58-page, full color coffee table book holding 20 DVDS, with a foreword by Bob Costas, glossy photos and Hall of Fame memorabilia.
World Series Adjustable Cap: It's less than 20 bucks and it traditionally is one of the biggest sellers at Fall Classic souvenir stands.
Steuben Glass Shop: This is new to the MLB.com Shop and its products are 30 percent off right now as Steuben celebrates the World Series. The collection includes such items as a Dodgers Home Plate ideal as an original gift or business award; a Cubs Glass Baseball that fits in the palm of your hand; and a Royals Baseball Ornament ready to hang from a tree or stand.
New York Yankees 2009 Authentic Collection Playoff Therma Base Classic Hood: No word yet on whether this will be suitable for the World Series, but we're throwing this in here because Derek Jeter took one and cut the sleeves off. Scissors optional.
Mitchell & Ness Jerseys: The World Series is about tradition, and we've all seen those fans wearing exactly the same kinds of jerseys worn by past Fall Classic heroes as Tony Perez, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth and Al Kaline.
Cooperstown Fan Replica Jerseys: Here's some more World Series throwback attire. Consider such styles as the 1986 Mets or 1983 Orioles. Or give some love to Jackie Robinson, who played in the World Series in six of his 10 Major League seasons -- winning it all with Brooklyn in 1955.
World Series Cuff Knit Cap: It's that Tim Lincecum look, only this one has the World Series logo on it and is meant to keep you warm through the winter.
The wait for the 105th World Series is almost over.
The World Series gear is here.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.