This technically wasn’t a planned visit, but since I had a full afternoon to kill, I decided to head across the light rail tracks to the Geppi Entertainment Museum (directly above Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards).
I walk into the lobby of Sports Legends Museum and ask the woman at the ticket desk if I could buy tickets to GEM down here or if I had to get them upstairs. She just looks at me like I’m crazy and says: “This is a sports museum we don’t have ‘gems.’” She turns to the agent next to her and who points me towards a small service door with a red\black sign above it.
Said door led to a narrow service stairway decorated with pop-art prints and flattened cereal boxes from the 70s. There was a non-descript metal door on the second level with a small black\red placard next it identifying this as the entrance (the wall art continued up to the third floor offices).
The museum lobby was large but dark and the walls were lined with old movie posters. Admission washalf price (Tuesdays are apparently their slow day), and their ticket doubled as a “trivia card” in that it could be scanned at various kiosks throughout the museum to get trivia questions. That was the theory anyway, in reality, the machines recognized my ticket maybe half of the times I swiped them.
The first room was a massive collection of wall-to-wall comic books dating back to 1870s, but the majority of those displayed were from the early 40s-late 60s. In the center of the room were the aforementioned kiosk and a few smaller display cases. Any remaining wall space was covered with posters for comic book inspired movies (Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, etc).
The every square inch of wall space in hallway linking the various rooms together was lined with old comic strips and movie posters. Entering any of the exhibit areas (except the “Special Collections” room) triggered a brief recording describing the time frame being represented.
Across the hall from the comic book room was an area dedicated to newspaper comics. The walls were lined with editorial and comic strip panels and in the center of the room was a large display case with various pieces of “Yellow Kid” merchandise. This room flowed into a smaller room with other 19 th diversions (dolls, marbles and metal banks). There is another kiosk in this room, but it only illustrated the movements of the banks in the display case behind it. There was a woman with a young boy (probably about 6 years old) who was in that room ahead of me, poor kid nearly pissed himself when he saw the blackfaced ventriloquist dummy on the back wall (it was kinda freaky looking up close).
Next it was back to the lobby with a detour up interior stairway to the third floor where you could get your picture taken with a cardboard cut-out of Batman. The next few rooms were a blur of non-memories with old toys\club costumes from the 1920s-40s, 1940s-60s, and 1970s-90s (my brothers had some of those toys).
Last and most certainly least was the “1990s-Today” a haphazard collection of action figures\figurines from Harry Potter, the Star Wars prequels and various Disney films (Aladdin, Beauty & The Beast, Monsters Inc., and the first Power Rangers movie). All of them stuffed into a single display case at the back of the gift shop and none of them were correctly labeled. This was also the home to the final kiosk where I could attempt to scan my ticket for a prize.
After almost two hours of complete sensory overload, I claim my prize – surprisingly enough it was a comic book printed. But wait, this was a Disney comic book that was printed “exclusively for Baltimore Ravens” (who apparently didn’t want this stupid comic either).