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Our Store


The roots of Fun While It Lasted are in a little eBay hobby business called Minor League Paper that I started in 2008.  By that time, my front office career had become consumed with bean counting and financial management and increasingly removed from the creativity and hustle that drew me to the minors since I was a teenager.  Searching out vintage equipment, uniforms, photos, programs and assorted relics and trading them with other obsessives re-connected me with what I loved about the ballparks and the games in the first place.

Eventually I wanted to do more than buy and sell – I wanted to share the stories behind the artifacts that arrived in my P.O. box every few days.  The ever growing collection of high-quality images used in the Minor League Paper store became one of the building blocks of this site.  Most of the images you see here are of memorabilia that passed through our store at some point.

So now there’s this website, but Minor League Paper still exists in its own right.  In fact, MLP now carries the largest specialty inventory of minor league and defunct team vintage memorabilia on eBay.  This year we will ship more than 1,500 pieces to collectors around the world.

Click here to visit Minor League Paper and browse today’s inventory.

And yes, we do buy personal collections and team surplus large and small.  We are currently buying*:

  • Game worn uniforms and game used equipment
  • Unsold retail apparel stock
  • Programs, yearbooks & media guides
  • Original photos & negatives
  • Pre-1990 posters and promotional materials
  • Player contracts, leases, memoranda and business correspondence (defunct teams only)

*Please note: we do not purchase trading card collections or autographed memorabilia.

Contact us if you would like to discuss the sale or consignment of your items.


Written by AC

November 22nd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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  1. I have ordered some indoor soccer media guides and programs from Minor League Paper, and I can confirm that they are an excellent source for material from defunct franchises. I appreciate the fact that there are people out there making an effort to save the old jerseys, programs, and other items. My advice to anyone out there who has material from defunct franchises in your closet – either keep it or sell to a store like Minor League Paper so others can enjoy it.


    10 Feb 13 at 8:04 pm

  2. trying to get a shipping price to Canada for one of your programs (Feb 3, 1979 – Roadrunners/Stingers). Ebay won’t let me ask a question because of “the high volume of messages this seller (you) receives”.

    Will S

    17 Jul 14 at 3:36 am

  3. Hi Andy,
    I just came across your site recently while accessing some of my own memories from the 1970s team, the West Haven Yankees. Somewhere, I saw a program posted from the ’79 team, though I can’t find it on this site. I was wondering a few things. Could I ask you about a possible advertiser in that program, if you have it. And do you have any ’76 – ’79 programs, or even something smaller, just an individual game official something that I might be able to ask you about and/or buy? Thanks –


    5 Oct 14 at 9:57 pm

  4. Does anyone want a 1981 Minnesota Kicks poster with the whole team on it and their schedule? Fairly good condition.


    9 Nov 14 at 5:08 pm

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