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Max Silberman

Max Silberman was a retired history teacher with the School District of Philadelphia. He became actively involved in the baseball memorabilia hobby as a collector/dealer in l977. For many years Max wrote the memorabilia column for “Phillies Report” and was a hobby columnist for “Baseball Hobby News.” In 1996, he became a charter member of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society and has served as Vice-President for Research and Historian.

Max Silberman was born January 20, 1945 during the 4th inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt and was raised in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia. He was a graduate of Overbrook High School where he played soccer and baseball and was manager of the basketball team. Following his service in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Oriskany CVA34 during the Viet Nam conflict, he received his Bachelors degree from LaSalle University, his Masters degree from Bryn Mawr College and teaching certification from Cabrini College. In 1970 he married Rikki Cohen, had two daughters, Sara (Scott Kawalek) and Susan (John Scalzi) and was blessed with three granddaughters, Emily and Dana Kawalek and Jenna Scalzi. Cancer and stroke forced his retirement from Overbrook High School. He held many union offices. He kept active as Vice Chairman and Historian of Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society. During his teaching career he wrote for Phillies Report, Baseball Hobby News and sometimes contributed to Sports Collectors Digest. He very much enjoyed baseball card shows and his friends in the hobby.



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