ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- People who work at Busch Stadium call it The Vault. It’s full of priceless treasures.
It`s located deep in the bowels of Busch Stadium, precious items from the Cardinals` history.
Paula Homan is the curator of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.
She’s preparing everything for transfer to the new museum. The collection is locked up and each item protected.
Homan wears gloves so history is not disturbed or damaged.
She brings out a box. Inside: Joe Torre’s jersey. It will hang in a case in the museum which is still under construction across the street in Ballpark Village.
A silver shovel was used by Stan the Man when ground was broken on the new Busch Stadium.
The World Series trophy from 2006 made by Tiffany Jewelers and a box holding batting helmets from Yadier Molina and Jim Edmonds will be on display.
Some of the items are one of kind, priceless, all destined to stir fans` emotions, like part of David Freese’s uniform from game six of the 2011 world series.
Homan is an artist. She sketched drawings of each museum display case and what they would hold.
She has help from a couple assistants including Erik Jaffry.
There are 16,000 items in the Cardinal collection about 2000 will be on display. Some will be rotated in and out over time.
Items date back many years.
It will take 3 to 4 weeks to move everything into the museum a day alone just to move the Busch Stadium models.
The museum will open in time for Opening Day.