The story of the newly revealed T207 Red Cross cards was by far the most widely read story on Sports Collectors Daily last week.
Turns out, it was just the start of some never-before-seen items coming out of the woodwork.
The Full Count vintage baseball card forum also posted an image of a never before seen 1889 Police Gazette cabinet card of Monte Ward. It’s likely worth at least $15-20,000…and it includes the original mailing envelope, which could be a first.
It’s a new discovery and the collector has no intention of selling.
The individual who shared the image online is a long-time advanced collector who wants to remain anonymous and isn’t releasing any other information about it. While that’s understandable in some respects, it’s unfortunate that more details about the card’s background aren’t shared, even if the owner would rather not include his name. After all, the “stories behind the stuff” are what makes such discoveries fun.
There was also a very cool eBay discovery made recently by collector Rhett Yeakley. He purchased a group of items from the estate of David Creagan, who played minor league ball in the early part of the 20th century. Creagan played one year of professional baseball with Rocky Mount in the East Carolina League and found his way onto two different card sets (T210-7 & T209-2).
Tucked among the postcards in the lot Yeakley bought was a shot of teammate A.J. Dussault sitting on a bench with another nattily-attired fellow.
In a stunning stroke of good fortune, someone had snapped a picture of Dussault with the great Jim Thorpe, whose appearance with the professional Rocky Mount team in 1910 resulted in the forfeiture of the medals he later won in the 1912 Olympics.
Better still, the back appears to be signed by Dussault and Thorpe.
Apparently, the sellers didn’t recognize the significance of those old items they were willing to part with, even though their long-dead relative had a pretty significant brush with fame.
Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.