Ian Naismith looked over the lots culled from his Grandfather’s hand-me-downs and called a foul.
It’s lot #19006 in Heritage Galleries’ current auction of James Naismith memorabilia consigned by granddaughter Helen Carpenter. Another grandchild, Ian Naismith, spotted the typewritten rules and auction description and begged to differ with the estimated date of origin.
The original auction listing indicates the belief that the "pages date to the first year of the game’s existence. Ian Naismith noted that the type-written pages are in black and red ink, a technique not available on typewriters of the late 1800s. He believes they date from a period from 1915-1925. Heritage has amended it’s description for the lot on the the company’s website. The change hasn’t bothered bidders, who have pushed the price past $38,000 as of early Friday morning.
The Heritage Naismith auction, described in these pages last month, takes place today and next Friday. Sports museums, including those in Naismith’s home country of Canada, would love to get their hands on some of the items, but aren’t equipped to unload the necessary wad of cash.
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