A ledger book that recorded financial activity of Brooklyn’s baseball club at turn of the 20th century– some of it written by Dodgers’ co-owner Charles Ebbets—is going to be on the market this spring.
Robert Edward Auctions has plans to auction the ledger and is also offering a $1,000 reward for the return of a couple of missing pages.
The ledger includes all of the club’s income and expenses for part of 1899 and all of 1900, a time when Brooklyn won two pennants. It documents everything from player salaries and gate receipts to the cost of peanuts and mowing the ballpark’s grass.
The one-of-a-kind item has quite a story to tell, too. It was originally saved from the dumpster when Ebbets Field was torn down after the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1959. Much later, the owner of this potentially valuable relic had to fight to get it back after loaning it to a third-party. He did, but two pages had been removed.
Read more on the REA blog.
An Atlanta company has made an offer for the photo archive and sports memorabilia assets once held by Arkansas dealer John Rogers.
According to Arkansas Business, Red Alert Media Matrix Inc. has signed a letter of intent to buy Sports Cards Plus Inc., which did business as Rogers Photo Archive; Planet Giant LLC and Digital Stock Planet LLC and Photo Archive Partners LLC, which did business as John Rogers Partners LLC.
Red Alert Media Matrix represents a group of Atlanta area investors.
The assets were placed into receivership by a judge in Little Rock last week. At least two banks in the area say Rogers has defaulted on large loans associated with the businesses.
The $59 million offer would pay off all known claims associated with the assets, according to the story.
Houston Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt had quite a season and now that it’s over, he’s catching up on some fan mail. You might remember the 7-year-old fan who send Watt his autographed youth league football jersey along with a letter telling Watt he was the “most feared” pass rusher in the league.
Anthony Tarantelli’s chutzpah made national headlines and Watt said he would return the favor. This week, he did indeed come through for the youngster. According to this story on TMZ, Watt sent a package including a signed jersey, hat and the pair of cleats he wore in the Texans’ season finale, also signed and inscribed with “three sacks”.