Twenty-five years ago, an avid antique collector was making her rounds in the Southeast hunting for items that caught her fancy such as old books, pottery, and old photo albums. At an antique mall, there were rotating dealers from around the country, including one from the Midwest. He sold her an album filled with photos of baseball teams from 1871 and handsome … [Read more...] about Lelands Offers CDV Find Showing Baseball’s Beginnings
Still sharp more than 140 years after it was created, an 1878 Boston Red Stockings cabinet card featuring several pioneers of professional baseball is now up for grabs. The 4 ¼” x 6 ½” composite card dates to the first decade of the franchise we now know as the Atlanta Braves. It includes headshots of the players for the powerhouse Red Stockings and an ad for George … [Read more...] about 1878 Red Stockings Cabinet Card at Auction
Update 1/3/19: This item has been pulled from Heritage Auctions' Feb. catalog. It had been reported on a list of items that went missing years ago from the New York Public Library. Four years after establishing professional baseball, a sesquicentennial anniversary that will be commemorated this coming season, George and Harry Wright were members of a new … [Read more...] about Rare 1873 Red Stockings Cabinet Coming to Auction
Antiques Roadshow kicked off its new season Monday night with a segment about a previously unknown collection of 19th century baseball memorabilia we wrote about last year. For insurance purposes, PBS officials offered a $1 million estimate when they announced the show’s taping last year, but it’s unlikely they would sell for that much at auction. The segment was taped on … [Read more...] about What is PBS Baseball Memorabilia Find Really Worth?
The owner of a collection of early professional baseball memorabilia could be cashing in after a visit to the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow”. The collection of autographs and rare images of the Boston Red Stockings dates from the 1870s. For insurance purposes, PBS says the collection was appraised at $1 million but while rare and unique, it seems unlikely the collection … [Read more...] about Rare 19th Century Baseball Memorabilia Uncovered on Antiques Roadshow
Before Boston Garter. Before Wheaties. Before Be Like Mike and Mars Blackmon and way before Bo Knows… there was George Wright for Red Stockings Cigars. Some 140 years ago, the first superstar of American sports agreed to promote a local brand of stogies and now the only known surviving display poster from the dawn of American sports endorsements is about to go on the open … [Read more...] about “Mona Lisa of Baseball Advertising Posters” to be Sold by REA