Robert Edward Auctions has opened its first sale of 2024 with an Encore event that has nearly 3,700 lots traversing more than 180 years of sports history. In fact, the auction holds one of the oldest items tied to a sports figure ever offered: a signed receipt from baseball pioneer Alexander Cartwright that dates to 1842. Another 19th century rarity … [Read more...] about REA Kicks Off New Year with Rare Items from Baseball Pioneers, Autographs, Cards
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?
For years, the hobby wondered whether Robert Edward Auctions would add another event to its annual spring catalog full of of rare sports cards and memorabilia. The answer became ‘yes’ in October of 2013 and after a successful debut, the company’s second Fall Auction brought even more extraordinary material to the table. When the dust settled early Sunday morning, collectors … [Read more...] about Ruth Rookie, Record Price for Rare McKinley Card Push REA Auction Over $4 Million
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