The Price of History Vol. XIV


It's a tradition around these parts to periodically review the state of the baseball auction market, a task we approach with a combination of curiosity, envy, bemusement, and sheer stupefaction. (Disclosure: a couple of years ago I wrote a piece on Jefferson R. Burdick, the grandfather of all baseball card collectors, which you can find here.) What appeals most, of course, are the wonderful, museum quality artifacts we often find, like the 1915 Cracker Jack poster you see above, now up for bid on the REA website (minimum bid: $25,000). A few of the other items that caught our eye:


The item I most covet: a 1911 Turkey Red Christy Mathewson cabinet card.

Does anyone really need a Mr. Coffee signed by Joe D?


For the morbid, there's Thurman Munson's pilot license.

I really liked these old die-cuts.


Is there anything more beautiful than Victorian printing?


Who needs Ruth? I'll take Rembrandt. 

5 comments… add one

  • I had fun reading this. Love the photos and great post!

    Poster Printing April 15, 2009, 1:11 am
  • Damn! I was sure I had the “smartest post of the morning” prize wrapped up.

    SF April 15, 2009, 9:37 am
  • That Mathewson card is gorgeous. Graded at a 60, too. That’s remarkable.

    Paul SF April 15, 2009, 9:55 am
  • Cool pictures and great post.

    Nick-YF April 15, 2009, 10:33 am
  • thanks folks. i just added the link to the burdick piece, if anyone’s interested. his story is pretty amazing.

    YF April 15, 2009, 11:33 am

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