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Collecting Vintage Baseball Postcards

    Collecting Vintage Baseball Postcards To the amateur, starting the hobby of vintage baseball card collecting can seem a minefield. How on earth can you tell which ones are ‘vintage’, rare, or worth anything at all? It can be hard, but there are some general rules that if you follow should help you on

Boston Red Stockings

    Boston Red Stockings (Beaneaters)     Boston Red Stockings were a charter member of NAPBBP and they are at times called the Red Caps. Led and managed by baseball pioneer Harry Wright, the new Boston team would join the newly formed National Association of Professional Base Ball Players for the 1871 season and finish the year in

19th Century Baseball Teams: Providence Grays 1878–1885

      19th Century Baseball Teams: Providence Grays 1878–1885 Providence Grays came into being after several minor and major league baseball teams that were based in providence in Rhode Island.  In 1884, Providence Grays became a major league baseball city. It played at the Messer Field in the Olneyville neighborhood and was one of

19th Century Baseball Teams: Mutual of New York 1876

        19th Century Baseball Teams: Mutual of New York 1876   Mutual of New York was a leading baseball club throughout its 20 year history. The club was established in the year 1857 during the first baseball convention, though it was not a founding member of NABBP.  However, it was a chartered

19th Century Baseball Teams: Hartford Dark Blues 1876–1877

    19th Century Baseball Teams: Hartford Dark Blues 1876–1877 Hartford Dark Blues was located in Hartford – Connecticut.  The team was a member of NAPBBP  in 1874 – 1875 as well as member of NL in 1876-1877. In 1877, it played in Brooklyn, NY as the Brooklyn Hartford. Managed by Ferguson, this team finished

19th Century Baseball Teams: Detroit Wolverines

    19th Century Baseball Teams: Detroit Wolverines Detroit wolverines are the 19th century baseball team that played in the national league during the period of 1881 – 1888.  It was based in the city of Detroit in Michigan.  They won 426 games, lost 437 games in total before they disbanded  and took their lone

Collecting 19th century baseball cabinet photos – What to look for

Collecting 19th century baseball cabinet photos – What to look for I guess, the first question some people may be asking is…what is a cabinet photo? Well, a cabinet photo, or cabinet card as it is also called, was a type of photo used in the 1800-early 1900s. It was essentially a sheet of cardboard

What’s a Ty Cobb Signed Baseball Autograph Really Worth?

  What’s a Ty Cobb Signed Baseball Autograph Really Worth?   So, how much is that Ty Cobb signed baseball worth? The value, you ask? It all depends, really. If you have a Ty Cobb autographed baseball, consider yourself pretty fortunate. However, don’t assume that you just won the lottery either. Values of Cobb signed

Why we don’t buy and sell shiny cards

Why we don’t buy and sell shiny cards   In the modern era that we live in, it is now relatively easy to get your hands on so called ‘shiny’ baseball cards, cards that are mass produced to try to replicate the cards for decades ago and also to look like they are worth something.

Jackie Robinson Signed Baseball | Where are they all at?

Where Are All The Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseballs?   Jack Roosevent ‘Jackie’ Robinson was the first black African-American baseball player to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. This, along with an exceptional baseball career, albeit only 9 years has seen a high demand for signed memorabilia, which unfortunately for collectors appears

Are Vintage Baseball Cards A Good Investment?

Are Vintage Baseball Cards A Good Investment?   The answer to this question really depends on what you plan on doing with them once you purchase them. If they are going to sit in a box in the loft for years until someone throws them out because they see them as ‘junk’, then no! However

1955: The Best Brooklyn Bums (Dodgers) Team

1955: The Best Brooklyn Bums (Dodgers) Team For me, the story of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series win is truly a magical story which would capture the imagination of any sports fan around the world. This was a team which had already lost the World Series 7 times already, 5 times to the opponents

A Very Rare Autograph: Why are Christy Mathewson Autographs so Hard to Find?

Why are Christy Mathewson Autographs so Hard to Find? There are many different memorabilia items that are hard to find when you collect vintage baseball items, especially autographs. There is, however, one particular autograph missing from the collection of most collectors and especially those that have focused on collecting autographs from members of the Hall

Collecting Signed Government Postcards

Collecting Autographed Government Postcards | Signed Baseball Postcards One niche that sports collectors involve themselves with is collecting government postcards signed by baseball players. This didn’t even become possible until 1898 though as the United States Post Office was the only entity allowed to print postcards up until that time. In addition to that, it

Are Vintage Baseball Autographs a Good Investment?

Vintage Baseball Autographs | A Good Investment? So, you want to know if vintage baseball autographs are a good investment? Well, it really depends on a number of things. There’s the obvious quality and authenticity of the signatures but who the autograph is from can impact the overall value and desirability to collectors as well.

I have some old baseball cards, you interested?

I have some old baseball cards, you interested? If you were a child in the late 1980’s then you were probably an avid baseball card collector such as myself. You grew up hearing stories about how baseball cards were a solid investment, outperforming even the stock market in some cases, because collectors before you were

The Value of Thurman Munson Signed Memorabilia

The Value of Thurman Munson Memorabilia, Autographs & Signed Baseballs Often times the value of memorabilia has more to do with the rarity of the items then the actual player itself, while the quality of the player’s career is taken into consideration there is more value associated with things that are hard to find or

The Ty Cobb T206 Card with the Ty Cobb Back

  The Ty Cobb T206 Card with the Ty Cobb Back Image In our last post I talked about the Eddie Plank T206 tobacco card and what makes it so valuable and why it’s such a rare card for any collector to own. Today I’m going to talk about the Ty Cobb T206 card with

Is Your Eddie Plank T206 Tobacco Card Real?

What’s So Special about the Eddie Plank T206 Card? Hint: Take a look at the back of your card, it might just say reprint on it! Also, if the card looks brand new, it’s probably not authentic. As if it’s not enough that some of the more valuable T206 tobacco cards are pretty hard to

Why Are T206 Baseball Tobacco Cards So Popular?

T206 Baseball Cards | The Most Collected Vintage Baseball Card Set When I speak to the many different collectors I encounter, when going out and trying to add to my own personal baseball card and memorabilia collection, the one topic that seems to come up fairly often is the T206 tobacco cards. For the inexperienced

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