Sunday, April 30, 2006

Robert Edward Auctions

Well I didn't win the exact item I wanted, but I'm happy with my win. I got the 28 item lot of Nineteenth-Century Generic Baseball Items. There are some great scorecards and other rare vintage items. Including a

1884 first edition of Our Base Ball Club and How It Won the Championship by Noah Brooks. This book, published by E. P. Dutton and Company, New York, is believed to be the first novel ever published in which the plot revolves entirely around the sport of baseball.

I can't wait to read this. Lately, I've been very interested in the history of baseball, and a early work of fiction would be a fun read.

I cannot believe the 19th Century Baseball Trade Cards sold for $9,500.00. Lot #717. That averages to $40.25 a card! Many of those cards are very rare; especially the Tobins and Sporting Life cards, but many of the cards are also considered commons. Of course, they are almost impossible to find these days so I may be the loser on this one. Even at this moment I'm regretting my decision not to go for it. The smaller lot of 148 cards, #718, ended up at $3,500.00. It was hampered by trimming issues and lesser cards, but still ended up over $23.00 a card. Amazing!

Other notables include $16,000.00 for the Toleteros "Black Wagner" Josh Gibson. $70,000.00 for the Josh Gibson autographed RPPC. $85,000.00 for the Ruth/Gehrig signed baseball. $130,000.00 for the Ruth Baltimore News card. $100,000.00 for the Joe Jackson T210 Old Mill. $220,000.00 for the T206 complete set. High graded T206 commons sold for astronomical values. This market is on fire.

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