Sunday, July 16, 2006
Here is an item you don't see everyday. It's an item of exonumia. A rare vintage token featuring one of the earliest recorded Baseball images.
It dates from 1861 and celebrates the 3rd anniversary of the Pioneer BaseBall Club of Springfield, Massachusetts. On the front is a batter preparing for a pitch. Written along the frame is"Pioneer Base Ball Club." On the back says "Organized April 30, 1858 Play Ground On Hampden Park Springfield Mass". It measures 1 1/4 inches across. Only 125 pieces where ever made. The token was struck by famous American die sinker J. A. Bolen.
As of this writing there is 1 hour and 20 minutes left in the auction. The current price is $344.99 and could end up higher. I'd love to add this to my collection, but, alas, it shall not be.
But here is an item that I will be adding to my collection. This is a E76 1910 American Caramel Company card of James Jeffries graded by SGC. I won this recently on eBay. Lately, I have been searching out old vintage boxing cards. I'm especially interested in vintage caramel and strip cards. As you can see here and in my photoalbum. Compared to Baseball, boxing is very difficult to come by and is quite a challenge. For more information about vintage boxing cards check out Adam Warshaw's site. He wrote a recent guide about boxing cards and provides a good round up of the different sets out there.