Thursday, February 06, 2014

Some Historical Base Ball Treasures at Heritage Auctions - Civil War Base Ball and Ruth's 1923 Championship Watch

Along with the Jackie Robinson letter I shared yesterday, Heritage Auctions also has some historical Base Ball memorabilia worth noting.  Heck, some of these items need to find their way to a museum because they are too great not to be shares with the public.

Featured below is a Civil War era baseball, and it's purported to be the most thoroughly documented ball available.
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From the auction description:
"Captain France was a member of the Seventeenth New York zouaves, who were attached to the Sixteenth corps under the command of N.S. Granger. There were a number of good ballplayers in the Seventeenth and when, in May '64, the corps was encamped at Decatur, Ala., the baseball enthusiasts conceived the plan of sending to Nashville, 130 miles north, for a ball and bat.

The plan was executed and many a hot game of baseball was played on the parade grounds. When the call for dress parade came and a game was in progress, it was customary for the man having the ball in his hand at the time to keep it until the next game was played.

In this manner the ball was carried on Sherman's march to the sea, through the Atlanta campaign, its siege and capture, then through the Carolinas campaign to Raleigh, Richmond and finally to Washington. At Washington, while the soldiers were waiting to be mustered out, the last game of ball was played. When it was over Lieutenant Barnett was walking off the field with Captain France. 'Here, France,' he called, and gave the ball an underhand toss into France's waiting hands."
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The next item is a 1863 Civil War Base Ball lithograph titled, "Union Prisoners at Salisbury, NC".  This is one of the earliest representations of the game of Base Ball.  Click on the pic to embiggen.
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This next item has received a lot of press coverage.  Below is Babe Ruth's 1923 New York Yankees World Championship watch.  This was the official prize from the Commissioner of Baseball for New York's first World Series win.  It was eventually given by Ruth to friend Charlie Schwefel, a Manhattan hotel magnet.  Then, it was given to his nephew, Lewis Fern, who was a close friend and personal caddy to Babe Ruth.  As of this posting, the watch is priced at $260,000.00  Do not be surprised if it approaches 7 figures.
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2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 - The Dodgers' Relic Cards

How about some relics?

Here, I show the various Dodgers' relic cards that can be found in 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1.  Go here to see all of my previous post featuring this set.  I'll have pics of most of the autographed insert cards tomorrow.

BTW, there is a Clayton Kershaw "In the Name" Relic (ITN-CK) card, but it has yet to show up.  It is a "1 of 1" letter patch card.

Trajectory Relics

#TR-DS Don Sutton

#TR-MY Michael Young

#TR-YP Yasiel Puig

The Future Is Now Relics

#FNR-HR1 Hyun-Jin Ryu

#FNR-HR2 Hyun-Jin Ryu

#FNR-YP1 Yasiel Puig

#FNR-YP2 Yasiel Puig

Before They Were Great Relics

#BGR-PM Pedro Martinez

Postseason Performance Relic

#PPR-CK Clayton Kershaw

#PPR-HR Hanley Ramirez

#PPR-YP Yasiel Puig

#PPR-ZG Zack Greinke

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Blog Kiosk: 2/6/2014 - Dodgers Links - Hank Aaron, Yasiel Puig and Signing Justin Turner

"It's almost time for Dodger baseball" - Vin Scully.  Pic above via @SportsNetLA on twitter.
Puig nodded his head the way he knew he should. But a thick moment passed before he told Colletti, "Where I come from, there is no tomorrow. We embrace today."
  • This should be seen as a move to improve infield depth.  Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Justin Turner reportedly signs minor league deal with Dodgers".  BTW, Justin is on twitter: @redturn2.  Follow him here.  Justin is from Long Beach and played college ball at CSU Fullerton.

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