The first recorded baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ in 1846 between the NYC Knickerbocker Base Ball Club and the New York Baseball Club (the Knickerbockers lost). By 1858, the National Association of Base Ball Players was formed, consisting of around 30 small teams. After the Civil War, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional fully-paid team.
Over the next hundred years, a number of leagues emerged, including the National Association, American League, National League, Federal League, and Continental (items from defunct leagues are highly sought after today).
Baseball cards are widely collected today. The earliest incarnations (1840s) were cardboard-backed photos of local players and teams, which came in cabinet card size and the smaller carte-de-visite size. Commercial baseball cards emerged in the late 1860s when a sporting goods dealer called Peck & Snyder printed cards with an ad on one side and a baseball player on the other. Within a few years, cards began appearing in packages of Old Judge tobacco and other tobacco, candy and chewing gum brands.
Other promotional items such as baseball programs became popular in the 1890s. Advertisers bought space on these score cards, and cards from famous games (e.g. the World Series) are highly sought-after. Other collectible promotional items include gloves, statuettes, plaques, posters, and pins.
And of course, there's a huge market for authentic baseball memorabilia linked to specific players, including greats such as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, and Willie Mays. They produced plenty of signed baseballs, bats, gloves, photos, and other autographs. But be careful, as fake sports memorabilia is a lucrative business.
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Rockwall to Host Vintage Baseball GameNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth, April 19th
FREEPORT, ME - JUNE 22: An Ipswich, MA player belts the ball during the Freeport Historical Society 4th annual vintage baseball game featuring team Dirigo against Ipswich, MA at Pettengill Farm in Freeport on June 22, 2014. The teams played according ...Read more
City to display pro baseball memorabilia at City Hall580 CFRA Radio, April 17th
If you're a baseball fan, a trip to City Hall Saturday could prove interesting. To celebrate the inaugural season of the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club, a collection of baseball artifacts and memorabilia will be unveiled at City Hall Saturday morning...Read more
Celebration of Vintage BaseballWBIR-TV, April 10th
Celebration of Vintage Baseball. April 10, 2015 Live at Five at 4 Vintage Baseball will be opening their season at Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike, on April 10th with a Celebration of Vintage Baseball from 7PM to 9PM. Games at Ramsey ...Read more
Bisbee vintage baseball tournament, 4/11-12azcentral.com, April 8th
Members of the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League, like the Tempe Tip-Tops, will play ball as it would have been played in 1860 during the Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament. (Photo: Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball ...Read more
Albuquerque man's $100000 baseball collection stolenKRQE News 13, April 3rd
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man who collects baseball memorabilia knew something was amiss when his Babe Ruth autographed baseball was missing from its hiding spot. Only two people knew where he hid it: his wife and his daughter...Read more
Private baseball collection open to the public for weekendWKRC TV Cincinnati, April 3rd
PLEASANT RIDGE, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- Some call it the greatest collection of baseball memorabilia outside Cooperstown. And you've probably driven passed it and didn't know it. The Green Diamond Gallery is a private club but the weekend of April 3, ...Read more
Vintage baseball at Historic Ramsey HouseThe Daily Times, April 2nd
Vintage Baseball will be opening its season at the Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike in Knoxville on April 10 with a Celebration of Vintage Baseball, from 7 to 9 p.m. This is an opportunity for all to meet the Vintage Baseball players, Knox...Read more
Tommy Bahama Announces 2015 Major League Baseball CollectionPR Newswire (press release), April 2nd
SEATTLE, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Tommy Bahama is back with its highly successful line of officially licensed MLB apparel for the 2015 Major League Baseball season. The rollout of product includes the eagerly anticipated San Francisco Giants 2014 ...Read more