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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Bill Reid is a popular name around MoberlyColumbia Daily Tribune, December 6th
3's basement is an even bigger place for baseball memorabilia. It was No. 3 who took Ol' Clark to meet Joe Snodgrass, the project manager for the renovation of the Fourth Street Theatre, just around the corner from the clothing store. The theatre...Read more
United Way reminds residents the difference that one person can makeInsideHalton.com, December 6th
We have already partnered with the Burlington Bandits and Burlington Vintage Baseball. If you are a real estate agent, we have a fantastic opportunity for you to show that you support the community you service. Rally your family, friends, neighbours...Read more
VFW presented with vintage baseball jerseyValley Free Press, December 6th
VFW presented with vintage baseball jersey. Created: Friday, December 6, 2013 8:49 a.m. CST. Tweet. Text Size: AaAaAaAaAa. Sandwich Boys Baseball and T-Ball Association presented a vintage Sandwich baseball jersey to the local V.F.W. post. From left ...Read more
Home and Garden briefsSanta Rosa Press Democrat, December 5th
Ticketholders can visit a contemporary home in the redwoods that is a museum of “dangerous holiday toys,” vintage baseball memorabilia, antique Santa molds and Patrick Amiot sculptures. There's also a crafter's dream home and studio, a Craftsman-style ...Read more
Savage Featured Speaker at Bobby Dolan Baseball DinnerKOLO, December 4th
The night includes both a live and silent baseball memorabilia auction along with a draw down. For tickets call Kim Anastassatos at 775-682-6965 or email her at email@example.com. Savage, a native of Reno, started his coaching career as the pitching coach...Read more
Bob Shryock: 'Earl of Rapp' was also a baseball memorabilia collectorNJ.com, November 10th
Swedesboro's Earl Wellington Rapp, whose professional baseball nicknames included “Earl of Rapp,” is generally regarded as one of the best minor league hitters ever, evidence these startling Pacific Coast League numbers for the Oakland Oaks in the 1950 ...Read more
Mazeroski's baseball memorabilia collection brings in $1.7 million at auctionThe Republic, November 9th
Mazeroski's baseball memorabilia collection brings in $1.7 million at auction. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS November 09, 2013 - 3:45 pm EST. Share/Save/Bookmark. PITTSBURGH — The uniform that Bill Mazeroski wore when he hit a walk-off home run for the ...Read more
Largest signed-baseball collection on displayMiamiHerald.com, November 8th
New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle signed a baseball for Dennis Schrader in 1956, when Schrader was a 9-year-old boy attending a spring training game in Florida, leading to a lifelong obsession: He now has more than 4,600 signed baseballs, ...Read more