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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What's ComingThe Southern, March 7th
Independent baseball teams will be the subject with panelists Louise Ogg, Richard Cerny, Tom Dunn, Will Travelstead and Jeffery Craig of Clarkes Vintage Baseball Team. 618-893-2865 or 618-893-2567. Blood drive: 1-6 p.m. Monday, Cypress Grade School ...Read more
In the mood for Mexican decorVancouver Sun, March 7th
“This is my wife's pride and joy,” said Michael Miller, as he swung open a door leading off the kitchen. “It's true, I could live in here,” said Monica, whose eyes sparkle with enthusiasm at the mere mention of her tiny, perfect pantry. “This room was...Read more
Will LeitchSports On Earth, March 7th
That's why baseball cards are worth more than football cards, why that Honus Wagner card is going for a couple million bucks, why baseball memorabilia is much more valuable than football or basketball memorabilia. I had nothing to do with altering...Read more
Fayetteville celebrates connection to Babe RuthFayetteville Observer, March 6th
The festivities will continue at 11 am Saturday when a "vintage" baseball game will be played at Arnette Park using the rules and traditional uniforms of the 19th century. A legend is born. A rags-to-riches story began to unfold on Valentine's Day 1914...Read more
Fayetteville to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Babe Ruth's First Home Run ...Broadway World, March 6th
Also included are photographs of Fayetteville school and youth baseball teams. This exhibit will expand during the spring with baseball memorabilia and local golf history, coinciding with the men's and women's U.S. Open in Pinehurst this summer. Page 2 >>...Read more
Baseball memorabilia going up for auction in MaineHouston Chronicle, February 18th
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — An upcoming auction gives Civil War buffs and sports fans a chance to buy a piece of baseball history. Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford, which sold a 148-year-old baseball card last year, plans to auction Wednesday a ...Read more
New baseball collection at Central LibraryU-T San Diego, February 13th
New baseball collection at Central Library. Material is a treasure-trove of old score sheets, newspapers, media guides, yearbooks, programs. By John Maffei6:10 p.m.Feb. 13, 2014. ?. Print. ????. Comments -. A portion of the William J. Weiss Collection of ...Read more
Vintage baseball is topic of free session Feb.15 in Farmers BranchDallas Morning News, February 7th
Residents can learn vintage baseball rules from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Guests can familiarize themselves with vintage baseball and equipment and learn the rules and mechanics, including ...Read more