My Prized Piece of Baseball Memorabilia
by: Aron Wallad
Back in the day ...
I used to deal in baseball cards, and some baseball
memorabilia in the mid to late 1980's. Through an old
client I had the opportunity to sell a very rare piece
of baseball lore. The piece that I was fondest of was
a rare document signed by Harry Wright. A founding father
of the game. The document was a contract of some player
that was signed by Harry Wright, the manager, circa
1870. It was written on Cincinnati Red Stockings
I was impressed. I was so excited to be entrusted with
this rare artifact. I remember saying to myself.
Oh my god. You have got to be kidding.
I was astonished. I was in awe. I felt like I was let
into a special group.
I sold the piece in the range of $10,000 - $12,000
if memory serves me. But selling the piece did not compare
to the dreams I had about the contract.
Imagine, what it must have been like 130 years ago
on the ball field. The baggy uniforms, and the teeny
gloves for the players. The pitchers, hurling both games
of a double header was common practice and a home run
was a rarity. Boy has the game changed.
Handling that document made the early times of baseball
real for me. I visualized those men playing in those
old ballparks. I felt like I was part of that time.
I was having a dream. I was there, back in the late
1800's sitting in the stands. Smiling and watching baseball
- Back in the day.
Handling this artifact was like punching a time clock
and never punching out. I was in baseball memorabiliaville.
I can see why some people are so zealous about baseball
memorabilia. Their baseball fantasy made a lot more
sense to me after I sold this Harry Wright piece.
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