Monday, Jan. 5 at 7:00 pm on Ch.5.1
Appraisal of Boston Baseball Archive – $1,000,000!
Largest Sports Memorabilia Find In Series’ 19-Year History
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On Saturday, August 9, 2014, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW sports memorabilia specialist Leila Dunbar of Leila Dunbar Appraisals & Consulting, LLC appraised an archive of early Boston baseball memorabilia for $1,000,000. “This is the largest sports memorabilia find in the 19-year history of the series,” says Marsha Bemko, executive producer of the 12-time Emmy® Award nominated production of WGBH Boston.
The items were appraised at the Javits Convention Center in NYC during an all-day appraisal event for the series upcoming season. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’S New York City appraisal event—which marks the first time the series has taped in NYC since 2001— became three hours of NYC-based episodes, which kick off ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s 19th season, Monday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m. on Ch.5.1. (Episode descriptions are below.)
The archive is from the early 1870s and is comprised of baseball cards and a handwritten letter. The Roadshow guest inherited the archive from her great-great-grandmother, who ran a Boston boarding house that homed the 1871-1872 Boston Red Stockings team.
According to Roadshow appraiser Leila Dunbar, “The crown jewel is a May 1871 handwritten letter with envelope, written affectionately from the Red Stockings players to the owner if the boardinghouse where they were staying, telling her how much they missed her cooking, including separate notes from pioneering Hall of Famers Harry Wright, George Wright and Al Spalding; and a group of exceedingly rare early photographic baseball cards and cabinet card of players, including The Wrights and Spalding, of the 1871-1872 teams.” Albert Spalding went on to be the founder of the Spalding sporting goods empire.
True pioneers of baseball, the Boston Red Stockings, today the Atlanta Braves, is oldest Major League Baseball team in existence. While the collection has never been formally appraised, the owner was previously offered up to $5,000 to sell it. Dunbar appraised the entire archive for $1,000,000 insurance value.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: New York City (Hour One)
Monday, January 5 at 7:00 pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW hits a homerun in the premiere of season 19 with a treasure-filled visit to New York City and its largest sports memorabilia find ever! Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Eric Silver take a trip to the New-York Historical Society to discuss Frèdèric Auguste Bartholdi Statue of Liberty statuettes. Highlights include an unpublished Art Spiegelman book proposal, ca. 1974, that was positioned to become a sequel to his quotation book Whole Grains; a headboard from the set of The Godfather, Part II that was purchased for under $25; and an archive of rare photographic baseball cards with a handwritten letter from the 1871-1872 Boston Red Stockings, appraised at $1,000,000.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: New York City (Hour Two)
Monday, January 12 at 7:00 pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is in The Big Apple for the first time in 13 years, where host Mark L. Walberg heads to an iconic venue, the Apollo Theater, for a ROADSHOW “Most Wanted” segment. Highlights include a Tiffany Studios mosaic inkwell, ca. 1905, likely designed by Carol Driscoll; a show run from the Beatles’ first “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance along with an autographed photograph of the band; a Cartier Art Deco purse, ca. 1925 valued at $15,000-$20,000 (photo); and a Joseph Kleitsch oil painting, ca.1925, purchased by the owner’s father from Kleitsch’s widow for $100 and now valued at $500,000.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: New York City (Hour Three)
Monday, January 19 at 7:00 pm
In NYC, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Nicholas M. Dawes at the Salmagundi Club to learn about porcelain mugs created by former artist members. Highlights include a Tiffany presentation watch that was gifted to NYPD lieutenant Giuseppe Petrosino by the Italian government; a 1943 Irving Berlin manuscript that was discovered nestled in the pages of a photo album belonging to the family of the Columbia Records president; and a collection of rare 1903 American Beauty-backed tobacco baseball cards in pristine condition, appraised for $200,000.