Million Dollar Boston Red Stockings Baseball Archive | Antiques Roadshow


GUEST: Well, back in 1871, my great-great-grandmother
had a boardinghouse in Boston, and she housed the Boston baseball team. Most of them had come from the Cincinnati
Red Stockings and were among the first to be paid to play baseball. APPRAISER: Do you know what they were paid
in those days, the first professional teams? GUEST: Well, I know the Cincinnati Reds, the
first… $9,300 I read was the entire payroll for the
baseball team at that time. APPRAISER: Now, all these cards went to your
great-grandfather? That’s how he got them and they got handed
down to you? GUEST: Yeah, apparently he collected them,
and he unfortunately cut them down to fit this little album, so they’re all slightly
askew. And the thing that’s special, in addition
to the cards, is this letter, and they all wrote a little sentence and signed it. APPRAISER: They must have really loved her. I’m sure she did the cooking, the cleaning
for them. Because if you read some of these lines here:
“I am just going upstairs to supper and feel awful hungry, “but do not expect much, poor
meals here, too hungry to say anymore, Harry Wright.” Here we have, “Would that we were home again,
“my sentiments have been expressed “in the above paragraphs; big meals. A.G. Spalding.” Well, what you have here are some of the earliest
known 1871 photographic baseball cards. Harry Wright here and his brother George Wright
is here. You know, these were the original Wright brothers. Also Albert Spalding. Now, Spalding is a very familiar name, isn’t
it? GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: He was the first well-known player
to use a fielding glove. And what did he build from that? A sporting goods empire. We have never seen these cards before. To have this letter with Harry Wright and
Spalding on it is tremendous. To have anything with their signatures on
it is phenomenal because again, you’re talking about the precursor to the National and American
leagues. So, that all said, you’re going to keep them
in the family, right? GUEST: I want to, yes. APPRAISER: Okay, now I’m going to value this
as an archive, everything here. If you’re going to insure it, I would insure
it for at least $1 million. GUEST: Are you serious?! Oh, my. (chuckles) Holy smokes. APPRAISER: (choking up): It is the greatest
archive I have ever had at the ROADSHOW. GUEST: Really? Holy smokes. Guess I better put it in a bank vault. APPRAISER: I have to say, you have hit a grand
slam today.

100 thoughts on “Million Dollar Boston Red Stockings Baseball Archive | Antiques Roadshow

  1. The fact that most these people have know idea of the 'significance or value' to the items they take to the roadshow, just goes to show how much they don't deserve them!

  2. Id like to keep it in the family , I'd insure it for no less than 1million, who wants the fucker not where do I sign.

  3. The important thing is the provenance….That can increase the value upwards of 30%….And she has provence galore!!!

  4. The cards should be slabbed by PSA, for protection alone. Possibly some of the documents too. Incredible collection

  5. Me: Granny we got to sell this!!..we got to get that mill granny you not getting younger and I'm in debt..I need that.

  6. i seen her values and when antique roadshow has vintage shows she is dead on from episodes 15 years ago…she knows her stuff unlike the few idiots who make commets here who don't know what they are talking about..

  7. Insured at a million. Doesn’t mean it would ever sell for a million. That ladies guess is as good as anyone’s what it would go for at auction.

  8. That is something that should never be sold, not for 1 million maybe 10 million to be honest and more. Everything has a price, but that, that is some family history thats hard to part with

  9. I hate when appraisers throw around big "insurance" numbers for dramatic effect. That appraiser is a good one though.

  10. i just found my long lost Nan, she owes me for all those missed birthdays and Christmas's, ok i will take the dorky cards if that is all you have.

  11. Bank vault my eye. I would put this up for sale immediately. They're not going to do her any good at her age. Unless, she plans to hand them down to family.

  12. Unbelievable to think how fate just happens upon some people to come across their family's old antiques that can amount to such value. And to think that there could be millions of dollars worth of "worthless" items being thrown out after family deaths, yard sales, and the like every year.

  13. Provenance, Provenance, Provenance…Nothing jacks up the value like verifiable Provenance which those letters do..Plus, she even has the Team Card, for icing on the cake…

  14. Did they actually stick pins through these cards to display them here or did they mount them on there in some other way?

  15. lol a 1 million valuation and still the "experts" in comments are saying it is too low. Then go offer her 2 million for them!

  16. “Guess I better put it in a bank vault.” ??? Why not auction them off and put the money into a bank vault! I never understand people that are so stubborn and uptight about clenching on to artifacts this valuable. I could understand if they were a few thousand, but a million? Even putting aside the payout, I wouldn’t want the responsibility and stress of keeping such a valuable collection safe… and if I stored them away in some super safe vault, then no one would ever enjoy them! Just unclench and let them go to the safety of a museum where everyone benefits – You get the payout, they stay safe, and your family can still enjoy them worry free by visiting the museum.

  17. Provenance, Provenance, Provenance…It can add 1/3 to the total value..And she's got that in golden spades…That's why it is worth 1m..

  18. Mr Beast will buy it, cut it into a million pieces, and then eat a piece at a time while saying ‘Bill Bucker’ backwards for 24 hours.

  19. Why do the Americans so often express doubting disbelief at the high valuation? "Are you SERIOUS?" Just once, I wish the appraiser would reply "No, not serious. It's worthless.

  20. Lets see, insure it for 1 million, fair enough, house is worth 60,000, other household items maybe another 60,000, fire brigade gets called out to a house fire, thats 880,000 profit, granny takes family to acapulco!

  21. Holy moly….what a trove which belongs in a public museum and not necessarily at Fenway. God bless hoarders !

  22. "I guess I better put it in a bank vault." Bank of America has been emptying bank vaults with no explanation so do NOT trust the banks. Research it. Avoid trusting Bank of America or any other bank that could steal your assets.

  23. Some of you may or may not know this, but these are all in reference to the Boston Red Stockings, which is not to be confused with the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Stockings, as the lady mentioned, originated as the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869 but did not play in 1870 due to financial reasons. Players from the Cincinnati Red Stockings then went to Boston in search of work, and the Boston Red Stockings were then born in 1871. The name changed in 1876 to the Boston Red Caps, because Cincinnnati continued with the Red Stockings as their name and the two teams, both charter members of the new National League, both couldn't be called the Red Stockings. The Boston Red Sox were charter members of the new American League, which first played in 1901. The Boston Braves played for 82 years in Boston, 13 in Milwaukee and the last 54 in Atlanta. The Boston Braves actually played and won their first World Series in 1914, and played the series in Fenway Park because it could hold more fans than the old South End Grounds. So, it's kind of interesting that the Reds, Braves and Red Sox are all sort of connected in one way or another.

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