View Full Version : Memorabilia Gallery: Your favorite item

02-01-2006, 03:30 PM
Post a pic of your favorite item from your collection and explain why it's your favorite.

This 1887 Old Judge Brouthers card was given to me by my dad sometime in the mid 1980's and it completely changed my idea of what collecting baseball cards was all about. He convinced me that hoarding Jose Canseco rookie cards was a bad idea so I ditched ALL of my modern baseball cards and started seeking out the older cards which eventually led to my interest in memorabilia. btw it's skinned and a little rough, but it's still the one thing in my collection that I will NEVER sell.

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02-01-2006, 03:54 PM
That is a very good bu extremely difficult question. It's almost like asking me which child I love most. I would say it's my ball knob Piper bat. I have always loved mushrooms and didn't think I would ever find one. My first was a Pennant brand from an antique shop, the second was a Spalding from Ebay, then a D&M and the Piper from a close friend and fellow collector (thanks Don). I wouldn't want to part with any of them.

Next is my Trophy brand radio baseball. For eye appeal they are tough to beat. They really speek to the value placed on baseball back in the day.

After that I would say my 53 Bowman Pee Wee Reese because it is a true work of art that took me years to acquire when I was younger.

Rob L
02-01-2006, 05:00 PM
Wow, the items in my collection range from the 1840s to 2005, so this is tough. I guess my favorite items would be the 19th century items (although my 1934 Yankees signed ball and 1933 World Series Senator signed ball with Walter Johnson are up there). My choices include:

1. c1840s-1850s townball bat. This bat is flat sided and as I have found out from the recent Smithosian baseball book, made from an axe handle.

2. Belt baseball, likely used to play townball. This ball is pretty small but in awesome condition.

4. Leslies Illustrated. 1865 Woodcut with memorial to Jim Creighton. I'm sure this is the only way I would ever be able to obtain Creighton memorabilia and it wasn't easy.

3. Montpelier, VT cabinets. I picked up the cabinet of the ball player a couple of years ago for $19.00. About a year later, the cabinet of a team from Montpelier, VT was on ebay. The cabinets are from the same photography studio and some have looked at the individual player and said he was in the team photo (i'm not so sure).

Rob L

02-01-2006, 09:15 PM
I'd like to share my favorite piece of memorablia from my small collection. This is the original drawing from Osborne Engineering of Ohio. It is the plaque that still stands by GATE A in Fenway Park in Boston. Erected in 1934. I've provided two photos for you to enjoy.


02-01-2006, 10:01 PM
here are pics of my 2 favorite gloves. the a2000 was mine growing up and i'll never part with it - it's a such a great glove. the other is a glove made by the Wilco Co. - one of my favorite bands is called Wilco so I always though this was pretty cool. I've never seen any other items by this company - if anyone has some, let me know! this hutch basketball box is also really cool - the picture doesn't do the colors justice - it is a gem!

02-02-2006, 09:06 PM
I'm a uniform guy so I'd be remiss if I didn't pick a uniform

My favorite is this TOC Spalding


My 2nd favorite is this Lafayette College uniform (I chronicled the story behind his one on the GUF last year).


02-04-2006, 12:49 AM
Hmmm, that's is a tough one. I collect early team scorebooks and I could go with just about any of those. However, a set of eleven circa 1867 cabinet photos probably squeezes them out. The players are all identified as well as their positions. Here's three of them:


Rob M.