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    Quote Originally Posted by Musial Collector View Post
    Sold off the Cuddyer card collection, only collect full game used now.
    Here is my favorite piece/s:
    Combo Home Run Bat and Ball
    Will try and make this short....
    Date is June 9th, 2011. We were at the Twins game sitting in the Right Field stands. I had brought my camera with to take some pictures of Cuddyer that night. Got some shots of him in RF and up to bat. In the 5th inning Cuddyer crushed a ball to deep center field, a 3 Run HR into the bullpen.
    Fast forward to mid August. At a Saturday afternoon game and in between innings I decide to go to the pro shop to check out what Cuddyer items the have today. The shop had about 4-5 game used bats of his. It seemed that nearly every game, Cuddy busted a bat. I picked thru them and decided I would purchase one, on a whim I picked the one with the most pinetar and it had some infield dirt and grass stuck to it. On the way home I decided to look up the MLB holo number to see when it was from, amazingly enough, it was from the game on June 9th. I thought to myself, thats cool, we were at that game, cool to have a bat from a game we were at.
    Fast forward again to the beginning of September. Cuddyer was a big supporter of a local charity Cheerful Givers. In their annual fall auction, they had a couple of Cuddyer items, one of which stood out. It was a Home Run ball....THE Home Run ball from the June 9th game, autographed and Fully Inscribed. When I saw this, I knew I was going to win the ball at any cost. At that point, it also triggered something with me, the bat.....I took pictures at the game.....could the bat be the Home Run bat??? I quickly opened up my image files from that game, zoomed in on the bat during his at bats, pulled out the gamer I bought, compared the bat in hand to the bat in the images I had taken, sure enough, the wood grain matched up exactly on both. I had the Home Run bat from that game!!! I ended up winning the ball for a great price, so here it is, a Home Run Bat and Ball combo of Cuddyer (note I have since had the bat signed and inscribed with the same inscription as the ball).............

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    That's an insane story, absolutely insane. Especially coming from someone who collect's Cuddyer to 1) be at that game 2) find the gu bat from that game 3) find the hr ball from that game!. If you can match up the wood grain, can you match up the scuff mark the ball made when he hit the hr?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musial Collector View Post
    Sold off the Cuddyer card collection, only collect full game used now.
    Here is my favorite piece/s:
    Combo Home Run Bat and Ball
    Will try and make this short....
    Date is June 9th, 2011. We were at the Twins game sitting in the Right Field stands. I had brought my camera with to take some pictures of Cuddyer that night. Got some shots of him in RF and up to bat. In the 5th inning Cuddyer crushed a ball to deep center field, a 3 Run HR into the bullpen.
    Fast forward to mid August. At a Saturday afternoon game and in between innings I decide to go to the pro shop to check out what Cuddyer items the have today. The shop had about 4-5 game used bats of his. It seemed that nearly every game, Cuddy busted a bat. I picked thru them and decided I would purchase one, on a whim I picked the one with the most pinetar and it had some infield dirt and grass stuck to it. On the way home I decided to look up the MLB holo number to see when it was from, amazingly enough, it was from the game on June 9th. I thought to myself, thats cool, we were at that game, cool to have a bat from a game we were at.
    Fast forward again to the beginning of September. Cuddyer was a big supporter of a local charity Cheerful Givers. In their annual fall auction, they had a couple of Cuddyer items, one of which stood out. It was a Home Run ball....THE Home Run ball from the June 9th game, autographed and Fully Inscribed. When I saw this, I knew I was going to win the ball at any cost. At that point, it also triggered something with me, the bat.....I took pictures at the game.....could the bat be the Home Run bat??? I quickly opened up my image files from that game, zoomed in on the bat during his at bats, pulled out the gamer I bought, compared the bat in hand to the bat in the images I had taken, sure enough, the wood grain matched up exactly on both. I had the Home Run bat from that game!!! I ended up winning the ball for a great price, so here it is, a Home Run Bat and Ball combo of Cuddyer (note I have since had the bat signed and inscribed with the same inscription as the ball).............

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    This thread has got me asking myself what could be the jewel of my collection. I've got an awful lot of stuff and I'm not sure I can really choose one. Among my favorites are my framed Ty Cobb autographed cut...
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    or possibly this piece...

    One part of my collection is focused on deadball era stuff, mainly T206 cards or autographs from the players in the set. I've got a few handwritten letters, but one stands out to me.

    "Big" Ed Konetchy made his debut with St. Louis in 1907 and became known for excellent fieldwork and his speed on the basepaths. He hit over .300 four different times during his career.
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    Ed was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin and, once his playing days were over, he would become the manager of the La Crosse Blackhawks club of the Wisconsin State League. This hand written letter dated February 2, 1940 shows a glimpse into how players made baseball teams back then. It was a different era, to say the least.
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    It reads..
    Mr. Dugan
    Dear Sir:

    You have been recommended to me as a good ball player, by a man by the name of Robert E. Bates of your city. Now Mr. Dugan we will be very glad to have you come and try out with us. You of course understand that you will have to pay your own expenses during the training season and if you make good we will reimburse you for your room and board during that time. We will start training here about Apr. 15 and the season will start on May 9th.
    Tell Mr. Bates I have written you.
    Let me hear from you.
    Respectfully,
    Ed J Konetchy
    1000 Redfield St.
    La Crosse, Wis

    Shortly after acquiring this letter, I somehow stumbled across a photo from 1941, showing the league championship team from 1940. I'm sad to report, it appears that our boy Dugan, did not "make good".
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    This isn't the most expensive item in my collection, but the historical perspective strikes a chord with me. To date, a total of five Konetchy autographs are known to exist.
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    ^^^ like u said, the historical part about how the business/sport was run then is very unique. Great piece.

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    1910 E125 American Caramel Die Cut:





    Due to their size, it is generally accepted that these were issued inside boxes of caramels. My favorite aspect of the set is that they were printed in my hometown of Lowell, MA.
    Collecting Pre-1958 Type Cards.

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    Impossible to pick a single item, as my collecting interest has been somewhat diverse over the years. I would even have a hard time picking favorites from each the many themed areas of my collection. I can't even pick a single Steve Garvey item to favor above the rest. Then again, maybe that is a bad example, as that area of my collection is so extensive and varied.

    I can't think of anything over the top. I have always tried to maintain a relatively modest level of spending on any single item, although I have had no issue buying many, many lower end items collectively, which is probably why nothing stands out head and shoulders above the rest.

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