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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...
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Last edited by 1998 SPx; 03-16-2017 at 01:16 PM.
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^^^ like u said, the historical part about how the business/sport was run then is very unique. Great piece.
Will Clark / Mike Brown Collector
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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.
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.