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Short History of Baseball


Yankees vs. Mummies
The Mills Commission was a group created to determine the “paternity” of baseball. As previously stated, it concluded that Abner Doubleday did, indeed, invent baseball.
Well, with all due respect to the Commission, Abner may have invented American baseball, but the cry of “batter up” was probably first been heard around 4,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia.
We weren’t there for Opening Day, but we hear that the ancient Egyptians are the earliest people to have fooled around with bats and balls. Pharaohs played seker-hemat, which is loosely translated as “batting the ball.” We surmise they used their priests as catchers. Who else would have the patience to endure getting “nailed” by King Tut’s wild pitches
day after day?
The game may have been different, but the “heart” was the same. Baseball, then and now, reminds us of “renewal” each spring. We can identify with, and are inspired by the achievements of baseballs’ heroic figures. Consequently, baseball has become a conduit for national and even political loyalty.
Did you think baseball was just about strikes and balls? Think again.
It’s the stuff that dreams – and Fields of Dreams – are made of.
Sidebar: More than Just a Game Batting the ball was part of religious ceremonies in Egypt…and perhaps that’s the origin of our “religion” of baseball! On the other hand, maybe the Egyptians invented the “other” baseball game-the one played in England. Since they loved beetles, bugs, and scarabs, and even made jewelry out of them, doesn’t it make sense they would have invented a game called…CRICKET!

This story is an excerpt from: “Betcha Didn’t Know That! 101 Antiques and Collectibles Trivia Tips That Can Make You Rich, Famous, and Hit of the Party, Volume One”                       by Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes

This article borrowed with permission from my friends Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes

Tobacco card

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A Bonus For Honus
By: Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes
Baseball cards. You can collect ’em… You can swap ’em… And you can sell’em for BIG bucks — if you know what to look for.
The “mother” of all baseball cards is the Honus Wagner T-206 tobacco card. One was sold
on eBay recently for $1.1 million! Tobacco card? That’s right tobacco!
The first baseball cards didn’t come with chewing gum for the kiddies, folks. They were
used to promote tobacco products to the big boys.
In the late 1800’s, “trade cards” were used by merchants and salesmen to advertise their
wares and their store addresses. The cards were attractive and eye-catching…not to mention free…so they immediately became collectibles.
And speaking of phenomenon, let’s get back to our man behind the plate… John Peter
“Honus” Wagner — known as “The Flying Dutchman” — is considered one of the greatest
shortstops in history. He was one of the first five players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Honus is a baseball great, but it’s not his maneuvering between the bags that make the Wagner T206 tobacco card the Mona Lisa of baseball cards. It’s their rarity.
Why so rare??
It seems Honus objected to the use of his name to promote smoking, without being properly compensated. He demanded that the manufacturer — the American Tobacco Company — stop production.
They’re as rare as a triple play! Only 50 or 60 Honus Wagner cards were ever distributed.
Peck and Snyder
You’ve heard of Sears and Roebuck, Abraham and Strauss, Brian and Leon…but do you
know Peck and Snyder? P&S manufactured baseball equipment after the Civil War and advertised their products with trade cards featuring prominent baseball players of the day. P&S’s cards were different from today’s trading cards that carry no advertising, just pix and stats.
This article is an excerpt from the new book: Betcha Didn’t Know That! 101 Antiques and
Collectibles Trivia Tips That Can Make You Rich, Famous, and the Hit of the Party, Volume 1.
It is reprinted here with the permission of the authors Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes.
Leon and Brian are the hosts of “Value This! With Brian And Leon,” a weekly radio antiques and collectibles call-in show. Learn more about antiques and collectibles and get a free report:

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