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

Many Mileposts in Life



Many Mileposts in Life

Do you remember watching those cartoons with mileposts that have more boards pointing in different directions than there is room on the post?

All of our lives we have mileposts that tell us how close we are to our location or maybe how far we still have in our journey. We have some mileposts in Pennsylvania that are made of stone about 6 inches square and stand about 3 feet above the ground. Sometimes these posts are engraved with a towns name or you may still see the town’s name painted on the side facing the town.

As we continue our life’s journey there are times that we have to find our location and see how close we are to the next location. Being a personal property appraiser it is our privilege to help people continue on their journey without losing their way.

Our Preservation Appraisal is a very important service we offer to our clients. We recommend first you get your will in order and then have a Preservation Appraisal done for you.

The benefit of the Preservation Appraisal by Unmatched Appraisal Services is that we will catalog your valuables. Then they will be listed in your appraisal report with photos, this way your heirs will not part out your valuables by having a yard sale. Thus your valuables will be preserved for future generations.

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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Proper Care of Taxidermy Mounts


Proper Care of Taxidermy Mounts


You wake up and it is still dark outside. As you stumble to get your hunting gear on and venture outside the cold fresh air gives your face a sharp kiss. When you get to your favorite hunting spot, that you spent so many hours researching, you follow the trail, in the dark to your tree stand. Hoisting yourself into your stand you start your hours of waiting for that special moment.

After almost falling asleep you glance the trail in front of you and there is a trophy larger than any you thought possible. After careful aim you successfully bagged your trophy.

The Taxidermist is done with your mount and you bring it home and hang it on the wall, and then invite your friends to show it off, and relive those special moments every time you tell the story.

Without proper care you can be causing the demise of your mount quicker than you think. By neglect or maybe with too much attention your mount’s life could be getting shorter, not longer.

With many years of experience cleaning trophy rooms, one thing has come to my attention, and that is dirt in a clean room.

I have seen some of the nicest trophy collections in gorgeous rooms that are clean.

But I can find spots in those rooms that are feeding grounds for harmful bugs.

These bugs love protein and any collection of dead bugs, spiders, or dirt, are a buffet for these harmful bugs.

These areas are neglected by most home owners, house- keepers, and cleaners.

From the floor the room looks clean, but climb a ladder and look around.

This spot could have been neglected since the house was built, or maybe yours gets cleaned with a thorough Spring cleaning.

Check out your own house and the area I’m talking about is on top of the molding at your doors and windows.

Get your vacuum out and suck these areas off and then wipe them down.

The accumulation of dead stuff is a snack bar for the same bugs that will eat your mounts.

I have seen these bugs leave bald spots on many mounts, I remember one collection of mounts, this owner had, two lions attacking a zebra and both lions had major damage and had to be replaced. There was also a full mount sheep that we repaired by carefully gluing the hair onto it before it fell away from the mount. This mount had so much glue on it we called it “Elmer”.

Mounts need to be maintained and preventive measures are always best before major damage occurs.

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