Historic 1855 Baseball Document Offered by Goldin Auctions

Goldin Auction’s Summer Auction Open Today – Ends July 19thIn the 2013 Goldin Auctions Summer Spectacular, one fortunate collector will have the chance to own an extremely important and exceedingly rare document, the constitution and by-laws from the Excelsior Base Ball Club of Brooklyn – one the most prominent teams of the mid-19th Century. This book is available for purchase, along with Excelsior over 1,150 lots of collectables from June 17 to July 19, 2013 at www.GoldinAuctions.com.

“This historic document, which was created six years before the Civil War, documents the founding of one of baseball’s first professional baseball teams,” said Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown has a similar publication dated 1856, a year after this one. Books such as these are significant to memorabilia collectors and baseball historians alike and we are honored to make this historical document available for purchase. This is, without doubt, a museum quality piece that will soon become an important centerpiece in an advanced collection.”

The Excelsior Base Ball Club of Brooklyn was one of the most prominent teams of the mid-19th Century and would later include Jim Creighton on its roster — considered by many to be one of the most important players not in the Hall of Fame. The names of those associated with the club have been hand written in script on the inside back cover (presumably by a team member who owned the book) and are period correct; the first name on the list being that of N. J. Tappan who was the club’s first President. The names are of the six officers and directors of the club along with, from what we can ascertain, the original 14 members of the club. The book also includes rules of baseball as well as important information about the team.

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The book is a newly discovered find from a recent estate sale in New York within a box of documents including 18th and 19th century land grants. It was owned by a descendent from one of the team members and has been stored away for more than 150 years. The book has survived time in tremendous condition with only a relatively small stain near the top edge of the front cover. The gilt edges seem to be in the same condition that they were when this book was produced. The spine of the book, along with the 100% intact pages contained within the16-page book, maintain the highest level of integrity.

For a look at the actual listing for this rare item CLICK HERE.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame, who was helpful in authenticating this book and confirming it as the earliest known would welcome it into their Museum if the winning bidder was so inclined as to make a donation of it.

The 2013 Goldin Auctions Summer Spectacular presents more than 1,150 lots of rare and unique sports, historic and Americana memorabilia from some of the biggest stars including Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter, Mike Tyson, Jackie Robinson and more. Among the highlights are: six lots from the family of Kobe Bryant including two high school game worn uniforms, a pair of 2000 Lakers championship rings and Kobe’s 2000 NBA All Star Game ring; a Jackie Robinson game-used bat from his 1949 MVP season; more than 20 items from “Iron” Mike Tyson; and a Derek Jeter collection of more than 30 incredible items.

Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. Earlier this year, Goldin Auctions sold a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $2.1 million. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. All game worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.

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