View Full Version : 1885 NL Constitution

05-12-2007, 09:33 PM
Posted By: <b>T206Collector</b><p>I picked this up on Ebay about 6 or 7 years ago. I don't remember what I paid, and I haven't seen another since. Anybody have any idea of the scarcity and/or value of this item?<br /><br /><a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c322/T206Collector/Sales/1885NLConstitution.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a><br /><br />

05-12-2007, 09:41 PM
Posted By: <b>Dan Bretta</b><p>From the November 2006 Hunt's auction:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.huntauctions.com/online/imageviewer.cfm?auction_num=29&lot_num=850&lot_qual" target="_new" rel="nofollow">http://www.huntauctions.com/online/imageviewer.cfm?auction_num=29&lot_num=850&lot_qual</a>=<br /><br />The one in the closed auction sold for $200 and is in better shape than yours so I would guess yours to be around $150.

05-12-2007, 11:27 PM
Posted By: <b>T206Collector</b><p>...for the info.

05-13-2007, 10:12 AM
Posted By: <b>barrysloate</b><p>Constitutions become rare and desirable the older they get. Ones from the 1870's and 1880's are not too expensive. Those from the 1865-70 era, which show up once in a while, can run $500 or more.<br /><br />Civil War era ones are quite rare and expensive, and anything pre 1860 is usually in the unique or near unique category. I have an 1859 one from the NAABP (National Association of Amateur Baseball Players) which is the only one from that year I have ever seen.<br /><br />And there are two types- team and league ones. Team ones tend to be rarer, and the more famous the team, the more desirable.<br /><br />One of our board members has a unique 1848 Knickerbocker BBC Constitution, and the recently auctioned 1838 Olympics one. Those are unquestionably the two best known in the hobby.

05-14-2007, 10:40 PM
Posted By: <b>Jason Mishelow</b><p>There is a 1876 constitution up on ebay and its had attracted a flury of early bidding- 17 bids over 600 and 8 days left <br /><br />

05-14-2007, 11:30 PM
Posted By: <b>Dan Bretta</b><p>1876 is the first year for the National League which is why that one is so much more valuable than the other NL volumes.