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Old 08-12-2017, 03:52 AM
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Default Spalding Trophy Find at Alameda...

c1930 Spalding Tropy (2)

So last Sunday I hit the Alameda Point Antiques Fair about 6:20AM...Lot of times you go there and itís just lame...About 15 minutes into the show I said thereís a good vibe here today...little did I know how good...The first pick was a Schwinn bicycle shop coat...The guy certainly wasnít giving it away and I couldnít talk him down a cent...but Iím into cycling stuff and it was a very rare unusual find...and nice and clean...so I pulled the trigger...I couldnít even get him to throw in the manikin...

c1940 Schwinn Shop Coat

c1930 Spalding Tropy (1)

Afterwards I basically figured that was it for the day and was just going to finish the show and head to church...So I continued working my way up to the front isle by isle...back to front...So I stopped for a breakfast sandwich for a bit then continued on...So Iím walking along and to the right I see a table with a bunch of 70ish looking toys with boxes...and in the back of them I see a figure of baseball plaer sticking up level with the boxes...with two white plastic baseball player toys standing on the metal base next to it ...I immediately recognized the figure as the one on the Spalding Trophy...My first thought was someone had somehow removed the figure with the flat metal platform base he stands on from the rest of the trophy....as that was all I could see...So I ask the seller to see it and he pulls it up and WOW...it was complete wood base and all...So I ask the price and the guy says ------- I said how about ------ guy says no...and starts to pick it up and put it back...I said hold on and put my hand on the trophy to keep him from putting it back...so I paid his price and we made the deal...

c1930 Spalding Tropy (4)

So I said to him...how long have you had this...and how long was it on your table...said heíd had it a long time and that it had been out on his table since he first set up about 6:00AM...I bought it about 9:30AM...so it sat out there for about 3 1/2 hours and no one spotted it...that was the Lord!...All the clutter of the toys and the two plastic baseball player toys kind of camouflaged it....

c1930 Spalding Tropy (3)

I already have an example of the fielder...but I like this one better because of the Decatur Georgia reference...I may look for someone with the first baseman who wants to trade for a fielder one....In 17 or so years going to this show...besides the c1888 Bailey I go there back in 09'...this was the best piece I ever pulled out of the show
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:50 AM
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Fantastic find and story Carlton! This just goes to show, that treasure is waiting to be found by those who dare dig for it

As I drive around large cities I always wonder what amazing pieces those old houses must contain that the owners simply view as "old stuff" we have had for years. It seems particularly true for sports memorabilia. Baseball cards were a big enough story in the 80s that awareness has grown, but as for memorabilia...even antique dealers are clueless about most of it. For me, this is one of the reasons I enjoy this side of the hobby.

Great job buddy
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:51 AM
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:07 AM
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What's that 50's song by The Platters..."ONLY YOU". The only thing I ever find at a flee market are tube socks and velvet Elvis's. Congrats Carlton, great find.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:32 AM
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Awesome, Carlton. Congrats!
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:42 AM
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- I said how about ------ guy says no...and starts to pick it up and put it back...I said hold on and put my hand on the trophy to keep him from putting it back...so I paid his price and we made the deal...
Amazing find!

I just Googled that and had no idea the value of these trophy's.

Congrats on great P/U!
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:41 AM
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Wow! I know that exact trophy...or I should say I know "of" that exact trophy. I know the person who used to own it about 18 years ago and I recall when it sold with a large collection. He was from Atlanta. I'll see if I can find some pics from back then. Incredible! Carlton, did the guy mention how he got the trophy?
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Nice find Carlton! Love the story!!
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:16 AM
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Great find Carlton! Love the coat too
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:18 AM
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Awesome find!

This gives us an incentive to know that there are still some treasures still out there.
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