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Old 10-22-2011, 02:39 PM
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Well, the latest Hake's Auction has now been open for a total of three days and already the prices of all key Negro League items are extremely strong. The premium items that they keep bringing out are just incredible. But........what ever happened to the old bidding startegy where you wait until the proverbial "last minute" to place your serious bids?

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Old 10-22-2011, 02:46 PM
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Looks like it's taken a back seat to the new strategy of "no one else bother bidding on these items, they are mine."
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Phil is right; I've noted that trend too on some items. IMO, a source of it is that with 10% incremental bidding plus a BP you can play "king of the mountain" at certain price points that you think may be sticking points for other bidders. I know I will sometimes calculate the closest bid to my maximum price on an item and then occupy that price level early in the auction with my max bid. That way I need not worry about making that last incremental bid because I know that the bid that tops me is going to put the item well outside my price range were I to make a responsive bid [a 10% increment plus 15% BP is an 11.5% price raise. To top that I'd have to be willing to pay nearly 25% over my top bid, and it is rare that I would be willing to do that]. If two bidders apply a similar strategy, prices can rise very fast.

And yes, I do need to get out more...
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Exactly, Jeff. Not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing for me when the necessity of staying up all night on the final day of an auction is eliminated by day three of a three week auction...............
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Anyone know who Richard Merkin is?
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:37 PM
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He's the guy who consigned a bunch of stuff to Hake's auction.
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Long time collector and eccentric artist who died in 2009.
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He was an artist and is one of the guys pictured on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album cover. In addition to sports memorabilia, he evidently had quite the vintage porn collection. He died a couple of years ago.
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In addition to sports memorabilia, he evidently had quite the vintage porn collection.
Sounds like my kind of guy...

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Old 10-23-2011, 06:48 PM
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Thanks. He sure put together a nice collection. Of cards, that is.
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Well, the latest Hake's Auction has now been open for a total of three days and already the prices of all key Negro League items are extremely strong. The premium items that they keep bringing out are just incredible. But........what ever happened to the old bidding startegy where you wait until the proverbial "last minute" to place your serious bids?
Phil, don't you figure this may be the same collector that was discussed last year, regarding Hake's Negro League stuff? Think someone on here knew who it was, and said he was a long-time, "serious" collector. Probably too old to be well schooled in all of our silly internet sniping schemes, and too rich to have to be!
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I wish auction houses would do a bit more research before exposing their descriptions. The following is a great postcard, but Hake's logic that it dates to 1904, based on the Chicago Union Giants having become the Leland Giants by 1905, is just wrong. I have only researched a limited time period, but the Union Giants were right there in Chicago with the rest of the black city teams, 1909-1912.

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Kind of my thoughts as well, Ken.
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As everyone should now be aware of, Hake's not only does research before offering items in the auction but will make the needed changes if other information if presented after the fact and it is warranted. We strive for accuracy in all we offer (and have since 1967) but when dealing with certain subject matter where exact info/records are not readily available, if at all, it can be a difficult situation. In the case of this postcard we used info on the Negro League Baseball Players Association site nlbpa.com, which one would assume is a good source for such information. Regardless, the date we state and the date being proposed are not decades apart and does not seem to be a major issue either way. For those who have never worked on an auction catalog, 3,000+ items is a massive undertaking and we do our very best to present all in an accurate manner, but mistakes will happen. However, we always listen to what outside sources have to say.
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edited: My post kind of went overboard. This period of history is something that interests me, so I hate to see erroneous information published. That website that Hake's mentioned is really the problem - the info there looks valid, so now it's getting disseminated. The issue wasn't that Leland renamed his team - he did; but rather that the website indicated that the Union Giants only existed through 1904 - Peters took over that name sometime after 1904, probably 1905, but I can't verify without researching further. I've only verified 1909-1913.

This all probably sounds very esoteric, but it's history.
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Here's the website that Alex used: http://nlbpa.com/chicago_union_giants.html

I hate to risk offending anyone here who might have been involved in the creation of that website, but... WTF? They didn't even check for typos - Colmbia?

The 'Leland Giants' page also has errors (e.g-Leland's team became the Chicago Giants in 1910, not 1911.

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Doesn't the divided back date the pc to 1907 at the earliest?
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Doesn't the divided back date the pc to 1907 at the earliest?
I don't know - I just collect them for the pretty pictures (seriously)

My concern over this lot was simply the statement: "This historic card dates to 1904." I see no evidence that warrants making such a claim, and because most of the black baseball postcards we've seen date closer to the 1908-12 range, it's significant.

I know I'm a troublemaker, but I've made a few calls that had to be made. Anyone remember the cap on the left?

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Well, at the very least I commend them for removing the not "Buck Leonard" postcard from their auction until they can determine who the postcard actually depicts. That was obviously the right thing to do.
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Well, at the very least I commend them for removing the not "Buck Leonard" postcard from their auction until they can determine who the postcard actually depicts. That was obviously the right thing to do.
Agreed. This stuff happens all the time, and the good thing is that there is no malicious intent. Hake's did due diligence, found what looked like reputable information, and used it in their lot description. It all seems reasonable to me.

I need to add one more thing: According to what looks like a reputable source to me (I have the book and it's loaded with footnotes, but I don't have time to verify them), the Chicago Union Giants formed "the following season" after 1900 (so, 1901). I know from my own research (viewing actual Chicago newspapers) that they were around as late as 1913.

Without considering other factors, such as the make of the automobiles in the postcard (there's one in the back that you auto experts might be able to date), and characteristics of the back of the card (not my area of expertise), the team in question existed from 1901 until at least 1913, so this card could certainly be from 1904.
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Thanks to Scott for all of his help and knowledge in this matter. While we may never know an exact year of the postcard, we now have a definitive time frame in which to work with. Nice to see a positive outcome.
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Yes, March of 1907 for postcards that were to be used int he U.S. As far as I know, that is pretty black and white.

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Yes, March of 1907 for postcards that were to be used int he U.S. As far as I know, that is pretty black and white.
The "AZO" stampbox mark on the back with 4 triangles pointing upward was first used by the company in 1904. This comes from the standardized real photo postcard documenting chart.
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This comes from the standardized real photo postcard documenting chart.
What does the chart say about the divided back?
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The "AZO" stampbox mark on the back with 4 triangles pointing upward was first used by the company in 1904. This comes from the standardized real photo postcard documenting chart.
FWIW, my book says that postcards with the stampbox that has four right side up "Triangles in Corners" were first used in September of 1907.

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Here's another perfect example of how seemingly legitimate information on well-crafted websites, can cause further confusion. If you google "Chicago Union Giants", you will find the following website. Very interesting reading, but has many facts that are just plain wrong: http://www.evansvillehistory.net/Baseball.htm

For instance, it states: "The Chicago Unions, sometimes called the Chicago Union Giants, or the Leland Giants was a team composed entirely of Black players from Chicago." And later in the essay, the author takes this self-proclaimed liberty when describing an 1898 game, referring to the 'Chicago Unions' as the 'Union Giants', when in fact there was not yet such a team.

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What does the chart say about the divided back?
Not sure why this point is being repeatedly ignored here...
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My understanding is that givided backs were legalized for US mail in 1907 when postal rules were liberalized to allow the writing of messages on the backs of postcards. An undivided back could be made any time; odds are that if the back is undivided and states that the back is for address only it is a pre-1908 card.
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