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MississippiRed
07-03-2008, 09:26 AM
I have a baseball card my father-in-law found in a box of his father-in-law's stuff. Anybody recognize this player? If you know about cards, can you tell me about this one or send me to a site where I can find out about it?

Roy Tucker
07-03-2008, 09:34 AM
http://www.vintagecardprices.com/card-profile/34508/1909-White-Borders-Common-Back-Brown-Chicago-NatL-57-Baseball-Card-Value-Prices.htm

Johnny Footstool
07-03-2008, 09:47 AM
I guess I hadn't imagined that "M. Brown" was actually Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown. Wow.

Cyclone792
07-03-2008, 09:51 AM
That card is likely worth at least a couple hundred dollars. If it's in good condition or better, it could be worth substantially more than that.

westofyou
07-03-2008, 10:05 AM
Heres' a confirmation and some others for Brown.

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/f?bbcards:0:./temp/~ammem_sYfo:

MrCinatit
07-03-2008, 10:07 AM
A very nice card - I've got one myself.
eBay has a couple of them listed in their "Buy it Now" listing, both listed under "good" (which is basically a low-medium rating).
This guy is one of the better dealers around - his prices are usually somewhat accurate (http://cgi.ebay.com/1909-11-T206-T-206-MORDECAI-BROWN-CUBS-VG_W0QQitemZ330061530966QQihZ014QQcategoryZ86840QQ rdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638 Q2em118Q2el1247).

Another card, by the same dealer. (http://cgi.ebay.com/1909-11-T206-T-206-BROWN-MORDECAI-GD-VG-VG-POLAR-BEAR_W0QQitemZ350049318885QQihZ022QQcategoryZ86840 QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem)

SteelSD
07-03-2008, 10:13 AM
Even T206 common cards are rarities so it's a real treat to actually find a star, much less a Hall-of-Famer. As Cyclone noted, price is condition-sensitive. There appears to be one crease on the right of the card and a couple at the lower corners, and possibly some discoloration at the top (unless that's just compression artifacting). Need to see the corners though to hazard a guess at a real grade.

MississippiRed
07-03-2008, 10:20 AM
Thanks, guys. Mordecai crossed my mind, but whole vintage card thing is way out of my area of expertise.

reds1869
07-06-2008, 11:07 PM
Beckett lists the high book value as $350 (low $150). Value aside, that's a spectacular find and very well preserved!

Deepred05
07-07-2008, 04:59 PM
Very nice card. A friend of mine has a two page letter written by Cy Young to his grandmother. Not sure if there is any value there, but I offered him a thousand for it. He promptly turned it down.

dougdirt
07-07-2008, 05:07 PM
Very nice card. A friend of mine has a two page letter written by Cy Young to his grandmother. Not sure if there is any value there, but I offered him a thousand for it. He promptly turned it down.

If it has his signature on it, it has plenty of value :thumbup:

Deepred05
07-07-2008, 05:31 PM
If it has his signature on it, it has plenty of value :thumbup:

He signed it. It was written in his senior years while he was living in a nursing home. The grandmother had written him in hopes of visiting him, but he did not want to be remembered like he was at the time. It was a touching letter, although the handwriting was very shaky. At the time I fancied myself a collector, but the truth is a thousand dollars was a lot of money to me at the time. If I had any money at all, I would have offered ten thousand.