Player Discs from 1911 or 1913 Tin Litho Inside Baseball Game

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Player Discs from 1911 or 1913 Tin Litho Inside Baseball Game

arlenerobbins
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21 Jan 2018, 01:47 #1

My husband was a vintage toy and sports memorabilia collector and dealer. I recently sold the antique "Inside Baseball" game at auction, without the discs.
I have just found 17 of these discs in my husband's desk, with his note about what they are. (Thank goodness, or I would have no clue.)
I would like to sell these, and am wondering about the value of them, if you might be interested in buying them, or the best place to sell them. I have researched the game a bit, and see that these discs are quite difficult to come by.
Any information or guidance you could give me is much appreciated. Thank you very much~

Arlene Wall (arlenerobbins)
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21 Jan 2018, 18:24 #2

Hello, Arlene -- welcome to the Forum, and thanks for your questions!  
Your discs -- also referred to as coins or markers -- are indeed from 
"Inside" Base Ball, made in two editions (one about 17 3/4" square, 
the other just under 13" square) by The Popular Games Co, patented 
in 1911 but probably not on the market until 1914 (the Inside Base Ball Co 
made an earlier version, but the discs look a bit different).  Here's a pic 
of Popular Games' large edition:  

 

That was just for the edification of any members here who might not be familiar 
with this very cool, very-much-in-demand game.  Anyway, to your question -- 
funny you should ask, as sets of discs/markers from the game are rarely seen 
for sale, but another fella asked the very same thing here in the Forum just a 
few months ago.  Without much of any track record of sales for "Inside" Base Ball 
markers to go by, and based on sales of similar (but generic, no player-name) 
markers from similar games of the same era, we estimated maybe $25-$30., 
and probably a little higher, considering that the "Inside" markers sport player 
names and come from a more appealing game.  That set of a dozen markers 
sold for $80. on eBay in July.  

As someone experienced with sales of collectibles, you know that, as we often 
say here, "ya never know at auction -- could go cheap, could go crazy."  We'd 
think that 17 markers in what appear to be very fresh condition could go for 
as little as we first suggested or just as easily flirt with a hundred bucks.  You 
should probably do just as well putting them up on eBay as going to the trouble 
of consigning them to one of the major on-line sports memorabilia auction houses 
-- or you might get offers from members right here in the Forum.  You're welcome 
to post them for sale (just us, but we feel it's always the vendor's obligation to 
state a price up front, negotiable or not, and not just say "will entertain offers") 
in our Transactions subforum.  

Good luck with 'em!  Any other questions, feel free to ask!  
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21 Jan 2018, 18:32 #3

Hi, and thank you so much for the information. Interestingly enough, right after I posted, I found the 18th disc!!! (hidden in a piece of paper towel). My husband kept these tucked away, apparently, not sure why he didn't have them with the game. Guess he stashed them for safe-keeping where I couldn't find them. (He did that alot.) He loved collecting, we actually had a vintage toy store in the 90s here in Fairfield CT, and he acquired all sorts of amazing stuff. I have alot of baseball memorabilia, not games anymore, we sold them all.
In any case, I think I will take your suggestion and post them for sale on your site here. I am also  going to try a few on ebay, and see what happens! I am inclined to list them individually....do you agree? Thank you so much for you help!
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21 Jan 2018, 20:17 #4

Hi again, Arlene!  Because the discs tend to go missing over the course of 
a hundred years, few examples of "Inside" Base Ball feature a complete set 
and most examples include none of them -- and so, we're not absolutely sure 
how many constitute a complete set.  But we think there should be twenty, 
all told, and you're fortunate to have 18 of 'em.  Is that nine for each team 
now, or ten New Yorks and still eight Philadelphias?  

Anyway, it's totally your choice, of course, but we'd think you'd do better 
selling all 18 as one lot rather than as individual markers.  But maybe not!  
We could see it working to your advantage either way.  It depends on just 
who's out there who wants them and who sees the auction -- all you need, 
as you know, is more than one interested party so there's competition.  
May we also suggest the B/S/T forum at Net54 as a selling venue  
http://www.net54baseball.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3 ], which gets a lot 
more traffic than our quiet little Forum here -- although there are only a very 
few guys there who are into antique tabletop baseball games (but there are 
some).  
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