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)
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!