Anyone Watch The Vintage Baseball Games in Bertoia today?

Anyone Watch The Vintage Baseball Games in Bertoia today?

Joined: December 13th, 2004, 5:18 am

November 9th, 2007, 10:54 pm #1

Wow...some great games.


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Joined: December 15th, 2006, 2:56 pm

November 10th, 2007, 12:47 am #2

Sure did...not since the REA sale before last have so many nice games been sold in one place at one time.

The prices were not too crazy, although one must remember to add 22 PER CENT juice plus shipping to the prices!! Frankly, I was blown out of the water.

But really, is there anything as lovely as the McLoughlin Bros baseball games?
(Why yes, he said, "the Zimmer's game")

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Joined: July 16th, 2004, 7:07 pm

November 11th, 2007, 12:32 pm #3

Wow...some great games.

What is Bertoia?
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Joined: July 11th, 2004, 1:39 pm

November 11th, 2007, 1:52 pm #4

Wow...some great games.

http://www.bertoiaauctions.com/
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Joined: December 11th, 2006, 3:30 pm

November 12th, 2007, 10:34 pm #5

Wow...some great games.

I was watching the "Major League" game that only sold for $200. That was a good deal for someone.

John
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Joined: November 14th, 2007, 1:53 am

November 15th, 2007, 11:25 am #6

Wow...some great games.

I think the highest the sports ones went for was $2,750.00 for the c1899 Parker Brothers Harvard Yale Football game.

But the game that almost brought tears to my eyes was the Vassar Boat Race Game.

I'd never seen it before. I hate not being able to enlarge more than the Live Ebay listings allow, so I emailed and asked for more photos I could enlarge to examine closer. They sent me a link that had everything I asked for.

The aprons were worn which I was OK with but the cover had significant water damage at the bottom left and top right area. Naturally I reconsidered how high I'd go after seeing the damage. But there was a gnawing problem with what I'd learned. What if other bidders went by the gallery photos and weren't aware of the damage. Naturally I'd be bidding at a disadvantage. I wrote the acution house to get them to add the photo that showed the damage better, but they didin't. I bid $750.00 and it went for $1,500.00. My game display case is full anyway.
http://www.sportsantiques.com/games.htm
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Joined: December 13th, 2004, 5:18 am

November 15th, 2007, 2:39 pm #7

Wow...some great games.

Carlton, in your opinion what is the crown jewel of vintage sports games? Is it the Zimmer baseball game? Some other more obscure game?
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Joined: November 14th, 2007, 1:53 am

November 15th, 2007, 8:41 pm #8

Wow...some great games.

The Zimmer is so rare it's beyond rare, it's an exotic. If I had a Zimmer it would be the centerpiece displayed with all other games around it. Plus it's diamond shaped when displayed so would standout perfectly at the center.

Your question to me: "what is the crown jewel of vintage sports games?" is basically a "if money were no object" question, so, I suppose I'd say the Zimmer is King of board games.

If money were no object, then, since baseball is the king of sports collectibles, that is, it is the most popular, and generally the most expensive sport to collect. Then the Zimmer would take first place. It's kind of the ultimate Mcloughlin game, it's got the Mcloughlin quality graphics, at least on the inside, plus it features all those name players, so it's not generic like most or all other Mcloughlin's. The Zimmer is actually hard memorabilia and hard memorabilia that is displayable and great looking is almost always very expensive. The first time I saw a Zimmer was where most of us saw it in the article on Barry Halper's collection in the April 1987 Smithsonian magazine.

But from a practicle perspective....I don't know what Zimmer's are bringing now days, but I could probably buy a lot of great Victorian sports board games with all the money it would take to buy a Zimmer. Really they're only for the baseball purist. I'm a generalist that collects all athletic sports. The baseball purist enjoy what they collect, I enjoy what I collect, stuff overlaps sometimes, we all have a great time, it's a great hobby!
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Joined: November 14th, 2007, 1:53 am

November 16th, 2007, 3:30 am #9

Wow...some great games.

So Dan...tell me about your games...if you had an interest in the Bertoia auction you obviously have interest in the Victorian ones....What is the crown jewel of games in your opinion?

Last edited by CarltonHendricks on November 16th, 2007, 3:54 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: November 14th, 2007, 1:53 am

November 16th, 2007, 3:56 am #10

Wow...some great games.

By the way, I meant to mention a Mcloughlin Baseball game that sold on eBay a couple weeks ago on Oct. 31st
http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-1897-McLoug ... otohosting
I was a little taken back by what it brought $2,223.76....although I believe it is a rare version, in that it is a vertical format 11" wide by 20" tall...36 bids, came out of the midwest is all the location it gives....The rare format was probably what drove it up, but really as rare and great as it and all Mcloughlin games are, $2,223.76 is a bargain I think.
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