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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 26 October 2009 22:08

Reds folding seat

Cincinnati Reds folding chair
(Lot 480 - $400-$500)

Look at this. [holds up a silver pocket watch] It's worthless. Ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless! -

Rene Belloq in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”


History is a funny thing. What we see as worthless trash now, becomes collectable after 20, 30, 40 years.

And, when it comes to baseball, the collectable aspect becomes even more magnified. Given its incredibly long and colorful history, baseball memorabilia is the most sought after of all sports collectables.

So, on Saturday November 14th, baseball history will come up for auction as part of Hunt Auctions’ Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction. But, as one thumbs through the 200+ page catalog for the items up for bid, one is struck, not necessarily by the value, or history, but rather the beauty of what, at the time, seemed so terribly pedestrian.

There may be no better example than the images below: the common ballpark seat. And yet, worn and covered in many layers of paint, the simplest of ballpark function – the seat – becomes a work of art.

Select each image to view in larger view.

Polo Grounds seat
Polo Grounds seat
(Lot 482 - $1,000-$1,500)
Crosley Field seat
Crosley Field seat
(Lot 486 - $750-$1,000)
Fenway Park seat
Fenway Park seat
(Lot 481 - $1,000-$1,500)
Yankee Stadium seat
Yankee Stadium seat
(Lot 487 - $750-$1,000)
Shibe Park seats
Shibe Park, row of three
(Lot 485 - $750-$1,000)
Briggs Stadium seats
Rare Briggs Stadium seats
(Lot 484 - $2,000-$3,000)

All images courtesy of Hunt Auctions


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