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By Michael O'Keeffe, Teri Thompson

Considering the fact that its constrained unencumber simply after the flip of the 20 th century, this American Tobacco cigarette card has beguiled and bedeviled creditors. First pointed out as important within the Nineteen Thirties, whilst the complete concept of card amassing used to be nonetheless younger, the T206 Wagner has remained the massive rating for creditors who've scoured card indicates, flea markets, property revenues, and auctions for the portrait of baseball's maximum shortstop.

Only a couple of dozen T206 Wagners are recognized to nonetheless exist. such a lot, with their creases, stains, and dog-eared corners, glance worn and tattered, like they've been round for nearly a century. yet one—The Card—appears to have defied the travails of time. because of its sharp corners and its crisp portrait of Honus Wagner, the cardboard has turn into the main well-known and wanted baseball card within the world.

Over the many years, because the Card has replaced palms, its price has skyrocketed. It was once in the beginning offered for $25,000 by way of a small card store in a nondescript strip mall. Years later, hockey nice Wayne Gretzky received it on the venerable Sotheby's public sale residence for $451,000. Then, extra lately, it bought for $1.27 million on eBay. this day worthy over $2 million, it has remodeled a sleepy pastime right into a billion-dollar that's now and then as lawless because the Wild West. the cardboard has made males filthy rich, definitely, however it has additionally poisoned lifelong friendships and is fraught with controversy—from its doubtful origins and the chronic questions about its provenance to the chance that it's not precisely because it seems.

Now for the 1st time, award-winning investigative journalists Michael O'Keeffe and Teri Thompson keep on with the path of the cardboard from a Florida flea industry to the palms of the world's such a lot trendy creditors. They delve right into a international of counterfeiters and con males and examine the folk who take advantage of what was a kids' hobby, as they carry to gentle ongoing investigations into activities collectibles. O'Keeffe and Thompson additionally study the lifetime of the nice Honus Wagner, a ballplayer whose accomplishments were eclipsed via his buying and selling card, and the unusual and engaging way of life of activities memorabilia and its magnificent decline.

Intriguing and eye-opening, the cardboard is a ground-breaking examine a uniquely American pastime.

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In addition to the railroad, with its soot-spewing, tall-stacked engines, horse-drawn stagecoaches brought visitors and traveling salesmen to town and took them from the depot to the other villages or the East Brookfield Hotel on Main Street. In winter the coaches traveled on sleighs. Ox teams were also a familiar sight. A small steamer carried bricks across Quaboag Pond to a railroad siding. The hottest political issue of the time involved secession. As part of the Town of Brookfield, the East Village residents didn’t take kindly to paying taxes to help pay for projects over in Brookfield, three miles away.

He walked with Michael Jr. and Nellie to the large brick one-room schoolhouse. The first grade curriculum concentrated on reading, writing, spelling, and counting to one hundred. S. geography, penmanship, and “object lessons,” in addition to reading and spelling. In third grade, Nellie was doing a little primary arithmetic and sharing the daily ten-minute lesson from Hooker’s Child’s Book of Nature that the teacher read aloud to all the students. There were three terms of ten weeks each, separated by long vacations.

Burt Shoe Company, where he reached a salary of $10 a week, enough of a wage for many a man to support a large family at the time. Life was not all work in the Brookfields, which were known as Showtown because so many traveling shows and locally produced entertainments appeared there. Connie Mack enjoyed them all: fairs, dances, parades, strawberry and oyster suppers, minstrel shows, circuses, acting troupes, concerts, political rallies and speeches, and historical commemorations. He began a lifelong love of the theater.

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