This special ball will be the star of your collection. This is one of six baseballs in the world signed as "J. Honus Wagner" before he started going by just "Honus Wagner." Honus Wagner, the Flying Dutchman, is considered by many to be baseball’s greatest all-around short-stops in baseball history.
To purchase Gerald's collection and this rare ball, contact Tony Schatz.
This month's featured item is a 75th Anniversary ball signed by 13 Hall of Fame stars. The picture on the left shows the one-of-a-kind autographed ball and the Letter of Authenticity. The picture on the right is a very rare autographed photo of the 13 stars that signed the ball. If you purchase this collection, this ball and photo will be one of your most valuable items!
If you purchase Gerald's collection, this one of a kind card will be yours!
"This particular card is probably the only known card in existence that printed in pre-war Germany and is definitely one of a kind.
The card is stamped on the back with the owner of the shop that probably sold the card mainly E. Wiederman/125 Berlin C.2 Germany East. Research of German history indicates that in 1938, which was the turning point for Nazi Germany, what took place was later called the “Night of Broken Glass” and the “Night of the Long Knives”. It was a night of horror throughout Germany. Synagogues, Jewish homes and shops covet up in flames and several Jewish men and women were shot or other wise slain.
The extent of destruction of Jewish shops can not be verified by figures but 7,500 shops were destroyed, 2,171 dwellings were set on fire and looted, 319 synagogues were destroyed and some 30,000 Jews were arrested and killed by the Nazi party during this horrible night. A visit to the address on the card found in an empty field on a street corner in E. Berlin with the address of E. Weiderman, 125 Berlin C2. The cab driver said nothing has been built there for years. It is a possible scenario and conjecture that EW shops were conceivably a victim of the violence of the “Night of the Long Knives and Broken Glass”.
If you will notice on the card that there is a sign above the bleachers naming a hotel advertisement which after careful research indicated a discovery that there was a hotel continental in E. Germany at that time. The hotel was destroyed during the war and nothing further is known.
How this card actually arrived in America is unknown however, it did and the card possibly survived the violence of that terrible night.
Babe Ruth often traveled to Europe and to the surrounding countries. As he was adored in Europe and in the entire area, Babe Ruth played in many exhibition games in Europe and Berlin, Germany. The card pictures the game more than likely that was played in E. Berlin." (reprint of letter)