Honus Wagner Tintype, ca. 1890
Appraised Value: $2,000 - $3,000 (1997)
$2,000 - $3,000 (2011)
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Appraisal Video: (1:35)
APPRAISER: It looks as if you've had this photo a long time. Would you like to tell me a little about it?
GUEST: It's been in our family since, uh, at least 1915. And about a year ago, after we settled my mother's estate, I came across this old tintype of Honus Wagner and I figured it had some value.
APPRAISER: This is a family member in this picture as well?
GUEST: Yes, that's my great-uncle.
GUEST: And I often heard stories my mother told about Honus Wagner visiting my grandfather's house and they were pretty good friends.
APPRAISER: Well, as you know, Honus Wagner was considered the greatest shortstop ever and probably is Pittsburgh's favorite son, growing up in Carnegie. Did you have any family in Carnegie?
GUEST: I was born in Carnegie and my parents were, too.
APPRAISER: So that would make sense. The tintype process for photography basically went from the mid-1850s up through about 1900. This, I believe, comes from the late 1890s. Anything of Honus Wagner prior to 1900 is extremely rare and extremely desirable. And even though he's not in baseball uniform, it's still a wonderful, wonderful piece. In my estimation, an auction value of this tintype photograph of Honus Wagner and your grand-uncle would probably be worth about $2,000 to $3,000.
GUEST: Wow, that's a pleasant surprise.
APPRAISER: You should feel very proud to have it in your family.
GUEST: I certainly am.
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