Owner Interview: 1871-1872 Boston Red Stockings Archive

Value (2014) | $1,000,000 Insurance

INTERVIEWER: Gail, wow, are you breathless?

Yeah, it hasn't sunk in that I-- It's not real. INTERVIEWER: We were with your friend Edie in the green room when you go the news from Leigh, a million dollars for your baseball archive. [APPRAISER ON TV]: For at least one million dollars. [GUEST ON TV]: Are you serious? GUEST 2: One million? Oh! INTERVIEWER: Edie was pretty excited, but I heard you say to Lee afterwards, that you weren't quite sure what number she had given you.

Yeah, I mean, I really couldn't believe that it could be worth that much. It was just sitting in here, in a desk drawer, and I ran across it one day, and decided I'd like to have it, not realizing at all what it was worth. That was when I was much younger. INTERVIEWER: Were you a baseball fan before the ROADSHOW today?

Oh, for sure. Red Sox fan, grew up outside of Boston. INTERVIEWER: And to think you almost sold this collection years ago, tell us--

Well, I didn't 'cause I did wanna keep it in the family, and someone had told me that hey, it's probably worth more than he's offering. INTERVIEWER: And what do you think you'll do with these when you get home?

I don't know, I mean, I'm hoping they'll stay in the family, although it's gonna be tough deciding how to do that.

Appraisal Details

Leila Dunbar Appraisals & Consulting, LLC
Washington, DC
Appraised value (2014)
$1,000,000 Insurance
New York, NY (August 09, 2014)

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