Owner Interview: John Wesley Hardin Collection, ca. 1880
The autobiography at auction we would say $500 to $700.
Oh, wow, okay.
The death card I would probably put this in the $700 to $900 range.
The business card: several examples of this have sold recently...
They are in the $2,000 to $3,000 market. The value of the signed brand sheet would be between $4,000 and $6,000...
...at auction. But yeah, this is your star piece. It's probably $15,000 to $20,000.
Wow. Okay, a lot more than I thought. I'm very, very happy...that's ah...I just love this stuff.
I love the Old West. I love the, uh, outlaw versus lawmen and how there was the finest line when law enforcement was involved. They could be manipulated, I guess, a little bit. I started collecting I think some like Wyatt Earp and Pat Garrett stuff, law enforcement related stuff. And then as I read more about him, he intrigued me. John Wesley Hardin is probably one of the most notorious Texas outlaws. He started his career I think when he was 14 or 15, killed his first person and then continued from there post-Civil War with Reconstruction in Texas, got involved with a lot of law enforcement scuffles. He was obviously very intelligent, became an attorney in prison, self-taught basically in prison, got the governor to give him a pardon after he was released. He was probably a very charismatic, very charming person. I'm sure tons of people just would love to gather around to watch him shoot, watch the old gunfighter shoot. He was 45, um, at this time, but he was still, he would just sit there and practice with his guns. So, I know everyone would just line up to, I would've. I'm sure he did it during some sort of town square deal. I'm sure he was doing it to try to promote himself or to promote the saloon that he had a partial ownership of. He more than likely used a Colt Lightning or Colt Thunder double-action revolver. From what I've read, his landlady said that the would just come into the house, unload his guns, and just sit there and fan the triggers just practicing shooting constantly, so, I'm sure this was, I mean, just nothing for him. It was just easy. It's not the typical Pharaoh card that he would shoot, it's what they call a triplicate card that was produced in 1870. I wish I had a time machine so I could go back and see this stuff, it would've been phenomenal to just meet the person.
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