View Full Version : Original 1838 Phila. Olympic club Constitution Discovered
11-07-2006, 01:08 AM
Apparently copies of this have been around for a long time, but never an original. (http://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/latest/baseballs-magna-carta.html)
11-07-2006, 06:41 AM
Truly fascinating! I'd love to be able to buy a copy or download PDFs of the text.
Cool that it was discovered at Brattle's. That place is a must for anybody who's in Boston and loves old books. It's just a few blocks from the Park St T station. I think that I bought 5 books last time I was there.
11-07-2006, 12:08 PM
Would the Baseball Hall of Fame bid for this document dated one year before baseball was "discovered" in it's back yard? If there was one team organized in Philadelphia back in 1833 or 1837, then that means there could be others either in Philly or the New York Metropolitan area.
I wish I could have been at Brattle's Bookshop when that transaction took place in 1970. As soon as I saw the year 1837, I would have known what the importance of the constitution was. Did the buyer say how much he paid for it?
Brattle's Bookshop just doesn't sell old books, it has rare books going back three or four hundred years. I imagine baseball historians are now scouring bookstores across the US seeking other rare books about baseball's origins.
11-07-2006, 06:12 PM
No word on how much the consignor paid back in 1970, but safe to say it was less than $1000.
Historians and memorabilia collectors have been on the trail of that document for a long time simply because they'd seen the copies--probably made more than 40 years ago-- and figured there was at least a decent chance one of the original 29 was still out there somewhere.
11-07-2006, 06:35 PM
Would the Baseball Hall of Fame bid for this document dated one year before baseball was "discovered" in it's back yard?I doubt they'll shell out a MINIMUM of FIFTY GRAND
11-07-2006, 07:43 PM
I doubt they'll shell out a MINIMUM of FIFTY GRAND
They might want to trade one of Bonds/McGwire/Sosa's baseballs for it?
It would be interesting to know where these 29 members lived during their lives and if their families knew what happened to these books.