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The American Barn: A Disappearing Icon on the landscape

Travel our country’s backroads and no doubt your view will include time-forgotten, weathered-worn barns, enduring symbols of America’s earliest settlement history. At some point in the first half of the 20th century, barns went from a structure of necessity to the family and property's storage facility. Now, these long-forgotten items are finding new homes in today's antiques-turned-Americana marketplace.

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A wall of a find

[CNN} A home renovation project in Boise, Idaho disclosed an amazing find – hundreds of baseball cards from the 1970s and 80s glued to a hidden bedroom wall. In all, 1,600 cards! The cards aren't likely to make hardcore collectors swoon, but there are many familiar faces to fans of the era. Sadly, being stuck on a wall for decades likely erased any value the cards may have had but it sure was a fun find.


Engraved Honus Wagner commemorative watch

A gold-filled Gruen Curvex timepiece with a special engraving on the caseback, given to Honus Wagner as a commemorative for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1936 – alongside Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, and Ty Cobb - will be going to auction through Heritage Auctions' Winter Platinum Night Sports event, February 26-27. After Wagner's death in 1955, his watch was passed down in the Wagner family and ended up in the hands of nephew Bill Gallagher. The consignor of the watch – who wishes to remain anonymous – was a neighbor of Gallagher and his wife in the 1970s. As a kid, he would mow their lawn. Having developed a close relationship, Gallagher eventually gave all of his baseball ephemera to the consignor, including the watch. Will this watch sit on the Honus Wagner auction mountaintop alongside the $6 million tobacco trading card sold in 2021? We will let you know when the results are in! Read more about Honus Wagner and the story behind the watch, here.


Rare Beatle's acetate

[Variety] A rare acetate of the Beatles’ 1964 concert at the Hollywood Bowl sold for $23,838 in an auction held by Boston-based firm RR Auction in February. The disc, one of just three known to exist, features the full 12-song, 29-minute concert, along with stage comments from the group. The recording — in which the group is practically drowned out by the famous audience screaming that accompanied their concerts of the era — was mixed by Capitol producer Voyle Gilmore and balance engineer Hugh Davies, but went unreleased at the time because the group and manager Brian Epstein were not satisfied with the results. There has been a booming market for rare Beatles memorabilia in recent years. Julien’s Auctions has previously sold such Beatles items as one of John Lennon’s acoustic guitars, which sold for a record $2.4 million, Ringo Starr’s drum kit ($2.2 million), the drum head Ringo used on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964 ($2.1 million), Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to “Hey Jude” ($910,000) and more.


American Pickers coming to Nebraska

On their mission to recycle America, the American Pickers are returning to Nebraska in April looking for treasures hidden amongst the trash, although firm dates have yet to be established. Producers are looking for collectors of items with great stories to tell. To submit your collections for consideration by the American Pickers, include your name, address, phone number, location, and description of the items with photos to or call 646-493-2184. The public can also connect with the show on its Facebook page, Got A Pick.


Tom Brady to bring in another touchdown

As soon as Tom Brady announced his retirement, you knew memorabilia from his final game would attract big interest on the sports collectible market. The ball from Brady’s final touchdown pass, which came in the NFC divisional playoff game, is now up for bid in Lelands 2022 Winter Classic Auction, which runs through March 12. Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans caught Brady’s final TD pass and, not knowing it would be Brady’s final score, tossed the ball into the crowd at Raymond James Stadium. The ball was caught by a 55-year-old fan from Central Florida, who consigned the ball to Lelands to be auctioned. Last June, Lelands sold the ball from Brady’s first TD pass for $428,000. No telling what this ball will catch!

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America’s National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

By Maxine Carter-Lome

Did you know that Moses Fleetwood Walker and Bud Fowler were among the first African American players to play on a team with white players? However, racism and “Jim Crow” laws would force them from these teams by 1900. In response, black players formed their own teams, “barnstorming” around the country to play anyone who would challenge them. Read the history of Negro Baseball and the National Leagues Baseball Museum.

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Edgefield Pottery and Dave The Potter

By Jessica Kosinski

Edgefield pottery is a particular type of stoneware known for its alkaline glaze. Its development stemmed from a blending of influences. Those included African, European, and Asian techniques. In the 1810s, when the Landrum family first started producing Edgefield pottery in large quantities, it was inexpensive to produce. Therefore, it was quickly used to meet household needs in the area. One of the most noted of potters to come out of Edgefield was an enslaved ma nicknamed Dave The Potter. Today his pottery can go for more than $1 million! Read Dave's story here.


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March Issue: Barnstorming Thru History

  • History of the Country Auction
  • Collecting Milk Bottles
  • History of the Hancock Shaker Village Round Barn
  • Top 6 Barn Finds
  • History of Colonial Barns
  • Barn Quilts
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