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Old 04-25-2015, 04:34 PM
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Default PC pickup with strong ties to Baseball HOF Artifact

I had the pleasure of finalizing a deal with a fellow local collector for two items with a great collecting story attached to them.

The items themselves are two scarce 1908 "OUR HOME TEAM" Postcards published by H. E. Smith Publishing, St. Louis. and include one Chicago Cubs version and one Chicago White Sox version (five teams are known to exist). They are very elaborate postcards done in a unique style that vintage collectors love. When you see the postcards I bought, however, they are far from EX condition. In fact, I'm not sure what their technical grade would be, but assuming POOR. But read on and discover why they are the way they are.

These postcards were indeed elaborate. The front and back panels are the same. When opened like a book, the inside includes a smaller panel door with an "Our Home Team" baseball on it. Open that hinged door and the team name is printed along with a schedule of home games for the club. Then, that panel hides an accordion-folded 8-panel strip of player photos, with players from the team printed on both sides of the panels. In all, the postcards should look like this:

Now, the postcards I bought have a pretty obvious and intentional damage to them:

Yes, many of the fold-out player panels have had the players cut out of them. Such a travesty, right? Who could do such a thing?

As it turns out, a young boy named Alan Jackman.

Alan Jackman was a very early autograph collector. As a boy, he and his brother David spent 9 years (1902-1912) assembling a scrapbook with photos of just about every player, manager and umpire in the majors. The boys cut photos out of Spaulding Guides, newspapers, and - you guessed it - these "Our Home Team" postcards. When it was finished in the fall of 1912, they began taking it to Pirate games in their hometown of Pittsburgh and also traveled by train to other parks in order to get as many of the photos autographed as possible. Their successes included Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and at least 34 other HOFers. Ty Cobb, according to legend, stopped a game and had all his teammates sign for the boys.

Alan became the custodian of the scrapbook and kept it in his possession until 1975. Towards the end of his life, Mr. Jackman donated the incredible scrapbook to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It was "enthusiastically received by the director and librarian 'who could think of no compilation of autographs to match it'." I like the anecdote that only one player ever refused to sign for the young boy (identity unknown), and he was a non-hall of famer, so in Alan's words "he missed out on his chance to be in the Hall of Fame!"

I'm excited that I've had the opportunity to add these items to my PC - purchasing them from a local collector that bought several items from Mr. Jackman's collection in the 1970's and has had them ever since. The postcards have the "Alan Jackman" stamp he used on items in his early collection. I intend to keep these items together and take them with me to the Baseball HOF, where I hope to match them up to the cutouts in Mr. Jackman's donated scrapbook. What a great photo that would make to have them side by side! I hope to make my HOF trip sometime in 2016, researching this item and their files on my PC guys Cap Anson, Hack Wilson, Rabbit Maranville and Carl Lundgren.

The scrapbook itself still resides at the HOF. In 2002 it was a part of a traveling exhibit of HOF treasures. Last October, a reference to it was made in an article posted on the HOF website. Rockstar Jack White, on a personal tour of the HOF, said "The scrapbook from 1912 that those two brothers made is not only one of the most interesting things in the Library archives, it’s one of the most interesting things I’ve ever seen in my life."

Thanks for reading. It's very satisfying personally owning something that directly relates to our collecting hobby's history from more than 100 years ago. I'll always look at these items with a smile towards the young boy that was so dedicated to collecting when he took his scissors to them so long ago!

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Old 04-25-2015, 04:50 PM
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Love the story and pictures. Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-25-2015, 04:55 PM
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Absolutely incredible! Great stuff!

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Old 04-25-2015, 05:19 PM
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very cool provenance!
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Old 04-25-2015, 06:00 PM
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What Mike said ! Incredible ! Just a pleasure to see .
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:16 PM
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I thought the Winthrop PCs were interesting but these are off the hook.
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:55 AM
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Fantastic pieces and even better story! Those images in this format are quite striking.

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Old 04-27-2015, 09:05 AM
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Thanks all for the comments.

Found these photos of the Jackman Brothers scrapbook in the book "Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame." Wish the Chicago pages were shown, but these give an idea of just how amazing the scrapbook is. Hope to see it firsthand some day soon.

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Old 04-27-2015, 11:10 AM
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Good job, Brad. Terrific thread. One of the better ones.
The brothers appear to have done a painstaking job putting the scrapbook together. It would be amazing to see in person. If the HOF ever reproduced it in book form I'd jump on a copy. A guy can dream.
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:04 PM
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Really cool. Thanks so much for posting.
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:19 PM
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Wow, that is cool. Nice find, nice detective work, and thanks for sharing. You should send this thread to someone at the hall, I bet they would be happy to send you pics of the pages you need in exchange for good scans of your new items that they could put in their file on this book.

Thanks again for the post, I never get tired of reading things like this.
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:49 PM
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Neat! That was a cool read, thanks for posting
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:31 PM
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Found a couple in my collection:
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:22 AM
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Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:58 PM
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Found a couple in my collection:
Nice - the collector I bought the Our Home Team postcards mentioned he had sold some A.C. Dietsche Cubs from the Jackman collection when I asked if he had anything else. I need a Carl Lundgren Dietsche for myself!
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:52 PM
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Great postcards and better story. Gotta look thru my postcards now to see if I have anything from Him. Thanks for posting
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