Courtesy ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
1. 1871-1872 Boston Red Stockings Archive
Appraised Insurance Value: $1,000,000

"This is the highest-valued memorabilia appraisal in Antiques Roadshow history. The owner’s great-great-grandmother had a boardinghouse in Boston in 1871 and housed the Red Stockings team, who were among the first-ever paid baseball players. In addition to some of the earliest known photographic baseball cards, the collection includes a letter from all the players bemoaning the small food portions they were served on the road. This collection also includes the card and signature of Albert Spalding, the first well-known player to use a fielding glove and the founder of the Spalding sporting goods empire. After appraising it for $1,000,000, longtime Roadshow appraiser Dunbar chokes up declaring “it is the greatest archive I have ever had at the Roadshow.”