Les Nunamaker Baseball Collection, ca. 1915 | Vintage Omaha | Preview

GUEST: My great-great-uncle,
Leslie Nunamaker,
played professional
baseball from about 1911 to about 1920 with teams
like Boston Red Sox, New
York Yankees, St. Louis
Browns, and Cleveland Indians. APPRAISER: And this
is some of his stuff. GUEST: Yes, it is. APPRAISER: Here we have a
couple of baseball magazines
that actually picture
your great-great-uncle. He was one of the best
pinch hitters of his day. He was also a great catcher. GUEST: Mm-hmm. APPRAISER: He is a
well-known ball player,
and this is his bat. Now, there was a player
named Jack Theis. He played in 1920. This bat says, “Theis,” it
doesn’t say, “Nunamaker.” Now, back then, what these guys
would do if they felt a bat
that felt right, they’d say, “Hey, do you mind
if I take that bat?” You know? GUEST: Sure, sure. APPRAISER: “I’ll send it
back to Louisville Slugger. Maybe they’ll make
me one like that.” It’s very possible
that’s what this means. GUEST: Yeah. APPRAISER: You
have a ticket stub. GUEST: Yeah. APPRAISER: It’s from
the 1915 World Series. GUEST: Yeah. APPRAISER: Boston Red Sox versus
the Philadelphia Phillies. This is for game one in
Philadelphia, and actually,
the Phillies won that game. GUEST: So was the ticket
right along this edge
where they tore it then? APPRAISER: Right here. We have your great-great-uncle’s
lifetime baseball silver pass. We have an interesting
cufflink– it’s actually
in the shape of a
baseball, and engraved on it says, “8-23-20.” GUEST: Mm-hmm. APPRAISER: Now, he played
for the Cleveland Indians. GUEST: Yeah. APPRAISER: In 1920. August 16 of that year,
Ray Chapman was killed. GUEST: Yes. APPRAISER: He was the
player who got hit in
the head by Carl Mays. He died a day after he was hit. GUEST: Yeah, yeah. APPRAISER: It was a terrible
tragedy, and on August 23,
1920, the Cleveland Indians were in Boston. They played a double-header. Now, why that’s engraved with
that date, I’m not quite sure. That we’re going to have
to research a little more. GUEST: Wow. APPRAISER: Here, we
have two more cufflinks. One is a championship cufflink
from the 1912 Red Sox. GUEST: Yes. APPRAISER: And one is from
the 1920 Cleveland Indians. And finally, we have a 1912
Boston Red Sox championship
medal, and this was awarded to your great-great-uncle, and if
we turned it around here, we’ll
see it’s also been engraved with his name. GUEST: Mm-hmm. APPRAISER: Now, the
1912 Red Sox were a
particularly important team. They’d just moved into their
new ballpark, Fenway Park,
and they christened it well. They won 105 games and they
beat the New York Giants to
win the World Series– it was a big deal. It’s probably one of the
most important of the
Boston championships. So you have wonderful
pieces here. GUEST: Mm-hmm. APPRAISER: This ticket stub’s
probably worth about $1,500. GUEST: Really? APPRAISER: Yeah. The lifetime pass is probably
worth about $800 to $1,200. GUEST: Yeah. APPRAISER: This piece, we’re
not quite sure what it is,
but it’s worth at least $500. These two are wonderful. These two little
championship cufflinks. They’re probably
worth at least $3,000. But this piece right
here, this is remarkable. GUEST: Wow. APPRAISER: I know of
a couple in existence. I’ve never seen one outside
of the Hall of Fame or outside
of a historical society. GUEST: Really? APPRAISER: Now, the players
got diamonds in their
championships medals. This one, the diamond
has been removed. The good news is that
that can be replaced. GUEST: Sure. APPRAISER: Okay? But this medal can
never be replaced. GUEST: Wow. APPRAISER: And looking at the
whole collection here, I would
insure this for no less than $25,000. GUEST: (laughs) APPRAISER: It’s, it’s truly
a remarkable collection
of things, and what a
wonderful thing to have in your family. It’s just amazing. GUEST: Yeah. (laughs) That’s wonderful,
it’s just great. What’s that one worth? APPRAISER: That’s probably
worth, you know, 20 grand. GUEST: $20,000? (laughs)
Oh, I got a tear in my eye. (laughing)

4 thoughts on “Les Nunamaker Baseball Collection, ca. 1915 | Vintage Omaha | Preview

  1. bat also could have just been a token of friendship. hard to prove use by nunamaker if he didnt grease pencil it

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