Suckers for sepia: 19th century baseball “card” nets $92k

This is why people go to yard sales …

A guy in Maine bought a pile of old stuff for $100. One of those items was a photo album, and inside the album he found a picture of the Brooklyn Atlantics, an early baseball team that was a powerhouse in the mid-1800s.

That photo just sold for $92,000.

ESPN is calling this a “baseball card.” As a former subscriber to Beckett Baseball Card Monthly and a one-time employee at a card shop, I take offense to that definition.

This is not a baseball card. It’s a photo mounted on a card. It’s what you dig out of a great aunt’s attic and show off on “Antiques Roadshow.”

There’s nothing wrong with that — I enjoy “Antiques Roadshow” — but a 12-year-old with a fresh pile of allowance money would not rush out to buy this thing in 1865 or 1955 or 2015. A baseball card is something that brings joy to a kid’s world. It’s shuffled and organized and collected and loved. You don’t do that with a sepia snapshot.

Notable things: Twitter and Nielsen launch a social TV rating thing; Lenny Kravitz’ scarf is bigger than yours; a beautiful collection of baseball GIFS

“Nielsen and Twitter Establish Social TV Rating”

But will it keep the silly networks from canceling all my sci-fi / mythology shows?


I clicked through the Reddit link with the headline “Lenny Kravitz has a big ass scarf.”

This may be the first time “big ass” is an understatement:

That things got to weigh, what, 15 pounds? 20? Does it have pockets? How does he decide it’s a “big-ass scarf day”?

Lenny Kravitz, stop confounding me with your giant scarf.


This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

The only thing more stunning is this.

Notable things: Josh Hamilton to the Angels; Death Star petition: Your move, White House; Google Maps returns to iOS

Josh Hamilton is going to Anaheim (Yes, Anaheim. I refuse to call them the Los Angeles Angels). When he arrives he’ll get $125 million over the next five years.

Two thoughts:

1. Thank God the Red Sox didn’t do this. Thank God.

2. Is the greater Los Angeles area sitting over a massive oil field? I know there’s a lot of TV money floating around that market, but the gush of cash from the Dodgers and Angels has made the Red Sox and Yankees look like tightwads.


Today’s installment of I Love The Internet (ILTI):

That’s not a moon! It’s an engine for job creation!

A petition to construct a Death Star has received the necessary signatures for official White House comment.

As of this writing, “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” has 25,956 signatures.

(Via BuzzFeed.)


A few weeks ago I wondered if Apple would keep the Google Maps iOS app in approval purgatory, as it had done with another Google product.

Here’s my answer.

People are going on about how this is a big win for Google. And it is. But it’s also a win for iOS users. Now, we have a Google Maps app that’s got the one huge thing the pre-iOS 6 version was missing: voice-guided turn-by-turn directions.

So, let’s recap: Apple ditched Google Maps as the default, Tim Cook apologized, we all “suffered” with the Apple maps for a few months, then an improved Google Maps app appeared in the App Store.

I’ll take it.

People will come, Ray [Quote]

“This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Oh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.” Gets me every time. Oh…

“This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Oh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”

Gets me every time. Oh how I do love this game.