During the summer of 2022, we received a phone message from a pleasant-sounding woman who said "I read an article about your company and I'd like to talk with someone about my son's great grandfather. He used to play baseball, and I have some of his things. His name was Barney Pelty."
The result of that call was an exciting consignment that included a number of rare Bregstone postcards (sadly, just one of which made it into this auction, as PSA is still working on the rest), a small group of W601 postcards and supplements, a host of photos and cabinets, and these scrapbooks. Well-worn, the scrapbooks are filled with mementoes of Pelty's outstanding career, largely clipped from newspapers. One of the books, a 60+-page affair, chronicles much of the St. Louis Browns' 1907 season via newspaper articles, boxscores, cartoons and newspaper photos. Another is devoted to Pelty - including his wedding announcement, some handwritten notations, 1904 and 1905 Sporting Life team composites (not the W601 supplements but the original composites from which they were derived), even an old leaf (which we have chosen to, umm, "leaf" inside, as it is possible it was deliberately pressed into the pages. The third, also apparently devoted to Pelty, is just half full. All three are in poor condition, the spines broken and the covers split away, individual pages loose and the scrapbook paper itself brittle with flakes chipping away with each open. Still, an outstanding assortment of early 1900s newspaper articles covering Barney Pelty and the St. Louis Browns, as saved and archived by Barney Pelty and his wife, Eva. Three scrapbooks total.