We inherited a house in Madison, WI. The man who used to live here worked for the University of Wisconsin as an engineer in the heating department. He was an avid collector of all sorts of things. We found this picture in the house. We don’t have much information on it. I’ve included pictures of some writing on the back as well.
AW says: That’s a great item Ben! There are several factors that determine the value of this old photo. One is whether or not there are others out there, and how many. I can assure you there are not a lot of them around.
This is known as a sepia tone photo, (caramel color) and it is an original Victorian era photograph.
The fact that this is the first team has value, it’s a good photo in it’s original frame, and the names are indicated, are all on the plus side.
If you were going to sell it, I would put it in a well advertised sports or memorabilia auction, and let the Unv of Wisconsin know that it’s for sale.
With a very rare item like this, you should know that an auction sale of it could blow away the appraised value if collectors get passionate about it.
Date range: 1889
Wholesale value: $200-$300
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)
Quick sale value: This should not have to suffer a quick sale value.
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.
Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: University of Wisconsin first Foot Ball, Football team, sepia tone, victorian football photo, early sports memorabilia, Kerr, Logeman, Loup, Sheldon, Brooks, Sumner, Blackburn, Mayers, Ackerd, Brumder, Prail, McNaught, Bruce
Care and storage tips: NEVER take the paper back off of this.