On May 30, collectors are invited to bring their special sports-related items to the Concord Museum in Concord, Mass., for a verbal appraisal with Leila Dunbar. A longtime Antiques Roadshow appraiser and former Sotheby’s director of Collectibles, Dunbar has auctioned and appraised hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sports memorabilia for leading museums, corporations, professional athletes and private collectors.
Clients include the New York Yankees Museum, United States Golf Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame, the New England Sports Museum, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Bobby Orr and Floyd Mayweather. Originally from Milford, Mass., Dunbar is a lifelong Boston sports fan.
Dunbar also serves on the National Appraisal Association Board of Trustees and is a certified sports memorabilia appraiser and grader for the Appraisal Association of America.
There is a limit of two items per person. Appraisal time is from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The fee is $15 per item for museum members; $20 per item for non-members.
Space is limited. For reservations, call 978-369-9763, ext. 216; or log on to http://www.concordmuseum.org/sports-appraisal-day.php.
Dunbar’s appearance is in conjunction with the Concord Museum’s exciting new exhibition, "The Art of Baseball," exploring the many ways that artists have passionately responded to America’s national pastime. Drawn from The Gladstone Collection of Baseball Art, a private New York collection that has been gathered over the past 40 years, "The Art of Baseball" features works by acclaimed American artists — including William Merritt Chase, Robert Rauschenberg, and William Zorach — as well as folk artists who were inspired by the sport.
Attendees are asked to arrive by 10 a.m. with an item that can be carried. Items and appraisals will be presented before the entire audience. In the case of a sports card collection, time may not allow for a valuation of the entire group. Good-quality photos should be substituted for large or particularly fragile items.