What Do Kids Collect? Baseball Memorabilia

America’s favorite pastime, baseball, was also a pastime of MHHM founder, W. Parsons Todd. As a boy, Mr. Todd enjoyed playing baseball in Morristown. This sport also actually had an impact on the collection at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum because it was through baseball that Mr. Todd met and became friends with Cyril Nast, son of Thomas Nast (1840-1902). It was through this friendship that the artwork of Thomas Nast found a permanent home in the Morristown neighborhood where Nast and his family once lived.

Join in at noon today at our Facebook page to hear stories about baseball and see pieces from the museum’s collection during Storytime: Guess and Go. If you would like to share a picture of your collection, email us at cwinslow@maccullochhall.org.


Did you know that one part of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s amazing collection includes more than 300,000 pieces of baseball memorabilia that began as one person’s collection? Jefferson R. Burdick (1900-1963) donated his collection to the Met, including his entire collection of 30,000 baseball cards: some of which date back to the 1880s!

St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida holds the largest collection of autographed baseballs, nearly 5,000 and is certified by Guinness World Records. This link includes a searchable database.

Read Dan Gutman’s Baseball Card Adventure Series, 12 books that follow a boy who travels through time when he touches old baseball cards.

Six men sitting in the back of the photo with five men sitting in front of them. They are wearing baseball uniforms. One man in the back row wears a suit.

Topic: What Do You Collect?
Age / Level: Primary, Elementary