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On 'Antiques Roadshow,' a historical letter collection triples in value

'Antiques Roadshow': Historical Letter Collection Triples In Value!

It was a flashback to 1999 on "Antiques Roadshow," and the estimated value of some of the items was mind-blowing.

One of those items was a historical collection of letters from one of the first postmasters of the United States, Ebenezer Hazard.

While Hazard was postmaster, he petitioned for Congress to publish two volumes of historical collections. The books included a subscription letter from John Adams and a request letter from Thomas Jefferson -- both of which were still in excellent condition.

APPRAISER: "This is a great document and it's in superb condition in the original envelope. I would estimate this letter alone with its attending document inside to be worth $100,000.

WOMAN: "Oh my god!"

You thought that was a lot? The letters have more than tripled in value over time, and now have an estimated value of between $300K-$350K for the set.

The woman also mentioned that she was related to Ebenezer Hazard who, according to the
United States Postal Service, was postmaster of New York from 1775 until 1777, when he was then appointed surveyor of the national Post Office.

If you think $300K is a bit too steep for a set of letters, a similar set of letters written by Thomas Jefferson is currently available for auction at Christie's, for as little as $200K.

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Tom July 01 2014 at 7:56 PM

"Letters gets eye-popping appraisal"
Does anyone else see the mistake that AOL/HPs grade school writer had made.
This was in bold print on the lead in page. And those from the far left think that AOL/HP reports the news. LOL

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donpantanella July 01 2014 at 11:33 PM

None of these documents should be for sale to some rich collector. They should be given to a museum for every American to see. Although most of American history documents are kept in Washington where the largest percentage of Americans have no chance of ever seeing them.

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chuck July 01 2014 at 11:40 AM

the postmasters we have had the last few years are oboma libs. thats why its so screwed up!

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