Aug 31 2008

Vanderbilia Question: The 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race Program Guide

I was wondering if you could help steer me in the right direction. I was going through some items that had been given to me by a great grandparent. One item is the Official Score Card and Guide of the 2nd International Race for William K. Vanderbilt Jr. 1905. I wanted to learn more about the program.

Thank You,



Aug 31 2008 Howard Kroplick 7:51 AM


You have a beautiful piece of Vanderbilia and a family heirloom!

The “Official Program Score Card and Guide of the Second International Race for the William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., Cup” was published by the trade magazine The Automobile in 1905. The guide is distinguished by its 4-color cover featuring images of the Vanderbilt Cup and flags of the four participating countries; United States, France, Germany and Italy. It is very likely that your great-grandparent attended the 1905 race on Long Island and purchased the guide.

Originally sold for 25 cents, I estimate that this difficult to find 96-page guide would bring in $1,000 to $2,500 at an auction depending on its condition.

Howard Kroplick

Aug 31 2008 Heather M 11:52 PM

Thank you so much for answering my question so quickly! Wow - you never know what you have. The book iteself is in perfect condition except for the cover and back (the cover came off, but I have it with the book). I will put this up in a safe place for my son when he gets older.

Thank you again!


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