A Collector'south Passion Brings Freedom Documents to the Foreground

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 11:39 PM

"We're going down to the middle of the world, to Times Square, and we're going to announce not only the international brand of Collector'south Cafe, but we're going to indicate the world documents that haven't been on display for nearly seven decades, documents that really changed the world," Kontilai continued.

A Collector'south Passion Brings Freedom Documents to the Foreground

  

Mykalai Kontilai And Baseball'south Biggest Contract

By Charles Karel Bouley II

"They're really more Freedom Documents than contracts," entrepreneur and founder of Collector'south Cafe Mykalai Kontilai told me as he eagerly awaited another milestone in the long list of his career.

"We're going down to the middle of the world, to Times Square, and we're going to announce not only the international brand of Collector'south Cafe, but we're going to indicate the world documents that haven't been on display for nearly seven decades, documents that really changed the world," Kontilai continued.

The documents are Jackie Robinson's one thousand nine hundred forty-seven contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the one thousand nine hundred forty-five Montreal Royals contract; documents that not only broke the color barrier in baseball, but just love President Obama breaking the ceiling for the presidency, it'south a barrier that'd forever be torn down. They've been hailed as the sporting equivalent of the Emancipation Proclamation, and Kontilai found them in two thousand-thirteenth using their unveiling to launch his auction adventure, Collector'south Cafe.

Jackie Robinson Photo: Jackie Robinson Foundation

The documents have been estimated at over $35 million dollars; Robinson was paid $5000 for the season. ten % of the proceeds from any sale of the documents will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation (neither the Foundation nor Rachel Robinson reportedly have seen the documents which Robinson himself parted with over fifty years ago).

Seth Kaller, who's authenticated documents signed by Lincoln, Jefferson and others, told ESPN, "Their effect on American history, and even the world, transcends the bounds of sports," Kaller wrote in his valuation.

The moment is a crowning point for Kontilai, who realized his passion for collecting early in life, but love many kept it a serious hobby. His passions are shared by millions, as collecting generates over a quarter-of-a-trillion, yes. $250 billion, annually throughout the world; with most collectors being amateurs.

Kontilia could be called a media mogul. He was the first individual to ever solely own a public broadcasting news and affairs brand, the Nightly Business Report on PBS. He sold that company in two thousand-eleventh and is presently going head long in to collecting. Exterior of Collector'south Cafe, he's established Authenticity Insurance backed by some of the biggest insurance brands in the world.

"We wish to create sure that people that like collecting aren't victims of fraud, which runs rampant in the community," Kontilai continued. "This insurance is based on the reputation of those in-the-know, the people that verify items. We work with them and the insurance companies to create sure collectors are getting the genuine items."

Kontilai seen with Larry King at a filming of his show.

Genuine items indeed, when it comes to the Robinson contracts, Kontilai cannot contain himself.

"When I heard these were coming up for acquisition, and after we'd three exterior people confirm their authenticity, I became overwhelmed. "When King gave his 'Dream Speech,' Robinson and his family were there. King himself said of Robinson that he is, 'a pilgrim that walked in the lonesome byways toward the high road of Freedom. He was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.' To look the real contracts that paved the way for history to be made, the signatures that made it real, well, in a time of such division, it'south so powerful to look documents that broke the color barriers and brought people together," Kontilai added.

That brought up the matter of responsibility: what responsibility do collectors have to keep documents love these on display for the public?

"At a time of iPads, iPhones, Blogs, digital photos and so much more, it'south necessary to look something real, something physical, and something that actually changed history. That'south why every collector does have some responsibility to share their necessary finds with the world. Before anything, these documents will be going on tour, so to speak, traveling to Robinson'south residence town, to stadiums where he played and to necessary stops along the way. We wish people to arrive out, to discover history, to look a living testament to progress and to perhaps, memorise to like collecting," he added.

And while Kontilai'south interests are distant from purely altruistic (if Collector's Cafe taps in to the marketplace in a major way and Authenticity Insurance is a hit he stands to add another stellar success to his list) there can be number doubt this is a man who passionately collects things that excite him.

So what'south the disagreement between a collector and a hoarder?

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