Acquiring The 1938 DCA Best Of Breed Trophy
by Jeanne A. Rice, in collaboration with Anne Carson
On June 5th I received from Jeanie Kolstadt of Oregon an email that directed me to an eBay site where a DCA Best of Breed trophy from 1938 was up for auction with the bidding closing on June 9th. At the bottom of the page was a note to the seller stating, “This is a piece of DCA History and should not be on eBay” and suggesting that it be donated back to DCA. I later found out that the person who wrote to the seller was Mary Sue Barnum of Ohio. The seller responded that he could not afford to do that and suggested that Mary Sue pay him $400 and donate the trophy herself. Within 2 hours of learning about his trophy I emailed Carl Holder, DCA President, Marlies Noll, DCA Secretary, and Marci Forrester, DCA Director, suggesting that DCA request donations on the DCA Bulletin Board website in order to try to bid and acquire this trophy.
Unbeknownst to me, the Board was actually meeting in Detroit at this time. Anne Carson, DCA Director from Georgia, contacted me later that day saying that some Board members were in favor while others were less interested and told me she would discuss it further with the Board at dinner that evening. Since there was so little time before the bidding ended and because I felt this trophy could NOT wind up sitting on the mantle of someone who had not earned it through competition, I decided to act with the tenacity and courage of our beloved Dachshunds. I wrote to my contacts and each DCA Director asking them to forward to others an email regarding the trophy and requesting pledges. Then Anne Carson and I started emailing and telephoning each other trying to decide how much money we would need to raise, when the bid should be placed, and how we should approach the bidding. Since Anne was familiar with eBay bidding and to avoid bidding against each other, thereby artificially inflating the price, we agreed that she would be the