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1857 Henry Chadwick Signed "Caught On The Fly" Scrapbook Plus Cabinet Card

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $9,775.00

The 28 pages, plus the interior covers, of this small hardcover scrapbook (measuring 4 x 6 inches) assembled by Henry Chadwick, are devoted exclusively to the season of 1857. The pages are packed with clippings from the season, and the evolving rules of the game, especially as they relate to the very first Convention of the National Association of Ball Players in 1857. Of special note, 1857 was the year in which a debate raged regarding the adoption of the "Fly Rule" which was proposed by Chadwick and Doc Adams, who was President of the Knickerbockers and Head of the Rules Committee. The "Caught on the Fly Rule" was not adopted by the NABBP until 1863, and Chadwick has included an additional tipped-in sheet with notes in his hand regarding the new rule which was adopted at Chadwick's urging, along with related clippings. This sheet was added to the book years after the book was originally assembled, after the rule was changed. Neatly written notes on the front of the tipped sheet, all in pencil, in Chadwick's hand, are actually captions referring specifically to the rule-related clippings attached, and read: Opposition to Dr. Adams in 1857 Sec 16-40 '64; Association New Rule 1863-1864; Instituted at urging of Chairman Chadwick of Rules Committee Assoc. Additional notes on the reverse of the sheet, which also has rules-related clippings attached, read Chadwick's Rule - Sec.20 - Sec 1. Chadwick has signed the bookplate on the interior front cover "H Chadwick" in pencil. The added sheet is placed next to a page detailing the debate at the 1857 Convention regarding this rule, with Chadwick's note at the bottom of the page reading "Dr. Adams' Rule." Chadwick has also underlined the key lines of the page. There are also a few additional notations scattered throughout the book, as well as Chadwick's initials "HC" ("8") in ink on the book's cover. This book represents an extraordinary record, with notes in Chadwick's hand, relating to Henry Chadwick's contributions to the early evolution of the rules of the game, from Chadwick's personal library. The interior cover full signature, and all notations, are perfectly neat and legible, grading "7/8" on a scale of "1 to 10." The book is in Very Good condition. Accompanied by an original studio cabinet card (4.5 x 7 inches) of Chadwick by Brooklyn photographer Frank Pearsall. The silhouetting of Chadwick's image, a common practice by newspapers when preparing photos for publication, as well as The Brooklyn Eagle photo production form and clippings affixed to the reverse, are consistent with its use for publication. Without reference to the preparation for publication by The Brooklyn Eagle, the cabinet card is in Vg-Ex condition, and is ideal for display with the 1857 scrapbook. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Total two items (scrapbook and cabinet card). Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $9,775.00


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