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Henry Chadwick Collection of Four Items Including 1896 and 1907 Passes
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,475.00
Four significant items from the estate of Henry Chadwick as follows: 1) 1896 National League and American Association sterling silver pass, engraved and presented to Henry Chadwick by National League President N.E. Young, grants entrée to all parks for the season of 1896. These elaborately designed passes were only issued to special dignitaries, and are very rare. Diameter: 1 3/8 inches. The pass in its original velvet-lined folding presentation case with clasp. In Excellent condition. 2) 1907 New York Base Ball Club Pass made out to "Mr. H. C. Chadwick" extends the courtesy of entrée to Chadwick for all games played at the Polo Grounds for the season of 1907. This may be the last baseball season pass Chadwick ever used, as he died in April of 1908. The pass is comprised of two cards in original leather billfold, with celluloid windows which over time have contracted to some extent, causing some rippling to the cards, but still displays well and in otherwise Excellent condition. 3) Henry Chadwick's umpire scorer. Spalding brand circa 1880s celluloid scorer (patented 1886) has dials providing for five balls and four strikes. Appears to have remnants of glue on reverse, Very Good condition. 4) 1899 studio photograph of Chadwick, unusual full-length pose, measures 5 x 3.5 inches. This is a very significant photograph. "American Sports Publishing Co." and the date ("Jan 2, 1900") are stamped on the reverse. American Sports Publishing was Spalding's publishing company. This is not just the image, but the actual photograph which was used for illustration in the forward of the 1900 Spalding's Official Guide. When published, the photograph was accompanied by text which reads as follows: "By special request of numerous friends of the veteran editor of our guide, we give you a portrait of Mr. Henry Chadwick, as taken after his seventy-sixth birthday in 1899. The picture is the work of the well-known amateur expert, Mr. Horace Craig of New York, done by flash light." Handwritten notations on reverse are in the hand of Mrs. Chadwick and read "This picture I wish to be returned to Mrs. Henry Chadwick Sag Harbor Box 348." The photograph has a small stain on the right border and a light background scratch, and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Four fascinating and significant Henry Chadwick items, which together comprise a unique collection and display. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $7,475.00
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