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1867 The Base Ball Quadrille Sheet Music
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $9,280.00
This sheet music, entitled "The Base Ball Quadrille" and published in 1867 was, as noted along the top and bottom, "Respectfully dedicated to the Tri Mountain Base Ball Club of Boston, Champions of New England." Written by Henry Von Gudera. Published by Henry Tolman & Co., 291 Washington St. (Boston). This is one of the rarest and most extraordinary of all nineteenth-century sheet musics. It is one of only several baseball sheet musics from the nineteenth-century which are printed in color, and the only one featuring a single player, as opposed to a game-in-progress scene. The Tri-Mountains were the Champions of New England and one of the most prominent teams in the country from the 1850s though the late 1860s. In fact, the adoption, by the New England-based Tri-Mountains' of the "New York style" rules over the "Massachusetts style rules" for their games in 1859 is cited by scholars as the critical turning point of the universal acceptance of the "New York style" rules throughout the country. Though the player featured on the cover is not identified, we believe that the illustration represents a specific Tri-Mountain player. Also of special note is the Championship Trophy Bat and Trophy Ball pictured in the foreground, which are actual trophies which were awarded to the Tri-Mountains as Champions of New England. The sheet music is complete with interior pages. There is evidence along the spine of its removal from a book of sheet musics, which explains how this rare sheet music has survived in such extraordinary condition. Tremendous colors and one of the era's most outstanding baseball display pieces. This is one of only several known examples. Excellent condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $9,280.00
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