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Circa 1885 A Stolen Base? Prang Baseball Print
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,160.00
This finely detailed black-and-white print published by legendary nineteenth-century printmaker L. Prang of Boston is titled "A Stolen Base?" Although this image has been reproduced in many forms over the years, this print is the original issue of this classic image. The game-in-progress scene features a player sliding under the tag at second base. The players, full grandstand, and ball field are executed with exceptional skill and detail by artist Frank O. Small. While the players are generic, the sliding runner is thought by many to have been inspired by Mike "King" Kelly, one of the most popular stars of his day. Kelly's base-running skills were immortalized in the song "Slide, Kelly, Slide." The print has three border tears (no paper loss) and some light staining in the extra wide margin areas only. These minor imperfections could easily be matted out if framed. The image area measuring 14 x 21.5 inches is in Near Mint condition. Total dimensions: 27.75 x 22 inches. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,160.00
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