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Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Baseball Team Photographs (9)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,740.00
Collection of nine original cabinet-style mounted photographs, all featuring amateur baseball clubs from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with the exception of one team photograph featuring the 1909 Norfolk Base Ball Team of the Virginia State League. The Norfolk team photo is an exceptional display photograph both in terms of size and quality, and was very likely produced for the members of the team. These are great early images, with tremendous detail, featuring teams in uniform with equipment (bats, gloves, etc.). Includes: 1) 1890 Brown University team photograph (9.5 x 7.5 inches, framed to 14 x 12). 2) Circa 1895 Kittery Base Ball Club, quality outdoor team pose on mount with identifications (11.5 x 9.5 inches, framed to 13.75 x 11.75 inches).3) 1893 "Bates" team photograph, very unusual and interesting team pose (9.25 x 7.25 inches, framed to 14.75 x 12.75 inches). 4) 1892 Downsville Base Ball Club, exceptional high-quality cabinet card style with identifications on mount, reminiscent of a large Joseph Hall team cabinet (9.5 x 7.25 inches, framed to 15.5 x 12.5 inches). 5) 1909 Norfolk Base Ball Club (16 x 11.75 inches, framed to 22.25 x 18.25 inches), players identified on mount. Flawless contrast. Mint condition. 6) 1910 Kennebunk High School Base Ball Club (photograph 9.5 x 7.5 inches, cabinet-style mount measures 13.5 x 12 inches, accompanied by 1980 newspaper article about the team featuring this photograph). 7) Circa 1900 unidentified team (7.75 x 5 inches, framed to 12 x 9.25 inches). 8) Unidentified team (10 x 8 inches, framed to 11.25 x 9.25 inches). 9) Circa 1910 unidentified amateur team, players lined up (13 x 5.5 inches, framed to 20.5 x 14 inches). The photos range in grade from Very Good to Near Mint, averaging Excellent overall, with the exception of the 1909 Norfolk Team photo which is in Mint condition. This is a fascinating collection of high-quality original team photos which capture the spirit of America and the National Pastime from a long ago era. Total 9 photograph. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,740.00
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